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 | Journey of Man: Jordan Derksen

His story had been written on the inside walls of his casket. Much like a sarcophagus. His story is scratched on the walls. A story that some say took a lifetime But passed by more like short years. Those years where you felt most like life! Alive! And thrust into your own fate! With faith, […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Directions: John Oross

Directions… One turn then another Walking into the unknown Moments slowly tick by Where are we trying to go Directions…   A job provides an identity It provides you with money It helps you with your existence It provides you with experience It links you with friends It provides you with knowledge It improves your […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | A New Moon: Jan McCartney

  A new moon tonight! But where did she go? We wonder with hiding smiles. For it’s a night of love and mystery Even over the miles That stretch between us now But not forever oh no! Soon,  (but not soon enough) We’ll again be together. My head will rest upon your shoulder As I […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Morning Glow: Cory Buchanan

Hammering on an estranged mirror, broken in crimson,   agony seeps from one’s eyes   Abandoned in nightfall, failing to unearth a glorious prize   Listening to raven requiems, fashioned for disaster   Gazing upon the fractured spectacle, one grabs a shard, dazed in ire Dancing it quickly across, contemplating ones own shadowy desire   […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Unicorns: Andrews

Gazing out on this star blazed path Beats of hooves tread the galaxy Unicorns spirited souls quench the night Somewhere in miracles from dusk to daylight   Roads ridden through our time Mystically on horizons plus dimensions play Just when the Christmas star is seen that day A voice of hope is built on its […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | So Alone: James Adamson

The night is so weak it scares me that it exists at all. It is an ancient wedding cake that has small faceted sparkles. It has clouds descending and cars alone on the road. I cast my look to the forgotten and beaten ground, and I have seen no light that can shatter it, as […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Rain: Cassandra Kulay

  Rain, rain, don’t blame me with your liquored eyes, deep inside we love the same things, it is why we try and try to reach peace and understanding. your mirrored eyes, open, full of love and surprise like a lightening strike, it electrifies me inside, by and by, we will feel the same maybe […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Street Corner Sex: Gerald Herron

Street corner sex, pushers of flesh, tin pan cars, stop and stare. Long shapely legs and tight fitting jeans, sawed off skirts, a buyer’s dream.   Cherry lips kiss the night, make-up eyes wings of flight. Center stage they act upon, there one minute, next they’re gone.   Tricks performed, but no rabbits from a […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Future Glimpses: Jan McCartney

  Ever reaching, ever near Ever close, that we might hear. Only echo, never word Dream-like and seldom heard. Not just past, but future, too Often only seconds new…. Sometimes racing past our thought. Sometimes something that we sought But more often still, just waiting there – A glimpse of future seconds rare. And then […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Colour Your World: Joyce Lancaster

  When you have bumps in the road of life look at the positive things that you have- being your health and home security the love of family or a friend. Remember the love you felt with a favorite pet or the color of the leaves on the trees or the colors in a painting […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Desiring Connection: Stephen Sigurdson

  My arms folded, firmly crossed, fingers numbing, a hand gently pulls them apart, only to share a hug. Gently separated, now drawing my eyes from the floor to hers, genuinely telling me she still sees the good beneath my beaten soul.  Please embrace me, I ask, with all my faults, do not let go, […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Beauty: Robert St.Germain

  Beauty can show up in the strangest places. And it goes beyond clothing and faces. Darkness can cause some fear, but there is something wonderful here. Many judge by what they see, but if they can see beyond, they can all break free. Each of us play our own part. What matters is what […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Timeless: Richard Edwards

timeless love is from the heart comfort serenity enduring  through hardships compassion never ending unity laughter friendship someone to stand by you through thick and thin   allowing us to see the good overcoming soothing the pain calm before the storm playfulness trust Richard’s  creative thoughts are not controlled or conditioned. He is positive with […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Compassion: Maryza Sage

  Compassion comes and goes It stays as long as I need to grow I meditate on my breath And whisper sweet loving thoughts Into my head   Compassion comes and goes It holds me in a state Of gratitude and consideration Of loving me Beyond the whole scope of things   Compassion comes and […]

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Kaleidoscope Online | Appreciation: Stephen Sigurdson

When I work hard, food tastes so much more delicious, home seems like such a wonderful place, a shower feels so much more refreshing, the bed feels so soft and warm, everything is much more appreciated.   When I overcome a struggle, life seems so much more meaningful, my heart and soul feel stronger, my […]

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