Basn o kokonieprzerażony nagi chłopczeBasn o kokonie2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
zawikłany w sznurki
w grze dla dorosłych
po cytrynowych schodach
zabiorę cię w mrok
chłodny dziki ogród
wijący się groteskowo
w najpiękniejsze baśnie
napoję cię z jeziora
gorzką brązową wodą
wykołyszę cię z ciała
a wówczas przegryzę
każdą białą nić
wyłuskam z uwięzi
omdlałe ćmie skrzydła
i będę przy tobie
kiedy się przebudzisz.
Pokryjomuchodź.Pokryjomu2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
w cienkich pęcherzykach
przez półpłynną niebieską
dwa blade światła
w nierzeczywistej pustej
bo piekło choć ślepe
wciąż może nas
List do czarodziejazamknij mnieList do czarodzieja2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
w bordowym pluszowym
z białą czekoladą
co noc przychodź
drąc o ciernie
ciężkie poły mroku
co noc snuj
o tym że nie ma
dla nas świata
na swych palcach
i kołysz mnie
aż przestanę się bać.
kyphi.kyphi.1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
how I wish
that my body
was a beast
I have walked.
I have walked miles on the same stretch of road. Back and forth across the space of five hundred paces. Every time passing I've realized something new. My hammer is heavy. The fire must be fueled.
I've broken the sarcophagus now. I smell like old dust. Frankinscense. Kyphi. Myrrh. My belly's full of cassia. Cedar oil like sweat in my skin. I've incised myself till my body was a beast for you, a machine for you. Flesh is the meaning. Flesh is the sacrifice. I've taken on your scars, but it is not enough. Never enough.
My hammer is heavy. The fire must be fueled.
It begs. Ardent. Hungry.
I've got fuel. I've got so much fuel I can hardly breathe. I've got cedar bark and sandalwood. Armfuls. Saffron threads. It stings the eyes the colour of cardamom, soothes it with the cool touch of honey, of figs, of cypress. Juniper eviscerates the beast in me and hollows it out for the warrior t
sometimes it's hard to sayit was all i could dosometimes it's hard to say11 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
not to compare her to
the waves of the ocean
to a calm breeze floating
over the calm, clean ocean
to a beautiful feeling you get
when the waves crash against
it was all i could do
not to compare her to
a cool drink of water
on a painfully hot day
when all you want is to step into the water
and feel it crash against
it was all i could do
not to tell her every beautiful
piece of poetry in my heart
to give her butterflies and
hear the racing of her heart
but i felt that it would be too forward
so i just looked at her and sighed
coloring with youOur smiles naked for all to seecoloring with you11 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
with worn wood under feet bare,
we've gathered our pages and ideas to create
treasures behind a door with no key,
just you and I, one another's mate.
I've got green for the sky, you've picked pink for the sun,
we'll laugh and we'll tease 'til the picture's all done
Pillows everywhere tossed with no care,
and forts made with blankets, too,
we prob'ly won't finish in time unless
you let me brush your hair.
Ha! See? Our room's such a mess!
We'll add a touch of tangerine faces on flowers
and raspberry red vines climbing towers
Late morning rain makes for grass with white dew,
given by cascading booms of thunder.
We got snacks of strawberries and blueberry toast,
so now listen when I say what is true:
it's these times with you I love the most!
The Valentine PoemHer face is the beautiful moon, shining paleThe Valentine Poem4 months ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Within hair like the midnight black sky
And all of the fire of a thousand bright suns
Is burning within her eyes
DamagedOuch.Damaged3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I lost it again.
I promised that I wouldn't,
but here I am, just as I knew I would be.
(What a hollow promise... what would they do if they knew?)
It hurts so much just to do that.
I sucked all my energy away,
sucked all my life away.
(What should I do now?)
but really who else's could it be?
No one forced me, I did it to myself.
(But no one cared, no one tried to understand, or even notice.)
I know that is what I am.
I accept that fact.
(It makes dealing with it easier.)
Maybe that is what I should do.
Far, far away, where no one can find me,
no one can damage me.
Then maybe, I won't feel the need
to damage myself.
(If only, if only.)
I WannaI WannaI Wanna5 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
I want to stand with you on a cloud,
I want to look up into your eyes,
I want to hug you a little bit closer,
I want to breathe in and take a small sigh-
I want to write songs about you,
The color of your eyes-
The way your hair feels through my fingers,
The way you make me so happy,
You make me want to cry-
I want to tell the whole world that I love you,
I want to change the tides of the seas-
I want to hold hands at the beach-
I want to play video games all night,
And laugh about how the power went out before we could save our game-
I want to be there when bad things happen,
So I can hold you tight-
I want to be there with you,
So we can talk about it and stay up all night-
I don't want to be alone all the time,
I don't want to cry myself to sleep at night-
I don't want to have to take it on my own,
I want someone to be there,
I want you.
GuiltyIt starts in my heart and spreads to my lungsGuilty1 year ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Where it works its way up to my tongue.
It settles there so suffocating,
Spinning me in a web, unrelenting.
It drops rocks as it infects,
Weighing me down with what it reflects.
Who is the stranger in the mirror?
Who is that creature crawling nearer?
I feel as if I am about to scream,
The walls close in and crush my self-esteem.
The ice is slowly eroding thin,
Only a matter of time till it seeps in
And the guilt consumes what I used to be
Please forgive me.
Death is knockingDeath knocks at my door.Death is knocking1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
I pretend I'm not around,
Hoping he would leave.
But he's just the messenger
For the mourning yet to come
Death keeps on knocking.
There is no way to fool him.
He knows my place well.
No matter where I move to,
He never fails finding me
Death is still knocking.
I give in, open the door.
"It's been quite a while."
He's acting like an old friend
While he tells who died this time.
Deadbolts Ch. 20Deadbolts Ch. 201 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Vyra's hold on his arm was like a vise as he pulled her through the frantic throng of people. Everyone was beginning to get over the initial panic triggered by the alarms and remember the drills the officers ran every once in a while in case there was ever a need for a mass evacuation. People came to their senses and stopped screaming and scurrying around. Slowly, they began to fall into lines, and the lines started to head toward the nearest exit routes.
Revis pushed through the mass of bodies, fighting to keep himself and Vyra from being trampled by pounding feet. He'd lost sight of Jade in the chaos, so he just had to hope she would be trying to reach him too. Although, he wouldn't be surprised if she'd decided to leave him behind. She was obviously furious about what he'd done. But he had to make sure she made it out safely.
It was a struggle to get through, and he was afraid he may have knocked a few people over in the process, but finally he made it to the table hi
Deadbolts Ch. 14Deadbolts Ch. 141 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Casey found himself in a vast room at the very back of the training facility. He guessed it was once used as a hangar for aircraft or heavily armored vehicles because of the high ceiling and the massive, vertical-sliding garage doors on the wall to his right. There were a few trucks parked near the back beside one of the doorsold, beaten things with faded, peeling paint and cracked windows. They hardly looked capable of running at all.
Aside from the trucks, the hangar was set up to be a training course of sorts. Across the large expanse of cement floor, some targets had been placed at various intervals, all facing a table that had gun and knives laid out on it. To his right, Casey saw an agility course made of ropes and tires. Off to his left was a mat with a sparring dummy. A little ways down from that was a cluster of computers, the software hastily assembled on folding tables. There were other things tooa scale and weights and machines whose functions w
Deadbolts Ch. 22Deadbolts Ch. 229 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She hates me.
I know she hates me.
The look she had given him was seared deep into his memory. That look of hurt and confusion and utter betrayal. He would never forget it, and he would never forgive himself for putting it on her face.
He hadn’t meant to be harsh—but he was just so angry. If they had barely escaped with their lives, what did that mean for Lance? It means he’s dead, that’s what. That was the thought that pushed him over the edge and caused him to snap at her. And that resulted in her looking at him like she no longer knew who he was, almost as if she was…scared of him.
Casey spent the truck ride trying to convince himself he didn’t care what she thought because it was all her fault Lance was gone. But every time he tried to be angry with her, he saw that expression on her face. Then his anger melted. He couldn’t do it. Once he had time to cool down and start thinking clearly again, the gu
RyRy: Mrs HarrisRyRy: Mrs Harris7 months ago in Short Stories More Like This
The woman in the kitchen gave a small jump, as if she had forgotten that there was a party of people for her in the next room. She turned to give him a warm smile. “Why Ryan, I didn’t realize you were there. Can I get you something? Are you hungry?”
Ryan shook his head. If anything, he should be reminding her and Rylie to eat. Rylie herself had been so silent, Ryan wasn’t sure if she had a bite.
“Someone was asking for you,” he said curtly.
“Who was it, dear?”
“I’m... not sure.” To him, everyone at the gathering looked the same. Same frowns, same murmuring manner of speaking, same apparel colour.
“Thanks for telling me Ryan, I’ll be out once I’m finished with the dishes.” She smiled in her black dress and returned to her view above the sink. Hearing the tap water running above the plates and mugs, Ryan knew that it was time for him to leave. But his feet wouldn’t b
Deadbolts Ch. 12Deadbolts Ch. 121 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The dining hall was loud and boisterous. They went through the serving line and got their dinner, and then Jade led Casey to a small round table in the corner of the room. Revis was already there waiting on them.
"Perks of being one of the heads of the tech department," he told him, making a wide sweeping gesture with his hand. "You get your very own private table."
Casey smiled crookedly. "Nifty." He seated himself and Jade took the chair to the right of him. "So, what's the deal with the Ucretian?"
"Well, we didn't learn much about her. Apparently her name is Vyra Berre. We ran it through our databases but nothing came up."
"Did she tell you anything after I left?" Jade asked.
Revis shook his head. "We tried but nothing. I might go in later and try again, because I think you were rightthere's more to why she was in the woods than what she said. It's probably not relevant, but I want to be sure."
His sister nodded.
Casey stared down at his plate, not feeling
Deadbolts Ch. 16Deadbolts Ch. 161 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The hallway was completely silent, which made Revis's footfalls seem even louder as his heavy boots landed on the steel. Not good when you were trying not to be seen. Why did it have to be so quiet? At least it wouldn't be hard to hear if someone was coming.
He stopped at the thick, tightly-sealed door and pulled the key card from his pocket. Bracing himself for the mechanical hiss, he inserted it into the slot and slipped inside as soon as there was a gap big enough to fit through. Then he hurried to the cell door and unlocked that too.
"Revis," said the soft, frightened, accented voice he'd come to know. "I thought you weren't coming."
He turned around and smiled when he saw her on the cot, knees hugged to her chest. "I told you I would. I just got a little hung up."
Vyra's expression softened and her chin sunk onto her knees. "Okay. I was starting to think you'd forgotten about me."
"I couldn't do that." He crossed the cell and sat beside her. "I promised, didn't I?"
Deadbolts Ch. 19Deadbolts Ch. 191 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hey, I was wondering where you were!"
Casey wiped the sweat off his neck and turned to see his brother sauntering down the hall. He smiled. Well, smiled wider than he was already smiling. He couldn't seem to stop. "Hey, Lance."
Lance was a mess. Dark oil covered his hands and forearms and was smeared across his T-shirt and face like war paint. He wiped his hands on a dirty rag as he approached, but all it did was spread the oil around more. "You look happy."
Casey shrugged, feeling a blush rise to his cheeks again. He walked beside his brother down the hall through plexiglass windows of the training facility, but he didn't feel the ground under his feet. He didn't feel the usual weight gravity pressed on his shoulders. He didn't feel any weight at all. Even after the hard workout he'd just finished, he felt like he could take off and fly. He'd felt that way all day.
"What happened?" Lance asked, a knowing grin creeping over his face.
"Nothing," Casey replied, trying t
Deadbolts Ch. 4Deadbolts Ch. 42 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
For what felt like an eternity, Casey drifted in and out of consciousness. Sometimes there was nothing, just black, and he was blissfully unaware of his pain. Then sometimes he was awake in a confusing, muddled blur of shifting images and colors and he could hear people talking, but their voices were warbling roars echoing inside his head. Sometimes he could see forms bending over him, could feel gentle hands on his face and wrapping bandages around him. He could feel his body shaking uncontrollably. Then there were those in-between stages where a mix of fragmented dreams and nightmares swirled around through his fevered brain, causing him to toss and turn and cry out. He saw his parents in his dreams. He saw Lance in his nightmares. He saw the Caps and the locker beam in all of them. How many times did he see Lance being locked? Too many. Images of his brother wearing one of those helmets, his eyes blank and unseeing, fighting alongside the Ucretians and enslaving the pop
Deadbolts Ch. 5Deadbolts Ch. 52 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jade stood before the full-length mirror in her dormitory, checking her appearance one last time. Usually she didn't really care about it, but it was always good to look put-together in front of the commanders. She was dressed in the standard red and black jumpsuit, zipped up to her chin, and knee-length combat boots. The pendant hung from her neck, as always. Then her eyes found the reflection of her face. One green eye stared back at her. The other was covered by a curtain of long brown hair, along with the entire right side of her face. For a brief moment she was tempted to take Revis's words into consideration. But she dismissed it the second it entered her head. Surely the officers didn't care about something as trivial as her face. And if they did...well, that was too bad. She would never reveal that side of her face. Never.
"Jade?" called a chipper voice from the bathroom.
A small girl with an elfish face and blond hair cut in a long pixie style stepped
Deadbolts Ch. 8Deadbolts Ch. 82 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
He was sure his heart had stopped.
"Please forgive me, Casey," Lance said, hugging him tighter. "Oh man, I was so worried about you."
Casey couldn't talk. He couldn't breathe. He couldn't even form thoughts. All he could do was sit there and stare wide-eyed at nothing, with his mouth hanging open dumbly. He could feel Lance's hair brush against his face and the soft scratchiness of the wool fleece he always wore against his bare arms. He could feel his fingers digging into his back like he would never let go. The strong arms around him were definitely Lance's arms and his embrace was familiar. He'd hugged Casey like this before--after their father had been locked, after a close call with the Caps, even once when Casey had wandered off in the woods and it took Lance an hour to find him.
"Excuse me," said the woman's voice from the doorway. "Sir, I'm going to have to ask you to leave until I can verify your access."
Lance let Casey go and turned. "It's okay. This is my brot
Deadbolts Ch. 10Deadbolts Ch. 102 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Jade could tell Casey was fighting back tears. For a moment she couldn't help feeling sorry for him. She tried to imagine what it must be like to see your brother ripped away from you so soon after being reunited. She knew how she would feel if it happened to her and Revis.
Both she and her brother had listened silently while Lance talked. She wasn't sure what to make of him. On one hand, him showing up at the Sublevel so soon after they'd brought Casey in seemed a bit suspicious. On the other hand, his story was actually kind of plausible, even if it was unlikely. Besides, how else would he know about Reddam? How else would he know what a Deadbolt was? Everything he said Nikk told him about the resistance was accurate. There really wasn't any reason not to believe him, even though there might be reason not to trust him. It's just as well, Jade thought. Once they get in touch with Reddam everything will be set straight.
She was snapped out of her