‘…Steal my pride, Leave me blind, Steal my pride, And leave me blind, blind, blind now…” Boogie Woogie Woogie to sounds of the fall and please ignore the woeful screeching of my attempts at singing. Thank The Powers That Be that you can’t actually hear me, huh? This past week we stared into the abyss and saw what happened to a vivacious woman who lost herself in an ideal of ‘beauty’, how pride made us all liars, and how being a overconfident King lead to anguish and violence. Somehow I think as long as there’re people these things will continue to occur. In the immortal hamster wheel of Pinky and The Brain, “What do you want to do tonight?”
A guest submission for this week’s theme!
An Excerpt from My Mother’s Diary
I have taken to draping cloth
Over reflective surfaces in our house. Continue reading Free Verse – Pride – Melaney Arruda
The Riddle of the Nightjar
Until I met the Great Nightjar,
with purple mouth a’smile,
on a quiet black night,
I had never been given
the answer and asked to
supply the puzzle. Continue reading Free Verse – Pride – Marcy Erb
What is Pride?
Pride is –
Spending too much money on a shiny dress,
Meant to impress, immediately,
Because revealing the inner workings of one’s mind,
Is unpopular and takes too much time. Continue reading Free Verse – Pride – JG
Burning Soul VII
Maybe I should just be a hermit
An aescetic in the wild, the nomadic child
Of wisdom and love, truth and light —
Years beyond your narrow conventions of time. Continue reading Free Verse – Pride – SD
Last month, I wrote the first of what I intended to be a series of articles on creativity. Continuing on the theme of learning how to channel your creativity, I’d like to explore how one of my biggest creative inspirations – music – affects my work. Continue reading Creativity Sessions: What’s Your Creative Muse?
Tin Foil Man
Even from afar, across the bar,
I can see the condescension
In your first impression;
In your surface assessment
Of someone in my profession.
I wasn’t aware; Am I supposed to care
What you think?
What I think?
Is that you stink
Of imagined superiority,
Mr. Born of the Majority.
Does a suit make a man?
Can it stand,
Tall and alone,
If you did not call it home? Continue reading Free Verse – Wrath – JG
Burning Soul VI
In a world full of hate, you only have what you can take.
Dancing with the pretenders, it leaves a sour taste.
They’re squelching my fire with the anger and the lies,
And I’m a smoldering ruin — a lone wolf howling at the moon. Continue reading Free Verse – Wrath – SD
Temple of the Road Gods
You drive like that, red pickup,
Pushing until someone lets you in
But it’s bad luck to cut off a bus
A rolling receptacle of good or bad will Continue reading Free Verse – Wrath – Marcy Erb