The History of Halloween

“The History of Halloween” Running around October 31st in a witch costume and acting crazy is human. We practice what our forefathers did in past centuries, laughing at and respecting Death at the same time. Halloween predates Christianity. The 15th Century was a dark and cruel, uninviting place with a struggle for simple things like…

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“Dark Memories”

It is the end of an idyllic summer on Tanglewood Street in Daytona Beach, Florida. My sister, age 6, is excited and practices her Frankenstein walk all afternoon and I, age 8, can’t stop looking at myself in the mirror. A magical transformation has taken place. I am a black and terrifying spider. It does…

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A Warning for Lovers

PhotoCredit: Dreamstime.com Be warned, for winter’s tease is all about. Slight chill is in the air. Her glance is there. Such danse macabre comes with October’s rout when crimson leaves burn, withering and drear. When colors drunk with frost and wind so high, may swirl through trees and bend them to ground; their righteous voices moaning for…

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“A Song For Innocence”

A Song For Innocence” Raw, gray clouds roll across December frost Big Chief Bigfoot waves flag upon a stick but all that’s left are promises. The cost: too many brothers lost and dying quick. Oh, listen as their cries reverberate! The young and old that bleed at Wounded Knee still dances as a ghost beyond…

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“Sestina for Minnie E. Amerine”

“Sestina for Minnie E. Amerine” Desirous to be loved, we seek our own and when we find it, that is where we leap. An attic jewel shining mid the dust and so the mind stirs anxiously to seek but in its reaching finds a darker door and in that search may see a deadly scene.…

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Roseburg English Class 101

Roseburg English Class 101 Some said it sounded like a heavy book slammed down a darkened well with stifled thud. Some said they heard no murmur made them look beyond idyllic, lovely forest bud. But sadness lies within the hearts that hear the truth of man’s inhuman selfish drive. The madness of that page leave…

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