Cindy Vallar

Author, Editor, & Pirate Chronicler
P. O. Box 425, Keller, TX  76244-0425

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Poems & Prose

The writings below are jottings, many of which were written while in school to
pass the time when my mind drifted from the subject matter being taught.

 
Midnight Dreaming            The Traveller            Sunset

Feelings of Loneliness        Morning Tide    


Midnight Dreaming
Copyright 2000 Cindy Vallar

The silent stillness beckons the writer. Silvery moonlight illuminates ink and paper. Shadows flitter across the mind's eye as the feather quill scratches hurriedly lest inspiration vanish like magic. Eerie creaks raise goose flesh and shivers, but the welcoming arms of raven-blue darkness cradle and nourish body and soul. Neither endings nor beginnings, but contradictions. Images inspire horror and suspense or mystery and romance.

Spidery tendrils of weeping willows waft in the breeze. An unseen owl hoots and a lone wolf howls. Two cloaked figures glide through brewing mist. Iron hinges of a long-forgotten crypt screech like the keening wail for lost souls. Flickering candlelight beckons from within. Dust entombs the marble-topped altar. Cobwebs cleave to tarnished sconces. The heady fragrance of red roses dispels the suffocating mustiness. Ossiferous fingers caress words etched on paired tombstones.

Raina beloved of Thorn        Red candle        Thorne beloved of Raina

Two shimmering wraiths meld into one as if one enfolds the other within an ethereal embrace.

The first ray of dawn scatters contradictions like a puff of wind disperses whispery white dandelion seeds. The brittle remnants of the writer's conjuring shatter into crystals of black ice. The brilliant light is momentary, for midnight dreaming lurks, a chimera of fantasy and illusion.

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The Traveller
(In the style of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales)
Copyright 1974 Cindy Aker

The traveller clad in suit and tie
Carries a camera with an electric eye.
Wearing sunglasses to hide the glare,
He roams the world without a car.
He walks the streets of Paris and Rome,
Visiting cities and hillsides, but never his home.
His stride and his manner more befitting a king
As he spreads the word, doing his thing.
Telling and showing his brotherly love
His symbol of peace, a snow-white dove.

Yet he finds that he is always alone
Never able to make friends of his own.
He travels forever all over the world.
Without a companion to help spread the word.


Traveller

The Traveller originally appeared in the Winter 1974 issue of Soliloquy.

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Sunset
Original Copyright 1976 Cindy Aker
Revised Copyright 2022 Cindy Vallar

Sunset by
                                    mexitographer (Source: Can Stock
                                    Photo)
Standing on the soft golden sand,
a solitary figure gazes toward the setting sun.
The solitary figure wades into the water
hearing only the quiet rippling of the outgoing tide
and the call of seagulls heading home.
A gentle, yet cooling, breeze blows
as the solitary figure faces the sea
and slowly walks toward the horizon.

Sunset originally appeared in American Collegiate Poets, Fall Concours 1976
and received a Special Award.


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Feelings of Loneliness
Copyright 1977 Cindy Aker
A ship sailing on the high seas,
An athlete trying to set a world record,
A pilot taking his first solo flight,
A writer sitting at his typewriter,
A teacher facing her first class,
An astronaut circling the Earth,
A person without a friend,
A couple on a blind date,
A graduate about to face the world,
All know the feeling of loneliness.
Footsteps
                  in the sand

Feelings of Loneliness originally appeared in American Collegiate Poets, Spring Concours 1977
and received a Special Award.

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Morning Tide
Copyright 1978 Cindy Aker

Sunrise by
          neotake20 (Source: Can Stock Photo)
In the early hours of the morning, as dawn visits the sea, I walk along the beach letting my mind wander in reflection. The ocean is subject to changes in moods, just as people are. One day it can be active and dynamic; the next it is quite and peaceful. The color and light reflected in the water reveals the beauty of nature. Here I can be alone with my thoughts or share them with God. It's also a place I can go to escape the hectic pace of life. I dream of romantic adventures upon the high sea. The ocean at dawn is a place I can spend quiet hours with someone special, enjoying the peace and beauty of God's world in silence.

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Copyright 2022 Cindy Vallar



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My Research Resources My Reviews & Website Awards Pirates & Privateers Recommended Books to Read
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