He sat down & looked around, so much has changed The grass was green, not as much as it used to be He looked towards the rotunda & imaged a band playing He could see his Grace dancing with him in front, he looked down, wringing his hands For a moment he forgot, he put his hand out to hold hers Empty air was all he found, he hung his head, closed his eyes She was standing, his Grace just by the rotunda Waiting for him, in a beautiful dress, her hair done perfectly He stopped & stared for a minute, then summoned his courage He walked out, waved to the band, his heart in his throat The band stopped, Grace turned, a smile lit her face up He stopped in front of her, in a very uncoordinated move, he knelt He presented her with three long stemmed red roses & one white A diamond ring sat in the white rose, she didn’t breathe, yes, yes, yes!!! She yelled, he cried, his Grace, he slowly stood, leaving the park as an old man. My Own Beat I am a very definition of a contradiction I am a giver, yet my sexuality is a sin I am a provider, yet my girlfriend in my bed is a sin I am a mother, yet no father to my daughter is a sin No sins would be a boring life, fun needs to be had I have found my eighth sin, oh I did, I am a sinner Eighth, the perfect number, infinite, in search of new roles An intense ambiguity, a woman who walks to her own beat. The Leaf Dance I fell ever so slowly I was graceful & light The wind blew, just enough Slowly I danced down Landing every so lightly Every now & then The wind returns It picks me up I dance once again. Not Alone Babe come with me, take my hand I know the stress is deep, let it go The reality is all too much, just be you You are doing more then anyone expects Let’s have some fun, kick up our feet It’s a warm night, rain is falling Let’s put on the tunes, out in the rain Let the water wash away some stress It will be ok, Corona is cruel You care for the aged, give respect This hits you hard, too many sick In the residence you work, leave it there Let’s be silly, let’s have fun, I want to see you smile Our daughter will be ok, negative on test We are ok, it is not in us Together we will get through this, family as one Babe, everyone is vaccinated, I see your pain We are not alone, world suffers together Play the tunes, in the rain, finally I see you smile. Fan The Embers You ain’t the same, your light is dimming I know you don’t mean to, life just extinguishers your flame All the stress, the constant slamming of demands on you Time to kick it back, stop saying yes, stop being the pleaser Your the number one, take yourself to the front of the queue Tell others do not pass go, do not collect $200 Let’s grab some fine food, refuel your fire, fan the embers Get some rest, turn off that phone, curl up in my arms Be warm & snug, on the flip side you will return to you. Gilded Black door, gold filigree Open heavy door, ice chills down spine Enter slowly, all alone, lullaby is playing Walk forward, pain in feet, hot, too hot Fall down, spine bending backwards Pain, scalding pain Running through my veins Can’t see, can’t move, can’t think Nothing, black out Voice, unknown Open eyes, can’t focus Blink, Focus Look down, hands, not mine Move hands, they move Gold filigree tattoos, claws Close eyes, breathe Nose, smells overpowering Open mouth, tongue senses vibration Open eyes, look at body Skin peeling, gold scales appearing Heart beat rapid, breathing shallow Panicking, body shaking Woman’s voice in my ear ‘Welcome to the Gilded, welcome to life as a Naga’ Naga, myth, no, not real ‘My dear, we are real, no myth. Just a sting, small needle’ Blurry, tired, oh so tired Close eyes. Love Eternal She kissed her goodnight, a light kiss on the cheek She knew this was forward, she needed her to know She loved her so, she felt the connection of their souls She knew they could never be, she knew they would not be accepted Both their fathers had chosen their husbands & this was the way it would be She pulled back from the kiss, she expected a slap To her surprise she was pulled into a passionate embrace, her lips parted by another’s tongue She left full of joy & sorrow, she had found her love, a love that would be hidden For many years they met in secret, their love & devotion never waived As an elderly woman she lay in her bed, listening with despair as she was told her love had passed She fell asleep in misery never to wake up She opened her eyes, she was young again, in front of her stood her love In this world of spirits & ghosts they could be free to love each other No limit on time, no hiding, they finally knew freedom The freedom to love for eternity. Bio: Ellysa is from the outskirts of Melbourne, living in the hills amongst the gum trees. Ellysa has been writing since she was young girl as a way to help calm her emotions & thoughts, it has since turned into a passion. Ellysa’s father introduced her to Edgar Alan Poe, she instantly loved his poetry, all though she does not write like him, she finds his works inspiring. Ellysa writes poetry in her own way, breathing a fresh breath of air, to take the reader on a journey. Ellysa loves to write descriptively, to bring the reader in, so they too experience what she is writing. Ellysa has been published 8 times in the last 12 months. Ellysa was late to submitting & only started to submit her work in January 2021. Ellysa kept her writing private, only showing her parents if asked, her father passed away in January 2021, he had always pushed her to take her writing further. Ellysa decided it was now or never, & still finds it hard to believe people can relate or enjoy her writing. Ellysa has a 10 year old daughter, she lives with her girlfriend, she has a wife, however her wife suffered a severe Acquired Brain Injury in January 2018. Now living in care, Ellysa & their daughter Jemima visit her regularly.