Rise – A Poem to Unchain the Soul



by Talin Mari


Days pass as we come to realize,

The moments we shared are gone.

Days pass as we quite slowly rise,

From the tears we wept till dawn.


It is said that you will never leave,

You are bound to me for eternity.

It is said that you are what I perceive,

Your vicious intentions haunt me.


I have risen above these shackles,

You have tried to chain on my soul.

I have risen above the recollections,

You have tried to bury in the hole.



Break these chains.


Embrace memories.


Live life unchained.


I am now strong again,

I will be able to dream….


Kiss My Hand: Poetic Fury

red flower photo

“Kiss my Hand”

By Talin Mari


Kiss my hand, kiss my soul,

Let the acid burn this hole.

Leave me be, leave me out,

I have nothing left to doubt.

Kiss my hand, kiss my soul,

Let the lies begin to unfold.


Transparency is unknown,

A word, not really shown.

Kindness is only expected,

A gesture, not reciprocated.


Kiss my hand, kiss my soul,

Let the tears reveal its hold.

Untie my heart, untie myself,

It is I who stays on this shelf.

Kiss my hand, kiss my soul,

Unleash the truth to be told.

Silently Waiting: Poetic Expression

Blending Roses

Silently Waiting

By Talin Mari


Staying silent, thinking that time will standstill,

I wait to stay unnoticed by all that will fulfill.

Suppressed in my heart, a yearning to creep out,

The shell I created cannot easily break apart.

Shadows around me slowly rise to the heavens,

While I wait silently, the years passing hasten.


Break the shell,

Break the indecision,

Break the words that hold me back,

Break the barriers that I cannot hack.


Staying silent, embracing my avenue of inhibition,

I realize my thick shell will hinder my composition.

Suppressed in my heart, watching it slowly collide,

The colors and shapes lose their once unique side.

Images become clear as I slowly glide forward,

No longer waiting, the years entice me aboard.


Reveal the hope, no longer hidden by my silence,

Reveal the life, once lost in the shadows waiting.

Breaking the silence, no longer waiting indefinitely,

Revealing my words, joining each sentence uniquely.

A Self-Published Author’s Diary

Pic of Book for blog

When I first started blogging, I attended a conference on how to be successful as a self-published author. “Wow!” I thought. Imagine being discovered and having my book become a best seller. Even better, imagine writing a novel that turns into a movie… Divergent? Hunger Games? The Diamond Guardians? They all sound good to me…. However, I think the conference was a best seller for the author hosting the event because everyone’s experience is completely different.

The most important thing I have discovered is that you have to want to be in the writing industry because you undeniably love to write. If you choose to write because you think your book is more special than any other person’s book, then you need to be prepared to face disappointment (unless you get lucky).

You have to write because it’s a passion. Never set your limits low. Always aim towards your best seller because it will happen one day. When it happens, it will not be because all of your friends and family have bought your book, but because there was a spark in the book that lit your readers’ passionate hearts on fire.

I love reading books that captivate me from the moment I read the first line. In fact, the first line of my book, The Diamond Guardians, is “I was no longer a girl who lived in the mountains of Topanga”. My character, Katrina, has already had changes to her in the first sentence that will ironically be something that she has to combat throughout the young adult novel.   The first line is the beginning. It is the moment that you have the undivided attention of the reader.   It determines whether the reader will yearn to read more of your story or if they will move to the next book.

It is also very important to make your characters come to life. I know it’s hard to do that when you write fantasy fiction or science fiction like myself, but it is possible. The world you create may not be real, but the characters are the core part of your world. They are the ones that make the unreal world become a possibility in the minds of the readers. I think it is very important to build the people in your world as much as it is in creating the world itself.

As long as you love to write, keep writing. You are able to share a priceless gift to others through your stories and ideas that will captivate some and infuriate others… a writer’s life.

Live – A Poem

Live in the moment


By Talin Mari

Pick up and move forward, the night is still young.

Pick up and move forward, our lives have now begun.

With every whisper, with every calculated speech,

We remember the past, leaving it behind to teach.

We live in the moment, running beyond the horizon,

Memories are left behind, collecting dust in its own bin.

Move forward. I believe.

Run forward. I succeed.

Live. I thrive….

Countdown to Self-Publishing


With my release date for “The Diamond Guardians” just around the corner, I feel a mix of anxiety and excitement.  It reminds me of the first time I started blogging.

My first blog changed so many times.  I wrote several blogs, but none of them seemed to be the right one.  Finally, I wrote the blog that I thought would be worthy of posting, but, then, the anticipation set in.  My heart beat quickly while I constantly checked my smartphone for new followers, Twitter retweets and favorites, and Facebook likes.  A Facebook share would have been a bonus as my eyes did not seem to leave my social media venues.

Similarly, Thursday is the release of my first young adult fantasy fiction book and I am torn inside from excitement and anxiety.  All I can think of is whether I am on the right path.  Is my print book ready for Amazon? Yes, check!  Is my Kindle version uploaded? Yes, check!  Do I have it in Smashwords?  Almost there, check.  Do I need to put it in Nook?  Wait… I thought Smashwords took care of that…. It’s time to double check on the Nook.  What about marketing?  What will happen on Thursday?   Thursday will definitely be a busy day for me.

Someone gave me a bit of great advice.  “Be patient.  Everything will happen in time.”  I suppose patience is all that I am forced to have now.  Patience mixed with a lot of nerves.


Dream: A Poem



By Talin Mari

Sitting in my chair, wondering where you are,

Pondering in my chair, when will you be back?

My eyes feel heavy, I sink deep into the cushion,

My hands fall listlessly to my thighs, helpless.

I fight to stay awake, the night has not yet come,

I try to lift my eyelids, but the night has now won.


Why did you leave?


Where did you go?


Was it all a dream?

Dreaming the dreams,

Feeling the dreams,

Hearing the dreams,

Opening my eyes,

Realizing it’s you,

Leaving no more.