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Bomb

Two tough men walk into a bar separately. Other than them, the bar is empty. The pretty tough one says to the ugly tough one “Nobody else here, want to have a drink with me?” “Sure.” “Pleased to meet you. I’m the super secret British agent Bomb, Jimmy Bomb, but …

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Flash Fiction

RavenHeart

Pasture plain and green burning bush gritted teeth, eyeballs swooning bloody scene. Rip open your head and take out the grit, dust particles and sand. Stuffed with pillow feathers sleeping all day and night walking distance to nowhere in the darkness. Dreaming: see it? Staring at me for a female …

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Poetry

Hopelessness and Pain Inside

Curled up, in the darkest corner of my room My heart, my mind, thoroughly filled with gloom staring unblinkingly from the window pane the pale, faded moon Trying hard to see its beauty Trying hard to savour the divinity But only I can see, unsightly scars As only darkness reside …

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Poems & Stories

Paychecks

Strife and duty are two words for herhow it surges on in dignityburnt from the endless heat of sulphur minesthis skin stretches dark sheet from …

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You were the Pain so long

You were the Pain so long

Was it a hole in her chest?Diamonds were drowning with radiance floating in the whirl of her darkening eyes.Swollen like an insecure mass, the hollow …

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28.11.

I keep having this dreamI don’t know what it meansIt’s nothing profound, or so it seems?I keep dreaming I’m dating G-EazyYou might find this, just …

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Licorice

I had been working in the University of the Filipinas anthropology department for several years when I got the break of my career. I was …

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Pitch Black

Pitch black, and it’s getting even darker An endless fall, you’re in too deep Just tell me when did you lose that spark Why did …

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She Dances with the Devil

Every night, her soul leaves her bodyand dances with the devilThey hang on a string of moonlightand sway to a silent rhythm He loves hersometimes …

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CO-Start: 9/1/18, a prose by Emily Hering

Co-Star: 9/1/18

my heart palpitations worsen with every heartbeat I imagine with you. mostly anxiety, partly hope. do I take a chance and risk you taking over …

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Bomb

Two tough men walk into a bar separately. Other than them, the bar is empty. The pretty tough one says to the ugly tough one …

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The Hunters

Mine is yours; please stay now I go. Why stop me your nose put out by my inconsistencies. Not saying sorry. I have apologies. Ravenheart: …

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Going for the Win, a flash fiction tale by Dusko Mack - Written Tales

Going for the Win

I was going as fast as I dare. Seatbelts holding me tight in my seat, straining against the invisible cornering forces trying their best to …

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Endeavors of a Broken Heart

You left me at my worst,while I was all set to hold you at your adverseSo now I have to trodden on the empty street,carrying …

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March

They walked in a row –squinting, wincing, limping –to know peaceand the soup of the monks. He only had womencoming from hell, Lord,with dusty dressesthe …

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It’s a Rally, Alright

Gas. Brake. Gas.Brake. Gas. Brake.Gas. Gas. Gas.Break free and see what’s ahead.Remember, she said that it’s not The New thatwill misconstrue your step on yesterday’s …

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Porto, Portugal: A Hidden Gem

Portugal is a beautiful European country located in the Iberia region, near Spain. It was part of the Roman Empire since the 3rd Century BC, …

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No Miscellaneous Allowed

There was a family-owned book store that I remember as a child. There were worn out chairs and stools scattered about in the most abrasively …

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Air, Fire and You

The fondly air is my oratoryWords sometimes as oozing breezeMoments, as the gentle touch of windMy law is natureIt’s art, it’s form and sculpture.My time …

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Charles and The Dodo

“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!” Charles stressed as he sat at his desk and blew on the end of his feathered …

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Gate

“Now that you’ve been in Ambrosia for a week Sally, what do you think of the place?” “It definitely exceeds my expectations, Duke, but I …

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Loneliness

When I look for connectionAs I do every dayI feel so abandonedWhen they all turn away Never among themNot quite fitting inStuck on the outsideNot …

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The Scouring Screen

They sit intimately together Upon a couch of fluff, The feathers of past life, And enjoy the lack of company. One is being entertained; So …

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Raindrops, a poem by Suwimali Bandara - Written Tales

Raindrops

Deserted heartLonging for careWaiting for raindropsCold and rare Touching and lovingwords for the courseSweetest of allLike a smell of a rose The warmth of the …

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The Distance Between Me and Montreal

I’ve gotten used to traveling the long road back to you Sailing that great ocean of highways and interstates Conquering the distance that only serves …

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The Old Beggar

The Old Beggar

The beauty and freedom of Friday scented the whole air.I strolled down inhaling breaths of excellence through the famed Milford street,light blue skies stretched the …

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Nature of Love

I’ve been waiting for you to reverse the handsOf time. But you won’t say what I need to hear,So now I know you can’t rebuild …

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