August 16, 2017

LOVE IS MORE THAN ALL THAT

LOVE IS MORE THAN ALL THAT

Papa always said that love was action, not words.
We could carry banners, scream love at another’s heart,
But without a promise to keep that love alive
it was a waste of time, a game to play, a lie
doomed to hit rock bottom, a brick wall, shrivel up
and die. Of course, I found his little speech a laugh.
I loved Helen Steubel. She had a pretty face,
red hair, and said so sweetly how she loved me.
We were both ten. Ten years old and certain our love
would never end. It did. On Valentine’s Day, no less.
Helen gave all the boys in 5B an I-love-you card.


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August 15, 2017

ZENDEL WAITS OUT THE NIGHT

ZENDEL WAITS OUT THE NIGHT
[Based on Art by – Ooberxandxdavie6]

Somewhere in the far-off mountains,
hiding in crevice or dark cave,
Zendel waits out the Martian night.
Beneath the two moons of Phobos
and Deimos, he fights against sleep
where ogres crouch waiting to kill.
No one and nothing can save him.
He imagines his mother
high on the branch of a burned-out
wood, searching, begging the Martian gods
to command the rigid mountains:
“Release Zendel! Release the boy!”
When dawn breaks across the Martian sky,
mother and son trek towards home.


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