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Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino



By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares 

Dry as drought

Self-filled with doubts

It seems like there’s no way out


In this toxic environment

Such impossible fulfillment

Cutting any engagement


Spreading some hate

Heat rising at higher rate

I am getting tired mate


Shed our souls with light

We may not make things right

Oh just please make our future bright


I can feel death

In each breath

This is an absolute wreck


Sleeping through the mess

Truly, we need rest

I am done with the endless guess


I will hold this rope

As I search for hope

Wishing to be in a clearer road


Once a dead garden

Found, by its right rhythm

Doing my best not to harden


Show me some love! Show me some faith!

For I am already a dying wraith

I cannot live in a hate baith


Let flowers bloom

As I find a way to end this doom

And let happiness find its room


A wilted flower,

In a dark tower

Slowly filling up with power


I am not diving into another sinister

Trapped in a never ending cylinder

Vexed into another danger


Enough is enough!

I am ready again to walk in the garden of love

Hi guys! I’m bringing you our seventh collaboration and I thank Genrei Paul Aquino for his beautifully mesmerizing photos and his never ending patience. It took me a while to get a poem done. Thankkk yoouuuu agaaainn thaankkk youuu!

Never forget to check out his Instagram guys! 🙂

Here’s the link:

More collaborations will head your way soon. Semestral break is coming!

See ya’ll guys!


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster





Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino



By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

Sea breeze filling up my lungs

The stretch of the sky makes my heart pound

The birds sang as wonders hang

Glad to be finally found


What a time to be alive

Seeing things finally come to light

Taking this chance with all might

I am up for this crazy dive


A whirlwind of fragility

When embraced by freedom;

Even judgements of dignity,

It will still be an unpredictable outcome.


Casting my fears away

Standing strong in this new found faith

Everyday is a brand new day

Pessimists are nothing but simply a wraith


No more blues

Just peace and positivity

Bathe in different hues

Finally found the right symphony


Hi people! Happy September and may the spirit of Christmas guide us towards laziness and bliss. Kidding. Seriously, laziness is already starting to creep in and I am in serious trouble. *laughs*

Anyway guys here’s our sixth collaboration! *cheers*

Thank you again to this awesome person Genrei Paul Aquino hue your photos? The best! Thank youuu again and again.

Never forget to check out his Instagram people! 🙂

Here’s the link:

See ya’ll next time more collaborations coming your way soon.


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster










Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino


By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

As you walk through dusk

Ghosts whisper, monsters moan

Waking up the shadows of past,

May these lights guide you home.


Your heart constricts with fear

Your mind sending a rush of adrenaline

Deep in the tunnel, you hear the jeer

A trap that seems to be menacing


Wind rushes in,

You can’t help shivering

Fighting off the cold,

How can you be so bold?


Stumbling towards darkness,

I hear your labored breath;

Why did I allow you to drown in loneliness?

My heart cries as it feels the incoming death.


Run! for I will meet you in the middle

Do not fear for I will never repeat the same mistake

There is no time to idle,

For we can either break or make.


Bearing my sins and shame,

I tried not to think of a catacomb

For we seek a different aim

Trust me; these lights will guide us home


The lights flickered as we finally collide

Revealing the stark joy in our eyes

As our hearts intertwined

Indeed, such a blessing in disguise


For these lights brought us home.

What a lovely evening guys! No assignments to do nor quizzes to take tomorrow and so I sing Hallelujah!

Managed to sneak some time so hurraaaaah here’s our fifth collaboration!

Thank you a million times Genrei Paul Aquino no explanations needed anymore just thank you!

Never miss the chance to check out his photos on Instagram guys! (It’s worth it.)

Here’s the link:

Thank you too guys and I’ll see ya’ll soon!

(I’m hoping to bring ya’ll a book review soon enough) *wink wink*


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster





Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino


By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

In these papers I bleed,

Words coming out naturally.

Heart clenching and terrifying for some time,

Fulfilling most of the time.

Thoughts materialize, realities getting analyzed

My heart dances as I weave and magic cleaves

Fumbling for the right words that are surely absurd

My mind, an explosion of dreams and imagination

Matching these wave of emotions

Setting fire to this stone cold heart

Providing warmth now, this is an art

Once a plain boring paper, now an evidence of passion

Burning within the flames of radiant expressions

In words I fall, in words I rise

In words I hurt, in words I heal

In words I died, in words I breathe

And I live


No more words to say. I’m just thankful for this given time and for this life.

Thank you Genrei Paul Aquino and there are no more words to say just THANK YOU, THANK YOU, AND THANK YOU!

Never miss a chance to check out his photos on Instagram guys~

Here’s the link:

and you too guys who are reading my blogs and collaborations THANK YOU!

Off I go people see ya’ll soon! *insert hearts here*


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster





Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino


By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

A crowd of different people

Myriad of pain, scars, and tragedy rambles

Hearts searching for remedy

Souls screeching desperately


Two different worlds,

Still caught up in a blur

Bless these souls for they deserve limpidity

And both shall find comfort in their peculiarities


Blindly walking in these dim lights

Thinking of a way to win this grueling fight

Setting the eyes towards the stage

Yearning arises instead of rage


Two different worlds walked away

Fate and destiny are willing to pay,

Taking charge to free each side

The future assures two different worlds will collide


This collaboration actually helps me to balance my lifestyle right now. Academic activities is currently invading my whole life and it is getting unhealthy. I need to balance it off which brings me this work of ours. 🙂

Again I want to thank Genrei Paul Aquino for agreeing with this collaboration and for his beautifully inspiring photos. I owe you many times.

And guys make sure to check out his Instagram account for more beautifully inspiring photos!

Here’s the link: 

See ya soon guys and I’m off to academic activities again! Wish me luck!


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster




Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino


By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

The sky glows orange and gold

Both colors, beacons of hope

An aching black heart,

Such antipodes towards an art


Shadows rises afterwards,

Bringing the realizations forward

A glint in my eyes

This black heart cries


It is never too late

To make an own fate

Time is borrowed,

A promising chance for a luminous tomorrow


Hi guys! 🙂 I’m bringing to ya’ll our second collaboration.  *yipeee*

I finally got a chance to make some time and I’m so glad to show our second collaboration.

I want thank Genrei Paul Aquino again and again for agreeing with this collaboration. Without you this wouldn’t be possible and worthwhile. 🙂

Go check out his Instagram guys! Like just go!

Here’s the link:

That’s it for now and see ya soon guys! *insert hearts here*


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster

COLLABORATION #1 (A photo and poem collaboration)



Photo Taken by: Genrei Paul Aquino


By Shawna Reystine S. Canizares

Walking down the street, shadows whispering

“Can’t you fear darkness?”

 Such unyielding question, it bothered me.

I stopped walking and looked towards the horizon


Colors lit the sky, a blaze shining bright with the greens of the leaves

Oh how magnificent! If only it does not hurt my soul within

Black and white, Black and white

Too much light isn’t right

Ascertain, darkness got me tight.

A shed of hope is tucked somewhere

Nevertheless, home in darkness can’t be found anywhere

Opposing figures, darkness’ fixture

A wraith of satisfaction and peace

Darkness my friend, questions yield.


Instead, I’m here with a poem and a beautiful work of my friend.

Few days back then, my friend and I decided to do a collaboration of our works. It was supposedly for his Instagram account but then I decided I’ll also post our works here in my blog and so there it go. 🙂

I want to thank Genrei Paul Aquino for making this collaboration possible and for allowing me to use his photos as an inspiration for my poems. 😀 Keep it up man.

Go check out his Instagram people you’ll never regret it.

Here’s the link:

I also want to thank Kyle Borbon, James Ceniza, Joseph Lopez, and John Ordeniza. This collaboration wouldn’t be possible if you guys did not exist in my life.

See ya soon guys! 🙂


– Shawna a.k.a BookishshimmyCaster