Fall in the Coffee Cherry

“You have no seasons in that small island of yours,” she says, with a smile that stinks of nurtured ignorance and mirth-rich malice. “That is why your people migrate to our lands, right? Searching for more, wanting better, needing our green Springs and the vivid orange of our Falls? So sad.”

For a fiery moment, I taste her nasty thoughts wanting to crawl into my words. But I magic the flames into a knowing grin—she shan’t pull her rot out of my tongue. And I speak my truth: “In my small island, Fall sleeps in the reds of the coffee cherry. We arouse it awake with our fingers, berry by berry, until our baskets are full of warming cups. We drink October all year long. And so do you. But the taste buds of your spirit are dead. So you fail to notice. So very sad.”

the reddest berries
lose their dresses for the Fall,
to warm coffee cups

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the wee notes…
– All right, so maybe a wee bit of her nastiness touched my pen’s tongue *cough, cough cackle*.
– In the bit of the Dominican Republic where I was born, coffee harvest used to begin in October.
– Linked to Sanaa’s Prompt Nights – Crunching, Crinkling Autumn swirling in the Breeze.

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Witches in Fiction 2016: Spelling Healing into a Rotting World

The world is rotting in human madness.

That’s the thought that crosses my mind every time I read or watch the news—children around the world are going hungry, countries are closing their borders to people in need, nations dream of more elaborate ways to kill each other, the cost of health care is so high that those who need it most can’t even imagine a way to afford it, food is being poisoned, education is not available to all, the want for oil money is drowning the need for water and respect for the beliefs of others…

The world is very sick. Wherever we look, we find something dying. With that in mind, for the sixth year of Witches in Fiction, I invite you to Spell Healing into a Rotting World. Let’s grab our artistic weapons of choice, and use them to right something currently wronging our world.witches-in-fiction-2016This event is open to all imaginative bloggers, who wish to sprinkle a bit of magic into their art and then share it with the world: storytellers, painters, crafters, sculptors, potion makers, ninjas, gardeners, photographers, potion drinkers, knitters, poets, doll makers, singers, kittens with their own internet accounts, dogs suspicious of kittens with their own internet accounts, cats who have stolen their humans’ internet accounts… Yes, my Wicked Luvs, everyone is welcomed.

There is only one rule: Your entry must include some sort of magic and a fictional storyline.

The healing yum starts on Friday, October 21st, at 12:13 am EDT. And it will go on all weekend long. On party day, I’ll provide a post where we can share the direct links to our contributions.

If you are not sure how to approach this year’s topic with your art, let me know in the comments and I will try to help. Here are some ideas: a storyteller could write a short tale about a character battling one of the problems rotting the world; a poet could craft a healing spell; photographers, doll makers, gardeners, painters… can create a piece and write a wee tale about how said piece positively affected one of the issues rotting the world. Fiction gives us a universe of choices.

To join, leave me a comment which includes your blog link and blog name. I will add you to The Artistic Healers list (see below). The list will be updated a few times a day. If you join and then find out that you can’t participate, sent me a line and I’ll remove your name from the list. Please spread the word. And if you’re feeling especially festive, grab the party button. Every action starts as an idea. When that idea is born as art, the action is just a short step away. Create… and step!

The Artistic Sponsors
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The Artistic Healers
A Dash of Sunny
Anima ex Manus Art Dolls
Cackle and Hoot
Daydream Believer
Dreaming of Rosemary
Emotion (Sometimes) Recollected in Tranquility
Fanny Fae
Foreigner in My Own Backyard
Gypsy Spirit Rising
Incipient Wings
Holly’s Horrorland
Khaya Ronkainen
Kestril’s Rhythms and Grove
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Laura and Her Favorite Things…
Lee Smith
Little Gothic Horrors
Magic Love Crow
Magaly Guerrero
Ms Misantropia
Notes from the Underground
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Pen and Feather
Rue and Hyssop
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Witchcraft and Literature