September 28, 2021 at 10:45 pm (love, Poetry, Romance) (, , )

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To Bring Darkness To An End: When?

September 23, 2021 at 10:50 pm (Poetry) ()

At one time darkness ruled the world
Most of the world paid homage to a single man
Armed soldiers were everywhere
Freedom was just a word
Oppression was the order of the day
The corrupt priesthood were in bed
with the state
Following their orders and directives
They had no king but “Caesar”
And God and worship
Must bend to Caesar’s will

Where and when would this evil end?
When would oppression end?
When would a person be able to call something
Truly theirs
And not have it be taken away by the state?
When, oh when?

Amidst the tumult and clamour of armed soldiers
in the streets
The cries of the oppressed
It was difficult to hear
That still small voice of God.

And on the outer edge of that darkness
A voice greeted a young maiden

“Hail Mary full of grace,
The Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou amongst women
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb…

-A poem written by Christopher
Thursday September 23rd

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Walking Towards Autumn

September 16, 2021 at 10:36 pm (Nature, Poetry) ()

Walking towards autumn
Her dress the colour
of some of the leaves
on the ground

She had crossed leaves
Of gold and red and brown
to get to where she is

Facing the leaves still on the trees
She raised her hands as if to touch them

An act of supplication to the approaching autumn

-A poem written by Christopher
Thursday September 16th

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A Tolkienian Haiku For September 11th

September 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm (Commentary, Geopolitics and International Relations, History, International Intrigue, Literature, News, Obituaries, Poetry) (, , , , , , , , , )

The Twin Towers fall
Mordor’s shadows up and rise
Mortals doomed to die

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A Ray of Hope

July 25, 2021 at 10:50 pm (Poetry) ()

Know this: it just takes
One light to illuminate
Darkest of dark nights

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First Tango At Oxford

July 11, 2021 at 10:06 pm (Poetry) ()

The professor stood on the rooftop
Of an old apartment building
In the distance he could see the spires
of Oxford University
Standing as beacons of knowledge
Against the Oxonian sky

The beautiful young woman in the red dress approached him
They joined hands
And they danced
They danced the tango.

The music softly built to the crescendo
A dip here
And a dip there
The swaying of hips
The spin of feet
And together
The magic of the tango
Romance with a beat
Passion conveyed to feet

“Professor…” a voice called
It was young Ridley who called out
As he stepped on to the roof of the building
To summon the absent-minded professor
To the fact he had to give an afternoon lecture
Down at the college

And the beautiful young woman in the red dress had vanished
And the professor discovered that he was dancing with himself
And with a lot less finesse than Billy Idol

The professor sighed
He picked up his briefcase
Containing his lecture notes
And followed Ridley
Back to the college.

For one brief moment the professor had seemed to travel back in time
To when he danced the tango with beautiful Annabella
Back to a time
When he had been… happy.

-A poem written by Christopher
Sunday July 11th 2021.

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Nocturnal Silhouette

July 7, 2021 at 10:26 pm (Poetry) (, , )

Princess Anna Louise and her black winged horse Nocturnal Silhouette

Princess Anna Louise and her black winged horse Nocturnal Silhouette
Landed in the green meadows between forests
Anna Louise scanned the landscape with her eyes
While Nocturnal Silhouette stood proud and erect on his hind legs

Seeing nothing amiss, Anna Louise patted the head
of her aerodynamic equine and whispered,
“Let us go, my beloved Silhouette,
all is well in the land.
Today we are at peace.”

-A poem written by Christopher
Wednesday July 7th 2021.

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Books For Company: The Company We Keep

July 6, 2021 at 10:25 pm (books, Literature, Poetry) ()

My friend read Lovecraft
He ended up eaten by
The great Cthulhu

I read E.A. Poe
My cat on the couch became
Beautiful woman

I think I made wiser choice.

-Two haiku and a six word short story
written by Christopher
Tuesday July 6th 2021.

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Thunderstorms and Surprises

July 2, 2021 at 10:36 pm (Film, Movies, Poetry)

A long time ago
A friend wrote about a movie she had seen
I remarked it sounded interesting
She said I should watch it
I said I would

But I never did
and one day I was flipping through the channels
and the caption on the screen gave the title of the movie
I said I’d watch
but never did

So I watched a little
But was not too impressed with the scene
I had stumbled across while flipping through
The channels
I said, “This movie is not for me”
And continued flipping through the channels

Thus it was whenever I was flipping through the channels
And came across the caption showing the title of the movie
on the channel that I said I might watch
But never did
I kept on flipping through the channels

So it would appear that I never would watch this movie
That I said I might watch
Because the one time I stumbled across it
It showed a scene I didn’t like
And thought the rest of the film would be just as bad

Tonight was a thunderstorm in the area
A big dramatic thunderstorm
Ending days of severe heat.
Heavy rain, lightning, thunder, hail and funnel clouds
On the same day that a letter showed up in the mail
To a guy named MacBeth
Who must have apparently once lived at this address
But does not do so now.

Watching the weather report on tonight’s news
The weather woman said there was fierce weather in the area
And as if to emphasize what the weather woman had just said
Lightning flashed, the thunder roared
And the power chose to go off at this exact moment.

“I guess she’s absolutely right,” I remarked stupidly
To no one in particular in the house
Since my roommate had left on a camping trip this weekend
And the only one left in the house aside from me
Was an artificial plant
That appeared on the verge of dying
Funny- even plants that are artificial die on me.

After a couple of minutes I deduced with profound Sherlockinginess
That the power didn’t seem to be coming on anytime soon
I went down to my bedroom
And pushed the buttons on my obsolete tablet
And my obsolete smart phone
They still told the time
Although I deduced (quite accurately it turns out)
That the house wifi probably went out with the power
(It had).

After ten minutes the power came back on
It was still raining heavily
So I couldn’t go out for my evening walk
I decided to see what the movie was on tonight
On a channel that showed movies from 7 PM until midnight

It turns out whenever the power goes out
It takes a while for the cable company
To reset
And mention what shows are on each channel
On the captions they show on each channel
While you’re flipping through

So in order to find out the movie
I’d have to watch until they actually showed the title of the movie
Whatever film it was had intriguing opening shots and cinematography
They showed the producer, the director and a few members of the cast
prior to showing the title of the picture

When they showed the title of the movie
I was horrified
It was the title of the movie
That my friend had recommended I watch
And said that I would but never did
The movie I had inadvertently stumbled across one time
While flipping through the channels
And the scene that I saw had impressed me so little
That I thought the rest of the movie was just as bad.

I looked out the window
The rain was definitely not going to stop anytime soon
So I decided to watch a bit

After all the film’s opening cinematography
While the opening credits were rolling
Had impressed me a great deal

And actually the film’s opening scene, storyline
And dialogue
After the opening credits had impressed me a great deal

I watched
About 10 minutes into the film
Appeared that one scene
Which I had stumbled across that one time
And thought was so bad
I never watched the rest of the film

I have to say I liked this film
I really liked this film
The girl who recommended I watch it
She was right
She thought I’d like it
And I did.

And if it hadn’t been for the fierce thunderstorm
And the power going out
Causing the cable company to reset
Meaning no captions naming the TV shows
On each channel as you’re flipping through
I probably would never have watched it.

What does it mean?
That I finally did?
I don’t know.

But the line that impressed me the most during the show
Among so many impressive lines in the show
Was this
(Movie buffs might be able to guess what movie this was from this one character’s line- let me know in the comments)
“Believing in science is good up to a point
But then after that point, God steps in.”

-A poem written by Christopher
Friday July 2nd 2021

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Haiku About John Dillinger’s Car

July 1, 2021 at 10:49 pm (History, Humour, Poetry) ()

John Dillinger’s car
riddled with cops’ bullets for
expired meter

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