My shadow is me.
Is me–is self.
Is self–is child.
Is child–is life.
Is life–is love.
Is love.

Elaine Bento  Oct 13, 2017


Ladybugs Everywhere

What is it about September that makes animals stupid?

It’s the time of year that blue jays come from god-knows-where
and randomly decide to live on my street
and wake me up at 8 in the morning
with their mismatched shrieks.
Squirrels screech their horny calls from above my head.
Crickets commit suicide in my pool.

Dead skunk season.

Canadian goose shit season.

So watch your step,
and be advised:

Don’t stay still when a wasp comes;
those fuckers’ll land on you.
And ladybugs will just fly right into your eye
and get caught in your hair,
but when you try to save them,
they poop this yellow stuff on you.

Oh, and the yellow ones bite.

Elaine Bento  Sept 2015


Rash, rash, rashashashash
Roll me close and pay me cash
Rash, tash, rashashatash
Take me there and see me last
Rash, crash, rashashacrash
Create a song and sing it fast
Rash, fash, rashashafash
Fear the need and rade the stash
Rash, lash, rashashalash
Leave me be and sweep the ash
Rash, rash, rashashashash
Slap my face and call me rash

Sept 4, 2017  Elaine Bento
Inspired by Cole St. Clair from Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver series

I’m back from a long break to working on my novel! Here’s an excerpt from my latest chapter:

Finally, I turn onto the street that leads out of the city. I can see the architecture thinning near the end and I feel triumph building and getting ready to bloom in my chest. I press the gas pedal down a little more in anticipation, not enough to draw a cop’s notice, but just enough to fuel my thrill. When I see the back of the “Welcome to Oakland City” sign whiz past, I laugh out loud. I did it. I saved him. He’s free. I’m free. The long country road stretches ahead of me, unthreatening and full of possibilities.

Elaine Bento

No Peace

No peace.
No peace!
No matter which room
No matter which house
No matter which neighbourhood
Even through my earplugs
Even through my headphones
Even in the woods!
Even by the river!
Even by the lake!
No peace!
Electric saws
Lawn mowers
Dogs barking
Doors banging
Moms nagging
Smokers coughing
Children screaming
Telephones ringing
Amateurs singing
No peace!
I wish I knew
what true silence sounds like.
People are everywhere!
The noise is everywhere!
I can’t escape it!
I have
no peace.


Elaine Bento
August 7, 2017


(Where the Light touches the Dark)

Like the moon,
I reflect the light from my brother.
And like the moon,
I forever carry a shadow
on one side,
on one side that only the bravest
dare to explore.
For what is there
but the unseen?
What is there
but the unheard, the unthought,
the unknown?
The Mystery.
Yet the light
lies just beyond the meridian
illuminating its beloved
in a sea of affection and care.
How can such a light
be bound to such darkness?
The mystery
lies in the fact that
the light side often wanes
to be like the dark side,
just as the dark side
yearns to be like the light,
even though the light side
tries to eliminate the dark
sees the dark side
of its beloved
and tries to illuminate it
as much as possible,
it still,
in the end,
returns to darkness.
But the dark side
holds a secret.
While the light side
Waxes and wanes
and ebbs and flows,
receiving energy,
then giving it away,
forever beholding
the same two orbs,
the dark side
is free to gaze
into the infinite depths
of the Universe
and behold the infinite
heavenly bodies
that shine from afar.
So even though
the light side believes
it’s turning into darkness
every time it wanes,
the dark side is forever
receiving light, love, and strength
from the infinite beloveds and brethren unknown
who sail the same void
and whose soul seeds
are made from the same essence:

Elaine Bento
August 3, 2017

MiNoWriMo Day 31: 1016 words!

This month I have written a total of 22,129 words, so I ended only about 3.3 days behind. Still, I made huge progress with my story and I feel really good about it! Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my word count updates and who supports and encourages me! This is not the end! I will still continue writing this novel until it’s finished, just now more at a leisurely pace. You might see more novel updates from me at NaNoWriMo time. Stay tuned!

MiNoWriMo Day 30: 2038 words!! I’m so proud of myself!
Today’s my last day of MiNoWriMo. It’s kind of sad, because I enjoyed thinking of nothing other than my story. I’ll still continue to try to write every day, but it won’t be with the same amount of vigor, since I have other areas in my life that miss me and require my attention 😛 WiFi is still down, so today’s final word count will probably be posted tomorrow afternoon when I can catch it somewhere else.