Poem. Sunshine Views.

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Sunshine Views

the scenic view
as i walk through
layers upon layers of small happenings

of joggers
a train speeding by
the sparkle of dew on grass
crooked rubbish sacks beside the bins

an empty park
with ghosts of children past

i rejoice in the days that begin when
winter ends

when i wake
and behind the curtains
the sunshine is waiting for me

the grey, miserable days can be forgotten
replaced by hope,
possibilities that don’t look so impossible

showered, and dressed
i walk,
out into the park
where the trees wave at me
and twigs snap underneath my feet

further into wooded areas
it is like i am alone, with a different kind of magic
the hum of the road is almost inaudible

it feels i could walk forever
releasing my worries

in curiosities of nature –
discarded eggs, feathers,
and a pair of mittens
dangling on a low hanging branch from the tree

in the event the person
who lost the pair may return for them

how separate we can become

lost from what we hold dear

relying on a stranger to take notice
and help us find our lost belongings again

K.L


NOTES
The sun was out over the Bank Holiday weekend and, as it goes, suddenly everyone in the country appeared to be a lot happier. I actually wrote this poem a couple of months ago and just added a few details when I edited it a few days ago. I’m not happy with the ending of the poem, but it did leave me stumped. I imagine something will come to me eventually though.


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Four Questions with Jasmine Smith (@jasmine_d_smith )

Jasmine Smith

1. Tell us about you, and your writing (themes, influences etc.)

Hi, I’m Jasmine. I have been writing most of my life, but I only seriously commited to writing and sharing my words in the last couple years. I write a lot of broken-hearted poetry and have recently branched out to broader themes. I am starting a new project where I will be writing about a lot more than love and loss but the details are still being ironed out. I have a lot of influences in the poetry community such as Amanda Lovelace, Cyrus Parker, Gretchen Gomez, Shelby Leigh, and so many more talented writers.

2. What are some of the ways in which you promote your work, and do you find these add, or eat into, your time writing?

I normally use Instagram, or Twitter, to promote work. I don’t spend much time promoting my work outside of these ways. This normally doesn’t cut into my writing time. I spend way more time on writing and reading poetry than I do thinking of promoting my work right now.

3. What projects are you working on at present?

I just released my second poetry collection titled painful broken sunshine, which I have been working on for over six months. There are a few trigger warnings at the beginning of the title so if you do read it, be sure to keep safe. I wrote about the pain of being abused as a child, being heartbroken, and findng true love. I am also planning on starting a new project, but you’ll have to stay tuned to my Instagram for more details!

4. What does poetry mean to you?

Poetry means the world to me. It’s how I express feelings and help myself move forward with anything happening in my life. I write a lot about being broken-hearted, but I am actually getting the hang of writing love poems too. Poetry from fellow writers have helped me get through some of the most difficult situations I’ve faced in the recent years. Without poetry, I don’t know where I would be.


life’s a journey. there’s family, love, growing, heartbreak, and tragedy. this title explores the ups and downs of life’s journey. life is a painful, beautiful, broken piece of sunshine.


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