MUSED
BellaOnline Literary Review
Poppy by Carol Dandrade

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Letter to Our Readers
In our modern world of 24-hour diners and around-the-clock email, it sometimes seems as if we’ve lost track of nature’s cycles. But then the Spring Equinox comes along and reminds us to pause. For thousands of years, cultures around the world have recognized this one special day as representing a balance of light and dark. It’s a unique moment in time where our world settles in equilibrium – just for a breath. And then the sunlight shines out and pulls us deeper into Spring.

Artwork brings our vernal world to life. From delicate butterflies to a beautiful sunrise, from beach walks to vintage planes, there are fascinating things to see all around us. We simply need to open our eyes and look.

In poetry, we have the celebration of spring with the uplifting golden horns of daffodils. We have thawing icicles. The fresh joy in a chirping bird. The protective watch of a mother robin’s gaze.

Fiction draws us into a family coping with an alcoholic father. A pair of youngsters get in and out of trouble at a shopping mall. A pair of men build a new friendship.

Non-Fiction shares the challenges of letting a father go, and the grief of a father who has to go on when his son has passed away. A daughter strives to connect with her mom. A traveler visits the DMZ in Korea.

Each day is a blessing – treasure each one you get. For today, we hope you enjoy our latest issue of Mused!





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