Words on Fire!

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Words on Fire


When my muse comes around to inspire


My words dance with fire


Building castles everywhere


Out of dreams and thin air


Blending new romance with raw desire.




With each tale that demands to be told


Real stories become bold


Allowing characters to act


Mixing fantasy with fact


Grabbing audiences with claws that hold.




Because these words coax and seduce


Strong feelings they produce


Stirring embers deep inside


Where feelings cannot hide


Boiling hearts with their own juice.




My words are powerful on a page


Or when spoken on life’s stage


Gathering no moss as they flow


Becoming stronger as they go


Carrying the discovered wisdom of an age.




My words are restless and never tire


As they pull others from the mire


But they carry a deadly sting


If venom is permitted its full swing


Therefore cautiously I write with fire.










A Collision Course

手紙 Tegami OHZORA PUBLISHING, Co.(2004/1) Origi...
手紙 Tegami OHZORA PUBLISHING, Co.(2004/1) Original story by Lucy Gordon "Farelli's Wife"(Harlequin Romance, 3561) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Someone said we were opposites,

And I say she got that right,

What started out as dating bliss,

Changed when I proposed one night,


It all started out so simple,

Neither did a background check,

Romantic love was all we knew,

Head over heels, what the heck,


Our worlds were on a collision course,

As we hurried our way through space,

No one warned us of trouble ahead,

As we continued our dangerous pace,


I grew up rough from the country,

She emerged dainty from the city,

I raised animals to be our food,

She thought I had no pity,


The sky and trees filled my world,

Along with critters of all kinds,

Of course she would faint away,

And think I’d lost my mind,


I enjoyed playing all sports,

She said she wasn’t into games,

When I mentioned famous people,

She said she couldn’t remember names,


I could never get lost or lose my way,

Whenever I was in the woods,

And she could get lost any day,

When she went shopping for goods,


We were different in other ways,

But the other was always to blame,

We even went to counseling,

But the result was still the same,


I tried my best to choose movies with her,

She claimed them in a loud voice,

Chick flicks, romance, but nothing deep,

She always got her choice,


Beneath my surface my beliefs were deep,

While hers were shallow and wide,

I kept mine mostly to myself,

While she couldn’t keep hers inside,



She liked bright lights and lots of noise,

I preferred dark nights and quiet,

She thought I was too laid back,

I thought she was too uptight,


I planted gardens and fruit trees,

She disliked all the time it took,

She thought I should be inside,

Showing her how to cook,


While I wrote stories in sci fi,

Her thing was Harlequin Romance,

I did the Texas two-step,

She wanted to do classical dance,


She wanted one child,

I had dreams of more,

Since we never could agree,

It almost came to war,


I liked thunderstorms and rainy days,

She enjoyed the broiling sun,

I worked daily both inside and out,

She tanned by the pool for fun,


I worked two jobs for fifteen years,

To keep my family fed,

And finally things were looking up,

As we slowly forged ahead,


But life was tough for both of us,

She grew weary of being alone,

The world was growing larger,

And she was in the twilight zone,


One day she decided to step out of her shell,

And said much to my grief,

“I need some spice in my life,

You’re ordinary, just like roast beef,”


As a writer, what could I say to that,

She was hurting deep inside,

Her friends had known long before,

For often she did confide,


My world changed quickly,

As it took a sudden turn,

I became a single parent of three,

Still with an income to earn,


I kept all the night lights on,

I thought she’d return one day,

But after five years I turned them off,

I had electricity bills to pay,


I’ve heard she’s a dancing queen,

As she flits and dips around town,

And I’m still just a common man,

With some inner turmoil I can’t put down,


I can’t explain to my kids even now,

Why she needed another plan,

I just go on living my life,

Doing the very best I can.



“Love is an Act, and That’s a Fact!”

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“I’m here to audition,” I explained to the old man,

He remained sitting, he didn’t bother to stand,

“So you’re the hot shot actor,” he said with a smirk,

“Do you think you’re made for this line of work?”

“I’ve had good reviews, so I think I’m good,”

“You’re playing opposite that young singer,

Her star is on the rise,” He shook his finger,

“Before you get too content, let me vent,

And perhaps there’s a problem I can prevent,

I’ll tell you a little story that happened to me,”

He was at the casting desk;  I had to agree,

So he told me how his story came to be,

With sweeping gestures his hands flew,

Telling the story dramatically, as only he knew,

“Our two lives converged in a moment of time,

The world was our stage and we the cast,

Expected to play in a love story with passions prime,

It was meant to be ongoing for a lifetime,

But somehow my starring role was surpassed;

She was the consummate artist in her prime,

She became a new persona, with skills so vast,

In the moment I got caught up in the story line,

Believing I was hers and she was mine,

She played her role and I was outclassed,

Two lives diverged in that moment of time,

My chance at glory so quickly passed,

Her career was still on the climb,

A riveting actress with skills sublime,

Her stardom was sure to last,

In the moment I became lost in the story line,

Believing I was hers and she was mine,

In that moment I lost my heart,

I was real but she played a part,

In that one moment my world stood still,

All my dreams were fulfilled,

Now I see love as just an act,

Whimsical, not matter of fact,

And all the world is a stage,

Where love is the rage,

It’s just an act,

That’s a fact.”

With his story over he picked up a broom,

And quickly swept out of the room,

Just before a woman entered and looked around,

“I hope that old man didn’t bother you much,

He tells a crazy story about his acting and such,

He’s been the custodian here for ages and ages,

I’m not sure he even gets any wages,

He thinks he’s in love with a certain actress,

I think he was overcome with stress,

But in his case, it’s just an act,

That’s a fact.

Now don’t worry about him,

I want you to meet Kim,

In this love story she’s your co-star,

She’s good and I’m sure she’ll go far.”

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