Carla – Author Shantelle ‘Elle’ McLin

I remember when I first saw her,

I had prejudice written across my heart

I had already formed an opinion about who she was

And what she would be to me


She didn’t even appear as all the rest,

I ignored her aura just as quickly as I dismissed her

It was strange how I wouldn’t notice her beauty

For my eyes already held a tainted view


I met her today,

Pretty pecan skin mixed with a hint of cream,

Short coiled curls and in a stylish vintage print A-line skirt,

Her voice calm and full of spirit


I watched as her eyes widen during our acquaintance,

See, in her field, she met many

All walks of life, all colors, all different personalities…

But I was a first


Perhaps we both were prejudging,

I imagined my eyes having the same widened affect

I could tell she admire my honesty,

Probably the first to truly appreciate it


I knew by now I had intrigued her,

Igniting inside a curiosity,

Sort of like a good book you just can’t put down

You just gotta know what’s coming next


And now she was a part of this story

Perhaps an intricate part of the plot

I’m aware that she could influence the ending

Or perhaps inspire a sequel maybe even a series


She was a brown eyed woman,

Who was afraid to turn the page without understanding

I appreciate that she never drew herself into a conclusion

As her patience inspired me not to write one


© Shantelle ‘Elle’ McLin

Beyond Nursery Rhymes










Excerpt from the book Beyond Nursery Rhymes; Real Life Tales

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Elle About the Author

Recreational writing began for this author at the age of 9 in journal formatting.  Her creativeness was sparked in Middle school during a notable visit to the library with her best friend. With an outdated range of selections, she instantly identified with the poets’ generations before her; she had found her outlet. While facing great personal difficulties, Elle treated poetry as a feel-good remedy to her melancholic episodes. This would become freeing to a young and timid adolescent, as she discovered her voice. Writing would become a soother and her pen, a microphone to express her challenges.

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