The ColiseumThe footprints left by ink on parchment
are traced by quiet fingers, though,
He never blotted a page.
The quill rises, strikes the scroll;
the instrument is a time machine:
the Bard dreams of Rome.
Welcome to the Coliseum!
Our entertainment shall delight your eyes
and sway your senses.
Emerge, spectators! Declare your enthusiasm
in your tens of thousands.
Six acres of land.
From the stands, centurions watch
gladiators circle lions.
The crowd hymns a name.
Little boy, watching this game,
Do you know the measure of a man?
Whatever your path, you must have
death and glory.
RomeoThe name's Romeo. Yeah, alright. Don't bother. Whatever you were about to say, I've already heard it: considering the fact that probably everyone in the world is force-fed Shakespeare at some point or other, it's not surprising that all the stupid puns that come my way aren't exactly original. I've had English teachers yell lines at me, thinking that, for some dumb reason, I've got the whole play memorised. Not likely. My parents didn't call me Romeo because they're Die Hard Bard fans. Dad lost a bet to a mate. Not exactly enchanting.Romeo2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I was watching TV in the living room, minding my own business. All of a sudden the door slammed open, and there was Mum, glaring at me as though I'd left a week's worth of socks stuffed behind the radiator. I was about to remind her that I'd taken out the rubbish that morning, but before I could say anything, she strode over to the windows and wre
The First Break-UpIts not the most difficult thing to seeThe First Break-Up6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Why a girl like you
Would fall for me
And my friends all promised you
Right from the start
That Id be the type
To break your heart
Im not made of money
You see, the trouble with me is
Whenever I cause you problems
Im worth it
And this is the truth
You have a great depth for insatiable greed
Im here to provide for each monetary need
Im sick of you whining and pining for me
Our link isnt some unbreakable thing
Love doesnt live in a platinum ring
Dont carve our initials into that tree
I barely remember your name
Thursday, 10 pm, bored, nothing to do,
Im sending the text so goodbye to you
The ForecasterMy brother's solemn predictions often landed him in trouble, even though he was frequently correct. One morning he placed his trembling hands on my shoulders. I was busy, fishing. But I knew at once from the pressure of his fingers, from the grave way he spoke my name that something was amiss. "Tae," he whispered, "Atlantis is sinking."The Forecaster2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I remember my first reaction was to laugh. Shau shook me, frustrated. "I do not jest!" he hissed. "I am certain, Tae."
Brushing away his palms, I cast my gaze to the river. There had not been a single quirk of the line. I adored Shau, yet, I despised his antic, paranoid ways: he would never be a hunter. "You have frightened away our meal! Please attend your duties, Shau. Stop fretting. The continent is fine."
Shau did not relent; he twisted my wrist until I was forced to heed.
Thoughts on a King - collabIf pride should come before a fallThoughts on a King - collab6 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
Mans vanity be his disgrace,
One such as he could only crawl
And never lift aloft his face!
But walls of pride are broken down
Leaving the rifts to then replace,
Why not let pride thrive, wear its crown
Rather than succumb to fears embrace?
Beneath that glamour he exudes
Are shallow waters, empty depth.
Beyond the lies, truth protrudes
For his shame his men have wept.
True men will dance in great pretence
To protect the joys that they have earnt,
He builds a home to recompense
The dreams of those whom fate has burnt.
What price false hope that builds this tale
Like Babylon to reach on high
Grasp for grandeur just to fail;
Never will dreams touch the sky.
The skys the limit, but we begin
By building landmarks on the ground.
Who needs the clouds when deep within
Our pure emotions can be found?
Imperfections veiled away
Leave only falsehoods there to see,
What a man is fades away
He learns to fake what he must be.
Practice - Akutsu JinI laugh at the way you toil and strivePractice - Akutsu Jin5 years ago in Open More Like This
to improve just the tiniest bit. If talent
was available at the supermarket,
no question, youd be the first in line.
Trust me kid, you need it. Whatever.
I suppose your saving grace is the fact you try.
What do you want me to say, exactly?
Theres nothing I can tell you thats
going to automatically make you an expert,
you have to go your own way,
and for some, that takes a while.
The similarities between you and me
are so pathetically small that theyre
not even worth listing.
Youre still not giving up?
Keep trying. If youve put your heart
into it this much, then you might as well
get some enjoyment and results out of it
before you get too old and weak to move.
Regrets make me bored. If you had the
chance to sit there and be a superstar and
chose to do nothing, well, you cant
Accepting the ChallengeInduction day.Accepting the Challenge4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
The teachers had divided us into groups,
six to a table, three girls, three boys.
Where possible. I smiled.
Yukimura Seiichi. Nice to meet you.
The blue-haired boy started off.
I was glad someone had spoken,
but now, the girls were clearly distracted.
Back to work. Ill be group leader.
Without warning, there had been an assertion.
Shouldnt we at least have a vote?
Vote? VOTE?! What grounds were there for that?
We didnt even know each others skills!
I nominate Yukimura-kun!
Her outburst was sudden,
but I was certainly pleased.
I folded my arms. Sanada Genichirou.
I gave this Yukimura an even stare,
letting him know I was accepting the challenge.
He was angry at me?
How uncalled for. What had I done?
I wish to win this task.
As such, a
- Announcement -WHENEVER we have these meetings, Mars suggests a competition. Once it was "Who's the biggest?" Well, Jupiter won that. Another time it was "Who's the hottest planet?" Venus was smug for decades. This time Mars had a brainwave: it was going to be a race around our landowner, the Sun. Mars seemed so eager this time that no one argued Mercury merely smirked.- Announcement -4 years ago in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
We readied ourselves as usual. We got our moons in order and started gearing up. Uranus and Neptune weren't taking this seriously; they never do, to be honest. They just indulge Mars to keep the peace. Apparently, that's how it is with roommates.
However, a few days before the race was due to start, Earth made an announcement. "Pluto can't take part. This race is only open to planets."
There was outrage. "What are you talking about?" Neptune demanded.
OCTOBER SPECIAL - EnoughLets face the truth.OCTOBER SPECIAL - Enough5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
People like you
can live for the moment
and die for the cause,
hoping they wont
- Thats pathetic -
You smile for a purpose
then deny what that is,
thus by your own doing,
have no meaning.
- You laugh like an idiot -
Its not enough for me
to live without meaning,
its not so inexplicable
to be brilliant all the time.
Youre an amateur at life so
you have the excuse of finding it difficult
but youre still so frustrating.
- Have some aspiration -
Youre so backward,
youll go round in a circle
to reach a destination
to which there was an easy path.
My magnificent self
will just boldly go forward,
its not about being sensible,
but using common sense.
- You squander yourself -
I have all the time in the world,
to do whatever I want
because fulfilling my wishes
is the most desirable option.
- Did you take notes? -
. CONVICTION .A connection that ignites. CONVICTION .6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
brighter than friendships,
not a weak bond of hearts,
not of love,
not of truth,
not of hate or of anger,
just the continual feeling,
the desire, impulsive,
with no boundaries, walls,
nothing to hinder conviction,
a strength beyond measures,
to leave you bleeding.
with no chance to continue,
to resuscitate your breathing,
I watch as within this wonderful place,
you lose the will to go on.
This link that ties us,
this chain that joins us,
as we look past each other we
EccentricitiesI promise you a smile, what do you do with it?Eccentricities5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Dye it red and hang it on a banner luckily for
you that its a favoured colour, but when
compared with that pale blue of the sky,
another may stand back and wonder why.
In this bright life theres nothing to lose
except those things we choose
not to be good at; too bad thats not
the motto of this school, absolute victory!
is much more desirable.
Am I far too relaxed or are you
sorry for the trouble? Would you
prefer I played singles or showed
my skill in doubles? Either way, its
versatility that gets us to where
we all want to be.
Hes an acrobat, outcast from the circus,
youre invincible, impossible to get past,
but considering other factors,
perhaps you would have thrived at football?
My apologies if Ive offended you,
that was never my intention on this grand day,
the sun is shining, and time is ticking away
(For the record, seaweed was never your look.
. COLLISION .Two destinies - colliding.. COLLISION .5 years ago in Typographical More Like This
Two hearts meeting together for the first time,
stretching towards a new awakening.
Worlds moulded of differing molecules.
Two ambitions, unfulfilled, yet to be quenched,
unite as one
This is my test.
The ruptured beats that pulse beneath
this chest are not a reflection of the
fragile self that lies within it,
but the stronger self that is breaking forth.
These bones strive to return to their
former glory; I have felt them suffer,
and I shall see you fail.
Everyone is depending on me.
Our hopes have amalgamated into this
final battle, our dreams have combined
into one last wish. Yet there is no one,
no one, who thirsts for this more than me.
What is the greatest cause one can fight for?
The sake of others, or the sake of ones self?
My tennis, where I am free from the
constraints of peace and tranquillity,
where I can pursue the darkness,
demon that I am.
I discard the faça
. EMBLEM .Im contemplating you, and everything I stand for.. EMBLEM .5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He took me by the hand
and led me to his playground,
where he had stood up
what would make me fall down.
Over years I tried,
and over years I failed,
resentment was my master
and hatred was my friend.
I kept on going
because it gave me purpose,
and looking back now
living for nothing
I didnt want to love.
Uprooted like a tree,
we went to the homeland
that had never been my home,
so I could meet with understanding.
We didnt all agree,
but I had human companions,
those who cared for me
and not just my paltry strength.
Yet my flaw was this:
I played like a child.
But I am a child.
I didnt want to grow.
I experienced exhilaration
when playing with my seniors.
I rejoiced in celebration
when through my captains
careful guidance, I claimed a point.
This was what I had come for.
ShatteredIs anyone out there?Shattered6 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
I ask you to hear my distant pleas,
Silence my screams,
Banish my dreams,
And forgive me.
Someone cradle me,
Child that I am,
Lock my sorrows and fears away,
Turn my nightmares and tears astray,
Don't let them haunt me.
Someone show me,
Naïve that I am,
Show me that suffering happens in all places,
In the countless hearts and myriad faces
Of those who are human.
Someone mend me,
Broken that I am,
Sew together the fragments of my heart,
Help it be, part by part,
You may listen, but do you hear?
You may watch, but do you see?
Someone break me,
Darkness that I am,
Shatter me with the blissful light,
Destroy me with what is good and right
Before I devour myself.
Someone heal me,
Stone that I am,
Awaken me from this paralysed state,
Don't let sin be my destined fate,
Let my blood be crimson again.
The child made mistakes, let her be free,
The naïve one will see, hold her again,
The broken heart mends, please let it beat,
The darkness will fade, no
. : X e n o p h o b i a : .Despite what certain irritating people say,. : X e n o p h o b i a : .5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
it is not a case of extreme xenophobia
to dislike the people who attend the same school as you.
If that dodo had one iota of a brain cell,
hed look up the definition of the term,
and realise its just that I dont fraternise
- Currents -- Currents -4 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He stood upon the stones, and asked,
"Why does the wind rage? Tell me this.
Where does it end? Answer me
how is it that grass is green
and air in turns foulsome and sweet,
impossible to breathe?"
He paced upon the stones, and asked,
"When shall rain next fall?
I cannot tell. And if some calamity
should call me, who would I blame?
To what do I have a claim?"
I sat upon the stones, and answered,
"Will you love in this way?"
The Big DreamI see all you nobodies sitting aroundThe Big Dream6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Hanging your heads while some thief takes your crown,
I keep my head high, Im not gonna die
Every time some new brat comes along.
People somehow cant seem to understand
That Im beautiful, glamorous,
Great the way I am.
And thats not about to change.
If you can go dream it, then click and believe it,
The world is a snap of my fingers away,
Write out your own story
Live out your own glory
Everyone builds their own stage.
Im not in-the-making, Im a talent heart-breaking,
Im perfect, Im polished, the diamond you see.
If this is your life, then face me and prove it!
Is this the best of the best you can be?
If you can still dream it, then rise and achieve it,
The world is a snap of my fingers away,
Write out your own story
Live out your own glory
Cause everyone builds their own stage.
These hands are forging my destiny,
Take my hand and realise your wishes
The Hyoutei Phrase BookThe Hyoutei Phrase BookThe Hyoutei Phrase Book5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
As a new student, you may occasionally hear these phrases spoken around Hyoutei. It is the writers opinion that a translation of the following may help to prevent unnecessary misconceptions. Take your time to peruse these pages thoroughly.
from The School in General
Ill deal with it straightaway!
Help me, Atobe!
Leopard print isnt really your thing.
Only Atobe can get away with it.
Im having a crisis!
He was absent from homeroom yesterday!
Are you sure thats a good idea?
If Atobe doesnt approve, Im out!
from The Student Body
May I help you?
Could you help yourself? I thought I just saw Atobe-sama round that corner!
My dog ate my homework.
Atobe-sama said hello to me, and then I was too distracted to finish it.
Is my make-up okay?
DO YOU THINK HELL LIKE IT?!
The Great Preparation[INTERNAL DIALOGUE]The Great Preparation5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
[Sanada] So its come to this, the formation of the ultimate tennis team. My presence here is only to be expected, as is Echizens though, I wasnt really expecting their data player to be a part of it. Is he a token offering? Nevertheless, since he did beat Renji that time, perhaps its only fitting that he is here. There are at least four more players to arrive. Evidently, they havent invited any captains argh, I spoke too soon. Of all people, Atobe.
[Ryoma] Heh, so Hyoutei have finally arrived! Looks like the monkey king is here and with that excellent doubles player too thats a good thing. We need some people who are good at doubles. And he can play with Inui-sempai, and then the three of us can take the singles spots. Thats okay then. Too bad buchous not here.
The DroughtThoughts carved out of ice, sugar and spice,The Drought6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
fairy dust, metal and rust,
Everyone begging for the things you mourn.
Chasing uncast shadows, the
world of tomorrow knows a
yesterday like never before.
I whisper your name.
Your blood is still - spilt on the floor
Your voice it will - not speak anymore
Your heart cant kill - hung from the door
My hands, my beautiful hands
Stained with you
Impale your entrails in the walls of a tomb
Walking in the shadows
A choking monsoon
Your dispassionate thorns
buried in my skin.
My WorldIn my world, I lie on my back andMy World6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
stare up at the clouds, waiting for
the sun to set before I
make a distinction between
light and darkness.
When the stars glimmer
like your tears
in the sky, I know
that it is time to rise.
The ever-breathing shadow.
The ever-growing emptiness.
It is within my world of silence,
between my thoughts of
heartbreak and agony,
that I find something to
Something to adore.
Something to love.
In de pen dence