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What is love?

What is love? Howard Jones and later, Haddaway asked the same question. I’m not sure if either got any answers but I seem to be asking myself that more and more at the moment. I’m not talking of the love for your parents or children or siblings. I’m referring to the kind of love that makes your heart leap and your fingers tingle, which squeezes you right to the core of your being....Read On


The story of alms

Everything goes around, comes around.

Once upon a time, at a temple called Mercy, which was located on a mountaintop, there lived two monks. One was named AWAKEN . The other was named HAZY . At the beginning, they went out for alms every day.   Awaken went out alone later on. Hazy found that he only had gone out for a day and could make a lot of alms easily. Then, he used the alms to trade for the daily necessities. ...Read On


The Moon's Ladder

It was a whisper ago nearing the dawn, Before the dew settled on the lawn And with a yawning of the ghost, we kissed. A warmer heart never spawned As we made love in the sheets, With your cold lips creeping on my chest, On cue, as the dawn turn blue. Now in a stillness of the dark, alone, As your shadow departed on a mote, I awoke cold to the bone, chilled. As the coal stones of the hearth...Read On


Circle of Life

A massive old Acacia abyssinica tree grew to one side of the house on the edge of a seasonal pond overlooking the valley and fields below. So much life happened in and around this beautiful tree and through the decades many milestones had been commemorated in the shade of its branches; weddings, christenings, memorial services and countless lunch parties. Children who had grown up climbing in...Read On


The Colours Of Love

In the first springtime of our love Everything was as fresh and new, And tender as the bright green leaves Bursting forth from winter’s drab coat, Alive with burgeoning desire And the joy of revelation As we explored in sweet delight, The pale tones of our nakedness Subtle as the cherry blossoms On the trees outside your window, Every kiss replete with promise Of greater wonders yet to come....Read On


Ten Cents In The Jar

If you're annoying put ten cents in the jar.

We're off once again On our holiday. A week gone by already So much fun every day.   To make our time better You know it makes sense If anyone is annoying They must pay ten cents.   Our first day we drove down To swim in a lake But we got stuck in the sand In four by four for goodness sake.   People got out their cameras All were crying out haha I glared at my Uncle...Read On


Secret Life

A life no one knows about

I live in a world that no one knows how hard I work and how my day goes   It's a secret to most because its tough and it takes great strength as some days are rough   I don't engage in sex haven't had it in a while forgot how it feels I am a virgin in exile   I can talk about it and make others feel because at one time I did enjoy it for real   Circumstances happened ...Read On



And out from dark of the shade, A shadow of your eyes held me   In felicity of endearment.   As we faded into the night   Of fantasia in music, On God's veranda in light. And danced upon the crystal, A glass that will never shatter, Beneath a chandelier moon. As breath of your alto whispered, "I will always love you, Until infinity is out of time."...Read On


Shadow Of Shakespeare

The falling leaves of magenta A cynosure of autumn's splendor As if in an amphitheater for love The acorns snowed in choreography As a shadow of Shakespeare watched And the fresco gave it's awe We kissed on the stepping stones Of life's encore, opening my eyes Opening my eyes in winter's green And satin shades of tea As the moon's sun dial Fell upon our candle light And as night fell...Read On


The Last Summer Before Life

Responsible Glenn is on the edge of adulthood, but can his mother handle letting him go?

The red bathing suit stood out from all the others, its modest cut being a departure from the scant bikinis dominating the poolside. I noticed the girl wearing it from under an umbrella. She moved with ease in and out of the water, shoulders glistening with whatever oil she’d rubbed into them. As for me, I rarely emerged from my shaded little corner, lest my pale skin burn and blister. I...Read On


Smiling Brown Eyes

I look into your eyes Your beautiful smiling brown eyes With warmth and promises  That touch my soul They sparkle like stars with love They tell me everything is good I can be me without worry You are on my side always I see and feel the love In your beautiful smiling eyes...Read On


The passenger in the journey of life

A divinely brilliant life has no regret when DEATH comes along...

One day, Buddha passed a respected philanthropist's house fortuity. The master was not at home. He glanced around that sumptuous house. Everything was very cozy and grandiose. There placed a chaise longue next to the hall. The master raised some dogs. He specifically doted on one dog very much. They enjoyed each other's company always. It would be filled with joy whenever the master...Read On


Dusty Sunlit Swirls

Once upon the prairie

So far away the prairies range my love The vistas And the memories As well We pause our gaze in recognition now Because we passed this way once long ago And in a hollow rests the storied barn  Its shadows touched With dusty sunlit swirls Your hand is resting on my leg my love Your dreamy eyes are crinkled  In a smile As both of us recall our visit here Down by the scoured channel's...Read On

Editor's Pick

Juno Beach - Now and Then

Courseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy. August 2018

  I sit on the beach, absently raking fingertips through the warm sand while listening to the cheerful clamour all around. My fellow holidaymakers laugh, squeal, shout to one another, their shrill cries mingling with the raucous shrieks of the gulls wheeling and swooping overhead. My gaze fixes on the waves lapping the shoreline. Each gentle splash and foaming spray is followed by the...Read On


Now and Forever

She no longer just needed her best friend—she wanted him, as a man, and wanted him now and forever

Now and Forever: a love story The dream was back--so were the eyes. They hovered in an angry sky just above the horizon, seeing everything but focusing on nothing. Amy knew those eyes—knew a time when they’d been filled with happiness and a love of life. But that had been before her brother came back from Vietnam. Young, naked, and skinny, she stood alone and vulnerable on a hill surrounded...Read On


Restaurant Divorzio

Not everyone has the title to love or be loved...

His feeling for her became more and more just a procedure and an obligation after they had been married for ten years. The passions and the joys were gone long ago. Kazrim had also lost his interest in her. He expected to racket about all night long and hanged out with other women.   There came a young and lively girl who has madly attracted to him in the office. He suddenly believed...Read On



More often than not I deserved what I got. For shadows are meant to protect.   I wandered at times And missed all the signs Too many boxes I neglected to check.   The light hurts my eyes The hero always dies A lesson I tend to forget.   It’s best in the shadows A life I have chose To suffer from all my regrets.   Once bitten you learn Even embers will burn Each wound will...Read On


Phonics Of Idyllics

In a woodland-like deity of fiddles and sibyls Of a sweet scent of ambrosia's heavenly bisque As the boughs of the trees, bending in the wind With a soliloquy of God-speak, harvesting acorns In phonics of idyllics, charaterized in tomes While angels dance on chartreuse greens Of meadows that we lay, on loves causeway   As a veil of twilight falls on the forest umber With a carafe...Read On


The Square

As the drums and pipes played on

As the drums and pipes played Tribal King we stood our ground.  We the fresh and young troops of our King stood and watched the foolish French below.  For today we have been told it shall end here, end today.  The shout goes up and down the line, "Form right."   Our old man paced to the front, proud of his lads.  Stopping here and there to tap a shoulder, a word of courage to his green...Read On


The Room.

My heart began pounding I got short of breath...

There's a house, in the south, with a room I once dreaded. No-one was murdered there, no-one beheaded. I loved the house, the home of my cousins, But I hated that room, and for that, there's no reason.   On a bend on the stairs, was a step to a door. I would hurry past, though I knew not what for. No reason to worry, there was nothing to fear and yet, when I passed, I could not...Read On



you found and saved me

You saved me, with your touch. You awaken me, with your first kiss. You excite me, with your mind. You drive me, to do and be better. You taught me, to savor life. You scold me, with your dark brown eyes. You bless me, with your love. You love me, as I love you....Read On


A Zombie Lives Inside Of Me

He comes and goes and noboby knows

When does it happen and where does it go, the happiness I used to know? I shallow breathe, hold my breath, refusing to utter shibboleths. I'm not getting better, remedies fail, I mourn a time when I was hale. The doctors and I both know what's not; neither one knows what's begot. The lab screens all say I'm fine but I know when mood crosses the line. A zombie lives inside of me, he...Read On


How Jealous I Am

My mind is just wandering...

How jealous I am of the sunshine That first sight you wake up with That your eyes sparkle with a smile That makes your cheeks glow That laugh lines on your face prominent How I wish to see you in the morning How jealous I am of the winds That you enjoy the feeling as it blows That touches your bearded face That glides along your cheeks to your lips That caress the hair from your skin How...Read On



Those three over used words "I love you".

Bless you for you have awakened the imp, the brat in me. The small brat that I have hidden away for so, so long. You my love, have taught my soul to dance once again. You know I call you my oxygen, for without you, I surely would  be dead by now and without your love I would not be the person I am.  From your laughter to the look, that only I know, that melts my heart.  Your pure love...Read On


Could Not Have Been Fancied

A fairer autumn could not have been fancied Among the breeze swept gust of silken woods     And the whispering of the symphony trees Falling leaves in interludes of auburn and golds As we dance on the fleece of moonlit heather In shadows of the spruce and pines And the God-shine of a heaven's divine  Enraptured by felicity in our halcyon As we rest our heads on mushroom pillows And...Read On


Falling A Whisper

Silence of the winds, falling a whisper on a far horizon Casting shadows like ocher ghosts in hibernation Like a nomad moon in caravan rising over the dunes Reflecting in the echoes of my words from a thesaurus   Raining down in my ear as if a dulcimer lark singing As docile willows curtsy like synthesizers with strings With your amorous eyes like lanterns of jade pastel     And a scent...Read On


Brightest Star

You the keeper of my internal flame that shall forever burn bright

Ever since man looked to the heavens, they have tried to understand the mysteries that surround them. To make sense of the unknown and to label the mysteries. Look to the heavens and you shall see Sirius, the brightest night star. But to me the brightest star is you.  Yes for you are my pillar and my celestial guide. My Nephi you became my Angel. When I stumble with my day to day life, I...Read On


Rind Of The Moon

When shadows of autumn fall on the pumpkin rind of the moon And the bats are winging as I climb the stairs to your lair Crickets play their fiddles and locust bow mellow cello From the fields of gorse as I whisper to you in chorus Come with me my love to the land of distant dreams Gleaming the forest as the symphony spells your name As a frost of Chantilly on my lips wait your awake...Read On



It is really the chemistry...

It was all started with botany When they planted you Blooming to a tree Till you bear fruits It was still all botany When they harvest you Peel your skin Dried to be the beans Then it was chemistry When they turned you To beans Till you are roasted Still with chemistry When I grounded you Put you on a filter Pour the boiling water over you Patiently waiting Slowly drop by drop Until...Read On


The best and the last love in your entire life

Love means: You are not finding a suitable person. You be the suitable person made of love.

A very distracted man has a talk with Buddha in a temple one late night. He, ‘Enlightened Buddha, I’m a married man, but I’m frantically falling in love with another woman now. I really don’t know what to do!’ Buddha, ‘Are you sure that woman who you are falling for is the best and the last love in your entire life?’ He, ‘Yes, I’m sure.’ Buddha, ‘You divorce your present wife and marry...Read On