Beverly M. Collins
Beverly M. Collins: Author of the books, Quiet Observations: Diary thought, Whimsy and Rhyme and Mud in Magic. Her works appear in California Quarterly, Poetry Speaks! A year of Great Poems and Poets (Sourcebooks Inc.), The Hidden and the Divine Female Voices in Ireland, The Journal of Modern Poetry (Chicago), Spectrum, Peeking Cat Literary (London) Altadena Poetry Review, The Galway Review (Ireland), Verse of Silence (India), Merak Magazine (London), Scarlet Leaf Review (Canada), Wild Word Magazine (Berlin), The Readers and Writers Magazine (UK) Truth Serum Press/Bequem Publishing (Australia) and others. 

One of 3 Winners in the Wilda Morris June 2021 Poetry Challenge (Chicago), a 2019 Naji Naaman Literary Prize in Creativity (Lebanon). Collins is also a prize winner for the California State Poetry Society, twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and “short listed” for the Pangolin Review Poetry Prize (Mauritius). Her photography can be found on the cover of Peeking Cat 40, displayed online by The Academy of the Heart and Mind, printed on Fine Art America products, iStock/Getty Images, Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, Wend Poetry, Spectrum, and others.  



No bell can ring 
on our Sunday morn.
Insult grins on injury 
with smile worn
thin in the corners and 
a sting smeared
with salt.

We are like… 

that seek an open wound. 
in search of a wedding day.
in hope of an umbrella. 
An empty ring 
that wants a slim finger.

 2022 Beverly M. Collins
Beverly M. Collins was a Featured Poet at the February 2022 Second Sunday Poetry Series