The Shades of Missing You

The Shades of Missing You

by Vironika Tugaleva


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" of the most beautiful books I have ever seen...If there is one book of poetry you purchase in your lifetime, The Shades of Missing You should be the one … and I would recommend purchasing the paperback." –Aaron C. Yeagle, Book Review Universe

"Vironika's poetry gently sweeps over your consciousness in a way that is both surprising and enlightening. This collection echoes with the longing we all feel, whether for spiritual connection with oneself or for a faded romance. Her work has lasting power: Many of her lines have stayed with me long after I finished the poem." –David Silverberg, artistic director of Toronto Poetry Slam, author of As Close to the Edge Without Going Over (ChiZine)

"Vironika’s poems take us on a voyage through the landscape of the human mind. She is a writer with the rare ability to capture the nuances of thought, unflinchingly revealing her own life while reflecting back to us our own nature - full of wisdom, contradiction, longing and love." –Andrea Thompson, award-winning writer, spoken word artist, activist & educator

"...a delicate balance between unrequited love, passion, and loss. Vironika Tugaleva has an artful style of spilling blood all over the pages with the stroke of her pen. Some of the poems brought a smile to my face from my own memories. Other poems made me well up with emotion from the pain of loss, the lonely nights, and a heartache that never left. This book is a brave representation of the slow walk through healing and the emotions that come with every step." –Angela Bertoli, author of Moonlit Mystics

FROM THE INTRODUCTION: “For years, I was having dreams about my first love. He would smile at me, forgive me, be my friend. I would wake up longing for closure. I figured the dreams would fade over time, but almost twelve years later, they became stronger. Instead of friendship and forgiveness, the dreams filled with passion. I would wake up yearning for the magnets that had pulsed so powerfully within me all those years ago.

I decided to write a poem every time I missed him. So, I did. I expected it to help. I didn’t expect it to have as much of an impact as it did.

If there is anything I can hope to inspire in readers of this collection, it is this: if something hurts, make art from it. You never know where it might lead you.” –Vironika Tugaleva

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780992046859
Publisher: Soulux Press
Publication date: 11/11/2019
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

Vironika Tugaleva is an award-winning author, poet, spoken word artist, life coach, wanderer, visual artist, vocalist, and seeker of beauty in all its forms.

Table of Contents



The Other Day

Drunk on Memories

Plan B

Spiral Out

Letting Go(?)

Did I Invent You?

Rudely, As Always

I Wasn’t Done

Where Did You Go?

Old Spice

No One Else

Why You Were So Distant

Vaughan Road

Hematite Rings

Cucumber Melon

The Woman, The Wolf

Haunted / Homesick

Your Hands Are Fire in My Dreams

I Want It Back (Even the Ugly Parts)

Do You Ever Google Me?

Recovering From Certainty

I Believed in Magic

Is This Forever?

Dancing in the Rain

Never Quite Gone

The Taste of Grief

Can’t We Talk About It?

The Power / The Fear

I Know Myself Now

Should I?

Do You Feel This Too?

Hear Me

Night After Night

I Believed in Forever

What Is Love?

Come Back

Planet Caravan

Twelve Years Later

I Wasn’t Free

I Want Me Back

I’d Do It All Again

I Tried to Change You

I’m With My Art Now

Fairy Tales

Wide Open

Fear / Doubt

I’m Healing

Your Flaws

You’re Human

You Hate Me. It’s Okay.

Half the Story


That Smile Though


The Only Difference

Did I Smother You?

I Admired You So Much

I Will Love Again

Alive Again

Message From a Dream

Come Find Me

The Black Night Sighs

Glance Back

You Make Me Feel Like Dirt

What I Don’t Miss

Why You Hate Me

I Wish You Freedom

No Regrets

I’m Back


Boats and Birds

Love Letter to the Past

And the Curtain Falls


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