Poetry, Updates

You Must Be New Here — A Weyward Sisters Collaboration

“Here’s a good rule of thumb:
If you don’t want to be called Tiny,
then don’t call me Baby.”

© Sarah Doughty

This was just a small sample of a much larger badass collaboration about etiquette in the online community. Once again, I’m honored to have been a part of the Weyward Sisters. It was fun to write, with some spice added on top. Special thanks to Sudden Denouement for publishing the piece. To read the full piece, click here.

Poetry, Updates

Death Knell – Sudden Denouement

“Then, like a death knell, you arrived.
My monster. In the flesh.”

© Sarah Doughty

I’m pleased to announce that I was published
at Sudden Denouement once again.
To read the full piece, head over here and show some love!

Nevertheless, She Persisted – A Blood Into Ink Collaboration

Silence was her solace,
the stillness of the night,
the calm before the storm.
Her voice, long since stifled.
Her body, long since defiled.
But they never broke her spirit.
Nevertheless, she persisted.

© Sarah Doughty

This was written as part of a larger piece created with some fierce writers from Blood Into Ink. The Shield Maidens, as we’re calling our collaborative effort, were featured at Sudden Denouement with our piece called, “Nevertheless, She Persisted.” Go check it out!


Forged Of Flame – A Blood Into Ink Collaboration

I had the pleasure of collaborating with some very talented writers at Blood Into Ink. 1Wise Woman, Aurora, Christine, and Kindra — my Shield Maiden sisters — you are my heroes. Below is an excerpt from my contribution. To read the full piece, click here.

“I felt this power rushing through my veins like a drug, searing every cell as it passed and transformed the very marrow in my bones to obsidian. My skin grew thicker, no longer the flawless flesh it once was, but marred by memories and shielded from what was to come.”

© Sarah Doughty


Realities – Blood Into Ink

“Perhaps it was you and your high standards. Maybe it was me, always breaking my back to try to live up to them.”

Read the rest here.

© Sarah Doughty

Blood Into Ink has invited me to share my experiences with other survivors of trauma. I’m honored to be included among some formidable warriors in the  writing community.


Never Yours

Special thanks to Sudden Denouement for sharing my words. I’m honored that they have a place to call home.

“I was never yours to do with as you pleased.”

[Trigger warning: the following may be too much for victims of sexual abuse or assault. Continue with caution.]

My mouth wasn’t yours to silence. It wasn’t yours to fill with words that were not my own. It wasn’t yours to taste, or to swallow what you gave me. My mind wasn’t meant to be manipulated. To be broken. My emotions didn’t exist for you to dictate. How I should love you. Worship you with blind devotion. Or how I needed to fear you…

Read the rest here: Never Yours – Sarah Doughty


Unheard Incantations: A Collaborative Poem

The following is a collaborative effort by myself and eight other writers. It’s always a pleasure to bring our minds together. Enjoy!

The words we cannot say
Will be wept
Into silence between us (CER)

Breathe deep, dear love;
Be still with me
Listen to my heartstrings
A song meant just for you (KMA)

Each tear
An eloquent elegy
To tortured truths (AP)

Each note played
On a hand carved lute
Strung with strips
Of my soul (JWL)

Your breathless aura
Beats in time
Undulating ululation
With my exhaled psyche (AP)

Intertwined, tangled,
Unified: whole
Healed. (JWL)

Yet with hearts torn open
Bleeding out the notes of our song
You turned from me (ME)

I am fire
In desire
I beg
Save me (1W-W)

Fetch me an instrument,
For the untrained ear
Is soothed by that
Which it cannot comprehend. (LEL)

Not everything is black and white.
For even the eclipsed moon
Is not without a little light. (SD)

Whispers through the distance
I remember
As you reach for my hand
my heart (CER)

Our words
Drip like fire
Into embers
Wanting back
Their flame. (SFF)

The words we cannot say
Will be wept
Into silence between us (CER)

Written by:


Kindra M. Austin

Sarah Doughty

Michael Erickson

Stephen F. Fuller

John W. Leys

Lois E. Linkens

Aurora Phoenix

Christine E. Ray


Source: Unheard Incantations: A Collaborative Poem


A Room So Still and Quiet It Hurts: A Collaboration of Warriors

After the recent deaths of Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell, many of us were hit hard. I was lucky to be included with a large group of writers that came together to share our words and perspectives on the darkness that haunts people with depression. Below is my contribution to it. If you’d like to read the collaboration in it’s entirety, click the link at the bottom.

These bones have grown
weak and weary, while the rest
of the world has gone
dark and gray. Over time,
they’ve become more
than I can handle.
More than I can live with.
And these burdens I carry
are mine alone. No one
deserves to hold them
on their shoulders.
Which is why I’ll take them
with me. After the music
stops playing.

© Sarah Doughty

Source: A Room So Still and Quiet It Hurts: A Collaboration of Warriors


Breath, Bone, And Blood

I’m pleased to present my contribution to Christine Ray’s “Breath And Bone” prompt at the Brave And Reckless and Blood Into Ink blogs.

Breath, Bone, And Blood

I am more than the shallow breaths that escape my aching lungs, billowing up in a little white puff against the chilly, moonlit night. I am more than the weight you’ve forced me to carry on my shoulders. I am more…

Read the rest: Breath, Bone, And Blood/Sarah Doughty

Photo credit Laura Makabresku.


Moondrops at Sudden Denouement

I’m honored to be featured with Sudden Denouement once again!

A Global Divergent Literary Collective

The moondrops glistening on your skin mapped out more than just stars that needed to be named. They were constellations, solar systems, and galaxies. An entire universe awaited to be explored, and though I didn’t know where to start, I knew I wanted to discover them all.

[Sarah Doughty is the tingling wonder-voice behind Heartstring Eulogies. She’s also the author of The Silence Between Moonbeams, her poetry chapbook, and the acclaimed novels and novellas of the Earthen Witch Universe. Good news, they’re all offered for free, right here! To learn more about how awesome Sarah is, check out her website, stalk her on Goodreads, or both.]

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