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  • A Cut Above, A Breed Apart

    They strolled into the mess hall nonchalantly in dress blacks that had the exact opposite effect of their understated design. The crowd opened up for them, the same thought flashing through the entire room.

    The corporation's special forces were the stuff…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Robin Redbreast

    Each Robin has a red breast, dripping blood,

    And ev'ry beaten heart, a bony cage,

    And still we sing and bathe ourselves in mud;

    From heart to fingers, ink still stains the page.

    The pump has sprung a leak for you to read:

    A farewell note to say it's n…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Beneath the Boards

    Forbidden freshness cools beneath the boards

    Unwilling hornets sting the burst balloon

    And gnaw the captured heirs with sated swords,

    Projected slowly into sprightly tune.

    It's just as if he'd never left the stage,

    The flaccid vaccination of the ill--


    Posted 6 years ago
  • Starwaves

    I remember the grey light. I pulled her close to me in the aftermath of our lovemaking. It was then that I told her I was leaving, not yet knowing I was wrong. Our lives were not yet to diverge.

    She cried.

    Her face pressed against my shoulder, I felt he…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The castle grounds

    You sometimes lost your way, but when you make it to a place like this, arriving without knowing how and why you arrived, you know you're not lost anymore. The air has an inimitable quality to itself, seemingly contained with the light of a day beginning …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The shards of yourself are still pieces of you

    Really, when you look at the shards of mirror on the floor, you see yourself returned, only when there was one, there is now many. It's foolhardy to assume such a collectivism as a denouncing of individuality; the whole is greater than the sum of its part…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Outset

    It's time I made a different kind of move.

    I'll go pursue my int'rests and forget

    That I have duties here. I seek a diff'rent groove

    Than I have heard before. There's promise yet!

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Undersong to Oversong

    I need some music

    Some music for food

    To fill me up

    I’m in such a mood

    But I’m too far down

    To pick out a song

    And if someone helps

    Just to move me along

    I’d thank you to spin me

    A tune that will lift

    Me out of the doldrums

    A personal gift

    I’m stuck he…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • A Talent for Love

    They say she's got an awesome knack

    For giving people love

    How can we know if this is true?

    Just take it for the truth,

    Or is there some way we can test

    To verify the claim?

    But yes, of course. Just listen to

    The way she says my name.

    Posted 6 years ago
  • No Going Back

    I do believe the time for hope has passed

    Desire she may to hear its lost refrain

    Our friendship like the clouds is overcast

    Abandoned love can only end in rain

    Consider now the change that time revealed

    No outcome of our battle left to chance

    Deep wounds…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Simplicity of Rest

    Sadie rolled her eyes at the wizard's theatrics, depositing her assault rifle on the table before slumping into a chair. This had been a nice house once, presumably housing a hard-working and respectable family. Now the upper floor had been partially blow…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Dangers of Simplicity

    "That's a powerful spell."

    "I'm sure it will come off with a bit of scrubbing," Sadie answered.

    The wizard Tenever wiped a hand slowly across the tabletop, causing the scratched inscription to flare and spark angrily. Sadie was ready to protest, but hel…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Darker Side of Luck

    He knows you by your many names

    It's nothing new, you've stayed the same

    Protection, be it shield or mask

    Will be undone, it is his task

    The soldier's rifle cannot aim

    The maiden pure is lost to shame

    The royal family line will fail

    The captain's ship no …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • SkyFire

    I saw the sunset blazing like fire. It was beautiful, with its warm reds, oranges, pinks, purples and blues.

    Splashes of yellow here and there dancing like flames between burning logs as the clouds drifted by

    The wind was biting, but somehow there was wa…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Three Word Prompt: f14 POETRY Verna: Heart, Tart, Sweet

    My heart's been touched by many a gentle word

    Of kindness and acceptance. Gentle folks

    Have hastened to my aid, all undeterred

    When I've had trouble; they've been strong as oaks

    When I've been both exhausted, frail, and grieving.

    To all my patient pals…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Three Word Prompt: f14 POETRY Student: Flow, Slow, Blow

    A storm is coming. Hear the cold wind blow

    What else approaches me with ill intent?

    A fear is growing in me, fast, although

    I cannot understand the fury's bent.

    The fright builds quickly, but my mind is slow

    To grasp its meaning, fighting through a h…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • 3 Word Prompt for Andrea, f14 POETRY class: BELIEVE HOPE LOVE

    I do believe the time has come to hope

    I'd love it if my friend came back at last.

    If I am wrong I'll wash my mouth with soap,

    And banish expectation to the past,

    But still, if I could nourish once again

    The happiness that once was his and mine,


    Posted 6 years ago
  • Hall of Broken Mirrors

    I'm one person.

    So many people talk about how they're all smashed to pieces, losing bits of themselves, lamenting like Humpty Dumpty at their inability to be pieced back together. I've been that person, but as time passed I learned that it's not about di…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Waiting

    I studied the table as though the words had been written there instead of spoken and left hanging in the air.

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Beating Hearts

    Story is marked as mature

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Scream

    How I scream

    Louder I scream

    When did I become this person

    I tear myself apart

    And lose the pieces along the way

    There's no going back from here

    But that's okay

    How I don't know

    But forward is the only way to go

    The tears prickle, always ready

    Brimming fu…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • My own Paradise

    The grass is soft, tenderly kissing my feet

    The air is sweet, warmly caressing my arms

    Birds laugh and sing of bliss

    Here I am, on my own

    The sky is a brilliant blue and crystal clear

    Rolling hills of multicolors stretch all around

    Miles and miles pass b…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Happy Face

    Come on girl

    put on that happy face

    the one

    with the smile

    that shows

    all your teeth.

    Come on girl

    put on that happy face

    pretend for the world

    your not breaking down again.

    Cover up the sounds

    of that avalanche

    of shattered heart


    Cover up the man…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Death, She Wrote

    Oswald hated cases like this. Common break-ins, unstable shoot-em ups in the living room; panic killings. Nothing interesting about them. The killer would hopefully succumb to their conscience and spare themselves the ordeal of the guilt.

    The floorboards…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Baby Steps

    I don’t want to be a hypocrite

    Who gives theories as mentors

    In place of the action I crave

    But I’m scared

    Of changing my routine

    Doing some thing different right now

    In this moment


    I make good plans

    Dream of perfect happy futures

    Decide all the steps I…

    Posted 6 years ago