Brighter Than the SpotlightBrighter Than the Spotlight3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
The downbeat starts the show
And every time we turn a page,
You're louder than the music
For your smile fills the stage.
The melody is playing
And the beauty may befall,
You're closer than the audience
For your face can move the hall.
The song begins right now
And with the other actors gone,
You're brighter than the spotlight
For your eyes keep beaming on.
I never hear the words
Because the figure there is you...
You're stronger than the curtain
For your voice just shines right through.
Sons of GodMan.Sons of God6 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Designed of His omnipotent mind.
Created in His eternal image.
Yet, being human quickly our eyes
Turned toward destruction
And all He despised.
With malice in our hearts
And deceit on our lips,
We forsook our God and cursed His name.
Into the darkness we were pulled
A thousand needles, were so cruel.
In Satan's hand we were kept,
As our Creator silently,
Watched and wept.
Yet in His absolute mercy
And unending grace
Would he send His Son,
To die in our place.
And without guile.
He would shed His blood,
Our souls to reconcile.
Who are we
But sons of men,
To call upon the King.
What have we done
To deserve such a faith,
A life where nothing dies.
As a daughter of the King,
A princess by all rights,
She has reckoned Him to be
The Way, the Truth, the Light.
As a son of the King,
A prince in every way,
He has seen what you mean,
And by Him he is saved.
His unending love
Made evident to us.
It is our God
In whom we trust.
And with eternity's promise in reach
We the l
Is It Wrong?Is it wrongIs It Wrong?3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
That I glance up at the clouds,
Feeling the wind through my hair,
And dream of a mystifying land
Where one can be accepted no matter what?
Is it wrong
That I choose to wear jeans down past my heels,
Baggy and ripped at the knees,
Unlike all the other boys that wear athletic
Shorts, so unscathed and clean?
Is it wrong
That I ask people about their troubles,
Sometimes doing all in my mortal power
To help them surpass the simple,
Even ones I have not defeated myself?
Is it wrong
That while the few friends I have
Dance around giddily and go to
The most extreme only to impress,
But I only hang back in silent content?
Is it wrong
That I do not laugh when others are hurt,
On their knees in blood stained mud,
And I am there with hand outstretched,
Seeming to always be there in time of need?
Is it wrong
That I do not clap, nor do I support
Ones I do not find worthy of it,
Ones who I find in my perspective to be
Quite cruel and bitterly heartless?
Is it wrong
That I choose to sit in
The MindThe mind perceives what it wants to seeThe Mind3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Distorting natural images into something twisted,
The mind is a permanent failsafe
Guiding us from the dark
And towards the artificial light.
The mind is what makes us
What breaks us
MasksWhen a smile is a frownMasks3 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
And a frown is a smile,
The eyes we must crown
For relinquishing wile,
When a laugh is a tear
And a tear holds no pain,
Will fear fear to fear
And fearfully abstain?
When the act is the truth
We've lied to believe,
And the fable in sooth
Is but a peerless weave,
When each mortal mistake
Is a tale and a song
And the scriptures are fake
Or perhaps they're wrong,
When the mind is the eye
That sees the outside
But shame, it's too shy
Of the tongue which has lied,
When the answers are easy
To the questions unknown,
Do you not feel queasy
Of how little we've grown?
When acceptance is feigning
For it keeps us alive
Like sunshine to greenlife
On deceit we thrive,
When certainty is in doubt
And fiction is a fact,
The truth may come out
But is it ever intact?
When can mere candor
Hold its frail fort,
When all this slander
Plays such a good sport,
When can we speak without a plan
And in our authenticity bask,
When the mask becomes the man?
Or when the man becom
Seven Deadly SinsSeven Deadly Sins,Seven Deadly Sins9 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Each to her own Hell
Comit just one and in the fires,
you'll forever dwell.
The first is Pride,
and vain is she.
She stalks by, head held high,
admires herself with glee.
Envy is the seconds name,
to Pride she's very close
What you have she wants the same,
love is her main foe.
The third wears many faces,
in hope to hide the truth.
Her names are Wrath and anger,
It's her you'll wish to soothe.
Patient she is not,
instead of her own faults,
it's yours that she'll boycott.
The fourth you've most likely met,
and lovingly embraced,
your zeal with Sloth you have replaced
Your love of work hath been erased.
The fifth also has two names,
Avarice, and sometimes Greed
and though a Belle is she
More she always needs.
The sixth sin is akin to Greed,
Gluttony is she
and though she gains and gains and gains,
she'll never be at peace.
The last is Lust,
she'll draw you in,
expose her bust and stroke your skin.
She is the worst that you can do,
control your urges, Lust subdue.
MasksMasks4 years ago in Emotional More Like This
We all wear masks. Seldom we wear them to hurt others, but most times to protect ourselves.
We have to wear masks to be accepted in the community. It is sad, but we learn so from our earliest childhood - When our parents tell us not to cry, punish us with the words that good girl (or boy) does not do things like that.
And we learn an important lesson. When we show our true self we get punished, hurt, hated and rejected. But when we wear a mask, show the others what they want to see, we get rewarded, comforted, loved and accepted.
The older we get, the more masks we wear, different masks to show different persons, for different reasons. The Mask we show our Family, the mask we show our teachers, the mask we show our friends, the mask we show our employer and the mask we show to the persons we love, and want to receive love from.
We sooner or later forgot who we really are, and our true self stop to exist.
When I look into a mirror now, I don't see my own reflection anymore; I only see t
fakeI smile and laughfake8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
but inside I'm dying
you can't hear my thoughts
you don't see me crying
I've learnt to be quiet
I've learnt to hide
to pretend to be happy
and ignore what's inside
you like to think nothing's wrong
you like to think I'm okay
you like to see me "happy"
even if it's not really that way
happy and bubbly
can't you see it's fake?
you choose not to see past it
and that's your mistake
one day when I'm crying
no longer able to hide
then you'll see the pain
that all along has been inside
Fake SmileI will sell you this fake smile, with trembling hands and tearsFake Smile5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
on a broken plate made from the pieces of my heart
i will show you everything is fine, even when im left to drown
i will hold you in my arms even when i fade away.
I will prove you wrong, that happnies is fake
i will show you the other side of life
i will make you feel sympathy.
Life on DisplayShe had grown up in a worldLife on Display2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of coupon clippings, muffled ears
and tip toeing around broken glass.
Bruised feelings towards the world
that looked so narrow and thin;
Felt like a resolutely locked door.
Always grasping for the heavens
with a desire and ferocity
of piercing iron claws.
Dominating the skies with all the
bulk and majesty of a bird of prey.
Boxed in at one corner of a city;
dusty and forgotten.
Yet, always guaranteed to be visible
at night. Raging quietly through
the darkness like the last bit of embers
on the end of her stamped cigarette butt.
Artsy and upscale enclaves beckoned her.
Hidden oases of roasting coffee, hip music
and fresh-cut flowers. So unlike the barren
desert of chain convenience stores and dreary
apartment blocks she called home.
Beautiful young women
clink marble china together, bobbling
around each other like planets bobbling
around the sun; All struggling for recognition
and permanence. All the while, defiantly staring
into the face of the force that ga
Canada X Reader Gift: The maple was the way to goCanada X Reader Gift: The maple was the way to go3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Okay so this reader is my first Country x Reader thing sorry if it sucks its gonna be a one shot hope you guys like it! Here is some info to help ya read it You live in Astoria, You work at Andrews& Steve's Yes that's a restraunt its closed down now sadly. When (e/c) is written means eye color. When (h/c) is written means hair color K? I'm pretty sure you knew that already but I thought I might as well explain anyways. NOW ON TO THE STORY!!!!
"Sure is cold out isn't it dude?" "Good thing the hero always comes prepared!!!!" Alfred said putting on his other jacket you swear he was already wearing like 5. "I don't see why you think Astoria is so cold Alfred!" Its not even raining today! "What ever dude! Its cold as an iceberg out here!" You and your best friend Alfred F. Jones were walking to your job. At Andrew's & Steve's you loved working there all your friends worked there also.
"Oh there you to are I was wondering when you to were gonna get here!!!"
Nellis Fic -Part One-A scowl was becoming permanently etched into Nick's features as he flicked yet another bit of stale popcorn off the bottom of his shoe, watching the squashed yellow fluff shoot in the other direction and fall to the damp gray pavement. The smell of weeks-old cotton candy and the overcast sky, coupled with Ellis' constant excitement about the Midnight Riders posters was giving Nick and unbearable headache. He leaned back against the rough metal wall of the 4-H goat barn, rubbing at his temples, closing his eyes.Nellis Fic -Part One-3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Somebody tossed a bottle onto his lap. It rattled, rolling down his leg just before he could sit up and catch it. He trapped it under his foot and looked up, quirking a brow at Rochelle.
"Pills," she explained, not waiting for him to nod in gratitude before turning away and running back to the others.
Nick sighed, leaning down to grab the painkillers. He tossed back two, then frowned at the bottle's instructions. He shrugged. One more. Maybe two.
He did have to deal with Ellis,
A New Start- Ch. 3 LenXLukaI put my act together, eventually, and climbed out of my hiding spot. I walked into the pool room and was not surprised to Rin, Miku, and Gakupo swimming. Piko's words ran through my head. "Luka! I love your pool so much! It is amazing!" Rin chided quickly climbing out of the pool to come scurry up to me.A New Start- Ch. 3 LenXLuka3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Why did twins have to look so . . . so alike? She reminded me to much of Len. No. I wouldn't think of Len. "Uh. Oh um you like it? I'm glad. I haven't swam in it for. . . oh two years?" I said forcing myself to giggle.
"Yeah it's really great. If I lived here I would be swimming in it like 24/7!"
"Is that so?" I asked. My mind was elsewhere. You couldn't force someone to get married right? How can you even arrange an engagement. Even if this was what my parent's wanted it's not what I want. Or is it? I mean I love Piko. But as a. . . as a brother? Why couldn't I place him somewhere in my heart?
"Hey Luka, umm, I'm sorry about you know, your family." Rin said bringing me to reality.
Save A Dance- Nellis (A'hm Sooorrryy!)The crackling and popping of the jukebox woke Nick up, snarling softly into the humid air, head jolting up from the crook of his elbow to shoot a sleepy glare at the hick, bent over the dials with a slight frown creasing his face. Nick watched for a moment, then let his head fall again with a slight huff. The white noise went on, prickling at the hairs at the nape of Nick's neck and setting his muscles into tense, irritated spasms. He growled, and heard Ellis jump slightly.Save A Dance- Nellis (A'hm Sooorrryy!)3 years ago in Romance More Like This
" Nick? Yuh awake?"
The conman propped himself on his elbows, the cement floor of the pool hall biting into every point of bone in his body; the lines of his ribs, the sharp points of his hips. He winced at the movement. "I am now, Sport. The fuck are you doing?"
"M'playin' the jukebox!" The hick grinned enthusiastically, pointing to the glowing box. "It still works, man, isn't this great?"
"Yeah," Nick snorted. "Now we can listen to music as we get our skulls bashed in. Turn it off, kid. It'll attract t
Spice! alt ending LenXLukaRing . . . Ring . . . I groan rolling over towards the side table. The screen read Lilly. I shot a glance at Teto who lay next to me in bed. The clock reads 4 am. That silly ring tone echoed through my mind. "Hey Babe, what's up?" I ask running a finger through the red head's curly hair. She moaned in her sleep cuddling closer to me.Spice! alt ending LenXLuka4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"So where did you run off to? And with who?" Came the snark reply. I sighed. Stupid blondes, so clingy.
"Lilly, Lilly. Calm down sweetie. I'm not anywhere. I'm at my friend's house, you remember um Gakupo right?" I ask. Tch. Lying was so easy. Those mushy girls would believe anything.
"Really? Your not lying are you?" She asked.
"Have I ever lied to you?" I make excuses just as readily as I know how to.
"Okay . . . Hey um Saturday my parents won't be home all night, not until Sunday evening. Do you uh want to spend the night?" She asked nervously. I smiled. It's just the one night stand that I look forward too.
New Start Ch 4 LenXLuka Final Chapter The next week went by in a haze. I felt out of it, like I was in some hazy dream. Len left. Where he went? I didn't know. And well . . . I was afraid to know. I had nightmares. I remembered Len's horrified, disappointed face when I closed my eyes. Why was it like this? Why do things have to happen?New Start Ch 4 LenXLuka Final Chapter3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
A soft knock brought me out of my trance. I sat up rubbing my eyes. "C- Come in." I said. The first words I said in a few days. It slowly opened and Rin stood there. Rin had gone with her brother and it shocked me to see her. It also hurt. She looked a lot like him . . .
"Oh. Hey um Luka." She said nervously standing in my door way. I nodded.
"Hi Rin. Come in. Can you close the door though?" I asked. She nodded rushing forward.
"Yeah Luka." She said sheepishly sitting down on the edge of my bed. We sat there in an awkward silence for a moment.
"Rin why are you here?" I finally asked. Again a heavy silence filled the room.
Apra Foo's Revenge for Red (Nellis)Nick couldn't have processed the swirling mass of screaming, groping chaos even if his mind hadn't been fogged with sleep deprivation and panic; pain edging every movement with hints of impossibility. He huffed softly with effort, weaving reflexively out of the way of another viciously-pawing hand, nails dragging in an agonizing swipe across his shoulder, cutting through the fabric of his suit and scoring the flesh beneath. He growled, flipping his gun around to jab it into the face of his attacker, watching those mindless eyes widen in something like the ghost of surprise as it fell to the ground. Another set of claws was dragging him backward by the collar of his shirt, choking him momentarily before a carefully-aimed mule-kick freed him. He swore loudly.Apra Foo's Revenge for Red (Nellis)3 years ago in Drama More Like This
"You okay, Suit?"
Nick glanced up with a strained nod at the girl, eyes narrowed to gray-green slits at his effort to focus. Rochelle returned the gesture, aiming at an infected zombie attempting to latch itself to Nick's shoulder.
AmericaxReader: The Art Of LoveAmericaxReader: The Art Of Love3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Okay so this reader is my second Country x Reader thing sorry if it sucks its gonna be a one shot hope you guys like it! Here is some info to help ya read it You live in Astoria, You Dots & doodles When (e/c) is written means eye color. When (h/c) is written means hair color K? I'm pretty sure you knew that already but I thought I might as well explain anyways. NOW ON TO THE STORY!!!!
"UGH I'm SOOOOOO BORED!!" You said slamming your face down on the counter. "This is stupid man how come we don't have any customers today?". "Usually this place is packed!!!" You slammed your head against the counter again. "Now now ____ be patient its a Monday after all". Your friend Ichigo said giving you one of her smiles. "Oh please Ichi" you scoffed. "Your rich!! Your a star you always have something to do!!!" She gave you one of her annoyed frowns. "Come on ___ I told you just cause I'm a star doesn't mean I some how better then everyone else!". You face palmed and s
An Almost Christmas Story 2An Almost Christmas Story 24 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Zack kept a detailed eye on the dozen set of surveillance videos that Ryan had rigged. Several of them showed the lounging areas, while a few focused on the entrance and hallways of the elite club. The Christmas function at the great hall was a good opportunity to find the criminals he had been tracking down. Zack's eyes observed the activities of the few suspects meticulously. With the help of Ryan's software program that highlighted each of the cons, Zack studied their behavior and their acquaintances. Having consumed himself in work, he heavily hesitated to reach for his phone when it rang.
Until he saw the caller ID.
"Ryan, can you take over for a minute?" Zack motioned a finger to the phone he had placed against his ear, and Ryan nodded. Zack moved to a dark corner in their reconnaissance van. He clicked on the slim screen.
"Hi Zack." A delicious voice warmed his ears. "It's been some time, hasn't it?"
"Yeah." He cleared his throat. "How are you doing, Ava?"
Liu's MessageHello there, my brother dear.Liu's Message2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
I've been gone for seven years
All this time I've been watching you.
The things you say, they are not true.
You think my mind is full of hate.
You think your apologies were too late.
I still love you, you're still my big bro.
I think there are things you need to know.
Like I said, I've been watching you.
All the people you kill, all the things you do.
Despite that smile, you're in so much pain.
You always cry when you're in the rain.
It hurts me bad to see you cry.
It makes me sad to hear you want to die.
I found your letter and it brought me to tears!
Please don't cry. Liu's here.
I'll make a promise, and this I swear.
If you need me, I'll be there.
With every step and every fight,
I promise with these words I write.
I promise to never say goodbye.
I'll be here until you die.
Even then, I'll still stay.
Together we will fade away.
It hurts to wait, but it's worthwhile,
Knowing I will see you smile.
Jeff, no matter what you do,
I'm your brother and I love
Ellis Stories"See, Ellis an' Ah hated each other when we first met." The redhead smiled weakly, running a hand through his hair (a mullet, getting much too long now.) "He'd been home-schooled up 'till the time 'e was six, an' Ah'd already made friends wit'Dave when he came tuh school wit'us."Ellis Stories3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
He smiled, looking up at the other survivors through sleepy hazel eyes. Tia flitted her gaze at him, tossing caramel curls away from her eyes and turning to him with a gentle set of her lips as she took his arm.
"Sweetheart, now isn't a good time."
Keith stared at her for a moment, glancing to the dark-skinned man that sat in the corner of the safehouse, head tilted down to the floor, not listening to the conversation.
"I don't think we're up for it."
Keith slumped, crestfallen, a small shudder rolling through him when the room settled into a dark silence, broken only by the occasional muffled groan or screech that drifted in from the thick Louisiana air that lat just beyond the cracked window. Tia looked arou
An Almost Christmas Story 1An Almost Christmas Story 14 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Rylie was pleasantly surprised. She looked up to him, an easy smile on her lips as a simple token of gratitude. Their eyes met, but only briefly. Something caught Rylie's eyes, and she darted her gaze above his well-tousled head. Jace followed the direction of her glance, and gave a half-chuckle when he saw what it was.
"Smooth." He said, as his hazel orbs caught her blue-grey ones. Seeing the rising red in her cheeks, Jace teasingly nudged her and whispered into her ear, "You'd think they would be more creative about where they'll hang mistletoes around here."
He made a grand gesture of looking at both sideways before playfully adding, "People sure want a smooch in between the sick ward room and the busy corridor. Talk about getting that private moment right."
Rylie bit her lip to suppress a giggle, but couldn't resist a wide smile. Jace rubbed the back of his neck and grinned. He enjoyed nothing more than seeing her bright, amused eyes that he had incited. "So, is that a yes on havin
Poor Dust (Nellis AU) Chapter 1The stuffy stillness of the early-morning air always smelled like pencil shavings and the coffee brewing down the hall. The bi-polar between-seasons weather had decided to be unbearably hot this morning, more summer than fall. Georgia was attacking in full-force, humidity rolling in off the coast and making the populous moan as they woke up to already-near-80- temperatures clothing sticking to skin at only seven in the morning.Poor Dust (Nellis AU) Chapter 13 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
All things considered, hot coffee probably wasn't the way to go. But it being the first day back and all, professor Nicolas Serpieri wasn't much concerned about sweating on his new lavender dress-shirt, more so about the non-existent lesson plans that didn't clutter his desk. He ran a hand over his slicked, tidy hair and straightened reading glasses on his nose, squinting at the sun's glare on his computer screen and the number on his already-full inbox. Memos, reminders for beginning-of-the-year procedures, lists of this year's set of students. A smug sm
Nellis-Swing Life Away----I won't cross these streets until you hold my hand---Nellis-Swing Life Away-3 years ago in Romance More Like This
"Arms out. Legs apart. Don't move. One at a time."
Nick growled softly as the CEDA agent beckoned Rochelle forward first, his gelled hair being mused as the departing helicopter sent up a gust of wind, whipping brutally around the exhausted survivors, nearly buffeting the conman over onto the baking concrete beneath his shoes. He watched Ro get patted down, the agent's hands passing over her body quickly, with no other purpose than to examine. But Nick was still rigid, distrustful, muscles tense as he looked around at the enclosed compound. He was surrounded by barbed wire and men in official-looking suits and he was watching his companion being searched and it all seemed surreal. He was shaking from lack of sleep and the fight across the bridge, his legs begging him to collapse. But he couldn't, wouldn't, fording himself to grit his teeth and stand, waiting for his name to be called while the agent was checking Roc