Very excited about my first collaboration!! My haiku is the 2nd 🙂 Also, The Eyes + Words writers community is a wonderful place to network and meet other aspiring writers. I am fairly active on there, and it has been a fun experience so far. Everyone is very supportive, and offers helpful feedback. I hope you will join us if interested!!

Eyes + Words

An Eyes + Words Writers Group Creation

Written byPharaoh Maktuk, Deah Caldwell,
Mil Williams, Andrew James Blair and Santore Imelda

The internal manifestation
Of fear, love, spirit–
Glimpses into future lives

Descend from the clouds
Still here, everywhere
Dreams never ceasing

External – aside
Faithfully saw sadness hang
Free the tree of shame

Outwardly, yet not
A struggle, a strive, to net
Thrive beyond survive

Spun in labyrinth
Straddling hope, persevering
Rain erodes– darkness

Photo by Steve Halama

Over the years Eyes + Words has turned into a wonderful budding family of over fifteen thousand people across all platforms. It’s surreal and humbling to know that the art of poetry and story is alive and thriving. That being said, I hope that the creation of the Eyes + Words Writers Group serves as a vehicle and launch pad to help and support writers and the aspiring…

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Single Serving Friends

Well, its 7:30 AM in Bangkok right now. Of the 15 hours spent flying from LAX to HK I believe I used 9-10 sleeping, which would explain why I've been tossing and turning for the last couple of hours and have finally thrown away the dream of getting to sleep. I've decided to stop wasting … Continue reading Single Serving Friends


Platform to stillness Reaching altitudes unknown Decline to descend Doubt bites the heart numb Center obstacle challenged Summit approaching Striving and yielding Appreciating each step Forming novelty This panorama Through Climbing courageously Reward rarely revealed Clouds within grasp In unison the wind we clasp You and I ascend

Why I Write- The Importance of Storytelling

This is going to be ridiculously random so stay with me. Really hope you all read this through. I've seen a few of these lately, so decided to do one myself. I had a Tumblr for 4 years called Shooich's stream of consciousness which was more or less my diary, and I never received any … Continue reading Why I Write- The Importance of Storytelling

The Magical Slice of Pizza Part 2– Mas De Barcelona

The Magical Slice of Pizza Leaving Sakana, the crow and pigeon dance around the grill on the magical slice of pizza. They don't move, but silently appreciate all the beautiful food on the grill. There are patatas bravas, oozing in a combination of mayo and ketchup, spicy yet savory paella de mariscos, and croquetas. The … Continue reading The Magical Slice of Pizza Part 2– Mas De Barcelona

Unfolding in Barcelona

I woke up this morning feeling amazing. The sky was glittery and it seemed like the sun was patiently hiding behind the buildings of my flat-- gracing with me with a light show as the clouds sifted through. I sat there while it unfolded, but inevitably had to get ready to go to class. My … Continue reading Unfolding in Barcelona


A-mazed through cities A boy on his horse Off a girl will twirl A man in a sedan On-time will sublime Later her arrival Early she will wait An end to debate Destination lost     Image taken from https://es.aliexpress.com/item/free-shipping-classical-man-holding-woman-on-horseback-angel-oil-painting-canvas-printings-on-canvas-wall/32444739584.html On friday I'm supposed to present reading material to my students which discusses some urban … Continue reading Destination


A door ahead. Water drizzled from the source. Murky and turbulent-- boiling and spoiled. The sludge of the building pollutes its purity. Flowing inside. Filtration of the sulfur would create a better flow for his fish. Conductor of none-- silent but still boiling. A massive barrier between two windows. Unknowing each other exist, but able … Continue reading Closed

Meaning, Form, Pronunciation

Explained, but likely unknown. That which must be explained cannot be understood. Inner-standing-- amorphous within the body paragraph. Formed by experiences, diluted by time, or fresh in an undefined time in the lost now. Found howls and serenades-- enunciated at different frequencies. Frequently attempting to find meaning, separated by language. Held and intertwined-- an exclamation mark in a gorgeous set … Continue reading Meaning, Form, Pronunciation


The crow and the pigeon walk along the city center. Suits, dress shirts, cameras, and lights abundant in this city of sin. A new experience and they now feel like tourists. They enjoy the simplicity of a simple stroll. En route to The Magical Slice of Pizza. Aria behind-- cosmos ahead. Secret pizza in an … Continue reading Orientation