Kaleidoscope Online

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Kaleidoscope features the creative writing of persons with lived experience of mental illness from across Manitoba. Selected works are published in a digital, online anthology. More information about contributing to Kaleidoscope, including submission form and guidelines available here. 

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Kaleidoscope Online | Play Your Part: Daniel Omolola

As you arrive at the scene of life Your first reaction is to scream You cry and people You brought joy into every face You have now started your race You are welcomed into your space To do whatever you are Capable of doing And when you are done Many will think you are gone […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | TOGETHER There Will Be Light: Stephen W. Sigurdson

The look in your eyes makes my beaten soul mend each time triggering a positive trend. My mask is slightly lifted, I take a peak, as you smile and gently speak.I see the integrity that moves with you, I begin to believe that goodness can be true.When I am lonely, I need to be with […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Fat Freedom Day: Jason Cheung

I can’t stand it anymore. I mean it’s horrific. It forgives no one, senior nor child, man or woman. In fact its trickery and the advertising mechanisms are so enticingly detrimental, it should be tried for war crime. It’s a label that stigmatizes us. You rather be anything but that. It’s beyond a school yard […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Flowers: Jordan Derkson

Does the wind know how to Blow? Does the Bluejay do anything to fly, other than flap it’s wings? Does it know how to speak squirrel, do they send tweets from tree to tree? Is that the sound of the forest? Does it lessen? Does it speak? Does the dragonfly know how to hunt or […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Song of the Feral Child: Cassandra Kulay

You call to me, there is something crucial in my not noticing you reaching To pet me, what you think will help Doesn’t, don’t help me. If I die, Dark or shuddering, exultant or pitiful, That death is mine and nothing owns my soul. You offer the impoverished Something that has too high a price, […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | To Be, To Belong, To Become: Ruth McLean

We are human beings Who belong to the family of man; We are here to learn and grow, To become the best that we can And nothing can stop us being so. We are here at the S.S.C. Convention To learn and grow some more; No matter where we are There are better things in […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Reaching Out: Raime Goldberg

Wanting to reach out to something that isn`t there wanting, but not believing that I will ever have Thirsting, but not believing that I will ever drink I am alone, and yet I am not I am, but an echo of the word Waiting, and wanting to be heard unexpectedly at times I hear and […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Next to Time: James Adamson

Time is so close to me It’s movement can be Mistaken for my soul. My knowledge sieves through The seconds and my actions Are the years of the century Stepped on as though degrees Of the earth, the minutes and Seconds of our globe Machine to make me a Tooth in a sprocket Like I […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Montreal at Night: Heather Carr

The city is alive, Some dopamine-drenched dream, Or serotonin-stupor, There must be some meaning, An answer, a reason, The lights are eerie, I feel real, but surroundings Are a nighttime dreamscape, Odd things hold importance, Election signs in the moonlight, Edith Laperle, Debout pour Outremont, How can I be sure if I am awake, Such […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Clearing Space: Jim Beckta

Hasn’t enough been said? Words pile up like so much trash. And more line up. Pulling out old corpses stored in the mud, pulling them onto the beach where the tide can pull them out to sea and little fish with mighty jaws may grind them up so they become sand and coral and butterflies […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | In Truth I See Compassion: Evelyn Bennett

I found a truth so pure My views have changed Compassion is real If we open our hearts And allow the truth To help guide us God did not create us And then abandon us He has been watching Us from the sidelines Waiting for our prayers Open up your heart And see the love […]

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