Ripples (Haiku)

Warm, quiet waters

ripple on the lake’s surface-

the fish leaps up high

 

© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved

Original Haiku in observance of National Poetry Month


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Devil In Me

She clutched her purse with fear as I passed by

And took her blue-eyed baby by the hand

As “Come to Mommy, Dear” was her command

I wondered why this fear had gripped her eye

It seemed as if the Devil had come nigh

Straight from Hell, that God-forsaken land

I looked around and tried to understand

But when I saw no one, I realized

In truth I bear, it seems, the Devil’s stain

Upon black skin, a curse for all to read

Though I carry in my soul God’s resumé

And in my heart I hold angelic seed

But to the blue-eyed baby that fear has claimed

It will always be the Devil she sees in me

 

© 2015 Brian L. Evans.  All rights reserved

Original Petrarchan Sonnet


 

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My American Dream

Tip toeing on tight ropes

taut from the tension

between weathered hopes

and tattered dreams

I teeter

 

inches above Hell

and miles from Heaven.

My own screams

from the prisons

of past decisions

awaken me from

My American Dream.

 

Horizons of happiness

always within sight

taunting my reach

rise and fall

as streams of thought

become tributaries of consciousness.

Will I ever be free to dream

My American Dream?

 

I Guess I’ll brew my own brand of joy.

On liquid wings I soar

to my crystal blue palace

on a mountain top horizon

far from brutality

and Homeland INsecurity

I fly high.

 

But…

evaporating wings

cause flight to fail

as my fall goes unnoticed

I accelerate

to 9.8

meters per second squared.

 

Spiraling from height to depth

from life to death

the ground reaches up to break my fall.

I brace myself

for the impact

of my back upon my bed

GASP!!!

 

“Am I dead?”

 

My heart slows its beat

as brief relief

turns to ennui and grief

when I awake to

My American Dream

 

© 2014 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved

 

This poem was inspired by the events surrounding Jonathan Ferrell; who was shot and killed on September 14, 2013, by Randall Kerrick, a North Carolina police officer.  He was unarmed.

 


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Synthesis of Us

Were the seas made deep to hold Earth’s showers

Or were the rains of spring made for the seas?

Were the honeybees made for the flowers

Or the flowers made for the honeybees?

 

Were your caramel kisses made for my lips

Or were my lips made to cradle your kiss?

When your curves mingle with my fingertips

It releases the Eros of pure bliss.

 

Was your delicate voice made for my ears

To whose sound I’ll gladly listen all night

And was my fragile life made for the years

that your presence fills with love’s paradise

 

Like flowers to bees, and rain to sea

This is the unity of you and me

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The Alchemy of Love

Seduced

by the Siren’s song

we long to sail the seas of love.

The lyrical mirage of

“Happily Ever After”

becomes the captor

of thirsty hearts.

 

Hypnotic heat

caused by a dearth of fathers

produces fallacious figments

of the “birds and the bees”

the flowers and the trees

Love is a beautiful liar

 

who crafts her magnum opus

upon the canvas of desire, and

just when we’re close enough

to feel the fire

it expires

 

leaving us frozen in

the frigid prison of

a journey insignificant.

Yet, the Siren sings

 

until at last we crash

upon the jagged edge

of reality’s rock.

Shattered fantasies and

remnants of what once carried us

now carries us

into love’s true reality

 

Beyond the illusory

Beyond the fantasy

Beyond the “happily”

Beyond the beauty

lies this alchemy…

 

There is no better death than love.

 

© 2015 Brian Evans.  All rights reserved


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The Versatile Blogger Award

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Looks like the award gods have once again smiled upon me!!!  I am super stoked about my nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Special thanks to my fellow blogger, Lisa W. Tetting, at the Rebirth of Lisa blog for her generous consideration in nominating me for this award.  You should go ahead and check out her blog as well.  It’s definitely one of my favorites.  It is amazingly entertaining and informative.  Poetry, music, and photography are just a few things that you will find there…she even has a “Friday Happy Dance.”

I’m honored to accept this award.  I’ve read many varying points of view concerning these blog awards.  Personally, I think they are indicative of why we blog in the first place…for creativity, consciousness, and community.  These awards help to connect us and make the vastness of the blogoshpere a little more manageable.  I’m excited to discover other amazing blogs as a result of receiving this award.

So, as with other awards, there are a few rules that I need to follow in this acceptance post.  Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:

  • Show the award on your blog.
  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Share seven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 other blogs.
  • Link your nominees’ blogs, and let them know.

 

So here are seven facts about me:

  1. I don’t like cats…I think they’re evil
  2. Big spiders make me scream like a girl
  3. I love music, but not first thing in the mornings
  4. I cook breakfast for my wife every Saturday
  5. I love roller coasters
  6. My three favorite books of all time are:
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

7.   I love onion rings with my hamburger, but I hate onions on my hamburger…(go figure).

OK…enough about me.  Now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

 

Here are my 15 nominations for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Safari of the Mind

Creep Sandwich

Lively Twist

Death by Expectation

Behind the Eyes

Itchy Quill

Life with a Yellow Bike

The Healthy Secret Identity

Tony So

Vivacious Visionary

The Enduring Optimist

Amore Luxe

Cross Quotes

Bean and Bantam

Edified Listener

 

Again, thank you Lisa for nominating me for this award.  Here’s to the love of blogging!!!


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The Liebster Award: Acceptance Speech

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Just when I thought the blogging experience couldn’t get any cooler…BOOM!!!!  I get an award.  This is AWESOME!!! I’d like to thank Cheryl Baker, over at Lightwalkers Blog for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  I highly encourage you to check out her amazing blog filled with words of wisdom, poetry, and photography, by clicking the above link.

So what is the Liebster Award, you may ask?  It’s an award that is designed to encourage new bloggers (less than 200 followers) on their journey to blogging greatness.  It is usually given by other bloggers as a way to spread the word that your blog is pretty awesome…(blushing).

This is my first award nomination, so there are a few things that I need to cover in this acceptance post.  The rules for accepting the Liebster Award are as follows:

 

  1. Thank and link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions created by the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers, who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees of their nomination for the award.

 

So, I’ve already taken care of #1…(thanks Cheryle), so on to #2 shall we.

 

 Here are my answers to Cheryle’s questions:

  • What always makes you laugh?

I know this is terrible, but I love pranks.  Everything from prank phone calls to video pranks; I always end up in tears.

  • If you were a colour, what colour would you be?

If I were a color, I would be black; but not for obvious reasons.  In the fashion world, the color black is the standard by which all other colors are measured.  Although it’s considered a “muted” color, it represents the strongest color of all.  Reserved but strong…that’s me.

  • Where is your favourite place?

I love wide-open spaces.  There is a quaint nature preserve close to my home, where I often go to recharge.  It contains a lake and a pier that cultivates instant inspiration.

  • How long have you been writing, blogging?

I’ve been journaling since I was around 13 years old.  I’ve always had an affinity for freshly sharpened pencils and fountain pens.  I started my blog in January 2014, and I’ve been loving every minute of it.

  • Who do you look up to?

I look up to anyone who has the courage to forsake the “herd” in order to pursue their passions and dreams.  

  • What is your favourite and least favourite personality trait?

My favorite personality trait is honesty.  My least favorite is insolence.

  • What is your most difficult experience?

When I experienced the loss of a precious loved one, and the loss of a job in the same year, it forced me to look at life through different lenses.  Although that time was difficult for me, what I gained by walking through that season was invaluable.  I now realize how vital it is to have a strong support system in place, that provides the necessary tools to not just survive, but thrive within difficult seasons.

  • What is your favourite word and why?

Too many to name just one.

  • Who would you be if you were a person in history?

This is a tough one.  If I had to choose, I would say the life of  David in the Bible closely mirrors mine.  Through all of the vicissitudes of his life, one thing remained consistent; his devotion to God.  Truly, a man after God’s heart (1 Samuel 13:14).

  • What do you look for in a post or a blog?

When it comes to blogging, I’m all about content.  I love to read about champions, who weren’t always champions.  I’m into personal process, and the journey that starts from tragedy and culminates in triumph.  Of course, I’m a sucker for catchy titles that hook me into reading more.

  • What has been the best piece of advice you have been given?

Always listen more than you talk.

 

Now, for some of my favorites…and the nominees are:

Mindful Mindfulness

One Positive Blog

BennaKim

Sandcastle

Expressionist Aura

Life Is Golden

A Quest Through the Imagination

Overcome With Gratitude

Polomi’s Blog

Soulful Success

Love Plunge

 

Dear nominees…I have some questions for you:

Do you believe in love at first sight?

Would you ever start another blog?

What makes you angry?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

What would be the coolest super power to possess?

In another life, what animal would you be?

Would you rather be early, on-time, or fashionably late?

Which one of your 5 senses would you be saddest to lose?

If you were Noah, which animal would you leave behind?

What is your favorite genre of literature?

When you travel, do you prefer driving or flying?

 

Well, I think that about does it for me.  Again, I’d like to thank Lightwalkers Blog for the nomination.  Please check out the links for all of the above nominees…you will NOT be disappointed.


 

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The Riddle

Who am I?

  • I am the giver and the taker of life
  • I cause good and make evil possible
  • Until you actually meet me, you may think you already know me
  • I’m not a virus, but I can cause sickness
  • Many people have died because of me
  • I’ve been received more than I’ve been given
  • I have no parents, but Faith and Hope are my siblings
  • Although I am blind myself, I’ve been known to show up at first sight

© Brian Evans for Wisdom’s Quill Blog, January, 2015

Figured it out?  If so, in the comments section below, explain how it has changed your life.  Looking forward to hearing from you.


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Glass Masks

Her open wound,

still leaking liquid life,

bleeds beneath her masquerade.

 

“It’s complicated,” she says.

As she tells her tale,

rife with betrayal,

she drops her mask of glass.

 

Shattered shards fill the room,

as picturesque promises in bloom

fracture upon the floor of frayed fidelity.

 

Love is scorched by the sun of neglect,

Her strength is not made perfect

through the weakness of her tears.

 

Her sisters of similar fate

gather like hens to incubate

the hatching eggs of bitterness,

soon to break.

 

“You don’t need a man,” they say.

 

One by one they break their seals,

to speak of pain their past reveals.

“Strength” and “Beauty” are the names

they give their masks to hide the shame.

 

Lies

 

Like little girls with wide eyes

living in sand castles on salt-water beaches.

Inevitably, the tide will rise.

 

The sanguine print from Romeo’s fist

creates a carbon copy from face to heart

as castles of sand erode.

Love absolves itself of all.

 

To her, love’s scent is like a rose,

Always pretty,

Never guilty.

 

So she stubbornly collects her hypocrisy

and incarcerates her pain

behind the bars of her smile

©  Brian Evans for Wisdom’s Quill, January, 2015


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Passion: The Currency of Happiness

Sitting here ruminating on my Blogging 101 journey thus far, I’m elated as my blog takes on a fresh and exciting new tone.  I couldn’t be happier.  I decided to go exploring, per our 101 assignment, to find a blog that really spoke to me in such a way as to inspire a blog post.  Seeing that there is no shortage of awesome talent on WordPress, I knew this task would not pose a challenge.

I came across a poem called The Everyday Under His Collar,” on Nicole Riget’s Blog.  The poem was about the everyday struggles that salesmen encounter when faced with quotas and rejection; while simultaneously attempting to maintain hopes that somehow seem to elusively retreat into the cave of tomorrows.  Having spent six years in sales, I immediately identified with the misery of fleeting hopes.  Although sales was a lucrative career for me, in many cases, the anticipation and preparation for the sales call exceeded customer buy-in.  I found myself always chasing the big one (the big account, the big bonus, the customer commitment, etc.)  It was exhausting.  One section of Nicole’s poem caused me to poignantly ponder the emptiness I experienced, when all of my preparation for a big sales call ended with the heartbreak that accompanied the “NO.”

“The failed,

the miserable,

the promises;

always of tomorrow.

The tomorrows’ building

into becoming nothing,

not-a-thing,

no thing at all.”

                                                           ~Nicole Rigets

As I read these lines, I thought about the feelings of dread that would grip me some days, just thinking about work.  Even though I was experiencing a measure of success, I was dead inside.  When I compare that career, to the one I’m working now, it’s like night and day.  What’s even funnier is, my current career doesn’t even pay as much as the previous one did; but for some reason, I feel much wealthier and fulfilled now.

Life has a tendency to abuse us in many ways by taking from us more than it gives.  We live in a state of deprivation; sleep deprivation, food deprivation, and social deprivation.  In essence, it’s all in the name of struggling to survive and thrive.  We’re chasing after tomorrows that never come.  We’ve all either been there, we’re there now, or we will be there soon. It’s time for a serious self-evaluation.

What is our life’s ROI?  What are we demanding in return for the time, energy, and money that we’re spending trying to thrive?  There is one thing, and one thing only, that life requires from us before it will give anything back; and that one thing is passion.  I’m not a multi-millionaire (yet), but I possess something now that I didn’t have back then…PASSION!

After reading Nicole’s post, I realized that there is another form of currency that exists beyond money.  It’s far more precious than gold; in fact, if used properly, it attracts money.  We may not be able to put passion in our wallets, but it does hide perfectly in our hearts.  Passion buys more than material possessions, it also buys spiritual treasures.  Passion fills every tick-tock of the clock with meaning, and not just minutes.  Passion is the only thing known to man, that allows us to walk boldly into the storehouse of life, and buy happiness.

Thank you, Nicole for indulging me.  You’re a great inspiration.


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