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Twenty Ten FourWe never notice.Twenty Ten Four by Beccalicious
Our alarm doesn't ring, it sings
Pharell beating our mornings
till we remove from our snooze. We
forgot the tink-tinker or
and emerge the same.
The same commute to work:
Heads sunk, tired eyes drunk by
thumb movements. Our ears dumb
locked into a Will-I-Am trance. Not
a glance of the changing scenes;
the only birds we see are angry.
The same office echoes with
of emails blaming others and smack-talking.
instead of actual talking. We fall for
the hype of Skype and only Siri’s
voice drones narrow answers
we accept as truth.
The same playground, huddled corners;
Children pick a blackberry instead of
picking blackberries, for their late-night
Facebook fights. Words will always hurt see:
no kids to hit with sticks and stones. Unless
there’s an ap for it.
What do we do when stop?
Orwell you're too late
took thirty years to demonstrate your
doublethink and we all cling to
The Beard of intrigueHis beard was fascinating.The Beard of intrigue by Beccalicious
It was a loom, woven with intricate detail and so long it would put any wizard to shame. Each pattern in the coarse mound of hair seemed to share a secret. Perhaps they were memories- I’d heard others collect memories in such ways- etchings on their bodies, collecting objects and even journal writing. Maybe this man was his own journal.
The rest of him seemed positively ordinary. He rested in his chair in a blue business suit- albeit a little outdated for fashion, but suited the character I had begun to form in my head for him. His sorrowful eyes narrowed on a frustrated brow of greying features, illuminating a sense of tiredness. Perhaps the beard in all its might was weighting down. His skin was as rough as sandpaper, blotches and scars etching his hands and face with no revelation to the puzzle of his beard.
I wanted to move closer, debating whether it was rude to ask. The very notion excited me as I built up theories as to why his beard had the
Shopping and Wizards.A thousand bagsShopping and Wizards. by Beccalicious
shuffle down the high street between
clasped hands, scrunched with new purchase.
They’re buggy-dodging the determined mothers,
the rushed businessmen-- a pinball
machine shopping centre.
A green-robed man, tall with wand and hood
must be a wizard. He’s happily
procuring sushi and sparkling water
whilst his companion;
short with her piercings and jeans treats him
as if he wore the same.
Down the high street,
two track-suited parents
zoom past on their children’s scooters—
half-smoked fags between fingers yell
how fucking amazing this is.
spotted teen raps
his love for Jesus on a muffled
He raps for the Father,
He raps for the Son
and Holy Spirit.
He raps for peace, for hope, for you.
In a corner,
Brown eyes, hefty tears,
a snot-ridden face--
four years old.
A train runs through the mall toot-tooting
as grumpy shoppers move out of the way.
Napo 8- SusanWhy did you lock her out of heavenNapo 8- Susan by Beccalicious
and throw the key
into the lions land?
A beautiful girl enjoying
a new fantasy to live.
She'd stopped believing, but
faith stays in a heart longer
than a head.
"She wasted all her school time wanting to be the age she is now,
and she'll waste all the rest of her life trying to stay that age"
Napo 7- Teen of the 90'sI wanted to be Posh Spice because myNapo 7- Teen of the 90's by Beccalicious
hair was brown bobbed and she dated David
Beckham; I wanted to marry him. I
had no internet and recorded songs
on the radio to tape, daring to
pause and knock out the DJ’s droll. I sang
to S Club and thought I was the coolest
in my smiley faced top and my yingyang
friendship necklaces. You had to know the
Macarena not just for weddings but
school discos too and then every steps routine
to fit in. Slow dances with boys made me
wish again that they were David Beckham
and not greasy teens with bad curtains for
hair. They pressed themselves against you before
travelling to the next girl in leopard
print skirt. Viva forever was merely
a fantasy ; one I’d dream the whole of
the nineties, hoping my teenage self could
find her inner strength, her true girl power.
the eyepatch and the handcuffs his hands have promisedthe eyepatch and the handcuffs by Satah
to wipe off every fingerprint
your last lover left on you
he has sworn he will
wear gloves, when he needs to,
and pay attention to the instructions on the boxes
"this side up"
and you have sworn
you will try to let him
i hear your bodies whispering these things to each other
when you think i'm asleep
and i've seen your nervous window-glances
when he is mumbling oaths into your neck
you still cherish the swirling bruises
because you think they're all you deserve
the tease of Earl Greywhen leaves speak they rustlethe tease of Earl Grey by alapip
but shan't talk of lost cattle
out of bags like cats lying
purring perhaps stirring
gainsaying the language
of pictures - much fewer
than one thousand words
whispered soft - softer
ours to read into
by catching a hint of
some spiciness brewed
a sugaring of love -
or upcoming danger
a giving or taking
from whom in this strange land
once was a stranger
by this chance assessed
through one's cup or glass
darkly lit yet it be
from wet leavings of tea
hopefully let it be
the sugaring of love -
llp - dA - jan2013
DD - feb1/2013
I am not summer personifiedDo not compare me to a summers day,I am not summer personified by blood-red-ribbons
I'm an autumn baby, with fallen leaves,
Printed in gold and amber across my skin,
With the deepest red sunset lips,
Offset by snowy skin.
I am the crisp breath of wind,
On oxygen starved lungs.
Forget the call of the heat,
And fall into my mist embrace.
moonhe reads to her, tells her what it was like to be a sailor of the seas on the moon. "don't stop talking," she tells him, dozing off, imagining the seas of zephyr.moon by KaitForest
spyglass on the moon a million miles away, the ether shatters by a little girl on her toes, standing on her mattress, clinging to her window above. stain glass eyes in the wake of moon and she breathes as the sea slamming onto the pane, receding and reaching; clouding and clearing. her breaths reach the moon and the moon reaches back with her hands pressed to the girl's eyes.
"one day," she tells the moon, the boy still at her bedside, "you and i will be together."
TattooHear me read itTattoo by BloodshotInk
I splashed black ink onto your spine;
unintentional as I frenzied and fawned
to try and catch the elusive thought.
You patiently waited for me to return,
out of breath and triumphant, with my trophy.
We hung it on wood next to the elk.
In my haste to write of the love of you,
I'd written in you. I'd marked you as mine,
as my words intoxicated your weak heart.
The ink had permeated your flesh, your blood,
until it silted, deep inside you,
a permanent, unedited, tattoo of our love.
Sword SwallowerSix seasons.Sword Swallower by KissTheSunrise
Seventeen and one half months.
Nineteen and one quarter lunar cycles.
Five hundred thirty four days and nights.
Seven hundred sixty-eight thousand nine hundred and 60 seconds.
We spent every one of these units of time together.
In the shadow of the oncoming storm, a tree shudders within, dropping its' fruit.
Tides rush before the storm carrying generations to a land with wounded soil where they perish.
Numbers are not real. I count them 3..5..23..88, 89, 90, 91..98, 99..115..Habit. See it. Sum it. Submit.
Pulling, pounding, pushing, breathing, the song of the new cicadas.
In harmony a steady nightly rhythm. (701)
Soaked in an ocean of soiled linen, daring desires, pheromones, swollen lips and coliseum kisses.
Your spasmodic shell satiated, separates, splinters, shatters, sails straight South.
Through the long nights I've been cinched t
A Poet's RomanceShe was the quiet sort,A Poet's Romance by Nullibicity
within her eyes,
to pottery skin;
she would mold herself
into moonlight butterflies
and glist'ning calla lilies,
pure and white and
and when night cast
itself upon her in
heated, hard'ning flames,
she’d smash herself
upon the rocks
and in morning start
|DDs that I have had the pleasure of featuring as a Community Volunteer.|
eclipse.my eyes well-up constellations for you,
they shine bright. though my tears aren't precious anymore,
far too common for the tormenting night.
whoever told you about those squinting stars?
they strain to see those in this world;
gifted yet challenged by the sun and the moon.
and if all of earth's paradoxes were to stand up like soldiers,
we would be out of place.
try not to cry about such trivial matters
and live life as if we will not die.
and if such aspects are set in stone,
why does our molten flow so smoothly as
we seep out venus' volcano of infidelity and trust?
and they tell us that lust leads to consequences.
our brightness attracts those moths who perish in our heat.
we give a warm welcome to everything that we
untitledThat guy thinks he's heartless;
I watch him as he buys coffee
and gives it to everybody he passes
on the street who looks sad, and
his lips curl into a smile because
he made a joke that gave someone a laugh.
He holds his mother's hand on top
of hospital sheets, pressing the button
to pump morphine into her system
before he signals a nurse. Tears cascade
down his face when he watches
his mother take her last breath.
And his lips curl into a sneer as he walks
past a cloud of lung choking smoke,
thinking of the fume filled air
his mother suffocated herself in.
He thinks he's heartless, but
his heart is bigger than anyone's.
| Or just confused?|
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Ready, Set, NaNo!So it's that time of the year again and we're all racing around trying to get our bits together for NaNoWriMo. OR, we're laughing at the people running around trying to get all their bits together for NaNo. In the past, I've written articles on what NaNo is and how to prepare for it. This isn't one of those articles. Well, not entirely. Let's start with the glaringly obvious.GrimFace242
What's the point of NaNo?
If you answered "To write a 50k Word Count Novel in a month's time," you're wrong. NaNo is about conditioning writers to write regularly, keep those creative juices flowing and to work under pressure. November is a busy month. Students are back in school. Parents are dealing with said students. In the United States, we have Thanksgiving and of course everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Add in clearing 1,667 words a day and we're talking about some major pressure. But that's the poi
Space LootingA high pitched blaring came from the control panel, accompanied by flashing lights on the hologram screen. Half a dozen heads turned toward the commotion before a figure calmly strode toward the panel and pressed a button. The noises ceased, and the lights grew from random specks to a clear formation of merchant ships.d-e-l-e-t-e-d
"Captain Jones," said a man stepping from shadows to light. "I do believe that," he pointed to a certain star-ship lagging behind the others, "is the one we're looking for. What do you think?"
The woman who pressed the button turned around, smiling as she pulled out a sleek mag-gun and checked it for charges. "Sil, I say we give 'em hell."
Commotion overtook the crew deck as humans and aliens alike checked their armor and weapons. Still more sat in chairs facing personal holoscreens, calculating trajectories for mass teleport. Once each member stepped aboard their designated plate a green light flared above their heads.
Jones was the last one to step on her teleport pad,
The Legend of the Haunted LighthouseNot many folk know of the lighthouse on Saber Island. But not many folk know of the island itself, for it's a hidden place, a good distance off the trade routes and surrounded by vicious currents that will smash your ship against the saber-sharp cliffs that have given cause for its name, so that if you get anywhere near enough to find the island, you'll have no way of ever getting back to tell the tale of it. Well, that goes for regular folk, who come across it when they get lost to sea, not for hardened sea dogs who go about looking for trouble. An island that's hard to find and dangerous to approach is a boon to any pirate, and there's never been a time since man sailed these seas that there wasn't a pirate den on Saber Island. And legend has it, some three hundred years ago, the island was home to a pirate known as Captain John Cutlass, the greatest pirate to ever rule over Saber Island.dparparita
Captain Cutlass was a strange man, strange as they come. Some say he was no man at all, b
Trouble on the Dead Strait The sailing master was dreaming of warm, sandy beaches when the cabin boy shook him awake. “What the hell are you doing, boy? It’s not even sunup.” He started to raise his hand to deliver a hard slap to the boy, but his pale face and wide eyes caused him to hesitate. “What is it?”Tobaeus
“It’s the helmsman, sir. He’s taking us into The Strait!”
“What?” He found himself throwing open the door to the deck before the sleep had cleared properly from his eyes. The sky was still pitch dark; sunrise was still hours away. And sure enough, that damned fool helmsman was steering them right toward the Dead Strait. He marched over and sent him sprawling with one punch. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
The helmsman rubbed his jaw and glared at the deck. “Shaving two days off our trip, that’s what. Your route takes us right by this strait, a
MajesticSpace travel was old when I was young, yet those were the early days still: when a man could look at the stars and feel their pull as more than mere gravity. We made our living then largely from shipwrecks, a lucrative trade, much more frequent than they are now. Much of the seas were uncharted; navigation systems unreliable across such vast distances; bulky hulls ungainly and difficult to manage - it was not uncommon for vessels in transit to disembowel themselves on a comet or asteroid. Ships failing to arrive were traced back along their route to the point of shipwreck, but this took considerable time. Our business was to be there first, and our ship, the Ulysses, was designed expressly for this purpose. We were rebels and renegades, explorers and adventurers, the archaeologists of the deep waters between the stars...samjo989
Among those of our trade there was one name whispered more often and with more hushed reverence than any other: the Majestic. A luxury starliner, one
Hunting PiratesI witnessed the plundering from my safe vantage point, eyes glued to a fancy telescope and neck screaming mercy.HtBlack
Devotion never stood a chance against them, I have known for a long time: it's the defenses you have that make a difference, not the stubborn utopia that some "god" is going to rise and defend you instead. If I lower the telescope's magnification there they are, weird-shaped ants kicking down doors and putting our livelihood to the torch.
But it doesn't begin like that. It begins on your skin, like when a cool wind blows and you know you'll get goosebumps. Soon enough, the villagers see it for you - "black sails! Black sails coming!" and you choke on your tea. And even if a storm has been gathering in the sea almost like divine protection and a few ships have burst against the rocks like bubbles, you know you are exposed, maybe when those rainclouds will bring an early sunset and a sleepless night, or maybe tomorrow; your heartrate is just a countdown.
And there it is. I've
Not Damsel FodderThere's tales of a woman sailing the seas, they say. Her nails be painted black as night, and quick with a gun she is. She comes from a family of brothers ungrateful, a father with a streak for abandonment. A place where women remain in a stationary spot of the house, over the stove or cleaning the clothes. Good for nothing more than just a housewife -- or even less, with the little ankle biters that may cling to their skirts.BlueBlueFox
She sits in the corner of a bar, or to the side of the deck, a leg crossed over the other. Tap tap tap of the boot on the wooden surface -- be it the boat or a table or hell, even both! Sharp green eyes and a quick wit, but don't call her a wench or you'll make her twitch. Anything but, in spite of the opening tunic, if she catches your eyes wanderin' well... she may just shoot'cha.
"I'm not bossy, I'm the boss."
Those eyes watch the world around her from the mass of brown tumbling about her shoulders and crossed over her face. When not seated, a h
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