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 Giddy 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 HarjaniWilliams
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.
you get crowned a good man again and again by people i love, but they don’t know you like i do; how you refused to take no for an answer and tried to force yourself upon me— how when you broke up with me i felt joy not pain, as the tears fell from my cheeks; they don’t know how you found me years later at college and smirked at me with an evil grin, “i bet you don’t remember me” knowing full well i would— they don’t know the trauma you put me through or all the things i had to work through simply so i could function as a human being, yet somehow i’m the villain when i scoff that you’re a good man; somehow i’m the witch that they must burn— i guess your black magic is a good disguise because they believe you’re a miracle not a curse. -linda m. crate
predators will be predators
i haven’t seen you in years, and i hope i never have to;
i don’t know what i’d do if i were forced to stand in the same room as you—
but any time someone tells me i have a pretty smile it falls off my face because i think of how you said it
just before you tried to force me to “do it” with you, and i know there are some that would
insist that kids would be kids; but what about that rainy night at college when you taunted me—
it’s not kids will be kids, but predators will be predators; sometimes they take the shape of children
just a hair older than you— but i was afraid no one would believe me if i told, and judging by the reactions
that i receive when i say you’re not a good man i was right to believe that no one would believe you were anything less than innocent. -linda m. crate
i do remember you
i remember what i was wearing that night, and the rain lashing the window; the evil look in your dark eyes—
i remember how i said no, but it didn’t matter you weren’t listening to what i had to say; as if i were speaking another language entirely but i kept pleading
only for you to insist that we were going to “do it”—
i remember that adrenaline rush wish saved me from your will,
and tumbling down the stairs to escape you; your sister thought i heard my mother’s car but quite honestly i was just running from you regardless of whether my mother was there or not—
i remember when i got into my mother’s car that i just wanted her to mash the gas like a get-away vehicle;
so, unfortunately, yes, i do remember you. -linda m. crate
people betray me
told my childhood best friend what you did,
and years later she still friended you on facebook;
people always tell me that you’re a good man and i hate hearing that when i know the truth—
i never am brave enough to speak up, but the one time i made a derisive snort i was scolded for it;
guess you have the whole world fooled but not me—
i recognize you for the monster you are, but people betray me when they insist you’re a different person than what i know and remember from all the scenes that still play in my head all these years later. -linda m. crate
i won’t decay for you
you are the damned spot i cannot wash from my skin, but i won’t be your victim; i will have victory— my life is my own, and i refuse to live my life in fear because of you; i’m taking my journey back— the trauma sometimes still makes me stammer like the little girl i once was, but i refuse to let it destroy me; i am the phoenix whose immortal flame will always rise from the ashes to defeat the nightmares like you— i refuse to be a haunted house brought down by inner decay, i am going to be the wreckage cleared out by divers; i am going to reconstruct myself from the bruises and you will recognize me for my light when she puts your nightmares to rest. -linda m. crate
I have graduated from Stiba University in Malang, East Java,Indonesia with a bachelor of arts degree in foreign literature and languages, I fell in love with art and I cannot stop loving it. I read a book “Everyone can draw” which motivated me to start learning how to draw, I then completed a private art course for 6 months, it turns out that I am an artist. Bali inspired me as strongly as the artistic blood is flowing in me. Artists such as William Hofker and Ton Schulten have inspired and influenced my style of art. Aboriginal art also has had a profound influence.
By following modern arts and through self-development, I have finally became a consensusism artist.
Consensusism style is characterized by abstract geometric compositional works in balance with the roots of impressionism and the elements of shape, light and color.
Group Exhibition Art Connecting Woman “In commemoration of International Women’s Day”
4th -8th March 2020,Grand Gallery,Arabian Court one &Only Royal Mirage Dubai
Solo Exhibition at Royal Beach Hotel Seminyak from 1st March 2019 until 15th January 2020
Group Exhibition at Kaktus Art Space Sanur from 6th April from 21st April
Group Exhibition at Monkey Forest Gallery from 26th April until 26th May
Group Exhibition at Lv8 Hotel Canggu- Bali from 26th July until 24th September
Group Exhibition at Studio Jaring ,Batu-Malang East Java from 15th August until 27th
Group Exhibition at Hadiprana Galellery Jakarta 30th November until 22nd December
Solo exhibition at Café Des Ubud, Bali from 1st August until 30th October.
Group exhibition at Padhapa Art Space Jogjakarta from 25th August until 5th September.
Group exhibition at Art Center Denpasar- Bali from 4th November until 10th November.
Group exhibition at Art Patio gallery Lovina, Bali, Indonesia from 4th March until 20th May
Group exhibition Bali art camping at Made Budiana Gallery, Loh Tunduh, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia from 8th April until 8th May
Group exhibition “Female artist” on June at Art center, Denpasar Bali-Indonesia
Solo Exhibition at Maison Aurelia Hotel Sanur, Bali-Indonesia from 17th September until 17th November.
Group exhibition “Female artist” on 22rd December 2017 until 22rd January 2018 at Monkey Forest Gallery Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.
Group exhibition on January at Darwin, Australia.
Solo exhibition at Lestari Grill & Pasta restaurant Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia from March until November
Group exhibition on December at 501 Petitenget Hotel, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Solo exhibition on April at Dandelion Restaurant, Canggu, Bali, Indonesia
Art Camping Darwin Australia from June until July.
Solo exhibition on October at Hotel Neo Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
Exhibition at Kaja Art Space Ubud, Bali, Indonesia from 12th November until 20th November.
Group exhibition at Gorontalo Sulawesi, Indonesia from 21st November until 30th November.
I had my first solo exhibition at the “Ginger Moon” Restaurant in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia from December 2013 until January 2014.
The second solo exhibition at Lestari Restaurant in Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia from August until September 2014.