Rock SaltOld Tom always says, you gotta learn to fall before you can learn to fly. It's one of those phrases that manages to be both clichéd and nonsensical at the same time, but it's still one of his favorites. How do you learn to fall, anyways? I used to think it was kind of funny. That was before he used it as an excuse to push me off the roof of a five story building.Rock Salt2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Wind bites at my back as I stand on the ledge, my calves tingling with the knowledge that just a foot behind me waits a void of open air with a whole lot of cold, hard concrete at the bottom. Tom's holding a double-barrel shot gun cradled in his hands, and the motion looks natural for him. He doesn't have the kind of crazy look in his eyes that might be expected in a situation like this; instead his face is like a mask of wax with no trace of humanity. And that should scare me even more, but honestly the only thought going through my head is how I really wish I had brought a jacket.
He takes another step forward, raising
To Whom Do You Belong?To Whom Do You Belong?3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
When in the height of youthful prime,
And candour gently reigned,
Then feared you not the march of Time,
Possession you disdained.
How fulsome in existence chaste
Were you content to dwell;
And life's pursuits in restless haste
Cast not their ugly spell.
Content without the irksome hand
Of one who gathers flowers.
Content in peaceful shades to stand
Whilst claims were made in bowers.
Then came those hands, clear to discern
Above the heady throng.
How came you for those hands to yearn?
To whom do you belong?
Why sigh you now, with faded mien,
For hands which care you not?
Regretting thus to be unseen,
Regretting now your lot?
Regretting now the loss of time,
And peace in disarray?
The ravages of seasons' clime
Upon your features prey.
Resign you now alone to fade,
Your bloom o'ercast by care.
Resign again to unseen shade.
In vain do you despair.
Chicken Banana TheoryChicken Banana Theory7 years ago in Humor More Like This
Chicken Banana Theory
A man walks down the street and encounters another man. This other man believes he is a chicken, and promptly approaches the first man to inform him of this amid a series of chicken-noises. The first man acknowledges this, and hurries past.
Later, the first man is walking back along this same path and encounters the same man, though this time, the other man no longer believes that he is a chicken, but rather a banana.
This is an illogical transition– one cannot logically explain it by tracking the events that led to this mental transfiguration from chicken to banana. You cannot, for example, say that the man woke up thinking he was a chicken, had coffee, went to work, stood by the copier, and suddenly decided at that moment to become a banana. It does not follow any course of logic– it is the realm of insanity.
Consider then the deeper reasons for transition from chicken to banana. Did the man first believe he was a chicken to fulfill some need, then change his st
R.I.P.Did anyone notice that she winced if you raised your arm?R.I.P.6 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
Did anyone notice that her eyes were wide with alarm?
Did anyone notice that she never looked you in the eye?
Did anyone notice that her voice was but a sigh?
Did anyone notice that her skin was always bruised?
Did anyone question whether she might be abused?
Did anyone question why she walked in obvious fear?
Did anyone question why one day she did not appear?
Did anyone recognize her face on the six-o’clock news?
Did anyone see her remains pulled from the river refuse?
Did anyone care that this quiet girl no longer exists?
No. No one did. And she will never even be missed.