Case of the Hiroshima HotelCase of the Hiroshima Hotel10 years ago in General Non-Fiction More Like This
I knocked on the fifth floor hotel door and it flew open almost instantly, sending me a step back into the hallway to avoid running into the shoulder of the young man sticking his head out, and his two companions pushing out the door behind him. All three started talking at once. I hadn't initially believed them when they had called me on the phone, but the emotions and excitement spilling from their mouths were genuine. Maybe they weren't pulling the my leg. The three males sputtering and tripping over each other's words were appropriately nicknamed Waldo (since we had two Andrews on the trip, and Andrew Wald was used to the nickname Waldo), Mikio (which means "tree trunk man" in Japanese, which was how Mikio was built), and Jesus (who looked like the common image of Jesus -- long brown hair, beard, and skinny beyond belief). Jesus had opened the door and was giving the most animated story. I held up my hands to stop them from all speaking over the others, and asked what h
I Loathe the UndeadI Loathe the Undead10 years ago in Humor More Like This
I loathe the undead.
They're always whining about "brains" and "guarrrgh" all the time and they're clawing at you with their nasty clammy maggoty-infested hands and biting your wife with their rotten yellow teeth and trudging along in a big stupid horde, losing their limbs all over the place and blocking traffic like they owned the world. Would you believe there was a zombie stampede on the I-41 this morning? Yeah, they held up traffic for like an hour. It was a huge stampede. They made me late to work and I think they almost cost me my job. Never mind that the boss has been later for less important reasons than a zombie stampede.
Some day I'm going to stick him in a room with a zombie in it and see how he likes it.
Anyway. I would have been later to work this morning ('cause I think that stampede's still going on, I mean they just said on the news half an hour ago that the last body count was like sixty, and that's way too many for just an hour-long stampede) if I hadn't gone and inst
The GirlStars.The Girl4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Every night, she focused on the stars above her head as the monster invaded her room. It's wet tongue and hot breath sickened her almost as much as its touch. She knew what the monster wanted. It was time to let the Stars take her away again, and forget this pain.
Every day in school seemed the same to her. She tried to focus, but the nightly monster attacks just made it so hard to study. In fact, they made her fearful to do anything, really. She just sat in the back of the classroom drawing stars all over her books and papers while the teacher droned on and on.
She had almost resigned herself to the fact she was never going to escape the cycle when she met a purple pony named Twilight Sparkle one Friday after school. This pony was just like her in ever so many ways. She hid from the world, she didn't have friends, and she even liked the stars. The girl and Twilight soon became fast friends, and the girl soon was joining in on everything her new friend Twilight Sparkle experienc
a little help from my friendsliarsa little help from my friends5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
though we were
never really seperate
i had a
dream we were
drowning outside your
lost in goodnights and goodbyes
there are lies
between our lines
can we really call this home
waves and crowds still
i'm not too fond
yet i'm still
i haven't finished writing
my dead letters
Communist QuotesThe Anthology of Communist QuotesCommunist Quotes5 years ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
"Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the laborer." -Karl Marx
" Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks." -Karl Marx
"You show me a capitalist, and I'll show you a bloodsucker." -Malcolm X
"Democracy is the road to socialism." -Karl Marx
"Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending." -Karl Marx
"A revolution is impossible without a revolutionary situation; furthermore, not every revolutionary situation leads to revolution." -Vladimir Lenin
"Capitalists are no more capable of self-sacrifice than a man is capable of lifting himself up by his own bootstraps." -Vladimir Lenin
"Crime is a product of social excess." -Vladimir
Love Song of the Traitori have no gift of wordsLove Song of the Traitor5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
wings i was given in their stead
to write my love across your skies
and with coal-dark quills inscribe it
on your palms
Dinosaur FactoriesThere used to be smelly old dinosaur factories,Dinosaur Factories7 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Offensive to all of our senses olfactory;
The public complained they were dissatisfactory
In the rate of production of things pteridactory.
Those factories were, as I've heard, quite eyesores,
And each day they sent out big earsplitting roars
The government issued a ban, furthermore,
And that was the end of the great Dinosaur.
Tin and GoldOutside the forge he labours dailyTin and Gold5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
In the heat of sixteen-hundred degree smiles
Stoked by one breath from his wife's lips
until his own existence burns him.
In the warm dark he lives
In the forge his shaky hands are sure, working
from hunched lumps into things of use
Day after day he tries to pound his soft heart hard
But it will not take an edge, not even that of gold
To conduct a line of his should-have-been father's making
It is no rich useless gold, but tin
Of which ten thousand things are made for a purpose which is in the end
To be discarded.
Biology of the Staple RemoverBiology of the Staple Remover9 years ago in Humor More Like This
The Staple Remover (Connectiva Chompicus), while one of the smaller creatures in the office, still holds the reputation as a much feared predator in the ecosystem.
The most prominent characteristic of the Staple Remover is its four long fangs that give it an almost menacing smile. Non-venomous yet quite sharp, these fangs are capable of latching on to its favorite prey, the Staple, even when it is firmly rooted in its most secure habitat. Its deathgrip secure, the Staple Remover crushes the helpless Staple's defense and drags it out for a viciously rewarding meal. Although more often observed as a solitary animal, a pack of Staple Removers has been known to strip the metal from a conference presentation in less than a minute.
Once a year, the male Staple Remover instinctively returns to the office supply store where it was purchased to engage in a savage mating ritual: the capture and takedown of a Multi-use Color Copier. Many are lost
BodiesBodies8 years ago in Philosophy & Perspectives More Like This
Dear Professor ____,
I am an inmate here in a prison in ____ and I got your name from an engaging op-ed article of yours in the Times some weeks ago. I am writing to ask if you would please consider arranging a one year subscription to the Times for me.
I apologize if you find my request offensive but I enjoy literate material and feel the newspaper an excellent alternative to a college classroom. An inmate here in the facility has a subscription and once in a while an issue will trickle into my hands, which is how I came across your piece and the enclosed order form. I should add that I don't skim through the Times but spend a few hours reading almost everything in it the way I would were I on a deserted island and had nothing but the paper to read. Only drawback is that the paper engages time I'd otherwise spend reading literature and other books. Thomas Jefferson stopped reading newspapers so he could devote more time to books, and Thoreau makes an interestin
FateFate11 years ago in Scripts & Screenplays More Like This
A sunny day in the park. There is a single bench CENTRE stage. GOD is sitting on the LEFT side of the bench. He has long, white hair and a long, white beard, and is wearing a simple white robe. He is reading a newspaper. Enter PETER from the RIGHT. He is wearing black pants, leather shoes, a white shirt and a garish, comical tie. He is carrying a paper bag. PETER sits on the bench next to GOD, setting his bag next to him. He folds his hands and admires the weather.
PETER. Beautiful weather today.
GOD [focusing on his newspaper]. Mm-hm.
PETER. [Extending his hand] The name's Peter.
GOD [shaking PETER's hand]. God.
[GOD returns his attention to his newspaper.]
PETER. Um… God?
PETER. Not to be rude, but… your name is God?
GOD. I am God. Or at least I was God.
PETER. I… see.
GOD. You don't believe me.
PETER. Would you?
GOD. No. But it doesn't matter whether or not you believe in me.
runing through trafic withoutuJust plant yourself in my soilruning through trafic withoutu5 years ago in Other More Like This
And wait for it to grow
I'll water you once a day in case
Connecting root to earth so strong but sour acidity we like to play
in fertile depths
I sat my self in soil just yards away from your door
waiting for time to elapse and rain to fall but I cant grow with out
sinking feeling the roots latch into the earth,
without your love im doomed to death with lack of
and yellow leaves.
I'd rather sink so far in bleach you poured
Than wait to wither and dust to fall.
A serenade orangesWhen I was littleA serenade oranges9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
there were uses for orange peels.
they capped the bare heads
of an army of pebbles
migrating handfuls by handfuls
from the-- still glossy with wet--
from the creek rolling green.
under my bed they stood guard
and the dust retreated
in sweeping curves
pepper-spray that splashed
and chased the neighbors below,
pigtail cousins and schoolmates
even a scowling grandmother
who scolded my scraped knees
and loved me best.
Clementines made me
a chaser of memories
gave the streetlights number
the miles from home
and growing days
I'd lost count years ago.
But if I had all the answers
it would buy us peace
so we wane as we wait
two moons, a sky, a wave
the last of our orange peel sailboats-
one for each streetlight
that had waved us through.
away away salty free
rise and fall the flickering seas.
Waiting is a new years eve
but snowy like the others
and what's there left to say but-
aren't we all,
Can't Stop Thinking Of YouCan't Stop Thinking Of You11 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Shy away from the light
Crying out into the night
I don't know what to do
Can't stop thinking of you
Your always on my mind
These feeilings I can't define
I don't know what to do
Can't stop thinking of you
Tender nights I lie wakeing
My poor heart is acheing
And no matter what I do
Can't stop thinking of you
My body is sore
All I ask is No More
But know matter what I do
Can't stop thinking of you
Don't stop me now
While I'm thinking of you
Don't tear me out
I'm thinking of you
Can't escape this dream
Its all about you
But your all that I see
When I'm thinking of you
a minimalist walked into a barHe died.a minimalist walked into a bar5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
JihadJihad10 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
It was once a word unfamiliar to American ears. But in recent years it has become all too familiar. The actions of Muslim militants and terrorists have seared the word into American consciousness.
Yet even with thousands of innocent civilians killed on American soil by Islamic terrorists, the full significance of the Muslim concept of jihad has not been grasped by the American public.
In the days after September 11, 2001, American leaders rushed to portray Islam as a peaceful religion that had been "hijacked" by a fanatical band of terrorists. One hopes that these assurances were merely tactical—that nobody was meant to believe them and that they were meant to assure the Muslim world that the inevitable American reprisals were not directed at their religion as a whole.
If the world Muslim community perceived America as attacking Islam in general then the duty of every Muslim to fight for his religion—the duty of jihad—would have been invoked on a broad scale. The war against ter
CasualtyCasualtyCasualty8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
There is a boy
In a shopping mall,
Blame will be assigned.
Will be made.
Blame will be assigned.
After the sound bite,
Will be repaired.
The next attack
We are dying.
TrendyTrendyTrendy9 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Carlos is a friend,
is 34 floors up,
with a balcony and a view.
He has a poster on one wall,
in letters eight inches high.
A sign on the door,
with a picture of a finger,
bisecting androgynous cartoon lips.
Carlos throws parties,
glittering cocktail soirees,
for the artistic set,
he brings home from the gallery.
Carlos is an artist,
He holds court on a corner of the balcony,
discussing his art,
with a flowing dance of signs.
He glares imperiously at random conversations,
and points to the sign on the wall.
"I can't hear myself think."
and returns to his conversation.
rich, well connected and beautiful,
whisper self-consciously to each other,
so as not to disturb the artist,
silently discussing his work.
The best of intentionsThe Best of IntentionsThe best of intentions8 years ago in Science Fiction More Like This
By Tim Osborne
The first city to go was San Francisco. 98% mortality in less than an hour. The terror alert was high that day so the government blamed it on the Christian Liberation Front. They had threatened to gas the city back in 2012 when the first of the mass gay weddings were held and it wasn't an idle threat, they've tried at least three dozen times since. To be fair, they did claim responsibility for the destruction almost before the news hit the net. It wasn't the Christian terrorists, it wasn't one of the unreformed Muslim sects, it wasn't even the Mormon separatists trying to claim the pacific northwest for their holy land again. This time it was the most widely held public company in the world, and even they didn't know what was happening.
You never think of TREES anymore. Hell, some kids these days think the natural ones, you know the ones with
CordycepsIm wondering what you sawCordyceps7 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
in the sentences of my face
in the audible few that flew
leaving the rest to my mouth, encased
They tear at my tongue,
drag claws through my teeth,
Why now? Not now!
I keep my lips shut
hold my eyes down beneath
my swaying hair-
the winter sun a flashlight through my fingers
when we were children
we felt the warmth
Im wondering if you taste my blood
leaking from my slimy wounds
like cherries crushed, a juicy flood
I presume too much!
but bliss is
inviting as goose feather pillows
and warm as a womb
Im roused from my sleep
of the waking day
into the thick lucidity of restless dreams
Existential PrecipitationWhatExistential Precipitation9 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
a first impression?
is it in any way
As the water begins to fall around me
I reach a place I have waited for.
The preparations have been made;
the soundtrack mixed with subtle perfection.
It reminds me of a day long past
two years ago.
David's Story."Living on the road my friendDavid's Story.5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Was gonna keep you free and clean
Now you wear your skin like iron
Your breath's as hard as kerosene
You weren't your mama's only boy
But her favorite one it seems
She began to cry when you said goodbye
And sank into your dreams" - Pancho and Lefty by Willie Nelson
I guess I should start from the beginning...
I was born in a one room rundown shack. Ha, nah. I was born and grew up in a lower middle class town. I had a friend named Earl, who I used to play soldier in the woods with. My family moved away from there when I was nine. My mother said that's when I changed. I didn't bother making any friends at the new school, I just kept to my books. From an early age I had a strong attraction to firearms and war. No idea why, I just did. After the move, it became almost an obsession. I spent hours reading up on different designs of guns, tanks, planes and so forth. The other kids shunned me as "that wierd kid", but I didn't even notice it.
My teenage year