The Mystery of a Woman

The Mystery of a Woman by Manuel A. Luna-Murray Your warm and inviting smile softly plays at the harp strings of my young smitten heart The burning gaze of your love— Two shining star lights peering into my soul coupled by two blossoming rose cheeks accentuated by the perfect symmetry of your red strawberry lips … Continue reading The Mystery of a Woman

A Candle in the Wind

A Candle in the Wind by Manuel A. Luna-Murray A candle’s flame flickering from side to side ever growing ever dying in the blowing of the wind New sparks ignite the flame daily steadily rising and overcoming gusts of fear, doubt, and frustration Cold season spells slowly melt the wax away as water pools of … Continue reading A Candle in the Wind

A New Direction

Happy New Year’s to all of my readers around the world wherever you might be reading this. I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for taking the time to read my work and to either, like, comment, and/or subscribe to my content. Your support means a great deal … Continue reading A New Direction

An Uneasy Alliance

An Uneasy Alliance by Manuel A. Luna-Murray Language is a harsh taskmaster that demands to have it all: Your thoughts and feelings Knowledge and experience Your dreams and aspirations hopes, failures, and identity Your culture and heritage— The essence of your being. Language is your best friend your comfort in time of need: It is … Continue reading An Uneasy Alliance

The Journey Begins

River Words… Ocean Possibilities I am a River… a River of Words… Ocean Possibilities. This brief epiphany perfectly embodies my raison d'être or reason for existence. All of us, whether we realize it or not, are bodies of water lost at sea longing and searching for the myriad ocean possibilities hidden beneath the surface. Possibilities … Continue reading The Journey Begins

Ocean Possibility

Ocean Possibility by Manuel A. Luna-Murray I am a River… A river of words mountain poetry flowing out to sea Ocean possibility quench your soul splashing feet Heaven’s tears abide in me. I am a River… Long and old many streams flow within me. Winding roads dizzying twists gentle currents false starts sudden stops abrupt … Continue reading Ocean Possibility

Heritage: Streams of Consciousness… River Banks of Time

Heritage: Streams of Consciousness… River Banks of Time by Manuel A. Luna-Murray I was once a River... I am a Sea... Ocean Possibility... A few months ago I attended a family reunion that has been a staple of my family tree over the past six generations. This has been only my second time attending such … Continue reading Heritage: Streams of Consciousness… River Banks of Time

Puerto Rican Alzheimer’s

Puerto Rican Alzheimer’s by Manuel A. Luna-Murray 1 Bankruptcy soul and heartache disease: two irreconcilable foes of my esteem. Friends of darkness and disaster killing my loved ones’ memories of life. Old age without wisdom: the tragedy of a life neither lived nor remembered. Death the stalker of our lives upon the stage swiftly appears … Continue reading Puerto Rican Alzheimer’s

Dear Granny

Dear Granny by Manuel A. Luna-Murray Dear granny, dear granny Blessed little angel Blossoming rose of Spring Shinning morning star None compare to you my beloved little granny Childhood memory masterful symphony sound Sustenance and Refuge Love and tenderness Cleaner and Cook Mother and Counselor Buyer and Saver of unforgettable memories Prayer warrior earnestly wrestling … Continue reading Dear Granny

Mi Vida en Dos Idiomas: My Life in Two Languages

Mi Vida en Dos Idiomas: My Life in Two Languages by Manuel A. Luna-Murray Small talk with strangers Breves conversaciones con los extraños as I head out to school. se dan lugar rumbo a la escuela. I’m on my way towards education Encaminandome hacia la educación to make my dreams come true. para hacer de … Continue reading Mi Vida en Dos Idiomas: My Life in Two Languages

Embracing your Heritage

Embracing your Heritage by Manuel A. Luna-Murray Your accent is your shadow the daily reminder of who you are and where you've been It is your passport to el ritmo salsero and the American Dream Your accent is your flavor of taino, inca, and azteca mixed with African, Asian and European in an experiment called … Continue reading Embracing your Heritage


Reflections by Manuel A. Luna-Murray The courage to be or not to be lies at the intersection between the mirror and its reflection Standing in the doorway of our own burning gaze a shaft of light weaves together the thick layers of our skin into a prism of feeling thoughts colored by the memory of … Continue reading Reflections

Rewriting our Future: Chaos Undefined… Poetry Redefined

Rewriting our Future: Chaos Undefined… Poetry Redefined by Manuel A. Luna-Murray War, Drugs, Crime, Poverty, Abuse. Each of these words conjures within us a frustrated hopelessness and a sense of impending doom. Our modern lives often resemble a randomly selected box of crayons where we are expected to color by the numbers without the proper … Continue reading Rewriting our Future: Chaos Undefined… Poetry Redefined

The Business of Writing

The Business of Writing by Manuel A. Luna-Murray The business of writing is a bleak pursuit That carries you away from this world into the next The business of writing is a life surrounded by books Whose silent prayers shape the words that appear Across the blank pages of your heart. The business of writing … Continue reading The Business of Writing

The Creative Act of Writing

The Creative Act of Writing by Manuel A. Luna-Murray The unspoken bond between a man and his pen is one of sublime mystery as the mind sends a message to the hand which relays its wishes to the pen that obeys its orders by subjecting the paper to the ink of creation Begging the question … Continue reading The Creative Act of Writing

The Writer’s Punishment

The Writer’s Punishment by Manuel A. Luna-Murray The idea that enters the mind but defies description departs the soul and exhales from the body as a puff of air. The fresh breath that enters through your nostrils is felt throughout your loins as the death of an idea exits the womb empty and barren Fleeting … Continue reading The Writer’s Punishment

Tabula rasa ergo sum

Tabula rasa ergo sum by Manuel A. Luna-Murray But now I’m stronger than yesterday for every cliché is drowning --- a mist fading away Cogito ergo sum “What doesn’t kill makes you stronger” now becomes What makes you stronger does kill --- insecurities, fears, doubts, regrets a new horizon of possibilities haunting your every waking … Continue reading Tabula rasa ergo sum

My Book of Rhymes

My Book of Rhymes by Manuel A. Luna-Murray The physical evidence of a fully-lived life abides within the pages of My Book of Rhymes The inspiration of the ages coupled with the struggles of my life along with the heartaches piercing words and solitary nights are all the myriad subjects discussed in My Book of … Continue reading My Book of Rhymes