27 Jul 2011 48 Comments
27 Jul 2011 6 Comments
18 Jul 2011 15 Comments
There is nothing worse
Than a man who thinks himself wise:
No longer subject to temptations,
Flattery and the charms of sex.
Life will show him the error of his thinking,
Pillars thrown down he lies in ruins,
Bemoaning the bad fortune he himself has sown,
With arrogance, with condescension,
Let him learn the lessons of pre-school again and again,
Until he can walk on two feet,
Sea legs earned through falling
A thousand times -
The ocean still his Master.
15 Jul 2011 10 Comments
in Stories Tags: And the moon looked on, Creativity, Fantasy, fantasy writing, Flash fiction, inspiration, July Writing Challenge, love, Mark B Williams, Mark Williams, Moon, Online Writing, The Mirror of Truth, The moon faced thief, The Zen Mirror, writing, writing challenge, writing prompts, writing resources, Zen Mirror
Another inspiring challenge from Sonia – Moonstruck, another little story…Actually its not as little as it should be – but at 564 words its my best effort at brevity! I hope you enjoy…
The raggedy face of the moon loomed large over warm night’s happy revelry. Lovers coiled and blood red wine sloshed noisily among the swaying trees. They danced to celebrate the passing sun in shadowed time with hidden sins, becoming by night what day would judge with too much black and white.
Michael the pock faced boy darts amongst the drunken hoard. His quick fingers harvest fearlessly. The lord has opened his gates to all and Michael means to take his due from those of better birth. They won’t keep him down tonight, not whilst the moon is crowned with the smoke of a passing squall, in from the sea like a hungry crew out for mischief. He is out for mischief too, if only Sofia the pretty barmaid would return his stare. But Sofia looks to that pleasant copse where the blacksmith’s son followed like a man possessed the redheaded stable-girl. If only that were me she sighs, between these thighs I’d make him happy. Her dimpled smile briefly dazzles a passing guardsman.
‘Ho there pretty!’ he cries. ‘I do find myself in love…’ his eyes drop, ‘with one of your finest ales!’
No love for me tonight, Sofia sighs, unless you count the thief who moons so long he almost drops his ill gained wares.
‘Come pretty wench,’ the soldier drawls,’ Serve me a beer, and if you’ll sit on my lap, I’ll give you a child to bounce on yours!’
His companions laugh as she grows pink. Let him have his frothy beer, she’ll not crawl.
‘Leave her alone!’ the thief boy declares, ‘Sofia is made for better.’
‘I’ll cut you to ribbons man. I’ll paint you red with your own blood.’ His point draws aside the thief’s shirt, ‘A haul to make a rich man blush. Get him boys!’
And so the fox bounds from baying hounds, through dancing trees and frozen humans. Time suspends its next tick. The boy rounds laden tables and pitches into the forest, floor all adorned with lovers. Shouts startle the redheaded girl from encircling arms.
‘What’s that?’ she cries as a pale shape passes by.
‘It’s just the moon’ says the blacksmith’s son.
‘Only if it’s on two legs,’ she replies, ‘and fleeing swords of dawn.’
The moon looks on with a crooked smile. The night’s entertainment has her in good cheer even as she surrenders the sky hated sister bright. Let her have the day, when night’s in such wondrous disarray!
The prince of thieves, pock faced as the moon herself, springs free from the sheltered copse, soldiers cursing in his wake, and jumps, falling, flailing over the cliff side all in gloom. Past gloaming waves he crashes, beyond fierce rocks, and into the sea’s cold embrace. He struggles in the deep dark. These coins will kill me, he thinks as they fall like sand beneath his kicks. Lightened, he rises like a bubble. A little skiff, white as his love and cunningly harbored, meets his drenched, desperate hands. He slithers aboard the little ship, catching breath. In his pockets nothing remains, the sea has taken all…save a single gold coin. He holds it up – this King’s ransom, this sun bright coin, and with it all thoughts of moon and night are put away.
12 Jul 2011 14 Comments
What is freedom?
No rules, no rhyme
No responsibilities and no meaning…
Or swimming like a fish
Through the contrary currents of life?
Or simply freedom to choose
A good attitude?
09 Jul 2011 18 Comments
in Poems Tags: acceptance, Arts, child, childhood, death, growth, Happiness, inspiration, life, Literature, new shoots, Online Writing, Poetry, potential, Religion and Spirituality, self-growth, spring, Thursday short story slam, writing, Zen
03 Jul 2011 18 Comments
in Poems Tags: Arts, Creativity, Health, inspiration, life, Literature, love, Perception, Philosophy, Poetry, poetry potluck week 42, Religion and Spirituality, spirituality, Thought, thoughts, Wisdom, writing, Zen, Zen Mirror