Saturday, November 22, 2014

Literature: Desert Trek




A sense of expansive solitude struck her when she raised her left hand and shielded her eyes from the harsh sunlight. She had always thought of the desert as a desolate place replete with sand dunes and little else. Her mental picture wasn't wrong; her mind just couldn't take the reality of such vast desolation. 

The heavy silence was pervasively deafening. The arid air static with the smell of dust and her sweat was equally discomforting and the torrid heat had long soaked her body with her own sweat. She opened her cracked lips to take a swig of water and tasted only coppery dust.

The forbidding atmosphere left her to briefly ponder on the tenacious stupidity of those who chose to wander such a barren wasteland. She took a look at her compass and noted that she was still in the right orientation. The way to the oasis was not far and she needed to be on her way. Shrugging off the last vestige of contemplation, she trudged onward.

Three steps in and her right foot had once again sunk into a foot of sand again. With a grudging sigh, she shook her boots and waited as a fine stream of gravel and sand poured out leaving behind traces of sand that had long formed a solid congregation next to her toes. At the pace she's going, reaching the oasis before sunset will be a miracle. The more likely scenario is making do with another campfire and a restless sleep chilled by the wind that swept across the dunes.

Reality as always resulted in the likely scenario. Darkness found her at least half a day's journey still from the oasis. She grasped her cloak and covered her face as the dusty wind blew by. Cautiously, she set up camp and managed to make a small camp fire sheltered from the wind. Roasted lizards never really appealed to her before but somehow her stomach appreciated the generous offer now.

Sated and tired, she laid back on the sleeping pad and pulled her blankets close. Tomorrow was another day but for now there was just now. The desert was harsh but it offered a timeless view of the heavens. She could see the evening star barely peeking its head from the horizon to the west and the North star standing like a sentinel overhead. Scattered between the two, half a dozen constellations with names that she barely remembered named by the ancient astronomers.

Maybe at the end of the day that's all that matters. We ask ourselves why anyone will live here but the answer is marked in the heavens and earth. This timeless place is impossible to replace. Maybe we are the ones who became lost when we turned our backs on our past. Grains of thoughts piled upon each other until they collapsed with the avalanche of sleep that struck her without warning.

Literature: Catch Your Light


When I inched away from your love
I started falling into a darkness
So slowly that it took me a while
To see that you looked fainter

When we took the time to reflect
And you shook your fist
And I shook my head
Things started to become clear

Clear that you're not the setting sun
The light bygone never to return
But the rising one which for a time
With clouds have hidden you away

So on my rocket I will fly up
With every foot higher I see better
That you are always there
Shining as bright as before
For me to catch your light

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Literature: Awake!



Awake! For dawn's light chases away the night
Flings rocks that drive the stars to flight
The golden chariot in the eastern skies
Captures the clouds in knots of lights

Ten thousand blooms coames with the day
Like icicles which cling but never stay
For winds and rains they come and go
So let thoughts of the night die away

Around and around in life we swim
Rolling along in that river's flow
Meandering though we at times say
"Never again"...
While the winds of life blow by

We of Earth drunk with the fire of desire
Filled with past regrets and future fears
Awake! Make the most of what has yet to come
Before we oncemore into ashes and dust descend

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Literature: A Short Poem

I attempted to just use 20 randomly chosen words to write a poem. Here's what I came up with:


Last years dissolve into sexually-swirling bombs
Equilibrium dissipates with currents of cleared life
Expedition skypods trace from breathe of initial fire
A source extinct

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Literature: Yesterday's Tomorrow


Yesterday’s tomorrow has faded into today
Sitting here alone gazing at the setting sun
There’s really not that much to see
Just a rosy sky fainting…
Fainting bit by bit into darkness…

A fading sun like our fading minds
Where has yesterday’s dreams flown to?

We were promised tomorrow’s glow
Where has tomorrow’s glow flown to?
When did the spirit of tomorrow
Decay into the monotony of today?

Yesterday’s tomorrow has faded into today
Sitting here alone gazing at the setting sun
There’s really not that much to see
Just a rosy sky fainting…
Fainting bit by bit into darkness…

Yesterday’s dream was a brilliant sun
A shining vision, a world changed anew
Only now we can truly see
The same world has changed us

Our dreams were but idle illusions
Reality smeared our childhood fancies
We tried so hard for a better tomorrow
Only now realizing

Yesterday’s tomorrow has faded into today
Sitting here alone gazing at the setting sun
There’s really not that much to see
Just a rosy sky fainting…
Fainting bit by bit into darkness…

A fading sun like my fading mind
Where has yesterday’s dreams flown to?