Fireflies of Red and Blue/Honeyguide Magazine

When you find the right home for a story, it’s always a blessing. I struggled to find a home for my story ‘Fireflies of Red and Blue’. Many editors had great things to say about it, but ultimately it was never quite the right fit for their magazine. That is, until I submitted to Honeyguide. It thrilled me to get an acceptance from them and I true believe their magazine is the perfect home for this story.

“I wanted a magazine that examined the intersects between the human and animal experience, how one fed into the other, and although we are very different, our lives, questions, struggles, hopes and fears are very often the same.” 

Amanda Marrero
Chief Editor – From Honeyguide Magazine About Page

‘Fireflies of Red and Blue’ is a story of grief and love between a dog and her human companions.

I encourage you all to visit Honeyguide Magazine’s website and check out their sister magazines, The Field Guide Poetry Magazine and Parakeet Magazine.

If you wish to read my story ‘Fireflies of Red and Blue’ you can purchase an individual digital or print copy of Issue 3, or invest in a subscription.

Thank you!
Mary Grace van der Kroef

Wriggle

Wriggle
It creeps upon the leaf
Tinny furry creature
eat at peace

Then appears a second
A third
to crunch and munch
Soon a hoard of creepers
Making leaves contented lunch

Once a glowing beauty
Stripped
of gilded filigree

Weaving wreathing nests
Across a naked frame
Living drips
Her ravaged beauty
Proclaim

Waiting through the darkness
Chrysalis
of change
Until upon her skeleton
wings they all display

Watch
the bared darling
Don a gown of brown
Trimmed
with greying fur
Moths become her crown

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Six Word Story (43)

Earth is home to many cycles. The water cycle, the air cycle, the earth cycle are among them. Systemes created to build, break down, reuse, and rebuild.

All of that grinding, melting, molding, fusing, is science’s magic of making one thing into another. While it all follows a pattern, it all looks like chaos. Such is life. Trust the pattern. I trust the one who invented that pattern.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Shards of Heaven

In a moment
With a motion
Snapping fingers
Holding time
Hear a song
Slip away
Into a world
Of the sublime

Ask no questions
Of the quiet
In between
The rhythm snap
Let it’s pull
Feed the wonder
Giving answers
Meters map

Comes an ending
To the journey
Settle back
Into the skin
Taking with you
Shards of heaven
Memories
A dreamers inn

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Six Word Story (42)

The spending of time is not something we have a choice of. We all do it every moment of our breathing lives.

Like the count of seconds ticking away in a parking meter, we can not transfer them to another payment method once we have decided where to spend them.

But unlike a parking meter, time leaves us with bits and pieces we can sort through. Memories as lessons and discoveries. We could discard them, and lose bits of ourselves, or take those small pieces and repurpose them throughout our loves. Even the sharp, painfulness ones have a use.

Treasure them.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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Living Branch/Art Highlight

Living Branch is my first watercolor design, now available at my Redbubble Shop.

Living Branch

Original watercolor painting on watercolor paper.

I was told last year that watercolor is great for creating book covers. So after receiving a small set from my husband for Christmas, I set about learning how to use them. I am still very much a beginner, but I am so proud of this accomplishment that I have to share it with the world.

The blues and greens of this piece just make me happy. It feels alive and full of hope, though to some the tree itself might seem stark and strange.

Inspiration for the arm like branch came from two poems from my forthcoming chapbook THE BRANCH THAT I AM, now available for preorder.

In the poems ‘Rooted Deep,’ and ‘The Branch,’ I liken myself to a tree. In one I am planted by streams of living water, and the other, I fall away and am taken on an unexpected journey of renewal.

I hope you all look at the great products this design is available on. All proceeds go towards publication costs and website upkeep. Thank you.

Mary Grace van der Kroef


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Preorder is LIVE/Release Date

You can now preorder my chapbook THE BRANCH THAT I AM across most EBook platforms, as well as in paperback. See the links below for all your options.

EBook Options:
Barns & Nobles
Apple Books
Kobo
Tolino
Backer &Tayler
Vivlio
Borrow Box

Chapters&Indigo Canada

Amazon

Paperback:
Barns & Nobles
US
Amazon CAN

Release date is November 2nd.
Celebrate with me by shouting from the rooftops!

I plan on also offering the ebook directly from my website after the release date. I will keep you posted on the progress of getting that set up. Thank you all for rooting for me, and continuing to read my work.

Paperback cover and back mater.
©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef
All Rights Reserved

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Six Word Story (41)

Water is one of earth’s natural mirrors and puddles, the perfect place to start an adventure.

Do you view self reflection as an adventure? I would argue that you should.

Taking a good look at ourselves is scary. Is there something there we don’t want to acknowledge?

There are also many good things about ourselves we deny regularly. Self reflection doesn’t always have to be about our failings. Don’t be afraid to look in a mirror, or a puddle, to see the character that lines your face.

©2021 Mary Grace van der Kroef

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