Mask – Collaboration

She hides it well,

But she has a brimstone soul

behind those permafrost eyes.

And she’s willing to open

the gates to her frozen tundra

for the one who can ignite

her heart’s bashful embers.


he sees right through her mask,

but never will tell a soul

of the beauty he has seen.

standing outside the walls

has always kept him true

to the hope that one day,

he’ll be allowed inside.


It’s a learned behavior,

this mask of numbness she wears.

Made up perfectly everyday, so no one

can reach that soul.

Show her your flame never stops burning,

and maybe just maybe she’ll wash her face for you tonight.


She dreams in vibrant color

and guards herself

behind rigid black and white.


Her standards have been set

by gallant heroes of the past

who rode for glory

and fought for love.


Her bashful eyes



raise from familiar pages

to accept another library card

and process a few more books.


During his flirtatious transaction

the warmth in her voice

is belied by the chill in her eyes

as she has read it all before.


© Alfa, Matt Eayre, Tiffany Simone, D.B. Hall

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Fire and Ice

Foreword . . .

Many moons ago I realized the power of words and how they can accurately describe the nuances of emotion. They can take a person to the highest highs, and just as easily, that person can plummet into nothingness…. just by words. It is fascinating how perception and illusion rule our lives. What others fail to see is that for some, once the words are out there… the bleeding stops a little bit more… Those words are just part of us…And that is the beauty of it.

Fire and Ice is a collection of connections based on perceptions. It is person after person, reading, relating, and then reaching out to others through words. Connection…  is really what it is all about that.

I am honored to invite you inside the minds of people just like you. All their hopes, dreams, and disasters are here within the pages of this book.

Lyne Beringer, author of Alaskan Vogue

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