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ABOUT MARANDA RUSSELL


Maranda Russell is an award-winning artist, author, poet, and blogger who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Russell has had the honor of having her art and writing published in a wide variety of magazines, literary journals, and anthologies. Currently, she has three published poetry collections: Searching for the Truth: Poems & Prose Inspired by Our Inner WorldsFrom Both Sides: A Look into the World of Foster Care from Those Who Know It Best, and Not Afraid to Be Real. Russell has also published a picture book, entitled Ode to Icky, as well as a collection of children's short stories and poetry, entitled Creepy, Funny & Just Plain Weird.


MISDIAGNOSED

Racial hatred grows as
economic hardships
are misdiagnosed.
Judgement burns,
turns a small spark of
prejudice into a roaring
wave of violence
that consumes
and destroys 
all that crosses
its path.

There will be no safety
found here tonight
as the crimson beast
stalks its prey,
chewing on
bones of contention—
leaving only 
the black ash
of old hopes
and dreams
behind.

By: Maranda Russell



Misdiagnosed by Maranda Russell Copyright Reward Publishing 2020