It has been a while since I’ve posted any of my poems from the archive. I’ve recently been doing some literary spring cleaning on my blog, and noticed that many of the magazines on my publications page are sadly now defunct. To ensure that my work is available to read, I’ll be republishing old poems and stories for you to enjoy. So, let’s get started with my poem, Rose Tinted, which was first published in Nostrovia Magazine (2013):

Rose tinted Nostrovia

Rose Tinted



I composed this poem for you

in my head,

in another lifetime,

when we were hatchlings.

We saw the world then

through our rose tinted glasses.


But when we took them off,

the world was askew.

We saw the citadel

for what it was.

I held your hand

as the facade crumbled.


The remnants of a world long lost

will fade behind that fake fortress.


Together we’ll bury the pieces

in the dust

and wait for the half life to pass.

But we’ll survive

because we’re strong

and most of all

because we’re smart.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA:

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  1. […] in either ezines or print. My poem, ‘Rose Tinted’ appears on the Guest Blog of Nostrovia Poetry. Nostrovia showcases a new poet every few days – and as I like my poems short, but not sweet […]

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