Silence is hard to find
and once you do,
it’s less than kind.

Pointing out all your flaws,
it cuts you down
with no just cause.

The ever-ringing in your ears
builds and builds,
releasing all your fears.

You hear silence smile
and think to yourself,
I need some noise for a while.

© Autumn Siders 2018

Bestseller Mash-Up Round 10

Fire and Fury in the Window: When a woman who lives alone and drinks too much peaks out her window at her new president, she sees something she shouldn’t. Or did she just imagine it? Her world starts to crumble quickly as she tries to separate fact from fake news.

The Shape of the Stranger in the Woods: In Maine, a young man takes to the woods and becomes a hermit living off the land and stealing from his neighbors’ cabins. Shunned by society but enjoying his solitude, his life is changed when a young mute girl finds him and a bond is formed. But the Russians are coming…after all, when aren’t they.

Educated Player One: Desperate to escape her survivalist family, a young girl discovers clues in a virtual reality game that take her on a wild ride through higher education. It’s not all fun and games though, and before long she may just be required to put her survivalist skills to use.

The Astrophysics of Not Giving a F*ck: A superstar blogger gives pointers for surviving the cosmos. With no sugarcoating, he points out that not everyone is a star, even the dinosaurs couldn’t survive the big bang, and sometimes you just have to figure out what to keep in your orbit and what to toss in a black hole.

The Great Black Unicorn: After a Vietnam POW returns home, he make an impulsive decision…to become a comedian. He heads to Alaska with the hope of making people laugh but quickly spirals into a deeper depression. Can he inspire others through the power of laughter or is the joke on him?

Stop the Rain

Every tear you shed
wounds my heart,
tears my soul
and being apart.
No matter the cause,
no matter the pain
I’d do anything
to stop the rain.
Every frown you flash,
my stomach aches
as sorrow lives
in your wake.
When hope seems lost
and despair your friend,
my hope is that love
finds you in the end.

© Autumn Siders 2018


My stomach is turning
and my mouth is so dry;
this hairball inside me
makes me want to cry.
But real cats don’t cry
so look how brave I’ll be;
I’ll roam around until
I find the perfect spot to free
this chunk of hair,
all slimy and gross
and full of saliva
and disgusting to most.
Walking sure helps
but laying even more
so the best spot to be
is on your bed and not the floor.

© Autumn and Emilita Siders 2018

Boarded Up

When you broke my heart,
I boarded it up
and saved it the pain
of ever loving again.

Years have gone by
and still I won’t trust
since the cracks never healed
and the boards never broke.

I saw you again
and you had not changed
but then, neither have I
so who is really to blame?

© Autumn Siders 2018