Daddy’s Weekend – feat. Alan Mackenzie Taylor-Reed

Pt.1  There once was a girl who sat on a pew, wondering if she should wear pink, white or blue, if ribbons suited pigtails, if pigtails even suited wandering forest trails. She sat and waited, dangling her shoes, the only part easy to choose. In truth she knew, all that was important was being with … Continue reading Daddy’s Weekend – feat. Alan Mackenzie Taylor-Reed

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Therapy

On our first date I told you I'd dated two before you.   The first, Liza was blonde, stern but held stories in her eyes, yours, mine and every fortnight we sat before her fireplace. I often cried and she held me at arms length, preferring emails to the confines of a room; room I … Continue reading Therapy

Our hearts

Dying isn't cowardly and talking takes bravery, convincing our tongues carrying their stories, they are the lifeguards swimming for our hearts. It takes a second to keep on wishing for our pulse to stop and restart, the joy you feel when you open your curtains and the sun is shining, when you witness a mother … Continue reading Our hearts

Moon in the Window – Kristiana Reed

Blood Into Ink

In her Rapunzel tower

she watched and waited

for each night’s moon;

to rise from the window ledge

into full view,

waxing and waning

crescent yellow blue.

The lines in its face

told a story of heartache

she also knew;

the puckered pale flesh

weaving rivers across her thighs,

reflecting dead light

in the night sky.


Kristiana Reed day dreams, people watches in coffee shops, teaches English and writes. She is a curator on Blood into Ink, a collective member of The Whisper and the Roar & Sudden Denouement, and blogs at My Screaming Twenties. She is 24 and is enjoying the journey which is finding her voice.

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The Usual Jenny

Reading a book in the window seat. Glass of water, carrots, cabbage and mince. I wrote this poem, if you can even call it that, in a restaurant at lunch time. This restaurant is cosy, small but always busy; a place for families, friends and young couples. Therefore, it was a surprise to watch as … Continue reading The Usual Jenny

A Meadow – Kristiana Reed

A Global Divergent Literary Collective

You are standing in a meadow,

it is lush green,

the kind people talk about

from the other side.

Life swells in pockets;

a city of daisies,

a bumblebee filling it’s knees,

tall tulips swaying in the breeze,

a buried village in the undergrowth

ants, woodlice and centipedes.

Sunshine weighs heavy

on your back,

on your shoulders,

your eyes water

and you cannot understand

what has brought you here;

to the edge of life in colour,

swimming in jewelled flowers,

the taste of pollen on your lips,

petals embracing the sun

the smell of hope –

poisonous joy.

You could step forward,

bare foot, unguarded

risking your soul for a chance

to choose the flowers

you adorn your home with.

Behind you is a forest,

shadowy fingers lingering

about your waist

stretching toward your throat,

to regain a firm hold

on your senses and pull

you into the shade.

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Bathwater

Tracing my fingers across your skin is like drawing a bath: the rushing water, the stampede of your heart. The way the water pools and swirls, the lines in your knuckles. The quiet stillness, a fountain of safety, a lake creamy and pale. The light bouncing up onto the ceiling, the sparkle in your eyes. … Continue reading Bathwater

Sappho – Kristiana Reed

Whisper and the Roar

Sappho

You are painted with man’s desire

and God’s abhorrence of female lust.

You are lesbian, you are goddess,

you are teacher, anything other

than woman.

With a voice as tall as Homer’s,

as fiery as the flame

nurtured by Hestia.

In every fragment

we sketched your breasts,

imagined how you’d lick your lips

and squeeze your thighs together.

We never heard what you had to say,

to Aphrodite nor that maid,

but bought front row seats

to what we sought to portray –

sex and sensuality,

morals and lost virginity.

With your words in our mouths

we endeavoured to set you free.

For thousands of years

we have misunderstood our task,

is just to listen to you speak.


Kristiana Reed juggles writing and teaching English; in both vocations she endeavours to remind people of their self worth and how dazzlingly beautiful the world can be.

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Figments

You are here so I know this must be a dream. Figments my mind has melded to make up for the goodbyes and the times I’ve watched you walk away. Here you are dressed in white, not heavenly or pure but blank canvas mine, arms open wide ready to embrace my colours - yellow, fuchsia … Continue reading Figments