Mottie Mottie – Short Story

  It was seven minutes after one in the afternoon and Mottie was preparing to celebrate her promotion at the publishing company. She’d been a junior editor for about three years and she was finally getting her chance to run the show. Her supervisor David Coles was going to start-up his own business and he was moving to Australia. He decided to host a celebratory luncheon for Mottie, in conjunction with a going away party for himself. The luncheon was going to begin at around three in the afternoon and Mottie was the type of person to wanted to be … Continue reading Mottie Mottie – Short Story

War Child (Found Poem)

In the span of a few hours, several people were killed and tens of thousand s were sent running for their lives. Nearly a decade after war first arrived, Darfur is a land of mixed signals. This is probably the least cost effective peacekeeping mission in UN history There are factitious claims about improved security and woe to the man who disputes the UN line Flooding Peacekeepers Pulled back government forces Government forces in Darfur are stretched thin these days Bombings Deadly protests Rebellions A region is backtracking Economic malaise Increase in rapes across the region Paint Personal and ethnic … Continue reading War Child (Found Poem)

Faithful Fears

My view, in part, is that fear and faith are the gate-keepers to whatever the next level is… Take a second to consider where you are today, some of your hang-ups, and the areas that you have challenges getting through. Also, consider the areas that you do well in and have no trouble getting through. What’s kept you from that next level? Friends? Family? Opportunities? Money? Relationships? Communication? Experience? Confidence?   Where Faith is absent Fear exists and quite often the same areas that Faith exists, you’d notice an absence of fear. I am no guru or God among men, but … Continue reading Faithful Fears

N.A.T

“I’ll tell you anything, what do you want to know,” you told me.

“I feel so comfortable with you it’s scary,” you say.

“We just fit so well, so perfectly,” comes out your mouth like a sprinkler watering my delicate flower as my heart unfolds to let you in. Letting you into my world not noticing the snake lurking around in the shadows. I laid there another piece of me being broken away and yet I felt peace come over me. You were right when you said we fit so well. I felt it 2, broken pieces being put together like plate tectonics I thought we were compatible.

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America as Told by Claude Mckay

America “Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth! Her vigor flows like tides into my blood, Giving me strength erect against her hate. Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood. Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state, I stand within her walls with not a shred Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer. Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, And see her might and granite wonders there, Beneath the touch … Continue reading America as Told by Claude Mckay

fear LESS

FEAR- ‘an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.’ Fear is the very thing that will keep the stuck person stuck and the comfortable person comfortable because it is the very emotion that will cause lack of progression and growth. As I sit here, overwhelmed with creative desire, torn from being in a continuous battle with my conscience, but ready to take on any challenge necessary to create a happier and more fulfilled me, I begin to ponder the question, ‘What are you afraid of?’ Have you ever … Continue reading fear LESS

Ian Marley – #WayBackWednesday

For #WayBackWednesday here is a short-story I wrote back in 2012.   One day around January 5th, in 1999, a drunken person walked into the fanciest and most prestigious casino Las Vegas, Nevada had to offer. This person was twenty years old hitting on a twenty-one year old female cards dealer. Eventually the person would be thrown out, fortunately for him, without any police involvement. As he was being thrown out he uttered to the female cards dealer “I do and you will”. No one knew what that meant not even the cards dealer. That statement sat in her mind … Continue reading Ian Marley – #WayBackWednesday

Carl Dennis ‘Unknown Friends’ Review

Carl Dennis Unknown Friends Review Publisher: Penguin Books (April 3, 2007) ISBN-13: 978-0143038757 Unknown Friends by Carl Dennis is a phenomenal book of poetry. The title of the book gives substance to the content of his poems, as they explore the relationships between those as close as friends and those as strangers. In this book many of his poems had long sentences that were set-up loosely and made the poetry flow almost like free-verse. As an advocate of spoken-word poetry I enjoyed reading this book aloud. Without much enjambments and sophisticated poetic tools, poems such as, A Teacher Looks Back, … Continue reading Carl Dennis ‘Unknown Friends’ Review