Illusion of Beauty Versus Ugly
physical beauty is an illusion
transitory in nature
what appears as physical beauty 
can change in a heartbeat
actions of an individual
reveals ugliness or beauty
regardless of physical attributes
have you ever met someone
at first glance 
beautiful to your eyes
in a short time
unkind actions, abusive speech
at second glance  
beauty has turned to ugly
too often one who did not
possess a physical beauty
when first glanced upon
through the loving actions
of their heart and mind
soon physical appearance
like a caterpillar 
becomes the butterfly 
resplendence of the inner soul 
becomes the outer beauty
look not with your physical eyes
if you are looking for genuinine beauty
physical appearance is a mirage
true beauty is often hidden
in a protective shell of unsightliness
requires time and a second look
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This poem is written for dverse for the prompt of  ‘beauty in ugliness’. 
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The Gift
walking in the park 
spied a woman on a bench
I felt her pain
walked over to inquire
‘my life is worthless’ she exclaimed
seeking peace from family woes
offered aid and hope
giving light to darkness
saved her that day
she called me angel
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My birthname was Dora Ann, my father called me Doran and that stuck into adulthood. I write under the name of Dorianna. The name Dora and all its derivatives means ‘gift’ or ‘gift of god’. The story above is true and not an isolated incident, in fact, that sort of thing happens quite often. I’ve suffered many hardships in my life and it has given me the gift of empathy and understanding enabling me to help those in emotional distress.
This poem was written in answer to a prompt at dverse to write a poem about the meaning of our name.
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A Smile Given is a Smile Received

I wrote this article a few years ago but it is so applicable today when folks seem to be getting even more distant to each other. We need to realize  a smile, though it may seem insignificant, can make a huge difference in someone’s life. You never know what another person is going through or feeling, how alone they might be.         


Give A Smile-Get A Smile

In today’s world of technology we do not have ample opportunity to get personal. Life is fast-paced and everyone seems to be in a rush. We dial the phone and we talk to machines. We spend long hours on the computer playing games, emailing one another or working with our web pages. Even in the office environment, we email the person in the cubicle three feet away instead of walking over to hand them a task list.

Don’t get me wrong. I love technology. I cannot imagine being without my computer and am guilty of spending a large part of my day working and socializing on the Internet. The Internet affords us wonderful opportunities. Without monetary cost outside of an Internet connection, one can communicate with persons all over the world. At our fingertips is a worldwide educational abundance. I could continue to expound on the many benefits that technology has brought into our lives; however, that is not the gist of this article.

As a result of the technological age, our personal touch with one another is decreasing. It is imperative that we take advantage of the fleeting opportunities to be personal. Human beings are becoming strangers to one another. Too often we are in a hurry to get on with the business of living and walk past each other on the street without an acknowledgment. Great deals of people exist daily without the slightest feel of a human touch or a kind word from another person.

Have you wondered why there is so much clinical depression in the world today? Ask yourself why so many young people in our societies are distraught; many attempting suicide or, even worse, murdering many numbers of their classmates or family members. Do you conclude as I do that we are in need of a one-on-one personal touch?

Think back to a time when you may have been standing in line at a bank, or a grocery store and someone turned and smiled at you. Prior to that smile you were feeling very anxious, possibly tapping your foot in impatience. You were irritated to be wasting your time waiting in a long line, pondering over the mundane things that needed to get done. You may have even been working yourself into a frustrated frenzy.

Suddenly an individual standing in the line across from you flashes a broad friendly smile. give a smile-get a smileInstantly you receive the warmth that the smile was transmitting and tension is eased. More often than not, you feel compelled to smile back. You do so without giving it thought, as though it is a natural inclination to reciprocate the smile. Indeed, it is natural. We were created to be social creatures.

If only for a few minutes, the tension from the workday pressures are eased once you return the smile. In that moment of personal embrace from another person you now experience a feeling of acceptance. You have shared a personal contact, someone cares that you are here and now you are a part of something larger than yourself, you are now an integral part of the human race.

There is power in that smile. On the spur of the moment you experience affection. The individual offering up the smile now is changed from a stranger to be wary of to a kindred spirit. A conversation may ensue and now the mundane becomes more enjoyable and you have experienced stress reduction. The world is now warm and comforting instead of cold, fearful and bitter.

Are you perhaps thinking that our fast pace lifestyle is not lacking in this sense of belonging? Think again! Ponder why our youths join gangs. They will reveal that they are seeking to be a part of something. They’re seeking their natural instinct to be social. The gang becomes an extension of the family. In a gang the youths feel important. Within the group they experience friendship and loyalty. It offers them a team like environment. They don’t have to struggle through life alone; they are not abandoned any longer.

Giving  and receiving a smile may not be the solution to the world’s problems, however, a smile is a good place to start. Being social creatures it is imperative that we accept each other in warmth in order to experience that we belong to each other, to the entire human race. We should feel moved to embrace each other in our hearts and minds and with a smile and physical touch like a handshake or hug.

Go ahead and smile. I dare you. But be careful. You might find the world a friendlier place. You might find that your brothers and sisters are warm and loving; also desirous to feel accepted. Your smile might just make their day. And I’m betting you will get a nice warm smile in return.

©dorianna ric
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Miracle of Positivity
avoidance of negative feelings miracle of positivity
an impossibility, unrealistic
suppression is not positive enlightenment
nor is an expectation of incessant joy
bad feelings from negative experiences
emotions that often educate and motivate
positivity is the phenomenon 
transforming negative energy
into a productive (positive) force
manipulates anger, hostility, heartbreak
abstractions of intensity to employ
create a force working in your favor
build up rather than tear down
cultivate hopelessness and desperation
as outgrowths of inspiration 
this the miracle of positivity
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Last Chance
“Hi Sally, it’s Kiki. We talked last weekend when the guys had their meeting. The violence never stops. I remember the conversation we had. I always knew you were just like me, you want out too. I’m leaving Johnny. Today is our last chance. Pick up the phone Sally.”
“Where are you? Johnny just left with Frank, another meeting with the boys. Coast is clear. This is our chance. Don’t pack a thing. You don’t want to draw suspicion from your neighbors. I’ll be at the back door in twenty minutes. A friend is going to take us to the next town. All arrangements are made. Don’t say a word to anyone, not even your folks. This is our last chance for freedom Sally. I’ve been real careful with planning. Johnny doesn’t suspect a thing. Why won’t you pick up the phone Sally? Your car is in the driveway.”
Sally stands in the kitchen cringed against the wall nausea gripping sobbing as she falls to her knees. She didn’t want to betray Kiki. She did want out but Frank had been in the mob too long. He would have killed her if she didn’t obey him. Johnny suspected Kiki was up to something. The scream came over the phone line riddling through Sally. She could hear Kiki’s pleas.
“No Johnny, please put the gun down baby. You wouldn’t shoot me, would you, Johnny? I love you Johnny. I wouldn’t leave you. Johnny! Johnny…oh Johnny?”
Sally doubled over, pain twisting her insides, the shot heard as the phone went dead. Leaning over the kitchen sink, Sally vomited draining herself of the sickening defeat, running cold water over the anguish gurgling down the drain. Within minutes the nausea passed though it seemed an eternity. Sally made way to the powder room straightening hair and makeup, taking care to conceal the puffiness around her eyes. Frank would be angry if she had been crying. Satisfied her appearance would not reveal pity for Kiki, she returned to the kitchen to prepare dinner for Frank wearing her best smile.
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Freedom Flight
This was my first attempt at Flash Fiction provoked from a prompt. After I wrote this I then went on to write the same basic story in poetic form. You can read it here  Drifting into Twilight.
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Safe Harbor

safe harbor

we were a distant dream
across an ocean
untill your spirit
as a lighthouse to a lost seafarer
beckoned me from my dark reality
guided me to a safe harbor
a seafaring voyage on the sea of love
to a heart full of light

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Shared this poem @ dverse for Quadrille Monday

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New Day Blessing
new day dawning
as the sun rises over the sea
elevate your spirit in its glory
as evening darkness begins to part
may warmth of sun rays warm your heart
form a smile in your heavenly eyes 
as morning breaks across the sky
feel the joy of earth’s awakening
embrace the new day dawning
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Return to Dust
I have often wonderedtree, man all return to dust
do the trees comprehend
denuding themselves in autumn
of redressing in the spring
do they remember each season
a resurrected soul life
perhaps springtime finds them
no better off than man
speculative, what awaits after death
as each leaf of red and gold
becomes a blanket for the earth
until it evanesces into nullity
only a memory in winter tears 
replenshing soil of the earth
when all is said and done
we aren’t the only one
man, beast, and tree
share corresponding destiny
all return to dust
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The next two poems are shared in answer to the prompt @ dverse to write about a circus. I hate everything about a circus, the noise, crowd, dirt, smell and cruelity to animals. I suppose I could write about that disdain but I just am not motivated to do so. Instead I am going to share two poems I wrote recently that incorporates the subject.


My second poem for this topic  may seem off topic until you remember that a Circus does often include  fun houses , the house of mirrors and houses of terror. 

Carnival of Terror

carnival terror

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