In Spring – Poem and Photograph by Marina Mallhotra & Carl Scharwath

It’s the Little Things

Marina Mallhotra & Carl Scharwath remind us that the little thing of coming together with artistic talents can make a big impact! They created this awesome poem and photograph combination that builds on itself to feel the full story. Take a look!


Inside a thick blanket
An artificial haven
I think, reflects
My situation
Am I really alive?
Is this a meaningful existence?
Where is my soul?
Where is my body?
I look for it here and there
I wish to convince myself
That I am one
With myself in ideas and, directions
The sun melts blankets of snow
The wind takes cover
Positioning itself
Leaves, trees and flowers
That dare themselves
“It’s my time now” they utter
Then I ask myself
Is it my time too?
And if it is, if it really is?
My time…. now
Will I be able to keep pace
With the swift streams of life
That reject cultures, and civilizations
Then once again
I am left behind by them
In spring…….


Poet & Model – Marina Mallhotra

Photographer – Carl Scharwath

Gravity Grateful/Six Pounds of Sin – Art Collaborations by Mark Blickley & Amy Bassin

A Dash of Whimsy Series –

Mark Blickley & Amy Bassin create text based art collaborations together. Today they bring us some humorous pieces of art to bring us a chuckle!


New York artist Amy Bassin and writer Mark Blickley work together on text-based art collaborations and videos.  Bassin is co-founder of the international artists cooperative, Urban Dialogues. Blickley is the author of ‘Sacred Misfits’ (Red Hen Press) and proud member of the Dramatists Guild and PEN American Center.  Two of their videos will represent the United States in the 2020 year-long world tour of Time Is Love: Universal Feelings: Myths & Conjunctions, organized by the esteemed African curator, Kisito Assangni. 
 Their text-based art book, ‘Dream Streams,’ was published by Clare Songbird Publishing House.

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Clare Songbirds Publishing House – Amy Bassin & Mark Blickley 

Carl Scharwath & Shanti Harjani Williams – Online Open Mic

The Girl With The Brick Heart

The bee buzzing of
A well-lit life
A flagrant smile
Harnesses the light
The fluorescent hanging lamp obviates the need
To see
As it glowers back at me
The hallucinogenic halogen bulb wires my mind
To feel
A fake incandescent soul
Made of bricks and hard lumps
Walking the surface easily
A hand stretch leads the way to the inside
The soul is damp to the touch
But brick by brick
The heart was built.


Photography by: Carl Scharwath

Carl Scharwath, has appeared globally with 150+ journals selecting his poetry, short stories, interviews, essays, plays or art photography (His photography was featured on the cover of 6 literary journals.) Two poetry books ‘Journey To Become Forgotten’ (Kind of a Hurricane Press).and ‘Abandoned’ (ScarsTv) have been published. His first photography book was recently published by Praxis. Carl is the art editor for Minute Magazine, a competitive runner and 2nd degree black- belt in Taekwondo. 

Poetry by: Shanti Harjani Williams

A lawyer by training, my full time job is being Mummy to my three amazing kids Ryan 17, Abby 14 and Shane 9. While home alone in the days, I would find the urge to write and began posting faith testimonies on Facebook on my personal page. This led to my prose writing also surrounding my Christian faith. Now I write in prose and poetry daily on my page as well as on other poetry sites. The areas I write on are faith, self awareness and growth, romance and world issues. I live and breathe my poetry and most of my work reflects my own daily experiences and life generally. I have been posting my poetry on my Facebook page for about 4 years.