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Terri Guillemets
Archives — 2017




This is the archive of my publicly published writing from 2017 — the good, the bad, the active and the retired. It includes content written as filler for The Quote Garden as well as my personal journals and writings. —tg, 2023







pink roses and glittering gold
barbed wire, withering vines
green hummingbirds, lark nests
avalanches and earthquakes —
Yep, life is like that.


      TITLE:  Warmth at winter sunrise
      DATE:  2017 Jan 5







I know intelligent design doesn't exist because whoever gave wings to sewer roaches wasn't very bright.


      DATE:  2017 Jan 31







Love is in my bones —
it’s in my buds and blooms
in my rapturous-red blood —
Lust is in my perfum’d flesh
desire-poems in my skull —

How many kisses have I
in my primal fervent lips —
As many as hours that swirl
in a blind & wild eternity —


      TITLE:  Infinitas per æternitas
      DATE:  2017 Feb 23
      NOTES:  revised







Time more than flies. It tramples. It loots. It mugs.


      DATE:  2017 Mar 2







Dreams grow wild in the daydreamer's soul.


      TITLE:  Wildreams
      DATE:  2017 Mar 4







I spend the nights awake searching my soul and my days half-asleep chasing dreams in the wind.


      DATE:  2017 Mar 4







the vibrant green-yellow-pink blossom-life of spring
the watery-blue radiant sunshine-breath of summer
the metallic-earth-toned glowing-decay of autumn
the grey-white holly-festive slow-motion of winter


      TITLE:  Seamless
      DATE:  2017 Mar 19







a seed, conceive
to sprout, we're born
a leafy green new life
trunk and roots, further sunk
nourished, loved, great height
full, vibrant, ripe
moulting, colours, beauty
the crown of wit
autumnal slant of light
mellow, wilt, decay
bare branches, skeleton buds
frost without a fight
repose, accept, goodbye


      TITLE:  Springfall
      DATE:  2017 Mar 20







Touchscreen books — not the same as touching books.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 7







They try to burn the devil out from books, but angels of knowledge resist the flames of fear.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Don't burn books — let them set young minds on fire.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







What's in the raging flame
of banned books burning?
Knowledge, truth, learning;
courage, freedom, yearning.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Clutch some hope from fear — read banned books.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Books that get burned are written by authors whose souls are on fire with passion or knowledge.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Books light the world — to burn them extinguishes the flame.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Let knowledge live. Burn your fears instead.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 6







Library fines are my favorite charitable donation.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 7







If you haven't owed a library fine at least once in your life, you're not a real reader.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 7







Failure is not frailty.
Success never guarantees.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 7







Weekend — the frosting on the cupcake of the week.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 10







Specks of universe in my soul,
flurries of God in my head.
Heart ticks away, doing its job—
whispering poetry all the while.
Enlightenment flickers subtly
from old gray half-burnt wicks.


      DATE:  2017 Apr 19







a sea of artificial lights
has extinguished the stars
and drowned the nights


      DATE:  2017 Apr 22







the lights of a distant city
seem star-like and pretty
but move closer into sight
they engulf the whole night


      DATE:  2017 Apr 22







Under the stars, the world is a different place.


      SOURCE:  journal
      DATE:  2017 Apr 23
      LOCATION:  Flαgstαᶂᶂ, ArᎥɀønα







vibrant verdure lights
the springtime landscape
in blazingly brilliant greens
a fresh flourishing canvas
for parti-colored sparks
of wildly blooming things


      TITLE:  Spring blazes color
      DATE:  2017 May 5







In a hospital
it’s difficult to listen
to sad, scary sounds
      “code blue” on intercoms
      wailing, grieving families
      beep-beep-beep of machines —
But if you listen
more carefully
you can hear
      the sound of hope
      of healing, love, and support
      caring, confident voices
      of nurses and doctors and staff
      the din and melodies of
      our imperfect and indispensable
      healthcare plexus at work


      TITLE:  In a hospital
      DATE:  2017 May 13
      LOCATION:  John C Lincoln, PҺoenᎥx Aɀ







If Monday is a mosquito and Wednesday is a camel, then Friday is a unicorn!


      DATE:  2017 Jul 24
      RE:  “If Monday were an animal, it would be a mosquito.” –Keith Wynn







A mother's kiss lovingly forgives the past, present, and future.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 25







The throat thinks of more than just thirst.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 26







She dreamt of fairydust pardons and punishment in lashings of chocolate.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 27







sadness is dark stardust
in shadows of melancholy
waiting, waiting to glitter
in the light of happiness


      DATE:  2017 Jul 27







May you lose a lot that matters to you
      a few times in your life—

May you make and remake and
      remake yourself over and again
      and burn yourself right down
      to ashen smoking embers
      of bone and grit and soul—

So that you may always know
      the pain of rock bottom
      the freedom of rebirth
      the hope of revival
      the gift of perspective
      the awareness of your strength—

May you lose but live again.


      TITLE:  May  you
      DATE:  2017 Jul 27
      NOTES:  revised







I've been saving books for all these years, and they've been saving me for my entire life.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 27







Essential supplies for a writer—
a cherished beat-up typewriter
a favorite well-maintained pen


      DATE:  2017 Jul 28
      NOTES:  revised







awareness, audacity, awe
authenticity, acumen, angels
coffee, curiosity, cats
dreams, decision, desire, direction, devils
erasers, endurance, experiments
fearlessness, flexibility
grit, guts, goals
honesty, hyperbole, hunger
ink, ingenuity, insanity, insomnia, insecurity
intention, intellect, insight, intuition
purpose, pain, passion, perspective, personality
rawness, reverie, reference
soul, style, spunk, solitude, silence
substance, stubbornness, struggle, sweat
sagacity, sense, skepticism
typewriter, tea, time
wit, wisdom, what-ifs
wistfulness, window, wings


      TITLE:  Writer tools
      DATE:  2017 Jul 28







smoldering ashes — dead fire,
or a phoenix’s glittering dreams?


      TITLE:  Vision
      DATE:  2017 Jul 28
      NOTES:  revised







Life is enhanced by the light of souls and other assorted stars.


      TITLE:  All the time
      DATE:  2017 Jul 29







Wisdom is expensive — paid in life and years.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 29







Young women are lively, colorful flowers swaying carefree in the breeze. Mature women are part of the vital, nourishing landscape from which other beautiful flowers grow.


      TITLE:  Early autumn light
      DATE:  2017 Jul 29
      AGE:  forty-three







Be cautious what tales you tell yourself — you're writing your own autobiography.


      DATE:  2017 Jul 29







Dawn-giddy birds sing as if every morning is a special occasion. Wise, wise birds.


      DATE:  2017 Aug 5
      NOTES:  revised







In writing, you either stick with it and keep revising until it's done, no matter how long it takes — or set it aside a few years until you've distanced yourself enough to get it right. The wait is just as excruciating as the work.


      DATE:  2017 Aug 5
      COMMENT:  (grimaces)  at least ⅞ of my work is still in waiting mode







Autumn:  the beginning of color-changing goodbyes but first, weeks of intensely-lit and grateful full-harvest hellos. Letting go, gathering in.


      DATE:  2017 Aug 7







For insomniacs, night steals the morning.


      TITLE:  Night heist
      DATE:  2017 Aug 11







No volume of history is insignificant, even the worst chapters. Especially the worst chapters.


      TITLE:  Scoresheet
      DATE:  2017 Aug 15







morning breaks the mystery of night
with her delicately blazing pastel light


      DATE:  2017 Aug 19







An artist makes visual the rhythms and arrhythmias of the universe.


      DATE:  2017 Aug 25







Aging is an exponential clock — ticking in runaway years.


      DATE:  2017 Aug 25







Dreams are foreign lands within the bounds of our own minds.


      TITLE:  Mid-night journeys
      DATE:  2017 Aug 26







Timeless literature keeps infinitely expanding...


      TITLE:  Universal
      DATE:  2017 Sep 4







What are flowers without the bees,
What of grasses without the breeze?
Nothing the wind if not for the trees,
Nada la quesadilla sin el cheese.


      TITLE:  O! queso what?
      DATE:  2017 Sep 27







Sometimes you need to spend time in an empty desert to discover how full your soul is.


      TITLE:  Hike
      DATE:  2017 Sep 30







A scream into the desert returns the echo of your own soul.


      DATE:  2017 Sep 30







Is God just an algorithm?
      Is love?
      Are we?


      DATE:  2017 Sep 30







The best faith is not the stagnant, same-every-day, sit-still faith but the faith that dances and sways with life.


      DATE:  2017 Oct 11






Hear ye, intruders! Beware of guard dreams.


      DATE:  2017 Oct 14







The present is filled with the ghosts of many dreams — the future with dreams not yet born.


      DATE:  2017 Oct 20







my dreams pound wild
like drenching rain;
they rebound & steam,
cold rain on hot streets;
their mists create rainbows
fused with passion's sun


      DATE:  2017 Oct 20
      NOTES:  revised







Don't spend too much of your life avoiding the sharp edges of shattered dreams.


      DATE:  2017 Oct 20







Health is a journal your body keeps about you.


      DATE:  2017 Nov 1







We want it to stay, but autumn always leaves. Beautifully.


      DATE:  2017 Nov 9







To kill words with fear,
It's a dreadful thing.
      —Don't.


      TITLE:  Censorship: What the D!ck@%$?
      SOURCE:  blackout poetry
      DATE:  2017 Dec 28
      NOTES:  Charles Dickens, The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, 1848










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