Sense MemoryI developed taste.Sense Memory in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
We lost touch.
His Better HalfBride/GroomHis Better Half in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Breaking EvenBroke her heart.Breaking Even in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Broke his nose.
ItchyFirst anniversary: Paper.Itchy in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Our love unfolded.
Seventh anniversary: Wool.
It all unravelled.
Airhead (Oxymoron)Empty-headed.Airhead (Oxymoron) in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
But so full of himself.
BeastlyThe hide was cramped and Hinchcliffe was tired. “I think I might go home,” he said to Anglesey. “It doesn’t look like we’re going to see them today.”Beastly in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Anglesey glanced at him and then went back to staring through his binoculars. “Just be patient a little longer. They do usually—”
He clutched at his companion’s arm. “Look! There they are!” Anglesey passed the binoculars to Hinchcliffe, who pointed them towards the horizon.
He laughed with surprise and delight. “I see them! I see them!” Ever closer and closer they galloped—the most enormous herd of adverbs Hinchcliffe had ever seen.
He handed the binoculars back to Anglesey. They weren’t necessary any more—it was already starting to be possible to identify the individual words by eye. A happily and playfully were frolicking together; a grumpily was attempting to bite a member of the herd that had got too close; a ubiquitously was— w
Elements of Danger“I knew your parents, of course,” said the chemist, setting her mug down.Elements of Danger in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
NaCl smiled politely. “Really?”
“Oh, yes. In fact I introduced them to each other.” The chemist grinned. “Sodium and chlorine, what a pair. There were some fireworks when they met, I can tell you.”
“I see,” said NaCl, its gaze wandering. “How interesting.”
The chemist’s expression became wistful and she shivered a little. “You know, they were just that tiny bit dangerous…” She shook her head and looked affectionately at NaCl. “But you’re completely different. So… stable.”
NaCl’s attention snapped back to her and it frowned.
“I’ll never need to keep an eye on you, will I?” The chemist laughed and twisted round to find a chocolate hobnob.
She turned back, and her brow furrowed on seeing that NaCl had gone. But she shrugged and took a swig from her mug, immediately
Nothing Will Tear Them ApartFirst kiss. Sparks.Nothing Will Tear Them Apart in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Their braces interlocked.
Synchronized HeartsWhen my heart was bound in submission,Synchronized Hearts in Free Verse More Like This
My rhythm synchronized to yours,
When you become arrhythmic,
My heart beats in time,
When your heart skips a beat,
Mine pauses in anticipation,
When your heart beats its last,
Mine will fall in eternal rest.
SimplyA simple touch and I walk upon the water,Simply in Free Verse More Like This
A simple kiss and I sail above the clouds,
A simple word and I float among the stars,
For I simply love you.
I Will RestI will rest when my chores are done,I Will Rest in Free Verse More Like This
When there is no more work to accomplish,
As my last good deed is complete.
I will lay my head upon your shoulder,
When there is nothing left that I can do,
As you praise the labors of my day.
I will rest when you are happy,
When I have done all I can to please,
As your chest rises slowly in slumber.
Only then will I rest.
NoontimeEveryday I wait by the phone as noontime approachesNoontime in Free Verse More Like This
Watch hopefully as the clock tics the hour and then two
Each day I hope today will be the day
The phone will announce that I am not forgotten.
Once you were faithful and came daily to my rescue
Noon was the hour on which my hopes survived and clung
Two o'clock and hope raises the white flag of acceptance
Today I surrender and fight for love again tomorrow.
They say hope springs eternal
Mine will not fade or flee
It only slumbers until noon tomorrow
Perhaps that will be the day
When noon arrives, my hope will once again awaken
My love is truly eternal, only you has noontime forsaken.
If Wishing WorkedIf wishing worked we'd be at sea,If Wishing Worked in Concrete Poetry More Like This
Sailing away, just you and me,
We would sail to exotic lands,
Lay upon the golden sands.
If wishing worked we'd have tea,
As well as moments of ecstasy,
We'd laugh so hard our sides would ache,
Followed by deep prayers of thanks.
If wishing worked I would stay,
At your side both night and day,
I would stay deep in your heart,
Even when we're far apart.
If wishing worked we would be,
More than just a fantasy,
My dream of us that has long lurked,
Would come true if wishing worked.
Patting My BackGiving myself a pat on the backPatting My Back in Concrete Poetry More Like This
For now and then I have the knack,
Of getting something so very right,
It makes me feel so very bright,
That I give myself a pat on the back.
Come a Bit CloserCome a bit closer and stand nearCome a Bit Closer in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Really close so no one will hear
Each day that we have known each other
My heart has come closer to that of another
Come a bit closer and you shall see
Just how much he means to me
Look at how my hands do tremble
Surly it is a tell-tale symbol
Come a bit closer and hear the unknown
See how much my fondness has grown
Sometimes it is difficult to contain
I fear my secret will drive me insane
Come a bit closer and hear what I say
I come a bit closer to you everyday
Gone Is GoneOnce upon a time,Gone Is Gone in Concrete Poetry More Like This
The start of a fairy tale,
Happily ever after,
Should be the summative.
The toad was but a toad,
The tale a moralled fable,
The lesson being,
The end is not yet written.
Happily at this moment,
Throw the toad to the pond,
What is gone is gone,
Once upon a time.
First to LastOnce upon a happy time, I was your joyous waking thought,First to Last in Concrete Poetry More Like This
A first whim to start your working day.
Now I am an afterthought when all your tasks are done,
A last resort to keep boredom at bay.
Dear Legislators,Dear Legislators,Dear Legislators, in Personal Journal More Like This
We the people of the United States of America apologize for threatening to infringe on your holiday. We know you are exhausted after the two and a half days you have labored since the Thanksgiving Break. We will think of you from our shanties on the street side covered in snow. The sounds of empty bellies will call out our apologies. We will think of you from our barracks in the sands of foreign lands were we wait for the warnings to sound and think of loved ones thousands of miles away. We will think of you as we tend to the sick and dying in hospice and hospital.
Your concern for your vacation days was apparent and we are sorry to be the burden that dampens your holiday joys. As we drive to our second and third jobs to pay taxes to ensure your wages are paid, we will humbly give thanks that we can support those we love. We appreciate that you have noted the urgency of the coming days. How could we the people forgive o
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter AOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter A in Historical More Like This
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY
In this short Old Saxon vocabulary list, I have normalized as much as I could all Old Saxon dialectal variations to provide a mostly united language. For example, all 2nd weak class verbs are shown with the ending -ōn, but another ending is often found in texts: -oian. In this dictionary only the first form will be shown, but the second one may also be accurate.
It should be also kept in mind that letters C and K were exchangeable and thus that an Old Saxon word beginning with c- in a text should be here sought in K.
The use of 'ð' is here prefered as 'th', though not at the beginning of a word where it is still 'th'.
As it is often shown in Old English dictionaries, and given the fact that both Old English and Old Saxon did the same use of it, the prefix gi- (appearing as ge-
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letters I and JIOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letters I and J in Historical More Like This
īdal, adj., empty
idis, noun, f., lady (poet.)
ik, pron., I
in, prep., in
inna, prep., inside
innan, prep., inside
irrōn, verb, to err
īsarn, noun, n., iron
jā, adv., yes
jak, conj., also
jamar, giamar, iamar, adj., sad (poet., cp. MnG Jammer)
jār, giār, iār, noun, n., year
jū, adv., yet, still
juguð, giuguð, iuguð, noun, f., youth, young people
jung, giung, iung, adj., young
jungaro, giungaro, iungaro, noun, m., disciple, student
jungo, giungo, iungo, noun, m., chicken
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter HHOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter H in Historical More Like This
haðu, noun, n., fight
halōn, verb, to call
hano, noun, n., cock (male chicken)
hard, adj., hard
hardo, adv., very
harmskara, noun, f., punishment
hatōn, verb, to hate
hatu, adj., hostile
heƀan, noun, m., heaven
hebbian, verb, to have, to lift, raise up
gihebbian, verb, to take, acquire
hēðin, adj., heathen
hēl, adj., safe, unhurt, complete (cp. MnE whole)
hēlag, adj., holy
hēlian, verb, to heal
Hēliand, noun, m., Saviour
helid, noun, n., hero
helm, noun, m., protection, cover, helmet
helmgitrōstio, noun, m., warrior
helpa, noun, f., help
(gi)helpan, verb, to help<
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter FFOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter F in Historical More Like This
fadar, noun, m., father
fagar, adj., beautiful, attractive
fāhan, verb, to catch, seize
fahs, noun, n., hair
fallan, verb, to fall
faran, noun, verb, to go, travel, sail
farbergan, verb, to hide
farfāhan, verb, to embrace, grasp, remove, move
farfolgōn, verb, to follow
fargeƀan, verb, to forgive
fargeldan, verb, to buy
fargumōn, verb, to neglect
farkūð, adj., horrible, dreadful
farlātan, verb, to leave, abandon, let go
farmunan, verb, to hate, despise
farstandan, farstān, verb, to understand
fartellian, verb, to say, tell
farwundōn, verb, to wound
gifēhiða, noun, f., battle, fight
fehta, noun, f.
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter BBOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter B in Historical More Like This
bað, noun, n., bath
baðōn, verb, to bathe
badu, noun, m., battle
bak, noun, n., back
bakkāri, noun, m., baker
bald, adj., bold, fearless
baldlīko, adv., boldly
baldor, noun, m., prince
balu, noun, n., evil, malice, destruction, chaos
baluhugdig, adj., intending evil, hostile
balusuht, noun, f., sickness, disease
bank, benki, noun, f., bench
barm, noun, m., lap, bosom
barn, noun, n., child
gibed, noun, n., prayer
beðia, adj. and pron., both
gibelg, noun, n., anger
belgan, verb, to become angry
beni, noun, f., wound
bēr, noun, m., boar
beran, verb, to carry, bear
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter EEOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter E in Historical More Like This
ēð, noun, m., oath
eðili, adj., noble
ef, conj., if
eft, adv., again
eftha, efða, conj., or
ēgan, adj., own
eggia, noun, f., edge, corner
egislīk, noun, m., terrific, horrible
egiso, noun, m., terror
ēht, noun, f., possessions, property
eld, noun, m., fire, funeral pyre (poet.)
eli, adj., strange
ellian, noun, n., courage, strength
ēn, numeral, a, an, one
endi, conj., and
ēnfald, adj., simple, onefold (cp. Du. eenvoudig)
engil, noun, m., angel
ēnhard, adj., hostile
ēnhwilīk, pron., any
ēnig, pron., any
ent, noun, m., giant
eo, adv., forever, always, ever
Dat BlodseggenÜmme dere nacht de weg slengtDat Blodseggen in Free Verse More Like This
Nêne beweginge över deme wolde
Wârup de mâne stilligen hengt
Under sünd de stênes kold.
Aver sô sachtmödig kömt an
De maged mit wîten klêden
De êne ick kande wel fôran
Fan weme wî de dôt hörden.
Ick frâge vele unde wî spreket
Tîd gât aver wî sêchet sê nicht
De dag övergât unde wî wecket
Ick kêre unde du büst hîr nicht.
Wârstu êne wicht ifte drômde ick?
Bî deme rugge bün ick fordövet,
Forgeten dünkt mî undenklick
Dat ick hîr dîn spôk sach, wîget.
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter THTHOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter TH in Historical More Like This
githāht, noun, f., thought, mind
thankul, adj., wise
thanna, thanne, adv., then
thār, adv. and conj., there, where
thaw, thau, noun, m., custom, practice
thē, thiu, that, pron., the, this
thegan, noun, m., thane, nobleman, warrior
thenkian, verb, to think
(gi)thiggian, verb, to receive
thim, adj., dark
thinggraƀius, noun, m., judge
thiod, thioda, noun, f., people, nation
thiodan, noun, m., king, leader of people, prince, lord
thior, adj., strong
githiudi, noun, n., language
thiustri, adj., dark
thiuw, noun, m., slave, servant
thō, thuo, adv. and conj., then, when
thōh, adv., though
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter UUOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter U in Historical More Like This
uƀil, adj., evil, bad
ūðia, noun, f., wave
uhta, noun, f., hour of the dawn, morning (cp. MnDu ochtend)
umbi, prep., about, around
und, conj. and prep., until
undar, prep., under, among, between
undarhuggian, verb, to understand, perceive
undarsōkian, verb, to examine
undartwisk, prep., between
undgeldan, verb, to repent
giunnan, verb, to permit, allow
untat, conj., until
up, prep., on
uphebbian, verb, to arise, raise
uppa, prep., above
uppan, prep., above, over
ūt, adv. and prep., out
OLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter NNOLD SAXON CORE VOCABULARY - Letter N in Historical More Like This
nāðian, verb, to strive
nadra, noun, f., snake, serpent, adder
nāh, adj., near
nāh(gi)būr, noun, m., neighbour
ginahho, adv., sufficienntly
naru, adj., narrow, dark
nīð, noun, m., hatred, malice, trouble
nīðhugdig, adj., hostile
nīðhwat, adj., hostile
nīðin, adj., hostile
niman, neman, verb, to take (cp. MnE numb, Du. nemen)
giniman, gineman, verb, to receive
niud, noun, m and f., desire, pleasure
niudlīko, adv., zealously, carefully
niudōn, verb, to rejoice
giniudōn, verb, to enjoy
niudsam, adj., pretty
ginōg, ginōh, adj., enough
Cycle& I find that there is not much that is poetry left in me.Cycle in Free Verse More Like This
The streets curl asphalt fingers around me &
I feel nothing, not the hot touch of june, not autumn
or loneliness sliding rough hands down my spine, I
feel nothing, though there is blood on my arms, & it
is not mine, it is the mosquito's, the mosquito i crushed
because it was whining, because it was making
the same directionless keen as me.
Sad is such a small word.SadSad is such a small word. in Free Verse More Like This
a small word.
Pedants try to
expand it. To
with crammed letters; lugubrious,
a small word.
could slip it
in your pocket.
could slip me
in your pocket too,
MEi. I fell in love with a girl who catalogued darkness,ME in Free Verse More Like This
sat in her room with the blinds closed and wrote down
187 ways it felt
in all of the different times she couldn't see.
My name was one of them,
#143, ash velvet, and I didn't know what she meant at the time
but the only description she wrote beneath it
was good night for stuffed animals
bad night for worn pillows.
And I'm sorry I made you dream of the rivers.
ii. I fell in love with a girl who never looked in the mirror
but dressed to perfection, somehow
in her blue skirt and black socks
white tennis shoes
and a smile crooked as the bottom side of Indiana
yeah, I fell in love with a girl
who could never quite get it straight but hey,
I've never been 100% straight either,
and the one corkscrew curl you have
opens me up like fine wine
each time I see you smile in that cracked bathroom mirror.
Makes me half-drunk,
iii. I fell in love with a girl who was depressed by Paris,
but loved Italy beca
Artist ResignationI know how this story ends.Artist Resignation in Flash Fiction & Vignettes More Like This
Volpi.You will find that the story you tellVolpi. in Free Verse More Like This
is very rarely your own. In Lucca,
even the smallest pebbles
breathe in the warm sunlight.
Knotted stones and cobbled roads
beat out a paper-dry heartbeat heat
my city breathes in and out,
inhales sparrow air.
It's writing a story.
You are the pen.
You will find that in Lucca
the daisy chains forge fire
in side streets and back alleys.
Teenagers intertwine. Tell me,
odd flower, are you still closed?
Here we are colored wax;
the heat of the city melts us.
We run into each other, rhapsody
of pigments. Operas are our specialties.
Open up; feel the reds.
If not, try and see them. There is a place
of deep knife marks, a street
long as midnight
you may learn something there.
Valentina's voice glimmers like red wine.
You may enjoy intoxications. Still,
know alcohol has no story
and will swallow your own.
Find the sign with the wolf on it.
You'll know the place. Epiphanies ring true as church-bells.
Lucca still guides the wanderers
to well sp
Sundiveri.Sundiver in Free Verse More Like This
When I was six a phoenix
tried to drown me.
Underwater I grabbed for fire.
Like Icarus, I was reaching
towards the sun.
I hope he still has
bald spots. I hope he still
cradles searing scars.
He was death,
I was the bird.
My uncle knows plastic-
wrapped soaps as well
as he knows fine wines.
If he drinks enough,
he thinks it’s love-
carved names rubbing
the silver drain smooth. Diver: 28 days
sweating, ship black against
sea. Like it had been peeled
from amber tongues.
On my fifteenth birthday, the boy
with stars on his fists and Saturn’s
rings in his eyes told me I was pretty.
It was the first time
anyone had said so. I learned
how to hold my breath,
how to apply foundation,
how to cry
without bleeding tar
down my cheeks,
and how to wear my bones
He says he does it for the money.
He says you have to come up slowly
or else something inside of you will explode.
I didn’t understand what he meant
until I realized my throat was still
somewhere in hi