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 a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of dinosaur board books. Literary blog: Meandi Books: Bindweed Magazine:

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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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