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Saturday, December 14, 2013

CHANGING HUES

I want to sit with you
talk with you
become you
share your passion
your life

I want to share experiences
no ulterior motives
highs and lows
anything goes

just let me

pour a glass of wine
dip my finger
into the red liquid
of your heart
trace your lips
stained with the
hurt and pain
of your life

let me

quench your thirst
for freedom
freedom from the mundane
the haggard
sucking life’s air
blackened spirits

let me

exorcise
lurking demons
holding you prisoner

let me

free you from the cells
replace the bars
with windows
of my heart

let us

sit and watch
the setting sun
rising
day to night
night to day
nature’s canvas

let us

paint the sky with new colours
reds and yellows
brilliant hues
no blues

let us

hold the brush
at both ends
both hands
our hands
stroking our
centres
brushstrokes
colour within the lines
blend outside

let us

become living art

the master becomes the student
the student
trades places
with the master
painting by numbers
oils slide
mixing
salty streaks
heats the surface
burn the covers
contracts dissolve
fresh inks applied

let us

create our masterpiece

...................................
copyright Cher Corbin 2013

Sunday, December 8, 2013

ELF

across the winds
a cry is heard
from the heart
of a man

a man unafraid to admit
to the troubling demons
inside
his psyche is torn
shredded
society’s standards
duplicitous
their morals
judgmental
surveillance of life

he cries
painfully
holds
his throbbing
chest
his hands
gripping
reaching 
stability
not found in a bottle
not prescribed
he cries

listen

listen to the silence
no answers

listen

listen to the silence
one answers

whimpers
reaches from the ether
touches the other
shoulders the weeper

unexpected
the soothing clasp
grasps
the sensual touch
tangible
yet immeasurable

bathed in her glow
mellifluous
slow
lying wrapped in her arms
cocooned
cuddled
satisfied
.......................................
Copyright Cher Corbin 2013


Sunday, December 1, 2013

#MYSOULCRIES #REVIEWS




#MYSOULCRIES #INFORELEASE


#GoingToPressOnWednesday Going to Press on Wednesday

Dear Friends

The last two weeks have been very busy as I am chief cook, bottle washer, PR consultant and everything/person you must have in the launch of a book.  Phew!!!

So please forgive me as I have not been able to place the new information here for you.

First of all, I have created a dedicated page on Facebook for the anthology

https://www.facebook.com/mysoulcries

here you would find all the updated information an reviews.

The work is available on Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/378619

and also on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/My-Soul-Cries-Cher-Corbin-ebook/dp/B00GQIJY52/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1385931052&sr=1-1&keywords=cher+corbin


The first prints should be available by the weekend of December 10th and if reserve prior to December 15th the cost will be Bds $25 as opposed to the retail $28.95.



Thank you guys for your continued support and I look forward to your comments.

You can follow me on twitter @cherinsight

Blessings

Cher

Saturday, November 16, 2013

MY SOUL CRIES - New Anthology #mysoulcries

Dearest Friends



I have finally accomplished one of my objectives for this year...to produce my anthology and share it with all of you....

It has been almost five years since my paradigm shift and I have traveled many a rocky road, but you know they say exploration is good for the soul.

MY SOUL CRIES is a collection of poems that have been written over a period of time...yes it is a short collection, but I am sure it is one that you can go back to often as it is sectional...it all depends on what your soul cries for.....

The cover art has been created by my partner and soulmate Tracy DeOlivere Greenidge and is an adaptation of his National Silver Award  winning "Mulatto Girl". I chose this piece as the main element for the imagery as it truly represents a longing soul.

I hope you enjoy the works and your comments/reviews would greatly be appreciated.

Share it with as many as you can. It is hoped that the words within may help a longing soul in some small way.

Blessings

Cher

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/378619

http://www.amazon.com/My-Soul-Cries-Cher-Corbin-ebook/dp/B00GQIJY52/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384777552&sr=1-1

November 17th....Dear Friends

I have been receiving information that the download and viewing from Smashwords is causing difficulty for most of you who possess kindles or using the kindle app.. The thing here is that it would not open directly you have to email it to yourself....now if I was a buyer interested in a new author's work, i would be frustrated...this being said and kindle being the largest e-book reader out there..I am also publishing on Amazon...I will have this sorted by the end of the day (hopefully) and will inform you...thank you all for your patience and support.....Cher

Thursday, October 17, 2013

MY ARTWORK NOW AVAILABLE: LIMITED EDITION PRINTS #ARTWORKforSALE

Dearest Friends

Just wanted to let you know that my ARTWORK is now available for purchase.

Available will be prints on archival acid free paper and sizes will be 8x10 or 11x14 with or without matte frame.

If you are interested in the full line of works, please email me at cher.insight@gmail.com for further information on prices, shipping and payments.

The full gallery of works will soon be available on ISSUU for your convenience and online payments would be available by PAYPAL.

I look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to email me with your comments on the works or place them here.

(Please no spam mail or I WILL block you permanently)

Blessings

THE FIRST TWO IN THE "FEASTING IN RADIANCE" SERIES



FIRST TWO PIECES IN THE "HEIRLOOM" SERIES




Friday, October 11, 2013

#WINNINGWORDS #IAMPUBLISHED #NCFANTHOLOGY

Dearest Friends

In one of my recent posts here I indicated that " 2013 is a good year for writing"....and so it continues to be...

Last night I was honoured to be chosen as one of the twenty five writers out of sixty considered, for the 

WINNING WORDS Nifca Anthology. I was presented with the works by the CEO of NCF and was 

surrounded by my fellow writers....we basked in the joy of this achievement and we were all smiles 

and quite giggly...this may have been captured by the CBC camera man...so I blushing right now....we 

then huddled and signed each other's copies...that was so cool...group pic by NCF and then we mingled 

and patted each other on the back...three of us read from our works...Icil Philips, Shakirah Bourne and 

Deanne Kennedy. 


The story I wrote was called "THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CUSS-OUT".



This anthology is not just a copy edit of winners of our National Independence Festival of Creative Arts Literary Arts success, but  a carefully chosen selection of pieces that fit snuggly into the categories of Barbadian "Bygones", "Prophetics", and "Happenings".

ArtsEtc. the editors and sponsors of the publication, thru Robert Sandiford and Linda Deane perused the submissions and created this interesting journey for readers of Caribbean literature.

I, who may be called an emerging writer, am thrilled to be between the covers of this book with the likes of Shakirah Bourne, Lawrence Bannister, Tamm Bannister (no relation to Dr. B..LOL), Simon Dolcy, Robert Gibson, Icil Philips, Mark Ramsey and many,many others.

The publication is available from the National Cultural Foundation in Barbados for BDS$25.

Thank you Arts Etc, Goddards group of companies and the NCF for the sponsorship to 

produce the anthology and also to provide me with my first actual book-print literary arts publication 

that I am sure many people will read and no doubt enjoy.


"The sky is but a stop-over to my journey to the stars"





Monday, August 5, 2013

#CREATIVEWEEKEND

My creative weekend is coming to a close....well one thing I must say is this is one of the first times I planned my creative journey and it is actually working out.

Finish Edit on 1st NIFCA Prose Submission....... Check
Finish 3rd NIFCA Fine Arts Submission...............Check
Finish Edit for Friend for his 1st NIFCA Submission.......Check
Working on Edit for 2nd NIFCA Prose Submission.......Check
Thinking of Next NIFCA Fine ARts Submission........Check

Actually found time to wash clothes, cook lunch, smile with loved ones, quarrel too LOL, bathe...aw yes.. and sleep...

One of the best weekends ever.....

Thank you Divine and I breathe with gratitude every day....

Have a safe and wonderful day guys.....

Blessings

Thursday, August 1, 2013

#EMANCIPATE




Good morning friends...HAPPY EMANCIPATION DAY!!!....What does the word "EMANCIPATION" really mean...for me it is a freedom from oppression which can show itself in any form or fashion that provides a life obstacle for you.....

At times the obstacle is of our own making and we do have the prerogative to make the decision to remove it.....

Emancipate.....I have chosen to do just that.....My creative spirit has been freed....I will sour on its energy and bask in its showers of inspiration.....I AM CHER... I AM A WRITER...I AM AN ARTIST...I AM ME!!

Blessings
Cher

Friday, July 26, 2013

2013 IS A GOOD YEAR FOR WRITING

Hey friends

Just keeping you updated on my journey

I was recently published in this magazine and also in the St.Somewhere Online Journal E-book.

And now another success...ArtsEtc Barbados a premier art online blog has given me the honour of being the featured Haiku in the gallery for this cycle... try this link and you will see it


The digital art is my partner's work - Tracy DeOlivere Greenidge.

Yup... 2013 is a good year for writing and the year still has some months to go......

Blessings to all...

Cher

Friday, July 19, 2013

HAIKU - INSIGHT



Realization
Growth of self is essential
Spiritually

Friday, July 12, 2013

#FIRSTEVERPASTEL


#FIRSTEVERNUDE


#PAUSE




A pause...is just as informative as the rush...closing my eyes...I see the wash of umber and reds behind my lids...the black speckled floaters that try to dominate the space...hearing my breath...breathing...I inject myself from the inside....my spirit moves me and pre-empts the pause...stops it in its tracks....I re-enter the race....play!

Friday, May 31, 2013

#JUSTWORKTHROUGHIT

Every second of every day we should give thanks for the breath we take...sounds cliche?  Yup I know...but yesterday I was thrown for a loop...and I felt as if I was being sucked down a nasty drain with no bottom....the emotional pain was physical....but today...I realize that I was given the inherent talent to work through the problems...just process..and with a cup of coffee...just work it through.

The weekend is upon us and I will just keep going...today will be challenging I know, but also knowing that when it is ended I can come home to my sanctuary where my T loves me unconditionally...that is what I give thanks for...so...get up and move on.....


#JUSTWORKTHROUGHIT

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I WISH I HAD TOLD YOU

It has been seventeen years...today the emotions are still a little raw and conflicted...times were not always rosy or fairy tale but we still had smiles. There was much I wish I had said.....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY PHILLY!!!! 

I WISH I COULD HAVE TOLD YOU


  I have listened to your advice.
 You insisted on telling me how it was
 for you as a girl
 and how you did this and that.

 I tell you I am tired.
 I am not listening anymore.

 I have taken your advice
 and where has it gotten me?
 Right here!
 Just where I DO NOT want to be!
From now on,
I don’t need you, I don’t want you
I am not listening to you.
But, you can no longer hear me.

You are no longer with me.
You are in another place giving advice.
Being yourself.
Why were you never your true self with ME?
Why all the pretense?
Why all the hypocrisy?
It was not necessary.

I would have still loved you.
Always, I would have.
But you kept a wedge between us.
I cannot understand why you did this
but you did.
And now,
You are gone.

Where are you when I need the strength
I saw in you when I was a child?
I cannot reach you.
I am angry!
Do you understand?
Angry!

I am your child.
You left me.
I hate that
but I know
I can never hate you.
I will always love you,

Mummy.

-------------------------
Cher Corbin  2011

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

I AM A WRITER!!!!





About two years ago when I started my writing journey and was feeling the euphoria of wining two silvers at NIFCA (this high went even higher when I was told it was not easy to win anything at the Literary ARts) I thought I would share my joy with others around me.

Well as you can imagine the responses ranged from smiles, to hugs, to "really? you did that!!!" to congratulations...but the response I remember most was from a person I least expected it from....

and I quote (or paraphrase).." So you sure you writing, or you just putting words together...cuz we all know you got the gift of the gab"

Ok...now some of you who are on the same page as I am would feel how I felt when I heard that (go on, read it again and see what I mean)

So, this windy Tuesday Morning....I will make a declaration....

I really don't give two (or three) hoots what you may think!!!! I am a writer...I will continue to write....I cannot force you to read it...but I will submit it for your attention...and if you dismiss me...IT IS YOUR LOSS....someone else will embrace me....

(ok I have ranted enough..had to get that off my chest)

Toodles and Hugs to all of you out there (including all you others)

:)

Saturday, March 30, 2013






March 30th, PLEIN AIR PAINTING at the Barbados Museum with Tutor Omowale Stuart

Ok, well it started at 9am and finished at 1pm...five hours in the hot sun..but worth every 

moment of it.

We chose our spots and set up our easels. Omowale came around and gave each of us 

some perspective as to what he expected, asked which medium we were working with (for 

us it was watercolour) and why we chose the spot that we did. (Both T and I like the 

frontal view of the Museum Shop, mine further back as I liked the path going to the shop, 

his closer in as he liked the building detail.


Omowale has an approach that is FREE....he said we were taught or learnt to be controlled 

in the use of the medium and emphasized that there is no right or wrong way to paint...it 

comes from inside each of us. As far as control was concern, he was fully at the reigns with 

our tuition...as he says .." You in MY yard now.." :)



When we wrapped up, he lined up all the paintings from all the artistes and gave us a 

general review and critique. All in all we did good. The main problem, some of us were 

afraid to put the colour on the board, some of us took too long to get the composition 

together and others were so stuck in their control of the media that he commented...." 

When you do that (pointing to one piece) that is COLOURING....when you do that (pointing 

to another piece) that is EXPRESSION.....


We have to finish the pieces by next week, having taken a snapshot when the time ran 

out....but needless to say it was worth every sun blistering, throat parching, ant stinging 

moment...



Thank you NCF, Omowale, Carla and Rodney....T and I look forward to our session next 

week....



Blessings

Friday, March 22, 2013

DO NOT LET THE PAST HOLD US BACK FROM THE FUTURE

Blessings friends

Most of us spend and inordinate amount of time thinking and fretting (yes fretting) about what happened yesterday, last year, two months ago....when we were 6.... This in itself may not be a bad thing (the thinking part that is)...but do we really have the time and luxury to fret on it.

Nah! Me no think so!

All I have to say is this...let us use our experiences from the past to inform us of the choices we can make in the future

We may not be able to change the choices we have made but we can now choose to not let them ruin us.

Be positive, move forward and think on this (not fret *wink)

=======================================

A REMINDER

Blessings to all of you.
We are here on this earth for a purpose.
We must treasure the time we have in view.
A wise man once said "If you only knew
how much time you had left and translated it to months
what would you do?"

Truth be told I didn't know
but my intention was to show
that I was going to consider this information anew.

I calculated mine.
With three score and ten being the time,
I possessed two hundred and fifty two.
With this knowledge what should I do?

I pondered long and hard.
I felt troubled with this precious ward.
Then it came to me.
I was to be.
a Keeper of Faith and Blessings be!
A Mother, a Lover, a Friend in need,
A Counselor, a Mentor, yes all of these.

I have been bestowed a gift.
a precious vessel for life.
To keep safe and treasure until my life's breath is taken
and so, I rejoice in my new awakening.

Be true to yourself
and always be kind.
Never, ever forget
that we are given much, but what we don't control
is TIME.


copyright 2011 C.A.Corbin

Thursday, March 21, 2013

TO CENSOR OR NOT ( on today WORLD POETRY DAY March 21st)




The battles we fight
Many we lose
The cerebellum is the killing field
Left, right, left, right
We plan our attacks
We strategize
Our thoughts, the rank and file

The enemy is on the frontal  hill
Greater in number their infantry still
They block our path with their chemical spill
Are we to let them dictate where we go
Are we to censor and restrain our flow
No, for it is all in the mine…..

Unleash your thoughts
Contemplation rides the wind,
Thermals and breezes of the paths of the mind
Greatness will be found
Empowerment will be the gift
Confidence will be the surprise
Drown your fears in the new birth of our eloquence

Deliver the message to all who would listen
The audience who yearns for nourishment and escape
Carry them there,
Lead them to the fields of variety
Stimulate their minds
In the end they will thank you
In the end they will give kudos
to the uncensored mind
The valiant thoughts bursting through
The meshed web of compartmentalism

Breathe, my friend
Write profusely
Don’t stop
Continue

Ahhhh, they want to listen
They are waiting
For this new source of power
The power of the uncensored mind
The power of the verse

It is nothing less than a Super Power
One that we all have
One that we must all use
One that we must all share
Here it is….
Take it!

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copyright 2011 C.A.Corbin

Time to sit up and take notice.....

I awoke this morning in excruciating pain. Neck, head, shoulders... I almost thought I was having an episode of some sort.

Tortured dreams didn't help either and no amount of Panadol Ultra was going to fix it. I realized that I had to seek my medicine from my soul....to understand that you cannot control everything and also to realize that (as my Partner always says...Love you T)....

" ...You teach others how to treat you..."

It is only so far that you can take your maternal, instructional, controlling, motherly ways before you start crossing the line and infringing on your children's independence and more importantly, their right to live their lives.

My protective mode needs to take a back seat sometimes, and I need to learn how to observe. ( it is so ironic that I recognize this because as a scientist that is one of the first tools we learn how to perfect).

In almost every blog I speak on how communication is key....it is a two way street...not a one-way projection.

" Physician, heal thyself."

I have realized I need to breathe and release. Others around me need to do the same.  We cannot keep projecting our way of living on others. Yes when we are all one we must be more inter-dependent than independent..that is a give. But we must also realize we must sit back and let others take the wheel sometimes...don't be negative about it....be supportive.

I have had to learn this the hard way....the stressed way...

From this day onward....I will learn to be more patient....and share love and tenderness with those I possibly have pushed away.

We cannot let the past dictate our future...we let the past inform us on how we deal with the present...but people can change.....only if the opportunity is given.

It makes no sense bringig the past into persons' present every time something is not the way we like it...hard fact..but I now realize how true....

So....I tried to express my thoughts in the poem REALIZATION  which I have attached here....

To my loved ones...my children...my soul mate...my colleagues...my friends....I promise to be supportive and caring....understanding and patient.....I have but one heart...and that I am willing to share as the depth of it is unfathomable.

Blessings to all of you.....

I will now have my breakfast and go to work...(yes I know I am late...but better be late and at peace...than rushing and troubled).

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REALIZATION

Fitful dreams do nothing
But nurture the pain, the questioning
Frantic conversation
You, myself and I
Conflict, resolution, deny
Painful decisions of the past
Haunt the path of the future
Drag me deep in the mire
Where youthful eyes plead, beg
Desire
To be lifted, guided to the pasture
Once a child, now the master
Of your fate
Shining white alabaster
Fullness of life
Words you utter to the elder
Fall heavy on the heart of the mother
Truth, be told
Unravels, unfolds
The essence, the purity
Of your soul

C.A.Corbin  © 2013