About TaliaRussell


I am now prefacing my bio with a caveat: by and large, the works I publish here are not autobiographical. I love playing with ideas and envisioning myself in different roles, and then writing about them. I feel awkward when everyone assumes, good or bad, that I am writing about my current feelings or experiences. I am having such a wonderful time writing and interacting here, and am grateful for the warm welcome I have received. I recently established a presence on the "red" site as Layla June, mostly just to post there, as well as here, the "love" type poems I write. Whether I venture into works more in line with that site remains to be seen, I guess. But SS feels like home.

Talia Russell
Relationship Status:
In a Relationship
Local Time:
28 Jul 2021 02:49
Humor (I love to laugh - I am a great audience); Reading; Writing; Good conversation; Pilates; Fashion; Cats; True Crime; Music
Favorite Books:
My two staples: The Magic Mountain and Middlemarch, but I love numerous others.
Favorite Authors:
Jane Austen; George Eliot; Thomas Mann; Edith Wharton; Sandra Tsing Loh;
Favorite Movies:
Tootsie; The Tao of Steve; Chilly Scenes of Winter; Cabaret; The Best Intentions (Bergman); The Station (Italian, 1990); Carmen (Carlos Saura)
Favourite TV Shows:
Investigation Discovery Channel (yeah, the whole thing - I love it); Seinfeld; The Nanny
Favorite Music:
Wide and varied


Date Joined:
15 Mar 2015
Last Visit:
25 Jul 2017
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Topic: opposite word game
Posted: 09 Jul 2017 00:05



Topic: What’s for dinner?
Posted: 05 Jul 2017 14:18

Not sure - I will stop at Trader Joe's after Pilates

Topic: Use One Word to Describe How You're Feeling
Posted: 04 Jul 2017 20:20

Proud (Got my last son through college and he graduates tomorrow) Okay one more word, relieved, no more tuition!

Congrats, Gill!!

Mine is far more mundane: hungry.

Topic: Name Game
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Stories Published All Stories »

Beach House

It has a scent of mildew Infused with briny air Tinged with heat-baked juniper Near the window there Swimsuits stiff with sandy salt Hanging from the rail Children’s plastic beach toys Shovels, balls, and pails A porch that’s sloped and battered Warped with faded wood Dead flies trapped in brittle screens Fish hooks dulled by rust Jelly jars for glasses Outdoor shower stall Misted...

Added 09 Jul 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 806 | 6 Comments


Glitter water flowing Sun flecks on her skin Dancing with the river As graceful as a nymph Free from care and troubles Smooth unfurrowed brow The visage of an angel Whose serenity is found On land her heart weighed heavy Life’s burdens bearing down Afloat, her tresses streaming Dressed in her aqueous gown Moving with the current Cleansed of tragic stain Watching her is joyful...

Added 07 Jul 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 6 | Avg Score 5 | Views 781 | 4 Comments


Ordinary Very Not beautiful At all So what about her Scares me Invades My inner calm? Disturbs my sense Of what I am Who I thought Myself to be Forced to face And not avoid The truth of what this means: If I outrival Ordinary Yet it Eclipses me There is no way I can compete He loves her more Than me.  ...

Added 27 Jun 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 821 | 6 Comments


Melon in prosciutto Sweetness wrapped in salt Pinkish flesh with toothmarks One bite Then two It's gone....

Added 24 Jun 2017 | Category Poetry | Votes 8 | Avg Score 5 | Views 713 | 8 Comments


The old man coughed And thus were tossed Launched, then aloft Amid drops of spittle In flight, then alight Upon black and white With a clack and a clatter Skittering, then not Then stopped In a bathroom stall At the feet of one Who had just begun To do his piece When met with teeth....

Added 07 Aug 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 20 | Avg Score 5 | Views 943 | 16 Comments

Bad Fruit

Sweet taste of summer! Juicy fruit Beckons from the bins The siren song of “I’m in season! And low-cal! I’m what you want! You can’t NOT win!” Velvet curve of mounded peach The touch gives me a rush Yet I know When I get home It’s sure to taste like mush And pre-sliced mango Glistening (Minus hairy pit!) Golden spears of pure delight Just begging to be bit But even as I buy some up...

Added 23 Jul 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 21 | Avg Score 5 | Views 810 | 17 Comments

After All

He was never coming back She could accept that now The fights, the love The joy, despair Had seen their final round She let the calm flow over her Unable yet, to miss No mental checks of what he’d do Her thoughts began to drift Who was she, before him? She never really knew What was she, without him? She could learn that too So much she never noticed Living as she had She vowed...

Added 22 Jul 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 14 | Avg Score 5 | Views 845 | 10 Comments


I see your eyes avert As I cross your path Inside it makes me smile I know you had it planned Your feelings are so strong for me You cannot stay away But you’re so shy As you pass by You dare not speak my name Each day you’re there And so am I I know you have it timed Phone in hand To make it seem You’re fully occupied I’m so sure All it will take Is that I give a sign Our eyes...

Added 15 Jul 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 13 | Avg Score 5 | Views 760 | 10 Comments


This hurts Again I wish it were gone It hurts again No matter how long I thought it was better But it’s bested me Unable to hide It tracks when I flee Focus on something Seal off the pain Wrap around and around Idle thoughts in my brain Distract with white noise Numbing gray hum Strike inward eye blind Like the glare from the sun For full light can obstruct As well as the dark ...

Added 10 Jul 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 15 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,044 | 11 Comments


You were just A challenge That’s all you were To me I don’t think I liked you much But wished You wanted me And wanting it So badly Needing To prevail Thinking Planning Plotting Determined not to fail Upset it was upsetting I couldn’t reel You in Approach After approach I tried I wanted so to win Yet had I really won you If “we” had come to be Another one would challenge...

Added 15 May 2016 | Category Poetry | Votes 18 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,097 | 15 Comments

Stories Coauthored

Shadow Play

Sitting here upon a wooden chair at this corner table, with my back against the wall, able to see the door and all coming and going, and catching a brief glimpse of her in those shadows across this smoky room. As I lean back against the wall, both watching and hearing the singer and song – watching as she steps almost gracefully from those smoky shadows into the light, and seeing both her...

Added 24 Apr 2015 | Category Romance | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,336 | 3 Comments

A Smooth Running Gun

Bob Dylan wrote and did a song called: Rainy Day Women #12 & 39, And nowhere in his song is heard the words: Rainy day, women, 12, or 39. Finding myself waking at the break of day to a coffee scented morning here in Paris, propping myself up on an elbow under that red comforter as I look around and breathe in that rich coffee smell.Thinking of what was seen in the dreaming as I attempt...

Added 15 Apr 2015 | Category Romance | Votes 5 | Avg Score 5 | Views 1,525 | 3 Comments

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