It's Feature time!Hey everybody!
Here are some great pieces of art that I'd like to share.
:thumb209653141: Kaz by Parororo
Libra by Mixan-is-a-monkey Scarecrow? by Lioness123
the left hand of the devil by edredon :thumb208782508:
... ray of light ... by FotoOptiX
in her twisted mind by lemonwhogirl
Different Worlds by AnimaEterna
Sprawled by BreakFreePhotography
Caged InWho would have thought the years being locked in a cage would be the happiest time of my life?Caged In2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I used to dream about gliding- my wings spread wide as I rode the breeze over a horizon that went on forever. I would wake in the dark and scream out in frustration, hoping that someday I could sing my real song.
The nights became longer and the dreams became unwelcome. You see, when I'm too caged in, fantasies are more like nightmares, taunting me, teasing me; a blatant reminder of what I can never have.
It was all I wanted. It was everything.
I escaped the first time the opportunity presented itself. Barreling through the unlocked door, I ran down the table and leaped through the open window with wings unfurled. I sang then, the sweetest noise I have ever made.
Until I fell.
I had never truly experienced the sensation of falling. It wasn't as peaceful as I imagined. It was terrifying.
I thought flying would come easy. I thought I would simply beat-be
the chasethe waves chased usthe chase2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and we ran
squealing when the icy Atlantic caught up to our toes
the sea-foam lingered
and she watched it
touching what she called the ocean’s bubble bath
the sand stuck to our feet
and we smiled at each other
racing back toward the water in a chase of our own
Voodoo NightmaresShe walks through the quarter and is given a wide berth. A Voodoo priestess is what they call her and most of them are petrified of her wrath.Voodoo Nightmares2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
The tourists consider her an attraction; a freakish side-show they must see. Some giggling, some hesitant as they clamor into her shop.
"Look but do not touch," she warns in a deep, foreign accent. They eye her warily and she eyes them right back with a grin all but one of them thinks is pure evil.
"We want to learn Voodoo," says a the boy in the back. Stepping forward he smirks and leans over, resting his elbow on her desk. He's the only one who does't think she's evil at all. He thinks she's just putting on a show with her gris gris bags and her shop filled with useless trinkets.
"I can not teach those who do not believe," she replies, her grin gone.
"Then make me believe."
She represses a sigh at his challenge. She knows his type- a non-believer in the power of magic. She drags a finger across the skin of his arm and she sees in
Dark Star RisingMy youth was all about evolution.Dark Star Rising2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Transition a novelty
in a world that never stopped turning.
The sun always rose from the east.
Eternally disappearing into the western horizon
in an unending cycle.
The night was spilled ink.
A nebulous backdrop for luminous stars
and a moon in constant metamorphosis.
Dawn would tip-toe over the horizon
chasing away misty clouds of sleep
and a new day would begin.
Growing up in a world of diversity was never boring.
Life shifted and swayed with the seasons,
revolving and mutating at a sometimes frightening speed.
Knowledge and confidence came with age.
Always reaching beyond boundaries into the shadowy unknown,
with a compass as my guide.
I wanted to sprout horns
and become the devil-
To keep the dark stars rising
and stay inside the night.
I wanted to sprout wings
and hold the sun in place-
To keep the daylight forever
and still the hands of time.
When the blood moon callsThe transformation always starts in the dark. We don’t need a full moon, we don’t need to wait until night falls but we do- every single time. We run far from home, sprinting until we can’t breathe and every muscle aches.When the blood moon calls1 year ago in Short Stories More Like This
It’s an ugly thing, the metamorphosis, grotesque and uncontrollable. Bones break and flesh contorts in ways that are painful and unnatural. We scream ourselves raw but no amount of begging will stop it. Some of us change into something reptilian, a basilisk they’ve been called. With scales instead of skin and fangs dripping with venom, they slither unseen in the shadows. Others, like me, have fingers that turn into talons, wings sprouting from our backs- we shift into giants ravens with feathers so black they blend right in to the inky night.
We see in black and white, the lack of color usurped by our sharp senses. Color can be irrelevant, but not tonight. Tonight the blood moon rises and it’s the most breathtaking
midnight bluebeneath the shimmering seamidnight blue2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
is another world
soaked in midnight blue
spitting seedsI spit a watermelon seed in your eyespitting seeds1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
and you laughed.
You eclipsed the brazen midday sun
and were surrounded
by a halo of light.
I was chilled in your shadow
and you screamed of heat.
My moth to your flame.
You chased me round the yard
and spit an army of seeds right back at me...
in rapid fire.
There is no fear and loathing here.We were somewhere in the South Pacific on the edge of the ocean when the withdrawals began to take hold. I remember saying something like, “Where the hell are we?”There is no fear and loathing here.2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
My attorney said nothing. Sitting in the sand, he wore only a pair of hideous bell bottoms with red and white stripes that resembled a peppermint candy on copious amounts of LSD. He ignored me and repeatedly tapped his bare foot into the gentle rush of water as it crawled up the beach.
And suddenly I realized I had no idea how we had gotten there. A gaping hole in my memory sparked a brief sense of panic.
“Don’t let it get you,” he said before yawning and falling onto his back.
“Let what get me?” I half shrieked, eyes peeled for wild beasts. Who knew what roamed this place in the night.
“The silence…It’s not something to be feared,” he muttered before passing out cold.
Then I noticed just how quiet it was.
No howling wind coming off the ocean. No creak
ClairvoyantMy eyes are always open. From the rise of dawn to the moon's reign in the night and even in my dreams, I see.Clairvoyant2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
My sight shifts, swirls of clarity come and go. Sometimes it's all tinged blue around the edges like I'm underwater and I can stay down for hours without having to breathe. It can be surreal, seeing that way. A waking dream that captures my vision, so entrancing I can't look away.
Sometimes it flashes; a glint of a knife, a smile, a scream. Bits and shards of pictures- puzzle pieces giving them selves to me but some mysteries are better left unsolved.
It's a burden and a safe guard with an ocean-tide mood ruled by something not at all in my control.
I think that's what freaks me out the most. The randomness of it all, the tiny things I choose to ignore that could be important.
But I can't chase every one of them, can I?
This morning in the shower it was a storm, dark with raging winds. A broken window and wet shards of glass at my feet
Kaleidoscope SkyThe sky is a kaleidoscope, sunshine swirling through Van Gogh clouds and a sapphire horizon that swells like the sea. I squint and it all shifts and shakes, azure and golden light refracts off everything and nothing at all. It kind of makes me dizzy.Kaleidoscope Sky2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
A shadow passes overhead and there’s a chill in the breeze that makes me shiver. A heavy cloud, a drip-drop upon my brow- I open my mouth and catch pinot noir-flavored rain on my tongue. I lick my lips and savor the taste, so curious at the buzz in my head.
I blink slow and the land turns dark- no moon or stars to light my path. Just a writhing mess of trees before me, a sudden movement from the corner of my eye.
Another shadow crosses but this one’s fast, shooting across my line of site and I feel like I should run but my body is frozen in place.
I feel like I should scream but even as my mouth gapes and I push...the sound just morphs into a trembling whisper.
A lightning strike, a crack of thunder, it
tattooeda trail of tattoostattooed2 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
erupt from my fingertips
and wrap themselves around you
I want to paint you
with colors I created
and stain your skin with my lips
Arachnophobia“Mom,” she says, voice quivering, her tiny finger pointed at my head. “Spider!”Arachnophobia2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
where my heart isopen arms embracewhere my heart is1 year ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
always warm and welcoming
home is family
tide of changefloating in high tidetide of change2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
far out beyond the breakers
finally I escaped you
GoSitting and listening,Go3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
closing my eyes and hoping,
yawning and reaching,
releasing and forgiving.
Feet to the floor.
a beast is bornLucifer wove my sins into horns.a beast is born2 years ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
In-BetweenIn-between his sighs I look at the floor.In-Between2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
He does too.
It says a lot, don't you think?
We say it's love
but neither of us knows for sure.
In-between our fleeting eye contact
we quietly dwell
on the unspoken tension and insecurities.
We say it's just nerves.
It will pass,
but the silence stretches beyond what's comfortable.
In-between the untruths and unsaid;
our love a swaying complication.
We want it to work but…
Our chemistry heavier than a river rock.
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,a dangerous hallucination1 year ago in Free Verse More Like This
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
Zombies Rule.My Husband came back from the dead and tried to gnaw through my skull. He only loves me for my brains.Zombies Rule.1 year ago in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
applesthey thrive in autumnapples2 years ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
golden delicious and red
sweet, fragrant, juicy
mixed with cinnamon and baked
tart in my cider and wine
NotI want to pluck off every one of her petalsNot2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and leave behind the shell of a flower.
He loves me.
I want to rip out every piece of his hair
and make him ugly,
so she won't call him beautiful anymore.
He loves me not.
Nature is MercilessI tell myselfNature is Merciless2 weeks ago in Free Verse More Like This
it’s just a tree
but I know
it waits for me
A lone tree
towering over the tall grass
gnarled limbs like
It has a groove
shaped like a grin
and an air
I shiver every time I pass
I hide and watch
beneath the branches
they grow and twist
grin gone sick-smile
and the shadows
everything in them
I tell myself
it’s just a tree
but I know
it waits for me
ShadowI liked you,Shadow3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
when you were still
Not a shell with a pretty face
peeling to reveal
A lonesome shadow
lingering behind me.
HaikuWriMo 2015February 2nd- Bear HugHaikuWriMo 201510 months ago in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
calloused fingers so gentle
rough yet healing like a balm
giving into his embrace
greedy for his touch
February 3rd- Halloween
a night where faeries parade
vampires dance with demons
sugar is their drug of choice
that’s All Hollow’s Eve
February 4th- untitled yet clearly inspired by all the snow I’ve been seeing.
dark at five o’clock
a biting chill creeping in
welcome home winter
February 5th- letting go
tear drops ran screaming
leaving trails of salt on my cheeks
February 6th- HorrorKu
mommy wears a mask
of kind eyes and smiles to hide
February 7th- my swirling garden
lost inside the looking glass
glide over the mushroom fields
garden of my dreams
February 8th- I remember
the night after
the sky was dark and silent
February 9th- a song on the breeze
drip drop metronome
a soprano melody
floats among th