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Dripping RedHe was the perfect soldier, like a white
pawn on an inky board. Innocent fray:
'Unstained', they named the better man
Who swore to find the other side of Day.
He followed every order graven in
Cold stone. He never broke the dusty chains
Of honor, twisting close around his heart;
The iron singing thunder in his veins.
He dreamed about Tomorrow, the other
side of day. Tear-streaked morning never came,
Rain-washed. The only dawn was drowned in blood
And ringed in coiled dragons: rising flame.
The tide of blood that stained horizons, weep-
ing, splattered gently on his brittle face,
He buried, dead, in rushing water deep.
His hands were clean, without a traitor stain.
His men lie around him, dead at whispered last,
The light of life drains out behind their eyes;
(The clanging horrors of his dreams, cracked glass,
Were false. Despair in icy silence reigns.)
The only color left to him is red,
To mock brave, innocent and silent white:
An afterglow of symmetry he once
Believed could end the sc
The Mirror Cracked'A blazing wave devours white shore,'
The poets muse on Feanor,
While they should wish him nothing more
Than swiftly falling ash.
In reckless words we forged our fate,
In white-hot script for cracking slate,
Each syllable the world's weight -
But gladly were we crushed.
I saw blood in the soft sea wrack;
Each sea-elf dead a mirror's crack
In our own faces staring back
From all the noble slain.
In Dior's blessed and empty face
I searched for us but found no trace.
The mirror shattered. Only grace
We bear no more stared back.
The waves closed over Elwing's head,
Dissolved the Light that silver bled
Into a face that held no dread;
So different from ourselves.
Not princes now, nor kings, but thieves,
And reckless as the falling leaves,
We take the Jewels and my heart grieves:
For all the world is stained.
For this the final Doom we bear:
In blood spilt red as Nelyo's hair;
The golden Vanyar lying there
Dead, even as our hearts.
The living Light is agony;
A shining, sharp finality:
A leap i
MajestyBlack the night that closed around me,
(Now I see!)
When I listened as He promised
Long I waited; still she turned and
Looked on you!
Son of few years, quickly fading:
Shadows steals across the City,
I shall drown both star and candle:
Bring the Night.
See the furnace-glow of crimson?
Hear the roar?
To Doom I have brought completion:
Bloody chaos breaks around me,
I shall find her – she'll forget you:
But your arms are strong as iron,
Have no doubt;
Past the rail meant to save me
I spill out.
Seven times they jagged crush me,
'Til I fall no more but lie here-
Blood-stained rise the walls above me,
As light through deep water darkly:
Ragged, now, my cloak of glory,
Here in silence ends this story:
Here lies dead.
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First of all, I just want to thank everyone that participated, wether is was spreading the word or uploading your art! It is seriously appreciated.
Unfortunately, DA didn't give us a category to upload to, so I have to search for the participating works to include in this feature. If your art isn't up here, send me a note so that it can be featured!
You guys are freaking awesome. I also wanted to include a personal brag: My cheetah photo, The Predator, was selected as an Editor's Pick and is the cover for their Big Cats category. Think we could convince them to put it in the magazine?
It took 4,000,000 years for the cheetah to become the unique 'big' cat that it is today;
It's taken less than 100 for mankind to place it on the endangered species list. It is a
protected species in Namibia - considered vulnerable. Endangered under the United States
Endangered Species Act. List on CITES Appendix I. First listed on 1 July 1975.
With the exception of some birds, cheetahs are the fastest creatures on earth - the
Natural History Magazine, in 1974, reported its top speed to be 70 mph. They can reach 60 mph (96 km/h)
in just 3 seconds, just as fast as a vehicle! Unfortunately, this 'big' cats can only sustain their super-sprints
for 30 seconds. On the plus side, though, a single stride can carry the cheetah between 20 and 25 feet (7m)!
hunting technique is to stalk as close as possible to the prey, burst into full speed, tripping the prey with a
front paw and, as the prey falls, biting it by the throat in a strangulation hold.
The cubs grow rapidly and are half of their adult size at 6 months old; at 8 months old, they have lost the last
of their deciduous teeth. About this time, the cubs begin to make clumsy attempts at stalking and catching. Much
of the learning process takes the form of play behavior. The cubs stalk, chase and wrestle with each other and
even chase prey that they know they cannot catch, or prey that is too large. The cubs learn to hunt many different
species, including guinea fowl, francolins, springhares, and small antelope. They still are not very adept hunters at
the time they separate from their mothers.
Cheetah populations are thinly spread throughout Africa over 25 countries, as far north as Algeria, and as far south
as South Africa. There is also a small cheetah population in Iran. Namibia in south west Africa has the largest population,
with an estimated 3,000 cheetah calling this large, sparse country, home. Cheetahs are not so easy to spot, you may have a
better chance if you go on safari in winter when the grass is not so high on the open plains.
species in both the wild and captivity. An average 20 percent of all cubs born in captivity die within one month of birth,
and in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, about 90 percent die before reaching the 3 months of age.
So, the work computer is lagging and I've spent about three hours on the feature so far. If you have some facts you'd like to share or your art isn't up here, send me a note! You deserve the recognition for helping such an important cause!