March Madness Top Ten: Marching in Madness & March Madness/1Wise-Woman

Two writers who submitted to the March Madness Divergent Literature Contest had not one but two pieces in our top ten.  Today we present two pieces from 1Wise-Woman

Marching in Madness

Dwelling on the brink of madness morphing magic tricks mind

over matter universal force fed famine ravaging war of the

roses are red violets are blue moon pie in your face the facts

truth is stranger than fictional characters conceding a sneak

peek peak defining moments from celebratory milestones

commemorated in cemented silver frames found in cracked

pieces a portrait of possibility is a good start on your karmic

return rejected revealing reality renouncing your ways and

means to an end of the road to nowhere know everywhere the

hills are blooming and bursting the heart of a warrior worrying

wary to wrench open the window into the soul of the devils

bridge over troubled water reflecting a perfect circle the sun

dances around the subject yourself to psychedelic society

scrounging scraps of meat meet maniacs as time marches on

human rights are a privilege producing punks pushing pathetic

promises of escape from early life imprisonment while the

impoverished implore illusions of freedom rings heard round

the world epidemic climate change cleaving desperately to the

dwindling change in your pocket of diminishing herds escaping

inevitable extinction in vain veins bulging from wringing their

neck of the woods would do injustice at a time when laughter

is vital to the existence of the enlightened one won the race just

in case they don’t already haunt your dreams of shedding the

armor around your heart felt promises proving villainy runs in

the family values tear away the thorny vines and climb

the wall of contention meant to contain courageousness

corrodes concealing corruption failing to sway them all

marching in madness mercifully chanting.

March Madness




As clouded days


Occluding sun

Moon and star

Beckoning fiends

Clawed grasp


Amplifying strength

From forever dark

Leaving me gasping

And begging on bruised knee

For daylight to


A hypocritical wish

As comfort bespeaks

An innate forfeiture



In perpetual night

To relinquish my life for

Underworld hereafter

Forsaking light

In place of abject fight

And renounce

Promises spoken

That upon arrival

March transforms existence

Into life less


For the mind unburdened

Clear and free

The prospect


Excites and brightens

With bird and bee

In flower and tree

Fresh growth springs forth

As each day


Spirits and souls

Emerge from


To illuminate and bow down

With gratitude for


In this mad mind of mine

Allegiance is


To ghouls who

Have drained my blood

And anchored my kind

Eternally abandoned in

Endless winter

The light burns

So I draw the curtains

The sound sears

So I cover my ears

To drown out

The laughter

Of the waking living

And ease back

Into soothing existence

With the waking dead

Falling deeper




The Editors Top Ten

Ligeia, under dimmed lights/Oloriel

A Moment of Dying/Kindra Austin

The Magic Quilt/Zelda Reville

Marching in Madness &  March Madness/1Wise-Woman

I write about mental illness and chronic illness. I use a variety of writing styles to incorporate all of the ugly and beauty of living with mental and chronic illness. The purpose behind my blog is to ease some of my pain as well as share some of my blessings, to provide information, encouragement and support to others and to help end the stigma against mental illness and invisible diseases.  My blog is A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave

31 thoughts on “March Madness Top Ten: Marching in Madness & March Madness/1Wise-Woman

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  2. Heeeeeeeelllllllll yeah! This is amazing. I really, really love your style. I’ve reread both these pieces several times and I keep finding little things that take me deeper into the meaning. I’m in awe of the cognizance you have of yourself and the world around you and your ability to articulate that.

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