Beauty of Cataclysm, Upon Setting Down the Pen, Oceanside, Abandonment

Remember Matt Forrest Essenwine’s delicious apple poem from our Fall Treats trio? He’s back with 4 more little gems.

Beauty of Cataclysm

Image courtesy of Mullerian Duct (

Stars swell
their planetary children;
a massive radioactive flood
of hydrogen & flames, screams
death in millions
countless lives,

I like how they twinkle.

Upon Setting Down the Pen

I crafted a poem
the finest penned;
lilting, soaring,
speaking to souls
of lovers & life,
broken hearts & death.
Exhausted, elated,
I looked
upon my work
and mourned.
My creativity had run dry, never to return.

The next day, I wrote something else.



“Night Surf” courtesy of TechSavi (

The tide rolls in, the tide rolls out;
the ocean’s mighty fingers reach
toward the sandy shelter of
a home upon the bending beach.

As starlight shimmers, stirred about
beneath the breakers, could it be…
the lone, unending shoreline longs
to find its home amidst the sea?


Abandonment (a haiku)

Sparrow sweetly sings
melancholy melody;
her mate, on the ground.
A voiceover artist and commercial writer, Matt Forrest Esenwine has had several poems published in numerous independent collections, including Metamorphosis Publishing’s Visions, the Tall Grass Writers Guild’s Seasons of Change, Assisi: Online Journal of Arts & Letters, The Licking River Review, and The Henniker Review, among others. Matt is currently seeking publication of a collection children’s of poetry; however, one of his poems will be included in the forthcoming children’s anthology, “I’m New Here.”


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  1. Iza Trapani says:

    I love your poems, Matt! The last line of Beauty of Cataclysm really made me smile. Such a nice juxtaposition. And Oceanside is sheer beauty.

  2. B.J. Lee says:

    Love your poems, Matt. Upon Setting Down the Pen made me laugh. So true! As creative people, maybe we all share these small bereavements upon completion of a project. I also have this when I finish a good book, never believing I will find another one just as good. Lol

  3. Matt Forrest says:

    Glad you liked them, Iza! And many thanks to YARN for their support…I truly appreciate it.

  4. Matt Forrest says:

    Thank you also, BJ! I had a feeling that poem would resonate with at least a few people. 😉

  5. I’m a huge fan of Matt and his wonderful poetry!

  6. Kerri says:

    Thank YOU, Matt 🙂

  7. Violet N. says:

    Glad there’s always a “next day” for squeezed-dry writers.

    Also love the whimsy of the shoreline longing for a home. Congrats on the home for these here!

  8. […] The Young Adult Review Network (YARN) published several of my poems in their online […]

  9. Thank you all for your comments!

  10. Nicole K. says:

    Upon Setting Down the Pen…sometimes I feel like my brain is fried and I can’t think of anything else too!
    It’s nice to read a relatable poem.

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