End RemembranceEnd Remembrance1 year ago in Historical More Like This
Remembrance Day originates at the end of World War I. The idea is to honor those who died in the line of duty, defending their country from enemies. For all its pompous words and fancy granite memorials littered with colorful flower bouquets, Remembrance Day and others like it have failed miserably in achieving this goal.
I've often been criticized as having no respect, and that can be an impediment when discussing certain topics. However, I am often in luck – hypocrisy deserves no respect. What changed as a result of the enormous sacrifice of those who died in WW1? As the first bombs of WW2 fell just two decades later, millions once again obediently lined up under various pieces of colored cloths to slaughter and be slaughtered. It became obvious that absolutely nothing had changed, and that the millions of WW1 had died in vain.
Most would agree that all that lip service paid to the sacrifice between the two world wars wasn't good enough. To truly honor their sacrifice would be
The I-LandThe I-Land3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The I-Land is an island,
a sanctuary, a hiding place,
a prison, an insane asylum,
a safehaven, a place of rejuvenation,
a place that defies all explanation,
a place at times you couldn't live without,
and a place from which you must get out.
In the I-Land, I am free
but staying has a cost.
Totally isolated, totally me,
it's all too easy to be lost.
Everyone knows the I-Land
or at least that's what I think
but if I'm right, I'm pretty sure
that you don't know mine
and I don't know yours.
Having no way to get there
is to be lost and stranded
without a place to be at peace
by yourself in a world your own.
It's a magical place
sometimes a blessing,
others, not so great,
occasionally a curse
The precise location is unique to each of us.
There are many I-Lands but few we can claim.
No two I-Lands are quite the same.
And they can be found just about anywhere
like that patch of grass under the willow there
or in a house, a car, a boat or a bar.
Some are expansive and reach quite far.
Ghost of the CloudsIt covers the scenery like a gauzy shroud;Ghost of the Clouds3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
It adds tension and mystery
To the flat and static;
It can lighten the dark,
And he can darken the day;
It clings to the buildings
like a spider-web
but leaves not a trace
when you brush it away;
Fog can lurk
And fog can flow;
It is something present,
Fog is the ghost of clouds
And the spirit of fallen sky
Fog is shy
Always overshadowed by that jock
Of an afternoon sun
Or that bully
Of a mid-day rain
Fog does not dictate your dress
But merely suggests
You don a coat
Mr. Con D. Insation
Sunshine SmileLooking up at heaven I seeSunshine Smile2 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
Lazy clouds are peeking at me
Whispering their secrets through the trees
Morning splashes honey color
On the grass and makes them taller
And butterflies are kissing all the flowers' faces
Because sunshine makes me feel just like a fairy princess
And no one sees me now as I dance up on the clouds
List'ning to a dragonfly song
Trying hard to hum along
Feeling the breeze take my breath away
Never-ending lavender fields
Where a broken heart can be healed
Nothing can convince me it's not real
And I smile!
Because sunshine makes me feel just like a fairy princess
And no one sees me now as I dance up on the clouds
There's a magic in my heart
I know dreams can come true
Every story has a part
When the hero shines through
Every little girl deserves a unicorn or two
Light fading across the water
All the sky is lit on fire
Crickets send their music through the air
And I still smile
Because sunshine makes me feel just like a fairy princess
And no one sees m
Christmas Dance---- It's called 'Christmas Dance', but that's really the only Christmas-y thing about this. So I figured I could just upload it to keep my stories in order ----Christmas Dance3 months ago in Profiles More Like This
The Christmas dance was getting close as Mark and Thomas walked through the halls of the school.
“Have you asked anyone yet?” Mark asked and Thomas shook his head.
“Well, who are you going to ask? I mean, the dance is in a few days” Mark continued and Thomas sighed.
“I don’t know. Mandy?” Thomas suggested.
“I think she’s going with Phil” Mark replied.
“Helen?” Thomas asked.
“Alex” Mark said.
“Melissa?” Thomas said.
“Nathan” Mark replied.
“Really? Never thought he would ask her” Thomas commented surprised.
“I know, I didn’t see it coming either” Mark agreed.
“Who’re you going with?” Thomas asked.
“Norah” Mark replied smiling.
“Good for you” Thomas sai
What We MadeWhat We Made4 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
What We Made
We made the darkness said the Bats
We made the light said the Skylarks
We made the cold said the Penguins
We made the heat said the Salamanders
We made the stars said the Badgers
We made the moon said the Wolves
We made the sun said the Foxes
We made the land said the Moles
We made the forests said the Squirrels
We made the rivers said the Salmon
We made the mountains said the Goats
We made the skies said the Eagles
We made the north said the Bears
We made the south said the Lions
We made the west said the Horses
We made the east said the Deer
We made the world said all the animals...
...and we made you
Secret musicAfter Thomas’ little outburst the music lessons stopped and he wasn’t allowed to play anymore. His parents made sure he came home straight after school every Monday and Thursday. Thomas had tried to stay for the music lessons, but he always got a beating every time he came home late. But Thomas wanted the music in his life. He felt he needed it. The music made him forget about his parents, about all the bad things in his life. It calmed him down and it was something he could control.Secret music5 months ago in Profiles More Like This
One day Thomas ran into the music teacher and accidentally knocked some papers out of his hands.
“Oh, sorry…” Thomas said looking away.
“It’s alright, Thomas” The teacher said as he started to pick up the papers.
“I haven’t seen you in the music lessons. I thought you liked it” the teacher said and Thomas looked sheepishly at the floor.
“I… eh… My parents said I couldn’t go anymore” Thomas replied.
Music lessons“So what are you doing after school?” Mark asked during lunch.Music lessons5 months ago in Profiles More Like This
“Going home” Thomas said quietly.
“I’m starting music lessons. I want to learn how to play drums and stuff” Mark said as he played imaginary drums. Thomas just smiled and looked away.
“You should join me” Mark said.
“I can’t play any instruments” Thomas replied.
“That’s why it’s called music lessons” Mark said teasing.
“I don’t know” Thomas said.
“Com’ on! It’ll be fun!” Mark said smiling and nudging Thomas.
“What would I play?” Thomas asked.
“You could play the guitar. We could start our own band!” Mark answered and started playing air-guitar. Thomas had to laugh at the sight.
“Once we’re good enough, of course” Mark added smiling.
After school Thomas walked over to his mother in the kitchen.
“Mom?” Thomas said to get her attention. E
Depth of your Love (7)It had been just over a week since Emma had returned to class following her hospitalization for the bends. She was still restricted from diving due to a slight inner ear infection that the doctor had found during her last visit. Together with Tom, she stood on the deck of Mark’s boat listening to him explain what was going to be taking place over the next week. He looked over at Tom and held up his clipboard. “Since Miss Gilbert is unable to participate in the labs due to her restriction, I’m going to partner you up with Ben and Melissa. This way you will not fall behind.Depth of your Love (7)5 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
You may share your work with Miss Gilbert so that she doesn’t fall behind either.”
Tom sighed and rolled his eyes at the thought of having to partner up with them. He didn’t mind
partnering with Ben; it was Melissa who really bothered him. She wasn’t much more than an average student but seemed to think that she was “all that” from the arrogant way she talked to th
Untitled Poem 1Shrouded my desperate heartUntitled Poem 16 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Blooming hope within
Pretending these words belong
. . . but they never did
Mark finds out about the abuseMark had seen Thomas come to school with injuries many times. He would have a black eye, bruises on his arms, bloody lip and so on. When he asked Thomas about it, he would say it was nothing. It was just passed Thomas’ birthday and he had not had a party or celebrated it in any way. When Mark thought about it, Thomas’ had never celebrated his birthday. Why not? It also seemed like he never wanted to leave school. The small stretch of road they walked together was always fast in the morning, but really slow in the afternoon. Mark walked over to Thomas, determined to know what was up with his best friend.Mark finds out about the abuse6 months ago in Profiles More Like This
Thomas smiled when he saw Mark walk toward him.
“How did you get that bruise?” Mark asked, pointing at the fading bruise by Thomas’ left eye. The smile on Thomas’ face instantly faded and he looked to the side.
“It’s nothing” he said.
“Com’ on, tell me” Mark urged him.
“It’s nothing” Thomas said ag
Why should they care?Monday morning Thomas came to school with a bloody lip. His father had punched him right before he left because Thomas had said he didn’t want to visit his aunt that weekend. When the teacher saw him, Thomas was sent straight to the nurse’s office.Why should they care?6 months ago in Profiles More Like This
“How did you get that bloody lip?” the nurse asked.
“Dad hit me” he answered matter-of-factly.
“What?” the nurse said shocked.
“He always does it. Mom too, sometimes” Thomas answered.
“How often does this happen?” the nurse asked concerned.
“A few times a week” Thomas said looking down.
“Wait here and don’t go anywhere” the nurse said and left the room. After a while Thomas could hear the principal and the nurse talking outside the door. Then the principal entered and looked at Thomas.
“Your parents did that to you?” he asked indicating towards Thomas’ bloody lip.
“Yeah” Thomas answered. The principal sighed.
Thomas' promise to Lillian“Guess what I’m doing today” Thomas teased Lillian as he sat down next to her. Lillian looked at her brother. His big grin made her smile.Thomas' promise to Lillian6 months ago in Profiles More Like This
“What?” she asked.
“Guess!” Thomas said, grinning even more.
“I don’t know” she said. Her expression screamed curiosity and pleaded him to tell her.
“Fine, I’ll tell you” he said nodding. Thomas’ expression became mischievous and he deliberately paused.
“I’m going to get you your birthday-present today” he said smiling at his little sister. Lillian’s smile widened and she hugged her brother.
“We’re going as soon as dad’s ready” he added and the smile on Lillian’s face faded. She pulled away from Thomas and looked at him sadly.
“What?” Thomas asked as his smile faded as well. Lillian turned her head away from him.
“Hey, why the sad look?” Thomas asked and lifted her chin so she looked
Thank youAs i wake to the sunrise,Thank you6 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
feeling your warm embrace,
every time i think how lucky i am,
since to you i am as transparent as water,
yet very predictable,
so you always know there is something wrong,
thanks to my bold expressions that shows deep thoughts.
Although i grow with age,
you still feel the need to
cover me and protect me from my troubles,
and when i grow too old as time passes,
I will still hold you in my heart,
with my love for you and
my memories of you,
For you are my friend,
you are my family,
you are my Mother.
And to that i say thank you
Thomas meets MarkThomas sat down at one of the desks in the back of the classroom. Even though it was warm outside Thomas was wearing a sweater. His father had grabbed him the other day after his mother had slapped him for talking back to her, so he had a bruise on his arm. As the classroom got filled with other kids Thomas just looked down. He didn’t really care. It was one of those days when he just didn’t want any attention from the other kids, which was easy since they seemed to be busy talking to each other. Thomas had always been a quiet kid in school. Especially since his mother had started slapping him.Thomas meets Mark6 months ago in Profiles More Like This
“Hey” Thomas heard someone say beside him, so he turned his head.
“It’s a bit warm with that sweater isn’t it?” the boy said pointing at Thomas’ sweater.
“No” Thomas replied and looked back at his hands on the desk.
“But it’s like a hundred degrees outside” the boy said gesturing towards the window and the sun sh
Thomas and his troubles with schoolIt was a Monday, close to the finals, Mark noticed Thomas came to class in his work clothes. He hadn’t even sat down before the homeroom teacher told him to go to the Student Guidance Office.Thomas and his troubles with school6 months ago in Profiles More Like This
“Thomas, we have to talk about your school work” she said as Thomas sat down.
“You’re late with your assignments, you’re not doing your homework, you’re falling asleep in class, your grades are going down” she continued and Thomas looked away.
“As it is now, you are not graduating this year” she said and Thomas glared at her.
“What?” he said startled by the thought of not graduating.
“I’m sorry Thomas, but that’s the truth. With your grades and the lack of attention and homework, you’re not getting your diploma and you’re not graduating” she said. Thomas was speechless. He was trying as best he could. Finally he sighed and looked away.
“I understand” he said and left the office.
A stormy understandingAnd the rain is pouring down,A stormy understanding7 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Pouring down upon this frown
But it clears my grief away,
All the grief I have today.
And the wind is very rough,
Very rough, I’ve had enough
But it blows the fear away,
All the fear I have today.
And the lightning is so bright,
Much too bright for my poor sight
But it takes the tears away,
All the tears I shed today.
PeaceShe was absorbed in her book. Real life didn’t really matter when her favorite character was in such a mess.Peace7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
In other words, screw the real world, because she was busy with a much more interesting one when she felt, and ignored, the tap on her shoulder.
It became apparent that Hiroshi wasn’t going to be getting her attention so easily, and he paused a moment to think of something, knowing he would have to get creative. He settled on kneeling down in front of her and putting his face between her and the book, obstructing her view. “whatcha readin?” She nearly jumped out of her skin, but relaxed when she saw who it was. “Hey Gecko” She greeted, pushing him away instead of actually responding to the question.
“We’re way late for math” She huffed a bit at this news.
“Why didn’t you find me earlier then?” She asked, hurriedly packing away her book and standing up, headed to said math cla
Two White BirdsTwo white brids,Two White Birds7 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Pictured on a stormy gray sky.
Two white birds,
Why can't I?
Like those two white birds,
So we fly,
Against a gray sky.
Depth of your love (5)That night Emma spent a total of six hours in the decompression chamber. Tom was watching over her like a guardian angel from the window next to where she lay asleep wearing a mask so she could re-oxygenate her blood whilst she slept. When she awoke the doctors went in to check her progress and vital signs. A few moments later they emerged and satisfied that she was now stable, moved her to an ICU room where she could spend the next few days recovering from her ordeal. Not long after that, happy that she was safe in the care of the doctor’s and nurses of the hospital, Tom left to explain the situation to Mark who thankfully was understanding in his response.Depth of your love (5)7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
“Just make sure you and Miss Gilbert complete some theory work whilst you’re there,” he said “And because you two are dive buddies I hereby excuse you from field session”
Tom thanked him and then went back to the hospital to check up on Emma and give her the theory work Mark had given him. Howeve
Depth of Your Love (4)The hot Florida sun glared down on Tom and Emma as they prepared to make another dive down to the sunken city that they had discovered just a few days before. Tom helped Emma with her wetsuit and then went about getting his and her tanks strapped into their BDCs.Depth of Your Love (4)7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
“It’s really quite hot today,” Emma commented as she wiped her brow. “It doesn’t get this hot back home, that’s for sure!”
Tom nodded in agreement. “Yeah Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason!” He lifted Emma’s BDC and helped her to get it on and secured. She then in turn, helped him with his. As they finished kitting up a pair of seagulls landed on the boat and began to argue over a bit of fish that one of the birds had captured! The two divers chuckled as they watched the two gulls argue.
After a few minutes the birds flew away, leaving what was left of the fish on the deck of their boat. Tom shrugged his shoulders. “Guess they decided it wasn
Depth of Your love (2)The next morning Emma awoke feeling refreshed yet excited for that days’ dive, the first of many scheduled dives of the placement. She ate a light breakfast of a honey and banana bagel with fresh squeezed orange juice with the other students and then changed into her speedo navy blue one piece and her full length black and silvery blue Scuba-Pro wetsuit. Once she had those on she went to the lower deck where she found Tom fitting his bouyancy compensator device or BCD to his air tank. She blushed for a second time in two days when she saw how incredibly hot he looked in his wetsuit with his hair tied back in a small bun.Depth of Your love (2)7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
“Oh hey Emma” he smiled when he saw her standing there “As you can see I’m just setting my equipment”
“Yeah I’m about to do the same” Emma added beginning to do the same on the air tank next to him.
“So are you excited as I am for today?” he asked
“I am, I’ve been looking forward to this for