Poetry

Unbreak My Heart

Photo credit the lovely Jessica of @rusticbones

“The beauty of magic is having
second chances. To prove that a love
like ours knows no bounds.”

Magic lies within the soul, the thing that allows us to breathe. To feel. To be. It’s almost tangible, like the grainy sweetness of a pear, or the gentle rippling of a body of water. It’s the freedom to choose your path and live with the choices you’ve made. But it’s also understanding when you’re wrong, and doing something about it. The beauty of magic is having second chances. To prove that love knows no bounds. That our hearts can find each other in the dark. And it can restore your faith in the magic we share.

© Sarah Doughty
2016

A love like ours
knows no bounds.

Poetry

A World Of Beauty

Photo credit the lovely Jessica of @rusticbones

“Don’t let anyone dictate what you share
with the world. Life is worth exploring.”

There’s beauty in the world, there’s beauty in life — the good and the bad. Writing about these things isn’t trash. That’s not honoring your beliefs. It would feel like a dishonor to shun everything about life that makes us human beings. Don’t think your words are less important because they aren’t necessarily about a higher power. Life, feeling, and just being are worth exploring.

© Sarah Doughty
2016

Don’t let anyone
dictate what you share
with the world.
Life is far too
complex for a
narrow view.

Poetry

Millenia

“You were the empty space between worlds.
A darkness I no longer needed.”

After a millenia of memories, cast into the universe, I gathered each one in the palm of my hand. Every star was an epic love, every planet, a hope of something new, every moon, a dream turned into reality. Everything else — the infinite expanse of darkness — was where you belonged. I squeezed out every last bit of your darkness until nothing remained but light.

© Sarah Doughty
2106

Nothing remained
but light.

Photography, Random Thoughts

A Little Help

Pixabay
I think it’s safe to say I’ve been putting this off for far too long. By this, I mean everything. This is where you come in. My life is out of sorts and I cannot seem to find my way back. Around and around I go. The answers are clear and I know the path I must take, but I keep stalling out. The why is not something I can name. But I do know some of the obvious.

This writer’s block has lasted longer than I ever thought possible. I’ve been neglecting projects I promised to fulfill. My books, my beloved characters, and the world I created have gone untouched for longer than I’d like to admit, for a variety of reasons that have changed over time. And I’m just … tired.

Where am I going with this, you might ask? I have no idea, to be honest. I don’t have any good answers. Maybe I just need time to lay everything out and decide what really matters, and ultimately let other things go. Maybe I just need a swift kick in the right direction. Not literally. Some motivation, might be a better description of what I need.

Perhaps, let’s try this. If you’ve been around for any period of time, you know what really lights me up and gets me animated. The thing that pushes me on. And if you’re aware of that, odds are you’re aware of what dulls me. The thing that’s really not worth my time, but somewhere along the way, I managed to convince myself it was. Can you pinpoint what’s holding me back?

I could use a little advice.

~Sarah Doughty

Updates

November Notes 2019

The fourth-annual November Notes is back!

Are you as excited as I am?

Here’s the rundown.
The guidelines are the same.

  • Each day during the month of November,
    a new song will be your prompt.
  • Take whatever part of the day’s selection
    that resonates with you the most.
  • Create something. Anything.
    Art, poetry, flash fiction, photography — the choice is yours.
  • Share it anywhere — just be sure to use the right tag.
    • #novembernotes2019 on social media, NovemberNotes on WordPress, #November Notes on Tumblr.
  • My co-host, the very talented Nicole Hartley — and I will do our best to show our support.
  • Also, Yellow Penguin, NYC is graciously supporting this month of creativity.

To listen and follow along to each
of the songs on Spotify, click here.

  1. The Comedown (3 AM) by Empara Mi
  2. Ambivalence by Tanuki
  3. Bones by Low Roar
  4. I Don’t Care (ft. Adam Grontier) by Apocalyptica
  5. Eyes by Ex Makina
  6. What I Wouldn’t Give by We The Kings
  7. Miles To Go by Stateless
  8.  I Of The Storm by Of Monsters And Men
  9. Wildfire (alternate version) by SYML
  10. Quiet by This Will Destroy You
  11. Heart Of The Darkness by Tommee Proffitt
  12. Empathy by Audiomachine
  13. Everybody’s Free (To wear Sunscreen) by Baz Lurhmann, Quintin Tarver, Josh Abrams
  14. Shadows Fall by Random Forest
  15. Casualty by Hidden Citizens
  16. Your Soul by Hippie Sabotage
  17. Paradise Circus (Gui Boratto remix) by Massive Attack
  18. Recreational by Aaron Krause
  19. Catch Fire by The Neon Lights
  20. Counting by Autre Ne Veut
  21. ‘Till Sunrise (ft. Mammals) by Goldroom
  22. Bones by Dustin Tebbutt
  23. BloodStutter by Handsome Ghost
  24. Ivory by MOVEMENT
  25. Clouds Are Sleeping by The Abbasi Brothers
  26. The Illusion Of Order by Red Sparrow
  27. Hunger Of The Pine by Alt-j
  28. Until Then… by Sully Erna
  29. In For The Kill by Billie Marten
  30. Silhouette (ft. Ellie Goulding) by Active Child

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations!

~Sarah Doughty

Poetry

Unbreak My Heart

Photo credit the lovely Jessica of @rusticbones

“The beauty of magic is having
second chances. To prove that a love
like ours knows no bounds.”

Magic lies within the soul, the thing that allows us to breathe. To feel. To be. It’s almost tangible, like the grainy sweetness of a pear, or the gentle rippling of a body of water. It’s the freedom to choose your path and live with the choices you’ve made. But it’s also understanding when you’re wrong, and doing something about it. The beauty of magic is having second chances. To prove that love knows no bounds. That our hearts can find each other in the dark. And it can restore your faith in the magic we share.

© Sarah Doughty
2016

A love like ours
knows no bounds.

Poetry

A World Of Beauty

Photo credit the lovely Jessica of @rusticbones

“Don’t let anyone dictate what you share
with the world. Life is worth exploring.”

There’s beauty in the world, there’s beauty in life — the good and the bad. Writing about these things isn’t trash. That’s not honoring your beliefs. It would feel like a dishonor to shun everything about life that makes us human beings. Don’t think your words are less important because they aren’t necessarily about a higher power. Life, feeling, and just being are worth exploring.

© Sarah Doughty
2016

Don’t let anyone
dictate what you share
with the world.
Life is far too
complex for a
narrow view.

Poetry

Millenia

“You were the empty space between worlds.
A darkness I no longer needed.”

After a millenia of memories, cast into the universe, I gathered each one in the palm of my hand. Every star was an epic love, every planet, a hope of something new, every moon, a dream turned into reality. Everything else — the infinite expanse of darkness — was where you belonged. I squeezed out every last bit of your darkness until nothing remained but light.

© Sarah Doughty
2106

Nothing remained
but light.

Poetry

False Pretenses

“You know who you are.
You are the sum of all that has happened.
So don’t let doubters drag you down.”

Mutual respect and friendship isn’t always genuine. It’s a hard lesson I’ve learned time and time again.

Sometimes all it takes is one look. A split second, and it’s all over. You see it. That flash of disgust flickering across their face. That’s when you know, it was all a lie. You wait, hoping it was wrong. That it was a trick of light.

But it didn’t take long to realize the truth, did it? “I was nothing to you,” you think. It took some processing to accept it, but if you’re being honest with yourself, that instant of distaste was enough to lose all respect for them.

I’m here to tell you that they weren’t worth it. Don’t mourn them, because they don’t deserve it. You know who you are. You are the sum of all that has happened to you, and you have come out the other side intact. Or you’re on your way. So no matter what they think of you, or if they used you, took advantage, it doesn’t matter.

Shake it off, and make a friend out of the rest of your pain. Hug it. Build your world around it and the people you know are family, whether they’re blood or not. Even if you lock yourself away from the rest of the world. Make beauty from your pain, and show the world — not just them — that you can overcome anything. And you have. You’ve won. They didn’t take that piece of you that still shone in the darkness. You bloomed beneath the moonlight, and they had no part of it.

That’s when you know, even though it’ll take time, you are worth it. And they aren’t.

© Sarah Doughty
2016

Updates

November Notes

The third-annual November Notes is back!

Are you as excited as I am?

Here’s the rundown. This year, the guidelines are the same.

  • Each day during the month of November,
    a new song will be your prompt.
  • Take whatever part of the day’s selection
    that resonates with you the most.
  • Create something. Anything.
    Poetry, flash fiction, photography — the choice is yours.
  • Share it on your Instagram or blog — just be sure to use the right tag.
    • #novembernotes2018 on Instagram, NovemberNotes on your blog.
  • My co-host, the very talented Dipendra Tamang — and I — will do our best to show our support.

To listen and follow along to each
of the songs on Spotify, click here.
Otherwise, look below for a full list of the songs.

  1. For This You Were Born by UNSECRET Feat. Fleurie
  2. Losing My Religion by R.E.M
  3. Embody Me by Novo Amor
  4. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. Wolves by Down Like Silver
  6. Spanish Rose (Original Stereo Mix) by Van Morrison
  7. Wildfire by SYML
  8. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young
  9. Lend Me The Courage Of Stars by Lights & Motion
  10. Nights In White Satin (Single Version) by The Moody Blues
  11. Catch The Wind by High Highs
  12. No Rain by Blind Melon
  13. Blinded by Emmit Fenn
  14. Sensitive Kind by John Mayall
  15. Wastelands by Amber Run
  16. Diamonds And Rust by Joan Baez
  17. This Is Us Colliding by Talos
  18. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  19. On The Nature Of Daylight by Max Richter, et al.
  20. The Girl From Ipanema by João Gilberto, Stan Getz, and Astrud Gilberto
  21. Life And Death by Paul Cardall
  22. With Or Without You (Remastered) by U2
  23. Pistols At Dawn (Bonus Track) by Seinabo Sey
  24. The Joker by The Steve Miller Band
  25. Across The Sea by The Sweeplings
  26. The Price by Twisted Sister
  27. Adagio In E Minor (From “Sunshine) by The City Of Prague Philharmonic
  28. Hurt by Johnny Cash
  29. The Hunger In Your Haunt by Crywolf
  30. November Rain by Guns ‘N Roses

We look forward to seeing what wonderful creations you come up with!

~Sarah Doughty