I am the flame
that quenches
He is a drowning
tidal wave

A hiss of steam
where we touch
a scalding mixture
of we two

Earthquakes when we
Brimstone when he

Her temperament’s a raging
the raindrops her


Solider in the Dark

They think I’m just sad.
They don’t understand
what happened with my dad.

A betrayal of trust;
A darkening of youth
Perspective forever changed
at the entombment of truth.

In the end, I escaped
And, oh, you did too!
If the truth was spoken aloud
What would you do?

Would you cower in the dark;
afraid to go outside?
Would you learn what it’s like
to always want to hide?

Don’t you ever forget me,
I’m the one that you harmed.
I’m a solider in the dark.
but don’t forget, I’m armed.

**Photo Credit “Soliders in the Dark~ Peace On Earth What Is It Worth 2012 Part Three ~.” 2012. Web. 20 Dec. 2015.

Full Tilt

Youth is swift wind!
    A passing breeze.
A toddler running full tilt
    in a wide open park!
The leaping doe heart in the chest
    of first love;
The keen ears of a child, listening
    for Father Christmas.
Age is like a marathon runner.
      Moments, a string of fine pearls.
Family gathered around
      a cold hearth
Loss becomes a constant
      A dreaded friend.

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)Storm Front by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, I’m re-reading this now because I never got to the last 4 or 5 released and wanted to start from the beginning. That’s how much I loved these books the first time through!

I’m completely blown away by the negative review of this book (see first review on Goodreads). I consider myself a feminist and I see absolutely nothing sexist or “misogynistic” about these books. Dresden is a gruff, sometimes rude character but I cannot fathom such a strong negative reaction to this book. If you like supernatural crime novels (reminds me of the early Anita Blake novels) then you’ll like this series.

If you freak out about things like Dresden being a bit old fashioned, then go elsewhere. The character is gruff but lovable and the series gets better with each book. I have run into many people, male and female, reading these books in a public place and never (until now) heard anyone say anything bad about them. I personally don’t like his other several series but I adore the Dresden books.


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Just After SunsetJust After Sunset by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For years I skipped King’s short stories, a format I didn’t enjoy, and only read his novels. Now that I have read most of them, and have taken to writing short stories myself, I started to pick up each of his collections.

I throughly enjoyed this book and think they are some of his best work. I’m not going to review each story but a few I know will stick in my head permanently, for better or worse.

Worth the read. I flew through it quickly and would recommend it to anyone who likes King’s work.


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Offer all, it will be taken

Save and lose it all

Be upright and you will eat dust

Protect and be bludgeoned


Faithfulness, labor, trust have no place here

Job understands my sorrow

Accept misfortune

Give grace

Live, if only to die

Speak and know you will not be heard


Let go and fall into the arms of faith

There is nothing left but surrender


You lay a pox upon my heart.
I knew you do it from the start.
Still I walked by your side;
all my doubts, fears, I did hide
to convinced myself that I was wrong;
our friendship was deep, forever strong.

Still you wound me deeper than a lover.
Now, how shall I work to recover
Who I was before we met?
Had I known then what I’d forget
I would have walked immediately away,
knowing my love wouldn’t make you say
“I’m sorry that I was such a bitch,
my drinking was a senseless itch!”

Instead you went and ran away
and still I sit here, I stay
like a pet abandoned by its master,
the gulf between us so much vaster
my strength and pride will return someday
and fate, to you, unkindness will repay.

Then you’ll turn and think of me
and wonder where I might be.
I’ll be here, my friendship is true
Tell me, then what will you do?