PERSONAL CATASTROPHE AND PROBABLE SOLUTIONSYour life is headed for a disastrous end.PERSONAL CATASTROPHE AND PROBABLE SOLUTIONS in Free Verse More Like This
Everyone will die.
That is a fact.
You will die.
Your friends will die.
Everyone you know will die.
These are indisputable facts.
Your body will break down and crash in one way or another.
Your heart will stop.
Your brain synapses will cease firing.
100% guaranteed termination.
You and everyone you know has less than 122 years left.
The oldest person alive was 122.
Oldest person alive now is 115.
Death should be your number one enemy.
Do not accept it.
Do not welcome it.
The question is - are you willing to extend, improve your life and the lives of those you love?
Why haven't you done it yet? Do you think it's impossible?
Flying for us was impossible until airplanes were built.
Now, the question is- how do we stop the personal catastrophe of death?
The logical answer is - science!
We can slow death down using modern medicine, and we can stop and reverse some accidental causes of death.
Aging is one cause that we cannot currentl
2p!Pirate!England X Male!Reader:Bloody Disguise! 43 months later, The principal found out your secret, the first thing you thought, Cyrus heard it first and told the principal. No, you never knew that there were CCTV cameras scattered In the whole school but not in the dormitories. You had any choice but to leave, but before that, you'll apologize to your classmates for lying and tell them the truth. You were so scared because there were no other schools you can enter, you can't afford their fees. Arthur was so mad, he could even kill the principal due to his anger. You were crying as you spoke to them, they don't have a clue why you're crying.2p!Pirate!England X Male!Reader:Bloody Disguise! 4 in Romance More Like This
"Guys... I'm so sorry for lying..." you sobbed and covered your face by your hands to hide your crying face.
"I'm so sorry..." you fell on your knees.
"_-__, What's wrong...?" Mathias asked curiously
"I'm so sorry for lying..." the tie on your hair loosened, letting your hair flow.
"___ is a girl" said the professor who was standing beside you.
"I thought so..." a few of them mumbled
Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader: Kirkland Family 19Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader: Kirkland Family 19 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Arthur felt quite nervous, he was trying to think of a way to propose to you. He asked France for advice, and he said that Arthur should take you to an expensive restaurant (preferably his) or a romantic place, but to Arthur that as far to cliché. Besides, romantic places didn't suit your taste, in short: you hated those kinds of places. Afterwards he regretted that he asked shit beard for advice.
Later that day, he was gazing at your face, searching for an idea, a memorable way to ask for your hand. You smiled gently at him, noticing his intense gaze upon you. He suddenly jumped up as his neurons decided to stop sleeping and assist him in planning.
He ran off, only pausing in the next room to talk to Alfred and Matthew. You heard Alfred's exited yell, and Arthur run outside. A little while later, Matthew came in and told you that Arthur wanted to see you. Of course you went to see your brit. You stood on a grassy hillside, looking for Arthur. You couldn't see him. Then a pair of
Tectonik!USUK X Reader: Bodyguards IVTectonik 4Tectonik!USUK X Reader: Bodyguards IV in Romance More Like This
"Maybe in the bookstore?" Alfred said.
"Early in this morning?"
When you woke up in the morning, you couldn't find Arthur. He didn't even left a message or something that tells where he was.
"He'll come back anyways so you don't have to worry, Miss"
"You're right..." Are they exchanging words? Yesterday Arthur said too.
Today is Sunday, no school. There was nothing to do but to looked down to the parking lot and waited for the Brit to come back.
"You're really worried about that old man do you?" Alfred hugged you from behind.
"What do you think you're doing???"
"Don't complain, I know you like it"
"If I went somewhere without telling you, will you get worried too?"
"O-Of course I am!"
"That makes me happy"
"There's nothing special about it." you said.
You prepares breakfast, eat together in silence. It was unusual of you.
"Hey" Alfred called.
"Want to go around the town?"
Boss!Spain X Reader: My Boyfriend is the Boss 22 month passed, you were working in this company properly WITHOUT GETTING LATE. Your paperworks and reports were getting good.Boss!Spain X Reader: My Boyfriend is the Boss 2 in Romance More Like This
"Lovino, have you seen my report folder?" you asked, sliding tons of drawers in front of you.
"Eh? Didn't you tell me"
"After pulling bulls' horns... It'll just get missing?!"
"You gave it to Kirkland right?" Lovino said, eating pizzas as usual while working with his laptop.
"Oh right...! Thanks Lovino"
"And tell to the fucking boss, I'll go home!"
You ran to Arthur Kirkland's table and asked how was your report.
"It's good, but did the other company agreed on this? It'll take a lot of time to finish this project." Arthur said with a cigarette on his mouth.
"I received a letter from them, saying they agree. So there's no problem right?" you grabbed the folder from Arthur.
"Oh well, GoodLuck on your project."
Next, you headed to Antonio's office. Yes, he was there. Sleeping, leaving his laptop on. <
Senpai!England X Reader:Definitely My First Love11Senpai!England X Reader:Definitely My First Love11 in Romance More Like This
Soon, you both reached his apartment. It was kind of small but very clean, he really hates dirty things but likes eros or dirty room. Clothes scattered there, clothes scattered everywhere! Though your brother was worse. You don't even dare to come there, it was so messy.
"So you're telling me to sleep while wearing this?" You said as you removed your black pumps.
"Want me to?"
"Of course not!!!"
"I have girl's clothes here." he opened a door which was only a wardrobe to him. He brought out a white, sort of look like a dress but actually a pajama.
When he passed it to you, you made a face.
"You're... A crossdresser...?"
"No way in hell..." He sighed as he locked the door.
"So why do you have this...?"
"Well, do you really want to know ?"
"I wanted to give that to the girl I love when I get the chance to meet her, but since I don't have a clue where is she now. I don't see any problem giving it to you right? "
"So... You like... Someone...?" you looked down.
"If you're referr
Tectonik!USUK X Reader: BodyguardsI always have this two guys on my back, following me everytime and everywhere.Tectonik!USUK X Reader: Bodyguards in Romance More Like This
"I'm sure you'll get a toothache someday" you had this bodyguard named Arthur, he likes smoking.
"I'll die before I get that" and this is also your bodyguard, Alfred. Carrying your bag for you.
"Miss, want one?" Alfred said, giving you a light blue Popsicle.
"No thanks, and will you stop following me? Earlier, they were talking about me!"
"We're just doing our job, love~" Arthur leaned over and blew the smokes to you.
'It all started that day when my father found out that someone with bad attentions was following... No... Stalking me. My father called me to our hotel and introduced this two to me.
"W-Who are they?" I asked my father.
"Your personal bodyguards" he replied.
"Bodyguards? I don't need that..."
"Whether you like it or not, I'll hire them. And you two will start your job today. That's all" he said and left the meeting room.
Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader: Kirkland Family 5Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader: Kirkland Family 5 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Hmmmm... What should Matt and Alfred wear for the Conference...? Sailor suits or their usual clothing?" you asked yourself, You couldn't choose one so you decided to ask Arthur. He was in his work room. He still hasn't slept yet so he must be so tired due to work.
"A-Arthur...?" you called while slowly opening the door. He didn't respond, his head was facing the desk.
"Arthur can you help me?" you asked , but still... no answer
"Arthur! Arthur!" you shook him up. He slowly lifted his head with an irritated face.
"Damn it ___! I'm so tired! mind if you get the bloody hell out of here? I want to sleep!" he growled out suddenly, making you cry. He just realized what he had done, he followed you the all the way to bedroom but you're ignoring him. You used your own car to get to the Conference, you're crying while driving.
"Mama, don't cry" said Matthew, trying to reach your eyes to wipe your tears.
"Don't mind me Matt, Mama just watched a sad movie" what a kind Mom...
Alfred knew what hap
England X Reader: Under the RainSitting and crying on the bench...England X Reader: Under the Rain in Short Stories More Like This
Letting the rain falls on me...
Too much sadness...
No person to comfort me...
Am I still part of this world?
Those words always came to my mind everytime I visit my family's grave, People think I'm strange, so I don't have any friends, I'm always being bullied, Everytime I got bullied, my depression increases that leads me hurting myself even more.
Wounds on my body...
Bruises scattered on my face...
Scar in my heart...
Am I born to be unloved?
Now... I'm thinking of commititing suicide, They don't care won't they? I brought a revolver inside of my pocket. They don't care if they saw me...
'So many people passing by...
They just looked at me strangely...
Think that I'm going crazy...
I'm just a simple girl that wants
to be loved, there's nothing wrong
with that right?
It's just a simple wish...
Why it can't be granted?
or am I too arrogant to wish?
The rain won't stop, I heard that there's typhoon coming today, I
Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader:Kirkland Family 14 p1Daddy!England X Mommy!Reader:Kirkland Family 14 p1 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Today, Arthur stayed home while you went to a meeting. Alfred and Matthew were still at school when you came home. You arrived back earlier than planned; the meeting had been a complete and utter disaster.
When you walked in through your blue front door, you found Arthur going around the lounge room with a vacuum, It took all you will to stop from bursting out laughing. Luckily, the vacuum was rather loud so Arthur hadn't seen you. You slowly backed down the hallway and out the door. You then went over to your car and loudly shut the door. "Arthur! I'm home! You called, taking your time. You heard a few loud crashes, and when you reached the lounge, Arthur was slumped in the couch, the TV on.
He twisted his head and looked at you over the back of the cream couch "How was your day? You're home early."
You tried to stop yourself from paying too much attention to the spotless forest green carpet, the dusted and neatly arranged marble mantelpiece. Instead you brushed these details aside an
Tectonik!USUK X Reader: Bodyguards(Goodbye Alfred)"Dude, will you?"Tectonik!USUK X Reader: Bodyguards(Goodbye Alfred) in Romance More Like This
You took your lunch at the garden since you thought you'll be the only one who'll be eating at the kitchen. Your parents weren't here, as usual, they were at the company and will not coming home until tonight.
"Good Afternoon, love" Arthur greeted you and kissed your cheek and took a seat.
"Why did you come here?"
"About that... I got a word from Alfred"
"What is it?"
"Al... Is leaving..."
"What?!" you stood up from your seat.
"Where is he?!"
'I can see her happy being with Arthur... I can't do anything about it right? She loves her, she'll be more happy if I handle __ over him right?'
You asked if where is Alfred now and rushed to the airport. He was about to go when you called him. You couldn't believe that Arthur was so calm after hearing Alfred will leave!
"__?!" he said in surprise.
You ran to him. "You idiot!!! Why you didn't tell me?!" you even wanted to slap him.
"I'm sure you'll get angry, no, you're already angry"
Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 3I've just got dressed, nervous about confronting _____ about yesterday. Alas, duty calls. Alfred keeps grinning like a cheshire cat, and for once I'm tempted to lose my temper with him. As I pull on my moss-coloured silk waist-coat, my younger brother salutes me as he lounges lazily in an arm chair.Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 3 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
As I knock on _____'s bedroom door, carrying a silver platter of scones and tea I bite my lip in anticipation.
"A-Arthur? Is that you?"
The door opens a crack, frightened ____ eyes peering out at me. I feel a concerned frown cross my face "Do you want me to leave you be?"
I let out a rather feminine squeak as I'm yanked through the door. Nursing the fine china and worrying about the scones, I look up with widened eyes. "I-I brought you your breakfast, M'lady"
"Call me ____." I bustle around the room, tending to it and making sure I don't look her in the eye. She notices, flopping on to her four-poster bed and folding her arms. She scowls at me. "Talk to me Arthur.
Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 4It's the night of the ball, and I'm wearing the costume that was commissioned for me once more. The outfit is being oogled by several people, and I fidget with the lace edging the sleeves with an air of embarrasment.Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The golden glow of the candle-light makes my skin look pearly, my eyes vivid and emerald against the white and grey of my tailored attire. Alfred stands beside me, hair smoothed back save for that one stubborn piece of hair which refuses to be combed down. Initially he looked jealous about what I was wearing, and he resorted to teasing, but now he looks suprisingly proud. I glance down at him, peering through my lace mask.
"A-Are you ok, Alfred?" He nods enthusiastically. He's wearing a highwayman costume, his black outfit a stark contrast against my own pristine white one. There are ebony smears across his cheeks, his vibrant blue eyes enhanced by the darkness. I see his wide smile and return it, my expression softening as he winks at a young lady in a royal blue dress. H
Radience~Snake-Man!England X Reader Chapter 3It's nearly time for the show, and I sit beside Alfred watching as the sun sets. Lost in a companionable silence, the two of us have barely spoken at all; but then Alfred's drawl of a voice disturbs the warm night air.Radience~Snake-Man!England X Reader Chapter 3 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Iggy likes you, ya know~"
"Do you really think so? One minute he's running away from me and the next he's acting so..."
"Seductive? That's not what he's normally like, but that's my exact point. He acts different around you because he's wrestling with all those strange, hormonal feelings~"
"No buts, whether the two of you acknowledge it or not, there's something there that everyone notices."
"Yeah, Antonio noticed it right away and mentioned it after you left breakfast this morning."
"Did he? He's a fortune teller, right?"
"Why don't I talk to him, find out what fate has in store for me?"
"I wouldn't do that if I were you..." Alfred sounds concerned, I look up at him as he looks ponderingly on towards the sunset illuminating the streets of Lond
Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader .7Later that afternoon, Arthur showed his lover one of the book-shops where he was holding a book signing; elaborating on his talk with Gilbert and chattering enthusiastically about it and the prospects it brought. _____ herself kept thinking back to the sweet, intimate moment when he'd said that she was his inspiration for his new novel- It was unbelievable, and so utterly romantic that she felt herself swoon.Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader .7 in Romance More Like This
She found herself doing so again, with a prominent scarlet blush on her countenance, when they returned to the pent-house and Arthur went to get a shower.
He had taken only around fifteen minutes, emerging however from the shower with heated skin and crystalline droplets cascading off of his exposed torso as if he'd been in a sauna. A fluffy white towel was wrapped around his slender waist, and only that, his hair damp and sticking up in various different directions as he ran his fingers through it. In the light of the sun-set he seemed unhuman, emerald eyes glinting and vi
Radience~ Snake-Man!England X Reader~ End!Alfred refuses to leave my side, but he has no choice when it's time for his act. Reluctantly he walks away, and as the curtain twitches I spy Arthur with malice in his eyes as he watches an empty seat directly in front of him. I hear what he hisses to the strong-man, and a feeling of dread begins to boil in my stomach "I thought I told you to...He's gone!"Radience~ Snake-Man!England X Reader~ End! in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I don't see the rest, for it has all gone black.
Horror written all over my face, I struggle against chafing bonds. "W-Where am I?" I stammer, feeling tears mingle with scarlet blood as they drip tantalizingly down my face. A hand seizes my chin, my head turned upwards.
"You're in hell, my darling~" It's a smooth, accented voice and a pair of ice-blue eyes. Eyes adjusting to the strange lighting in my prison, I take in the face that the voice belongs to. Sharp jaw and cheek-bones, a chin dusted with stubble. Any other time I would have thought him a benign creature. Save for silvery horns that curl backwards on his head, he looks li
Radience~ Snake-Man!England X Reader Chapter 4This morning I woke up to Arthur, clad in scarlet brocade and a pirate captain's hat. "Even you can figure out the theme today~" He laughs, the melodic sound resonating around his midnight-blue tent. His emerald eyes watch me again for a moment "I've another member of my troupe to introduce you to soon~" He says, and I nod.Radience~ Snake-Man!England X Reader Chapter 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"What's he like?"
"A fire-breather. He came to England by tea-ship from China, and he's been on the run from some organization...to be honest I don't mind if they catch him. The only advantage he brings is opium. That and he's a crowd-pleaser."
"Does it matter, poppet? It's a luxury especially reserved for me, Yao is very select about his customers."
"Even creatures of other worlds need some relief from this cruel reality~ We live in a monochrome world here, and it does get rather boring if there isn't any entertainment."
Without another word, Arthur disappears and then emerges again with a ripped white dress. "Put that on, and then call for me
Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader 5.For once ______ was at the cafe first, trepidation boiling within her about what Arthur had to say. He'd seemed frantic, breathless...her over-active imagination was conjuring all kinds of things that could have happened to him, but hadn't he been at home all day? Surely something bad couldn't have-Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader 5. in Romance More Like This
"_____!" Eventually a windswept author emerged into the cafe like a hurricane, hair soaked from the rain outside and emerald eyes wide. He seemed to be far more dishevelled and weather-stained than he ever had before, not at all concerned about his un-tucked shirt or slightly wonky tie as he dropped into his seat. He appeared very restless too, shifting about uncomfortably. "A-Arthur, what's wrong!?"
He let out a shaky expulsion of breath, brow furrowed. "I...I have something to tell you." _____ didn't get a chance to retort, the Englishman beginning to speak "Listen, Francis rang me and...well..."
"There's good news, and bad news."
There was a pause, filled w
Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 6I hurtle into my room, tears rolling down my cheeks as my back slides down against the wall. Burying my head in my hands, the hurt and humiliation of the past comes flooding back.Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 6 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I think carefully, my bleary green eyes closing to help ease my head-ache.
I let out a whimper as I'm shoved against a cold, unyeilding brick wall. Hands grope, swift puches being aimed as I'm almost beaten into the dirt.
With a sharp intake of breath I look around the room, trying to shift the heart-ache and the oncoming migraine.
It doesn't work.
I've hid it for so long, I may as well come to terms with it.
Even after being bullied and hurt and taunted by Francis and his friends, I'd still cover the bruises and keep a stiff upper lip. Wiping away my tears fiercely, I'd dry my face and smile; it was what I had to do. Alfred and _____ never knew why I was so quiet at times, no doubt the two thought that was just me being the authorative older brother- But no, I was screaming internally, holding back an
Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader 4.The next morning _____ woke up to the sound of a kettle boiling and birds singing outside.Delightful Company~ Author!EnglandxReader 4. in Romance More Like This
She rubbed her bleary eyes, no longer fatigued as she felt some recollection of the night before come back to her; it had been truly magical, and an involuntary blush crossed her countenance when she realised exactly where she was. The young girl looked up as the sound of muffled footsteps assaulted her ears. It was no doubt Arthur, and the young man eventually came into view with a pile of clean washing in his arms. His hair was ruffled, but he didn't seem at all upset about it, smiling gently at the girl in his room. "Did you sleep well? I'm sorry if I woke you up." Looking so ininhibited truly became Arthur. "I-It's ok..." _____ yawned, staggering out from beneath the embroidered covers and stretching languidly "I slept rather well, thank you!" Another grin crossed the young man's face. His companion looked innocent and angelic in the golden morning light, a sliver of it being cast on h
Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 2It's been rather exciting, yet still lonely on board this ship. I long to do something, find a way to keep my hands busy but I'm stuck sitting on crates staring out to sea now. Thinking about her, life and my family.Devotion~ England X Reader~ Chapter 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Alfred looked awfully jealous when I got on to the ship, something unreadable in those sky-coloured eyes. The sunny blonde usually radiates happiness, but I see he's trying to come to terms with growing up now. That's probably it. I remember feeling conflicted myself when I was his age, thinking so fast that I contradicted my initial idea...it all seems so far away!
"Arthur! Mr Arthur sir!"
I turn, looking unblinkingly into the eyes of the quivering ship-mate. He stutters, unsure where to look "What is it?" I question, trying not to appear too uninterested.
"Well, the captain wants to speak to you...immeadietly, he said."
"Fine." I sigh, standing up. I dust down my red jacket, straightening the epaulettes and giving a satisfied smile. I dart across the deck, and int
I Just Want to be with YouWhats done is done..I Just Want to be with You in Free Verse More Like This
Can't wait for tomorrow sun..
I want to hold you in my arms..
And be forever young..
I hope what I did was right..
I just can't bare to see the sight..
I love you, I do..
I just want to be with you..
MadEver since that one day when you beat and broke me down,Mad in Free Verse More Like This
I've never said a word..
I sit looking out the window,
Into the lonely world..
What you did was wrong,
But how I miss you so..
As I sit by my window,
And look out to the world...
I often stop to wonder,
Are you ever coming back..?
The KeyI wear this key around my neck,The Key in Free Verse More Like This
To bring me luck and love..
This little key opens my heart,
And shows who I do love..
And if you were to ever see whom I do love the most,
You surly would be surprised..
And now I hand it off to you,
So open up my heart..
I watch as your expression changes,
And you lock it all back up..
You slip the key into your pocket,
And pull me close to you...
As I look into your eyes,
And you look back at me and say,
"My dear.. I love you too.."
Spinning... (Alternative Ending)The world is spinning,Spinning... (Alternative Ending) in Free Verse More Like This
Spinning all around me..
It just keeps moving,
As I stand still..
It starts to spin faster,
It soon turns into a blob of color,
I watch as it turns around me..
Then It stops,
Faster than you could know..
All the color is gone,
A beautiful scenery filled of black and white..
I look around for color,
I keep looking and finally I see a spot of color,
A single rose all alone..
But as I get closer to it the color starts to fade..
It starts out looking pure and red..
But when I get to it,
All color is lost..
Looking for youAs I sit outside amongst the flowers,Looking for you in Free Verse More Like This
I dream of the day I'll meet you..
Just seeing you smile and holding me close,
Would be enough for me..
But time passes by and you never come,
A I get ready to go,
I saw something out in the distance..
I look farther off and see,
You finally came to see me..
My EscapeMy Escape:My Escape in Free Verse More Like This
I lasted about a month..
Till this week..
I've had so many thoughts go through my mind.
I need a distraction.
I don't really have any people I can talk to..
Except in books..
Their the only ones I can read trust. Books are my escape.
Its my place to go if I need to get my mind off something...
I've read so much this week...
I don't know what to do...
I keep thinking the same thoughts and I can't get them out.
And I can't talk to anyone about it cuz they will yell at me.
And I can't show anyone...
It will only worsen things...
I need an escape...
I need a place to hide.
A place I can share my secrets with people I trust.
I want to know that someone out there cares.
I want to know I'm not alone.. I need to know..
I want to know someone loves me..
My Life Is A Fairy TaleI live in a world of great things.My Life Is A Fairy Tale in Free Verse More Like This
I live in a world of wonders.
In my little world things have there ups and downs.
Not everything goes my way.
I have to keep everyone in shape.
I have to make sure things are neat.
But something's do.
I can get all the candy I want and never get sick.
No one can find it.
It's a secret.
Also there's no such thing as heartbreak.
And theres no such thing as death...
In my little world people are happy.
There's no reason to be sad.
We treat everyday like its our last.
And make the best of it.
In my little world we like to read and write.
Reading gets your mind off things,
And writing gets your emotions out.
Come stay with us.
Don't let your light go out.
SpinningThe world is spinning,Spinning in Free Verse More Like This
Spinning all around me..
It just keeps moving,
As I stand still..
It starts to spin faster,
It soon turns into a blob of color,
I watch as it turns around me..
Then It stops,
Faster than you could know..
All the color is gone,
A beautiful scenery filled of black and white..
I look around for color,
I keep looking,
Looking for a little spot of hope,
To assure me..
Not all is lost...
Waiting for the Weekend..I was waiting for the weekend to come all along,Waiting for the Weekend.. in Free Verse More Like This
But it turns out it never showed..
I waited and waited,
But it never seem to came..
Then came the day,
When it was Monday again...
Wind and RainI stand outside,Wind and Rain in Free Verse More Like This
Cold and wet kissing you so gently...
I pull away and watch how the Wind blows your hair,
And the Rain falls perfectly on your face..
I think they work together so perfectly,
Wind and Rain,
To make you look so beautiful..
What if I were Wind and you were Rain..?
Would we still be together..?
I wonder if the Wind loves the Rain just as much as I love you..
If it does then,
I love you,
Like the Wind loves the Rain..
GiftGift in Free Verse More Like This
The other children said
he had crazy eyes
and made fun
of how his mother dressed him
and refused to understand
why he liked strange colors
and would not play
with his toys.
They could not get used to
the voices he heard,
or how he traced their faces
with his fingers
and pronounced them good
and were scared
of the way his hands made music
from plain air.
They misread his language
and thought he conjured demons
in the quiet glade
where no birds sang.
But the boy only shrugged
and smiled quietly to himself
at their puzzles.
he knew the gift of imperfection
its fierce magic
and how to catch beauty
and turn bad luck into an omen
and that different was a fine art
that would one day
save the world.
Cat LadyWhen I grow oldCat Lady in Free Verse More Like This
I will be the crazy cat lady
all the neighbors talk about.
I will dwell
in a house of sycamore
and live off taffy and gin,
and paint my ceilings yellow.
I will dangle carrots
off the clothesline
and only bathe on Sundays.
I will keep 47 cats
(or maybe 63)
and give them names
like Cumberbund and Camembert
and let them sleep in the kitchen sink
where they can dream of midnight raids
on the pantry-
of sardines poached in pepper sauce
and mocking bird and beetle pie
and we will fish off the crumbling pier.
I will tie bells to their tails
to warn the birds
they are invited for a meal
and watch them flying over
their wings a tell tale
sigh of autumn weather.
And at night we will curl
up on the porch
fur bristling under blankets
and October's jumbled moon
to dream of chasing
mice among the rafters.
Girl as TragedyGirl as Tragedy in Free Verse More Like This
She decided to be a tragedy
because it was more beautiful
Happiness was a plain thing -
ordinary and drab as corn or
falling asleep in his chair..
But tragedy was elegant - the curves
of her slender body sheathed in trauma
and kid gloves that went up to the elbows.
It was mysterious - black hats with veils
and notes from strange men pressed into her palm
Tragedy looked good on resumes and fit perfectly
on the small white cards placed on her dining table.
Her sisters could slip them into their purses
to remind them later of how she breathed
dignity and grace into the family name.
She could wear it with her grandmother's jet beads
to the ballet, their stark beauty
a reminder of what was lost.
And when her final lover came to call at matins
she could slip it under her lips
and press it as a warm memory -
wet and gliding over his tongue
as she searched for words
among the sheets.
SwansStrange how the swans did not returnSwans in Free Verse More Like This
to the lake that June,
almost as if they knew something
the rest of us did not -
some savage instinct or glorious flaw
christened and drowning in the water.
Their nests had been plucked clean, deflowered -
the eggs all gone,
the water choked thick and spiteful
The dock stood as always - knee deep in reeds
and apathy, the bald wood
showing its age and wobbling.
The tide brought its witness -
the wide, yellow maw of pollen
forbidding the surface to move.
You stood on the shore and poked
the sand with a stick as if expecting
it to to get up and walk away and surprised
when it did not make a sound.
I wondered what you were thinking
while you stared out over the water,
holding your breath like a bucket of stones.
Your lips never moved but I could hear
you talking -
blithe and unseen sounds nestling
in the crater of late afternoon.
And the kites kept their distance
all summer, never noticing the mercury
bursting from the thermometers or how
UndoneI cannot rememberUndone in Free Verse More Like This
what she wore that night,
or the smell of the moon
at her wrist,
or the blur of her cheek
grazing the pillow.
I cannot recall details
of her voice -
what was said
once the heat of July
nested in the curve
of my tongue
and pressed back
But I remember the shock -
the last tremor
of bricks and skin
carving an arc
into our breathing,
shaking the walls of her room
and the sound of the world
Girl WantedI want a girlGirl Wanted in Free Verse More Like This
with her eyes closed
(in black and white)
and does not drink chamomile tea.
She does not watch movies
by Nicholas Sparks
and thinks God
really is Morgan Freeman
or someone she has not met
She reads Goethe, Sartre
and knows Orlando
is more than just
She wears plain white tees
and jeans so faded
her skin has lost its
and her shoes
chew the pavement
with real distinction.
MorphHe pinned the butterflyMorph in Free Verse More Like This
to the card,
the dry rot
of blue wings
in the warm room.
it seemed a stranger,
not the imago
unfolding in the jar
of the wet season,
but a legless pupa
ViolinI remember the dayViolin in Free Verse More Like This
you told me violins
were strung with cat gut
and that is why
you hated music
(who says that to a child?)
I followed you
all that summer.
I watched you
grow away from mother -
your whiskey held better conversations
and all she did was cry.
We'd sit cross-legged on the porch
and count the horseflies
settling on our lunch.
You would drown tadpoles
in a bucket
surprised they could not swim
and I would dream
of cherry popsicles.
And when night would gather
on the sidewalk
I'd hold my breath
until a star appeared.
Don't bother making wishes
you'd tell me -
stars are dead weight in heaven
and God has cloth ears.
RainRain in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
Rings and rivulets of water
Rolling down the panes and roof
Running wildly through the gutters
Resting underneath the porch
Raking wet across the shutters
Remaining still for far too long
Restless children yearn to play
The Monster Under her BedThe Monster Under her Bed in Free Verse More Like This
It lived under her bed,
dining on dust bunnies
the size of Manhattan
and old report cards,
playing cats cradle with the dog,
and wore funny glasses
and old scarves to school.
It sang out of tune
at inappropriate times,
like holiday dinners
in front of the family
and the old parish priest;
and said naughty words
and spied on the neighbors
with busted binoculars.
It poured paint
down the mail chute
and scratched itself in church.
and broke the good china
and gobbled the cake
mama made for the bake sale,
(but wouldn't eat broccoli)
burping the alphabet
just for good measure.
And at the end of the day
when she crawled into bed,
it curled at her feet
and blew out the lights,
pulled up the blankets
and sent nightmares fleeing
like red rubber balls.
Let's Keep This A Secret Ch. 1 (Jahvie)Let's Keep This A Secret Ch. 1 (Jahvie) in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Fans were now constantly chanting our name. Peeking out of the corner of my eye at Jayy who was lounging on the couch smoking a cigarette. His hair was shaved on the left side, and the tips of his remaining hair were dyed red, taking a deep breath I turned around.
"Think we've left them waiting long enough?" I asked Jayy.
He put out the remainder of his cigarette in the ashtray, lifting his tattooed arms above his head, he stretched side-to-side.
"Yup. Show time!" Jayy grinned at me, he called everyone and we gathered in a circle and linked our arms together, with our heads bowed and eyes closed we recited the prayer we had committed to memory.
"Mother of mercy, come to me,awake my soul, set me free, reveal Jayy's power, for all to see. Consume all fear, that lies in me. Radiance at you violet flame, expand & blaze the light in me. Energize my mind & heart, with all love,
Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 6Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 6 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sammi slammed into Jinxx, they rolled on the floor in a mess of limbs. From what I could tell, Jinxx wasn't fighting back, only trying to protect himself from her attacks. She was going at it with all she had, her hands contorted into claws, she scratched at his face, his clothes, anywhere her hands would land. The house was filled with her screeching.
"STOP IT!" Jinxx shouted, he shoved her away, Sammi toppled onto her back and quickly scrambled into a sitting position against the wall. Her golden curls covering half her face, her one visible eye was darting back and forth between Jinxx and I. She lifted her lip in a snarl, staggering to her feet, she glared down at us, her chest rising and falling quickly under her pale pink dress.
"Who are you and what are you doing in my house!" Sammi screeched.
"Sammi," I began, I stood up with my hands in front of myself. "Calm down, it's just us, Jinxx and Ashley."
A flicker of recognition passed across her
Let's Keep This A Secret Ch 2. (Jahvie)Let's Keep This A Secret Ch 2. (Jahvie) in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I watched as Alicia and Mikaela left, I sincerely wished them the best from the bottom of my heart. Around me, everyone was starting to pack up and move things into the bus. Jayy was leaning on the door frame watching all the work, but doing nothing himself. I shook my head and walked over to him.
"Hey Jayy" I greeted him with a smile.
"Hey Dahv, what's up?"
"Nothing much, aren't you gonna help?" Jayy looked at me as if I had suddenly grown an extra head.
"Bitch please, when have you ever seen me help?" I thought about it, come to think of it, I never really had seen Jayy help out with packing. I was not gonna stand for that!
"Listen here Mr. Monroe! You better get your ass moving before I count to five or I'm gonna take all your alcohol and pour it down the drain!" Jayy looked at me, his face was contorted in a look of mock terror. He quickly ran to the nearest packed box, picked it up and began to haul it onto the bus.
"See Dahvie, I'm
Behind The Mask Ch. 15 (Jinxxley)Behind The Mask Ch. 15 (Jinxxley) in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was dark. Was I still dreaming? No, I could feel his warm hand cupping my face, his lips kissed my jaw as a curious hand crawled farther down south. Cloy fingers tugged at the waistband of my pajama pants and slipped under the elastic of my boxer-briefs. He nuzzled into my neck and sighed my name. His breath was hot on my ear, I felt myself become greatly aroused as his fingertips brushed against my hardening member. When he gave me a squeeze, I inhaled sharply.
"I know you're awake, Ash." He murmured. "I could feel you getting hard. Feel you start to breath faster."
"Please don't stop." I whispered, and waited for him to resume and crying out when he did. I was burning up under the blankets, and wanted nothing but to kick them off, but to move would mean ruining the moment. So I settled with clenching my hands on the bed sheets.
Jinxx knew how to manage me well. He knew when to slo
Taming The Outlaw (Jashley)Taming The Outlaw (Jashley) in Short Stories More Like This
I didn't want to complain, but stating the obvious wasn't complaining. I was the least noticed member of Black Veil Brides. Andy was the lead singer, he was also notably hot, Ashley played bass, looked like a girl, and was known for his moves with the ladies. Jinxx played guitar AND violin, he was married to a hot woman, and CC, well CC was loud and boisterous, the life of the party. Then there's me. Normal, ordinary Jake. I play guitar. How exciting is that? Don't get me wrong, I loved being in Black Veil Brides, but sometimes I just wished I was noticed more. For example, the other guys couldn't walk around in the mall without getting noticed by a mob of fangirls. On the other hand, I could walk down the street with a line of people going to see our show, and I wouldn't get noticed. Was I really that invisible?
These were the thoughts that plagued my mind while being driven to some city in who-knows-where. CC was sleeping th
Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch.5Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch.5 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I slapped his chest playfully and laughed. "Oh you!" Jinxx chuckled as he rubbed my back. "Well, I gotta get dressed now."
"Awww,do you have to?"
"As much as I'd like to stay this way, yes. I gotta get up now." I smiled at him. The type of smile I threw at girls that left them swooning. Pink circles appeared on his cheeks Yep, I still got it I thought as I crawled off the bed, grabbed my clothes, and retreated back into the bathroom to change.
Not to brag, but I was hot. I grinned at my reflection. Yep, I was smokin' hot! Today I was sporting a black wife-beater and black, ripped up skinnies with cowboy boots. Several rubber bracelets on both hands, my trademark star necklace, and a white bandana wrapped around my left leg. I was straightening my hair when Jinxx poked his head through door.
"Knock, knock!" He said.
"You cocky bastard." I teased him with a smile.
"So what's the plan for today?" He asked while he read the label on o
Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 2Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We're losing him! Quick, bring me an IV!"
My eyes felt as if they were made of lead, but somehow, I managed to pry them open. Everything was blurry and moving in slow motion. There were people, or at least I thought they were people, wearing white scrubs and shouting orders. Confused, I tried to prop myself up on my elbow, but a jarring pain sent bright flashes across my vision.
"Whoa there son! Just lay down, you've lost a lot of blood!" Said a blurred figure above me.
"What?" I asked, but was ignored, my head began to pound, and black rings started to cloud my vision. I felt so tired, perhaps if I just closed my eyes....
It was dark, but it wasn't the menacing type of darkness. There was also a muted beeping sound constantly going on in the background.
"Where the fuck am I?" I thought. I tried to sit up and became aware of my immobility. "And why the fuck can't I move?!"
My head began to pound again, I notic
Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 10Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 10 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I was awakened, not by my phone going off, but by the sudden emptiness I felt. It was hard to believe that over these past few days I had grown accustomed to sharing my bed with Jinxx. Without him, the bed seemed so...vast. I turned to my side so I could drape my hand over the empty side of the bed where he normally slept. I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply. Yup, it still smelled like him, sea mist and soap. I sat up, from the foot of the bed, Chrome and Sebastian blinked sleepily at me, I held their gaze until Chrome gave a mixture between a purr and a meow, and walked over to me, she shoved her warm furry head under my chin and purred loudly, Sebastian watched us, until for the first time since he arrived, he walked over and curled up on my lap, his chest rising and falling as his purrs reverberated through my blanket. I petted his thick fur tentatively. Outside, the sun was just beginning to peak, the horizon was the color of lavender, smeared with tanger
Yes Master Ch. 2Yes Master Ch. 2 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
WARNING! Mature Content!
Chilled to the bone, I quickly stepped out of the shower and pulled on some swim trunks. After all, I did promised the guys we'd relax in the Jacuzzi. I grabbed a fresh towel and retraced my steps back to the sauna. William and the guys were up to their necks in bubbling water. They all murmured lazy hellos when I made my presence known. I stared at the ring of my band members. I had two options. Either I sat beside Will or make one of the guys move.
"Scoot!" I said to Jake as I elbowed my way between him an CC.
"Jeez you're so pushy!" He complained and moved over.
"Yeah, yeah. Shut your whining!" I shot back before draping my arms over the side of the tub. A jet of water pummeled my lower back, sighing, I closed my eyes and let the water dissolve all the days tension. "So what are we doing today? Are we going to see the Eye of London, Big Ben? I've always wanted to visit th
Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 4Behind The Mask (Jinxxley) Ch. 4 in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
His warm breath tickled my face. As he drew nearer, my heart accelerated until I thought it would burst my from my chest and fly away. When our lips touched, I felt them meld together. All this time, I was looking into Jinxx's beautiful blue eyes, but as he deepened the kiss, they slowly closed. His hand found it's way to the nape of my neck and he pulled me closer. Soon enough, I let my eyes close and enjoyed this fleeting moment of happiness. This was so different from kissing a woman. It wasn't sloppy and sticky with lipstick. It didn't taste like bubblegum or strawberry. It had it's own flavor, one that I couldn't quite figure out, but it was delicious.
Soon, Jinxx has his chest pressed against mine, I felt myself leaning back. Not to get away, but to get more comfortable. He treated me like a porcelain doll, taking care with my arm and head, when I was successfully laying on the ground, he climbed over me and straddled my hips while holding my good hand in place besi
Prussia x Pirate!Reader : Lost Boy - Part 1"Mr Germania! Come quick, the Romans are here!"Prussia x Pirate!Reader : Lost Boy - Part 1 in Drama More Like This
My Grandfather swore and hurried out of the room. I began to follow him sheepishly
"What's going on?"
"Not now, Prussia. Stay there!"
I froze in place, a little upset that he shouted at me he only called me by my country name when he was mad at me. Before long, he came back with my little brother in his arms, who was just a very small child at the time. Grandfather handed Ludwig to me and led us both outside
"What's going on?" I asked, concerned
He lifted me onto a horse and I realised what he was doing. I held my young brother close and I looked at our grandfather in horror
"Grandpa, no! Let us fight with you!" I cried
"I can't do that, Gilbert. Now take your brother and get out of here!"
"Gilbert you are a big boy, now. P-please protect your little brother. No matter what happens"
"Grandpa!" Ludwig squeaked
"Auf Wiedersehen " Grandfather said, shedding a tear
He struck the horse's backside, s
England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.6England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.6 in Horror More Like This
"A-E-I-O-U A-E-I-O-U A-E-I-O-U "
That singing sounded awfully familiar and it was coming from the clearing ahead. There was a smell of smoke in the air, and the singing was almost hypnotic. When you came into the clearing with the two Arthurs, you saw Cheshire Kiku disappear
"Where'd he go?" You asked
"Cheshire hates the Caterpillar I'm not sure why" Good Arthur said
"O-U-E-I-O-A U-E-I-A A-E-I-O-U "
You looked up and saw something odd. It looked like Yao (or China, as some called him), but he had a pair of antennae. He was smoking a hookah, whilst sitting on a toadstool and when he saw you come in, he gave you a disapproving look
"Who are you?" He asked, blowing the smoke in your face as he spoke
You coughed and glared at him
"That is so rude!" You said, angry
"Why?" He asked
Before you could say another word, Good Arthur stepped forward
"Caterpillar we must get out of Wonderland. Do you know the w
England x Reader - Witch Hunt : Part 3England x Reader - Witch Hunt : Part 3 in Drama More Like This
The duo ran through the woods, both getting scratched and struck by tree branches and numerous things on the ground
"In here!" Arthur said in a hushed tone
He took [Name] into a small cave, which was hiding underneath a bed of roses and other plants, so it would completely obscure them from pursuers. He pinned her to the wall and shielded her from sight with his own body as he wanted to make sure no one could see them as they caught their breath. Her cheeks went a dark pink when she noticed how close he was
"Where'd he go?"
"Damn, we lost him!"
"This is your fault, Fred!"
"Huh?! How is it MY fault?"
They heard the Witch Hunters leave and Arthur sighed
"We should stay here for a while ... just to make sure they're gone" He said, backing away
He placed the lamp on the floor and clicked his fingers. The lamp instantly came alight and she stared at him
"I-incredible! You can do magic!" She breathed rushing over to him
"Yes, but I ... I don't curse people as often as they think.
Police!England x Reader : The Witnesses - Part 5Police!England x Reader : The Witnesses - Part 5 in Drama More Like This
I stared in disbelief at the sight before me. Francis was in CID with the Bad Touch Trio, yet here he was, holding [Name] by her beautiful hair. Then again, it did explain how he got past the other morons. But I could not fathom why he did it
"Francis! What are you doing?!" I asked, quite rightly angry
"I've seen villains get rich doing this ... and I look at my wages and think that I should take a little extra this month" He said
"B-but ... what about what's right?" Alfred asked, horrified
"My elderly mother is in hospital, and you tell me THIS isn't right?! I can't pay these outrageous hospital bills on police wages!" Francis shouted
"And her? What has [Name] got to do with all this?" I asked
"I asked her to seduce you and keep you oblivious to my work. But then she came to me and said wanted to stop ... well, couldn't have her telling what I've been up to, so ... here we are" Francis said, grinning
"Y-You asked her to seduce me?" I said, a little hurt
"I-I'm sorry, Arthur ... he thr
Prussia x Pirate!Reader : Lost Boy - Part 2I was about to approach the crates so I could sneak onto the ship without being noticed. So you could say I was planning to stowaway on a ship that had a dangerous Captain, a female one at that. Not a good idea in hindsight, but Kirkland had my little brother. Desperate measures were called forPrussia x Pirate!Reader : Lost Boy - Part 2 in Drama More Like This
"Hey, you with the white hair!"
"Shoot" I hissed
I looked up and saw Captain [Last Name] coming towards me. My heart began to race, and I began to sweat from anxiety. Then, I thought that this was a perfect opportunity. I could simply ask to be a part of her crew, but that meant I would have to swallow my pride, but as I said, desperate measures were called for
"What do you think you're doing? That's our cargo!" She said, sounding angry
"I know that. I was hoping you were here. I have come to join your crew" I said
"Oh, have you?" She said, raising an eyebrow
She circled me, inspecting me. I had an idea about why she was doing it, but I wasn't prepared for what she had in store for me. I felt he
England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.7England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.7 in Horror More Like This
"Hey, [Name] could I talk to you alone for a minute?" Arthur asked
You looked up at him. It was hard to see him because it had gotten dark and he decided that there would be a good spot to set up camp for the night. Hatter was fast asleep and snoring loudly. The poor maniac tired himself out from running around so much. Arthur looked tired, too but he didn't seem to care
"Ok, sure" You said confused
He took you to one side and you had a feeling that he was going to ask you about Hatter. It was inevitable, really. Arthur was eventually going to notice
"[Name] wh-why are you going to so far for the Darker Me?" He asked
Yep, he was bound to ask you why you were showing Hatter kindness well, there was always the simple answer or the one that would smash his heart
"Well he's a part of you. He deserves to be treated like a human being, just as much as you do, Arthur" You said, fidgeting
Simple answer and it was unavoidable that Arthur w
Request - Sasuke x Reader : ChangeRequest - Sasuke x Reader : Change in Drama More Like This
"Aw, Itachi! Stop it!"
You looked up and saw a cute little kid, about your age (aged 6 or 7), getting his face cleaned by a boy who looked like a much older version of the little kid
"It's your first day, so you behave ok?"
"B-but I don't want to, I'm scared ..."
"Go on, you'll be ok. Remember, You're an Uchiha!"
"Big Brother, couldn't I stay with you for five more minutes?"
"No, Sasuke ..."
"Three more more minutes?
"One more minutes!"
The older boy laughed and patted the little boy on the head. You gave a little giggle as well
"Sasuke ... everything will be alright. Trust me"
"Itachi!" the little boy squeaked, hugging the older boy
"Go on. Have a good day, Sasuke!"
The older boy got up and the little boy stood there, waiting until his brother had disappeared from view. You wondered over when you saw the little boy cry
"Hello!" You said, with your best smile
The little boy jumped at your sudden appearance and you giggled
"I'm [Name]!" You said
"S-Sasuke Uchiha ..." The li
Police!England x Reader : The Witnesses - Part 4Police!England x Reader : The Witnesses - Part 4 in Drama More Like This
I had to watch [Name] around the clock until Alfred got his arse in gear and got better. [Name] and Matthew Williams were taken to a "safe house" not far from the station. We installed a panic button and surveillance cameras outside of the building, just in case. Unfortunately for me, I was assigned to watch the witnesses at night, so lucky Alfred got to watch them all day. After a week of surveillance, there was still no sign of the serial killer. I was beginning to think he'd never turn up ... then again, he was wearing a mask, so he could be anyone, so we had to be extra careful. Alfred and I were in the living room of the safe house, as we were about to switch over. [Name] had just gone to make us a cup of tea or coffee
"She seems nice" Alfred said
"Yes ... lovely" I mumbled
"You like her, don't you?" He asked
"Of course I like her. What's not to like?" I asked, looking at him with a confused glance
"No, I mean you like her" Alfred said
At that point my cheeks heated up at t
England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.5England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.5 in Horror More Like This
"And that's what happened" Good Arthur said
You looked at Bad Arthur, who was slowly waking up. He looked up at his good counterpart and stared. Good Arthur swallowed hard. He was clearly terrified of the little lunatic
"Y-you alright there, old chap?" He asked
Bad Arthur merely nodded as Good Arthur put him down. Bad Arthur looked confused for a moment as he looked around at his surroundings
"Wonderland ..." He said, in awe
"Yes, that's right" You said, smiling
Not a good idea. Bad Arthur shot to his feet and began to tidy his hair
"Well hello, beautiful ..." He said, licking his lips
Without warning he walked over to you and stroked your cheek. He shuddered with delight as Good Arthur looked angrily at him
"Aah ... lovely skin, simply lovely ..." Bad Arthur said with a smile
"Th-thanks, I guess" You mumbled
"Get your filthy mitts off her!" Good Arthur shouted
"Arthur, relax. It's ok, I don't think he wants to hurt me" You said
"Such ... flawless skin! I will enjoy cutting it t
England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.3England x Reader x 2P!England : Wonderland - P.3 in Horror More Like This
Bad Arthur grinned as he held you in his impenetrable grip
"Other Me ... pray tell, how did you get free? If I recall correctly, I nailed you to the wall" He said, pointing at the nasty injuries on Good Arthur's body
"Allistor found me and let me down" Good Arthur said
"Ooh ... Scottie rescued you, hmm? How sweet" Bad Arthur jeered
"If it wouldn't kill us both ... I would snap your neck!" Good Arthur hissed
"Ooh, I like 'em feisty" Bad Arthur said, licking his lips
Cheshire Kiku stared
"That is a highly inappropriate topic for public conversation, wouldn't you say?" He asked
"Sod off, you mangy cat. Return to your shadows! Away with you!" Bad Arthur shouted
Cheshire Kiku bowed his head and backed away, vanishing just like that. That left you and the two Arthurs alone. You elbowed Bad Arthur in the gut and he let you go out of shock. You hurried over to Good Arthur and hugged him
"Nice one!" He said, smiling
"You ... bitch. I will cut your pretty face to ribbons" Bad Arthur snarl
immortal enemyi heard you whisperimmortal enemy in Haiku & Eastern More Like This
my name tonight; you're buried
eight miles away.
june fifteenthtoday isjune fifteenth in Free Verse More Like This
and your fingers between mine,
warm and damp in the heat.
my legs stick to
plastic lawn chairs,
my body sticks to yours
like bubblegum-fresh paste,
melting into you
and liking what it becomes.
black asphalt boy,
you are sizzling leather
and suffocating air
in an overheated car.
we walk across the shore
and the soles of my feet
yearn for the cool damp sand
struggling for breath
between the waves.
"I don't want to
forget this," I say,
and you smile and
close your eyes
like the sun setting,
slowly, streaking down
the sky of your face.
the sun is so far but
you're right here
and I think I might
be in love with you.
I'll move on to autumn
but you'll still be
in summer, forever,
living and living
until the day you die.
Remember me.We were seventeen when we met.Remember me. in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
The first thing you said to me
was "Open your eyes
You were a collection of
skinned knees and your
father's broken promises,
holding onto your fears
like miniature phantoms
clinging to the bit of skin beneath your eyes,
the indentations of muscle in your chest.
You taught me how to make
You taught me that every little
every pop of pain,
was God's design,
and if he was a painter,
you said I'd be the Mona Lisa.
You said I was a work of art.
You made big towering claims
like your hopes for San Francisco,
you piled me up like cities and skyscrapers
and buildings tourists flocked to
just to take a photograph,
capture a single memory.
When I broke my bones,
you laughed it off and said,
"People, we're just like
big versions of dolls,
snapping limbs and
cracking under pressure
the way anything does,"
and after getting pissed and
nursing my cast,
teethmy mother used to say,teeth in Free Verse More Like This
"never fall in love with something
that can leave you behind."
now I understand, now I know
that humans were
given legs for a reason,
that moving on
is a state of mind on migration.
if I told you I loved you,
would you cut out my tongue?
I can still hear your voice when you said
you could never love anyone else,
and now all I can think is
float onnow I'm thinkingfloat on in Free Verse More Like This
that the moon's smarter than me:
she's in love with the earth
but keeps her distance,
I lose my orbit
when you're not around,
and I find myself without gravity,
waiting for you all night
when I know you'd rather be
windfallI would gather allwindfall in Free Verse More Like This
the seven seas for you.
for me, you would not
spare a raindrop.
olivearmies march in time,olive in Free Verse More Like This
shouting and stamping
into Vietnam swamps
with booming voices
and dirty boots.
a soldier can't keep up,
falls to the side in tall jungle grass
and vomits out his homesickness
into the damp shrubs.
while the American girl
giggles and taps her nails
on the grimy paint of the bar,
chewing the toothpick
of her martini.
outside, leaves curl into mulch,
and summer shrivels
like a rotting pea pod.
they say his bark is worse than his bitethe lime green telephonethey say his bark is worse than his bite in Free Verse More Like This
demands to be answered,
its bell-biting voice
a wolf in sheep's clothing.
she picks up, yawning,
invisible to prying payphone eyes
in her blurred lipstick
and last night's dress.
"who's there?" she asks,
and the man just laughs
because he knows she's already
caught in his fishing net,
the poor discounted mermaid
flopping in the moonlight.
she can't remember the last time
her mother called, or the last time
she rode a bike.
one day her childhood got fed up
with her wicked ways and left
without a trace.
for some reason, she keeps looking for it,
the convict joyriding down a nostalgic road
closed off by orange cones.
the phone call lasts thirty seconds
at the most.
she bites her lip and stretches,
slips into stilettos by the bed.
her joints creak as she stands,
warning her, telling her
she's too old
to be breaking her own heart like this.
she pretends she doesn't hear,
purse noisy with quarters.
outside, a mosquito
hits the bug zapper
she shakes her h