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Sweat made my calloused hands slippery,
against the metal bars upon my chest.
These brows were knit so rough and tightly,
rusted worn out irons lay - abreast. 

Deep breaths of solid desperation,
each toned arm and leg engulfs mass - yet.
Clenched teeth counted endless repetitions,
glorious pain aches muscles to forget.

Singing one to eight and eight to one,
I pose with conceited vanity.
Mirrors faced this body of a demon,
beamed a proud tired smile in memory. 

Others strive - this sculptured perfection,
but none so desire this as much as me.
My day as the majestic scion, 
I'll show this form, for the world to envy.

A First at the WOOF

Early this morning, I got an e-mail from PlotDog about the results of the April 24 contest. Frankly, I wasn't expecting any of my poems to be in the top five since some of the good online writers I know also had entries.

It was a surprise for me to see that the top one and two poems were mine. This was a first, according to Rose, the webmistress of PlotDog.

Again I thank all the participants who voted for my poems. Here is the list;

Zorlone – “Falling in line” - With the different kinds of people falling in line, there are other sub-events that transpire while we wait for our turn.
Zorlone – “Freedom once again” - Initially consisting only four stanzas, this poem is about a little bird looking for freedom. The fifth stanza was added a few days after it was published. "There are different forms of freedom. Sometimes, the unexpected is what we are looking for."
Roy – “Candlelight” - Zest for life... how long will it last?
Jennifer M Scott – “fastidous thoughts” - loss of dreams

About Writing
Izzy Daniels – “Maximizing your Writing Time: Time to Publish - Getting all your work is important, but what about after you are done? In this post I talk about multiple ways of putting your work out on the web.

Fiction / Short Story
Jena Isle – “Started Small” - A story about the ugly realities of life.
Webbielady – “Their Lip-to-Lips Encounter” - Their meetings are becoming more limited these days but still as passionate as usual... See how he makes her get lost in his warm touches...

Insanity Road

Heavy breathing can be heard from Jan’s room. He was seated on his bed, drenched in sweat.

“It was one of those damn dreams again!” he cursed. He looked at his ipod dock and saw that it was only 3:20am.

“What’s going on with me?” he said in frustration as sweat dribbled from his face. It was only the middle of February, but it felt like the peak of summer has arrived.

He reached out for a glass of water at his bedside . His hands were still trembling and he almost spilled the water onto himself while he drank.

“Okay, I can still get some sleep.” he said as he tried to calm down. The shop will open at eight. So there was still enough time to get at least, some decent rest.

He took his now drenched shirt off and turned the air conditioning unit back on. He set the timer for one hour then hurriedly went back to bed.

Jan recalls his latest assignment as a journalist on the benefit of the local government's "Tree Planting Project." The goal was to increase the natural habitat of the local bird population in their area.

Despite his effort to wrestle his body to sleep, his mind was running a convention of thoughts as he could no longer return to the comforting arms of Morpheus. He fought back the memories of his recurring nightmares and reminded himself that his deadlines were more important, so he had to get some sleep!

“Why was someone chasing me?” he asked himself. “I never saw the face of my pursuant until now,” he whispered.

He closed his eyes once more and tried to concentrate on nothingness.

“Bzzzzzzz…zzzzz!” the alarm sounded off once again. It felt like he has just closed his eyes to sleep.

“I’m late!” he shouted as he jumped out of bed. His ipod was blinking 7:00 am on its screen. A few minutes more and he would have sacrificed his shower time to go to work.

He ran to the bathroom and showered. He was certain, the scheduled event would be a success! Finally, he was able to get the mayor for an interview. He practiced his series of environmental questions while he was in the shower.

Off to work!

There was a queue on the road immediately when he left the suburbs – long snaking trail of angry and short tempered cars.

“I should take that short cut,” Jan decided.

It wasn’t really a shortcut, but an uninterrupted long road that passed through the woods into the city. Only a few knew of the existence of that particular route.

“I have to take that road if I want to get to the breakfast meeting at 8:30am,” he decided.

The folks in town were a stickler for punctuality. Getting late for even five minutes was a big deal.

He had no choice.

The road was smooth as it should be. He was glad he had taken that route. No beeping horns and no red tail lights for miles ahead. Just the black asphalted road that was laid in front of him like a willing sacrifice to a hungry prey.

He has never been a big fan of superstition. He learned to look for the truth in all of his endeavors, never believing in tales, myths, and legends. All of his works were backed up with solid and irrevocable evidence.

Yet this town seemed to mock his belief in empirical facts. The most popular of the circulating tales was a story about a private road that led to the city through the woods. It was purported that the owner of the road hated trespassers and had chased these drivers to insanity once they crossed his property.

Jan was smiling contentedly as he turned left, then tight, then another left. It was a seamless ride. He was thankful for having his car serviced the other day, the traction on the road was a perfect foreplay between the road and his brand new tires. His engine roared with euphoria as he flooded the gas.

Then the car slowed down.

“What?” he shouted! The car’s engine was dying… dying… dead. He stopped in front of an old dilapidated house in the middle of the road. Ten more minutes of the scenic view of lush green and brown vegetation and he would have a good view of the city.

“What happened?” he asked himself, baffled. “That trip to the mechanic was useless!” There was a bit of panic in his voice because he never got late. Never! Except now. His perfect punctuality report card would be tarnished.

He popped up the hood and checked the connections of the battery – he instinctively scrutinized this first in similar circumstances. Was it the power supply or some loose connections?

“Intact!” he hissed. How come the electricity of the car died?

“You!” he heard a loud authoritative voice from behind.

Jan froze in fear. He heard that voice before.

It was him!

The voice from his dream!

“What are you doing here?” the voice thundered, “Don’t you know that this is a private road?”

“Uhm, I used to pass through here all the time and no one ever told me this was…”

“Fool! You didn’t see the sign that said private property!”

There was huge sign behind Jan that said exactly that. He was shocked to see the glaring signboard, because just minutes ago, the area behind him had only been a lush vegetation of trees. Now there was a blinking sign amidst the green background.

How could that be? This was exactly his nightmare! Was it coming true? Was this the man who had been running after him?

“What are you staring at?” the voice of a man- now filled with rage - yelled. “Fix your car and leave this property immediately.”

Even when he tried his best to see the man’s face, he couldn’t. He moved his right foot backward when he tripped on a pebble. He teetered dangerously. That was then that he noticed that the old man was no longer in front of him.

It was as if he went deaf for a few minutes and was miraculously cured, because he could now hear the engine sputtering to life, when earlier it was ominously silent.

He was having cold sweats. The tips of his fingers were gelid and his knees felt weak.

“Where did he go?” he thought, wary and confused.

He was about to get into the car when he saw the old man in the passenger’s seat.

“Where do you think you are going?” snarled the old, faceless man while staring at the empty road.

Jan ran! First in the direction of the road leading to the city, then through the woods, weaving his way in a frenzy!

It was his nightmare coming true!

The voice was coming from behind him – a resounding roar that filled his ears with terror.

He ran farther! His body trembled with fear and his mind was in panic from what was happening to him.

A hand reached out for him and grabbed him by a shoulder.

He turned to face the assailant, eyes half opened…


Heavy breathing can be heard from Jan’s room. He was seated on his bed, drenched in sweat.

It was 5:13am. He had just woke up from a recurring nightmare.

“What is going on with me?” he asked in perplexity.

He felt trapped in a horrifying dream that didn’t want to let him go.

Hurriedly, he got out of bed and showered. It was only 6am when he reached the diner. Too early for his interview.

But there was a phone call waiting for him.

He reluctantly reached for the phone. “Jan speaking,” he said testily.

“You shouldn’t have trespassed my property,” snarled the familiar voice from his nightmares. 

And then the line went dead!

AC's National Poetry Challenge of the Day

Today's poetry challenge is to write something that can be found in the kitchen. I came up with an ABC poem that some of you may recognize as an old post here. 

I hope you like it. 

Difficult to please

A striving barber has just moved to a new neighborhood.


Roy went inside.


“First customer in two weeks!” the barber said to Roy.


“Really?” he replied unsure of the barber’s greeting.


Roy started to appreciate the work of the barber when a nanny with five tots - three boys and two girls - went in.


“Easily $20 each plus tip,” the barber prayed.


He was hoping to pay the rent.


“Good day, sir. I assume you experienced cutting hair of kiddies?” Jena courteously asked.


“Why of course ma’am,” the barber said. “I can do it even before you finish saying yabadabadoo!” he confidently replied.


“Very well sir,” Jena said with relief. “Just shorten the hair of these lasses too, will you?”


As Roy was about to leave, he fixed his hair in front of the mirror. The youngsters were looking at him interestingly. A few strands of hair seemed to ruin his otherwise handsome haircut.


Irritatingly, he looked at himself. Unsatisfied with his own hair looked at the children from the mirror and made the most painful expression he could make. Hastily dropping off a handful of coins as tip while he exited the parlor.


“Alright lads! Now who wants to go first?” the barber asked.


The children looked at the barber with tears welling up in their eyes.


My Pet Dog "Chikoy"

Is haiku your type of poem? 

I have written one about my pet. 

You can read it by clicking at the picture below. 

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Poetry Friday

I know a lot of you write poetry, maybe it's time to share some of your works with us. It is the third Poetry Friday, maybe you could join us at Julia's site.

Here are the authors of today's poetry session:


See you next Friday!

Feel free to leave your comments at Julia's site. 


Earth Day Poem

Associated Content has an Earth Day Poem challenge. I made this one last night with the theme "How to celebrate Earth Day."

Please click HERE to read the poem: "An hour for the Earth."

You may leave your comments on this post too.

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Falling in line




Patience challenged by the length of a queue,

smiles plastered on broken waving adieus.


Eager tempers and whistling demeanors,

covered in a barrage of waiting languor.


Kites falling from the endless strings of hope,

a summer sky blew kisses tenderly to poke.


Whimpering whims of children dangle,

hand in hand scolding and musings gamble.


A line went from corner to another corner,

To see the magical world that glitters.


The race has begun to steal the news of the day,

calling desperately to keep a spot at bay.


The earliest in place snickers a grin of pride,

champion of the first to finally get inside. 

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Woof I did it again!

As the entries of the WOOF contest increase, the rules have to adapt. There were 20 brilliant entries this week. The top three for the non poetry and five for the poetry categories were determined as winners.

Zorlone's two entries made it to the top five in the poetry category!

My million thanks to the other writers who voted for me. 

Congratulations to Jena Isle and Roy for being in the top two positions!

WOOF Contest – Top Picks


Jena Isle – “Was Love Meant to Last  Forever?” - Is there such a thing as eternal love? A story of love's imperfections.

About Writing

Roy – “Getting back to poetry... my real reflection” - Rediscovering my love for poetry writing...

Izzy Daniels – “Maximizing Your Writing Time: Ideas! I need Ideas!” - Ways to come up with ideas for your writing, and maximizing your outline in order to avoid having to go back.

Poetry / Poetic Fiction

Zorlone – “Ancient Cities - We are awed by the presence of astounding skyscrapers, sturdy bridges, and majestic monuments. They are in one way or the other influenced by the ancient cities from all over the world.

Deeptesh Sen – “Time Travel” - It's the creation of a surreal city which you can reach through your mirrors by means of time travel.The vehicle for this telepathic transport is a symphony.

Dragon Blogger – “Unlikeable” - A random word poem about a person who is simply unlikeable.

Gabriel Gadfly – “Shelter” - Two creatures cross paths at the junction of life and death.

Zorlone - “A Gentle Touch” - An intimate beauty of lovers sharing their passion for one another.

Brought to you by PlotDog Press with the Serial Suspense Screenplay "Intervention"

(WOOF participants should re-post all the links above by next Monday. The following links may be excluded as long as you include all the above links.)

Presenting the finest of the writer’s blogs by the bloggers who write them. Highlighting the top posts as chosen by the April 17, 2009 WOOF Contest participants. Want in to join the next WOOF? The next contest ends April 24. Submit a link to your best writing post of the last 3 weeks using the form on this page. Participants, repost the winning link list within a week and you’re all set.

These are the other WOOF Contestants for 04/17/09

About Writing

Jonathan Crossfield - “Finding creative freedom by adding limitations - Why creative freedom isn't necessarily a good thing. The more constraints we have, the more creative we are forced to become. Supported by some interesting video of Robert McKee.

Writing Nag – “The Chasm Between” - It's very difficult to get on the page what we imagine in our mind. These 15 prompts may help you get started.


Webbielady – “How She Wish She Could Stay” - She wishes to stay with him longer... or even forever. Will she attain this goal? Would her wish be granted?

Non-Fiction, Life Improvement, Spiritual

Amritbir Kaur - “Prayer” - Prayer is not a mere lip service. Do we ever introspect ourselves? Read more...

Poetry / Poetic Fiction

Alex McGaughan – “Found Poem: Spam Villanelle” - This is a bit of found poetry I did using the spam comments from my blog as my source. The form is a traditional Villanelle, with the A-B-A rhyme scheme and repeated lines.

Dragon Blogger - “A Million Followers” - Fun Poem to join the hype to help Ashton Kutcher reach a million followers on twitter, I don't think he read it though.

Jennifer M Scott – “April” - An acrostic poem about April.

Jennifer M Scott – “Haiku Series #17” - Random haikus on different topics.

Jennifer M Scott – “Finding My Reprieve” - A poem written in nonette form about finding one self.

Jennifer M Scott  - “Depressed April” - A very short poem about rainy days in April.

Jennifer M Scott – “A Kiss From Apollo” - Dedicated to the god of poetry Apollo.

Dragon Blogger – “Gluttony” - Random word poem consisting of 13 words about someone not caring about their health and eating poorly.

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List Poem

I have been way off today... Couldn't make an original poem on anything!

I saw a return chat on my shoutbox by jhongmedina. I remember telling him "I dropped an egg!" on his shout box after dropping ECs. 

I saw his reply just now and it said, "Hi doc, if you drop an egg, it's going to be messy." 

I told him, "hmm... what you said... may be a poem."

Then I looked at AC for the poetry challenge of the day. It says, "Write a list poem" (or something like that).

I don't know anything about a list poem, so i looked at their link as well. 

Here are the main pointers:

1) The writer is telling you something--pointing something out--saying, "Look at this," or, "Think about this."
2) There's a beginning and end to it, like in a story.
3) The list is arranged with stylistic consistency and the words are arranged to create a parallel structure.

My first attempt of a list poem here.

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Chances (a cinquain)



Dutyless ride

Lost, torment, surrender,

Headlights flicker - miles away,


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Freedom once again





I once found a little bird with a wounded wing,

It hid in my room, from a broken window, lurking.

With gentle hands I gave it a home,

and promised health and shelter to call its own.




It sang choruses of pleasant mornings,

I woke up from its beautiful chirpings.

It flapped its wings to show that it wanted to be,

out into the world to become wild and free.




I cherished all those sweet memories we had,

watching it dance, made my heart feel glad.

Its strength grew back and feathers formed,

with my able and loving hands, I adorned.




I held it so weak, for five days and six weeks,

now, with tough flapping wings, its blue colored streaks

I opened the cage, this brave bird quickly flew,

set wild and free, my little bird called Sue. 


I walked around the garden as I do everyday,

but something caught my eye on the soil today.

The little bird I once knew, lay lifeless on the ground,

Free as can be, nevermore earthbound. 

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Poetry Friday

It is Friday once again, well in the western world that is, I hope you are ready to jump to Julia Ward's "A Blinding Heart" for another dose of poetry from our generous contributors online. 

There is no limit to the poems submitted and no style in particular demanded. We all start from somewhere! I can name a number of people who would like to try writing, but shy away from the limelight. 

This are no judges, no criticisms, and no rules. So, feel free to contribute your work and we, rather, Julia will post it on her site. 

Here are today's authors:

Julia Ward "The Sudden Sun"

Zorlone "A shoulder to Cry On"

JenaIsle "A Tender Touch"

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Ancient Cities


Traces of lost and crippled time,

displayed the greatness of your people.

Forgotten dreams and damaged shrines,

evidence of adoration, neglected but truthful.


Breath taking and mystifying metropolis,

picturesque breeds of majestic nations.

More questions asked than answers found,

humming from the sites of excavations.


Stories of legends, myths and tragedies,

relics of the golden age of what was once.

Rhythm of your music are melodies that surrounds,

fragile pieces of memories and reverence.


Ruins, temples, castles, tombs, and monuments,

are envious riches of iconic structures.

Ancient cities are culture’s bewilderment,

glimpses of the past embracing the future. 

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Zorlone's "Passionate Blogger" made it to top one at WOOF!

There were fourteen entries that made the April 10 deadline. Terry Raun, webmaster of WOOF, said "what a very tough contest..." There was even a 5 way tie for second place, thus he published 6 top picks!

Congratulations to my fellow writers. I have been learning a lot from your writing styles as I read your poems week after week.

WOOF Contest – Top Picks


Zorlone – “Passionate Blogger - A tribute to the bloggers who have influenced my writing endeavors.

Alex McGaughan - “Late Fall; She Retorts” - A short free-verse poem about a young man and woman who are driven apart by one's romanticism and the other's inability to share it.

Jennifer M Scott – “Primordial Passion” - Written in a series of three cinquains about spring and the renewing of love or starting new love.

Romeo – “Another Rainy Day” - Short Poem for the one I've lost.

Dragon Blogger – “Aftershock” - Poem crafted from random words, inspired by the earthquake in Italy.

About Writing

Izzy Daniels - “Maximizing your writing Time: Start with the Outline” - I gave a brief description on how to write a short outline for ones writing.

Brought to you by PlotDog Press with the Writing Software: "Save the Cat Software and Book Review"

(WOOF participants should re-post all the links above by next Monday. The following links may be excluded as long as you include all the above links.)

Presenting the finest of the writer’s blogs by the bloggers who write them. Highlighting the top posts as chosen by the April 10, 2009 WOOF Contest participants. Want in to join the next WOOF? The next contest ends April 17. Submit a link to your best writing post of the last 3 weeks using the form on this page. Participants, repost the winning link list within a week and you’re all set.

Other WOOF Contestants for 04/10/09


Roy – “Seemingly An Ordinary Night” - A poem about finding a quick solution to one's burden...

Zorlone – “Summer Rain - An attempt to capture the essence of one of nature's wonders  using poetry as an instrument.

Oyen – “Death's POV - If Death were a person he probably wouldn't be eager to end anyone's life.

Jennifer M Scott – “Cloudy Intuition” - The day starts nice but there is this feeling of something bad will happen which ruins the day.

Jennifer M Scott - “The Midnight Club” - Dedicated to everyone who works strange shifts especially the ones that crawl into the night and beyond about how it is nice out but better days are coming.


Dragon Blogger – “The Box - A metaphor for someones life being contained inside a box.

Dragon Blogger – “Racing Home To You” - Poem about being stuck in traffic, eager to arrive home to the one you love.

Non-Fiction / Rant

Roy – “Blogging to live... even as I rant” - A rant about experiences (and frustrations) in trying to make a living by blogging...

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