Poetry

Don’t Play the Game

I hate for you to see me like this–

not weak, but vulnerable.

You may wonder what the difference is

and to be honest,

maybe there’s not much of one:

I would be just fine

with a kick or ten when I’m down.

I’m weak, you know that.

But for you to see that a stray word

richocheted and grazed

this heart I try to hide on my sleeve,

wounding me,

would break me.

I’m not strong, you know that.

Is it pride? I don’t know.

I’m just sorry you had to see this.

Let me rest my eyes,

lay down my head;

you can throw me out with the trash

come morning.

I’m vulnerable, didn’t you know?

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Who to Follow Friday, Week #5

Guess what day it is?!

Yeah, but +10.

Also, it’s the final Who to Follow Friday for October!

You and me both, kid . . .

There’s some scary good writers and artists for you to check out this week so let’s jump right in. If you want to see the previous weeks first, here they are:

Week One Week Two Week Three Week Four

pmuink @ Art doesn’t have to be worthy

This is one of the handful of drawing and doodling sites I follow. I have to admire that mission statement, first of all, that “Art doesn’t have to be worthy to be worth sharing.” It’s modest, of course, because the daily artwork is varied and well put together. There’s also occasional photography and themed work. The doodles can be found here.

Anthony @ AuroraBorealis

This site hasn’t been updated in a while but the back catalog is worth your time. The poems are all near perfect exercises in poetic composition while staying true to the themes he frequently tackles. And of course he also has the occasional short story, which is where I first read his work. His poem Overdose can be found here.

Fizza Reads @ Between the Pages of a Book

Between the Pages of a Book covers just about anything that occurs between the pages of a book. Naturally. There are short stories, poems, reviews, and others posts on the site. Like so many other sites, I have not had the chance to catch up reading her work just yet but I promise that when you all check it out, you’ll see it’s not from a lack of trying on my part. Fizza’s writing is truly great and worth the time to sit down and enjoy it. An Odd Interview was posted just today and her most recent poem, Hatred or Love, can be found here.

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Those are just three great writers and artists for now. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many more to look at. I chose to do three at a time so that there is not an information overload and it would also allow time to explore their work for the week (and hopefully, beyond that.) That said, I will no doubt not be able to feature every single blog that is great because I don’t know them all.

Here’s where you all come in.

In the comments, feel free to plug a favorite blog that you follow and perhaps put a few words there explaining why you like it. If you’d like, you can also put your own blog down and share a post you enjoyed making.

The most important thing is to enjoy writing and reading other’s writings. This is a blogging platform, after all.

Have a good rest of your Friday. Stay safe out there. You know what to do . . .

As he said, not as he did 😂

Have a good weekend and God bless. — C. D.

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Who to Follow Friday, Week #4

Guess what day it is?!

! ! ! ! !
That joke was a Kroc . . .

Yep, it’s Friday! (it’s probably Saturday when y’all are reading this though 😟) Who to Follow Fridays will be every other week from now on since that’s what it has been anyway. That’s a little more forgiving in my schedule because I definitely want to keep it going. Why does there have to be so many good and interesting writers and artists out there?!

Here are the previous weeks for your reading pleasure: Week #1, Week #2, Week #3.

And now on to the sites you should check out this week:

Anupriya Indites

The site description on the home page might throw you for a loop but make no mistake–the work you’ll find on it can be challenging and pose some serious questions for the reader. In other words, the furthest thing from being “dumb.” Like so many others, there are some time gaps between posts but for good reason. There are many good poems to go back and read nonetheless.

Area Risa

Risa has many wonderful poems, essays, and even the occasional review on her site. I don’t quite know how I would classify her poetry since it touches on quite a few subjects too. She wrote a poem back in August called “Messed Up” and it honestly had everything I could hope for in poetry: the pathos, but pathos dressed up in truthfulness and wordplay.

Art Axil

You like art? I like art. I don’t claim to always understand it, in fact, most of the time I don’t. But abstract, while it tells a story, usually has more interpretive leniencies. This site has all sorts of abstract artwork. I know what I see this painting but wouldn’t be surprised if I was completely wrong. The same applies here. But the art is great and there is no misinterpreting that.

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Those are just three great writers for now. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many more to look at. I chose to do three at a time so that there is not an information overload and it would also allow time to explore their work for the week (and hopefully, beyond that.) That said, I will no doubt not be able to feature every single blog that is great because I don’t know them all.

Here’s where you all come in.

In the comments, feel free to plug a favorite blog that you follow and perhaps put a few words there explaining why you like it. If you’d like, you can also put your own blog down and share a post you enjoyed making.

The most important thing is to enjoy writing and reading other’s writings. This is a blogging platform, after all.

Have a good rest of your Friday . . .

I’m pretty sure there was a theme in here somewhere . . .

. . . or beginning of your Saturday.

Either way, have a good weekend and God bless. –C. D.

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Who to Follow Friday, Week #3

Guess what day it is?!

Layers. It’s all about layers.

That’s right. It’s Friday but, like, a week later then the last Friday I was going to post it on. Or something. Friday 1.5? We’ll keep it simple and call it Week #3. Take note that there might be weeks like last week where I have to travel quite a bit and might not get it done in time.

The Old Man and the C. D. Anders

Today the spotlight is on three more bloggers. This is a continuation of Week #1 which you can read here. Week #2 can be read here. The first link also mentions how I choose who will be featured.There is nothing required by anyone in these posts, they are here for the purpose of showcasing blogs I enjoy and follow myself. So allow me to show you the three people whose work you should read this week:

a.mermaid’spen_

I don’t exactly know who to @ for the site but more often than not, that’s usually a good thing. It allows people to express themselves freely. And Mermaid has quite a few opinions woven expertly through her work, all of which is worth checking out. Her most recent post is a repost from January and the one before that is a collaboration with blogger Bharath of Bharath’s Banter.

Aby Kittiwake @ AbyKittiwake

There is no shortage of poems on Aby’s site with articles and short stories throughout the site as well. There’s something almost old-fashioned about how the poetry is written but the themes and words are relevant to today. The most recent poem hits pretty close to home and I know her advocacy for mental health will resonate with you.

ALYAZYA

Every work on this site is signed off like a letter with the words: “Love, Alyazya.” Each poem is personal in that regard and yet universal themes are still at the center. “If I die”, her most recent work, displays the level of detail that goes into each of her poems. “Family” puts it on display all the more.

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Those are just three great writers for now. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many more to look at. I chose to do three at a time so that there is not an information overload and it would also allow time to explore their work for the week (and hopefully, beyond that.) That said, I will no doubt not be able to feature every single blog that is great because I don’t know them all.

Here’s where you all come in.

In the comments, feel free to plug a favorite blog that you follow and perhaps put a few words there explaining why you like it. If you’d like, you can also put your own blog down and share a post you enjoyed making.

The most important thing is to enjoy writing and reading other’s writings. This is a blogging platform, after all.

I will try to have these done weekly but you never know, I reckon.

pictured left to right: WordPress, C. D.

Not pictured: the King of the Hoboes 😦

Have a great weekend and as always, God bless. — C. D.

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Who to Follow Friday, Week #2

Guess what day it is?

You doggone right it is, Possum

Today the spotlight is on three more bloggers. This is a continuation of last week’s post which you can read here. That link also mentions how I choose who will be featured (hint: it’s people I follow and it has to do with the app’s way of alphabetizing site names.) There is nothing required by anyone in these posts, they are here for the purpose of showcasing blogs I enjoy and follow myself. So allow me to show you the three people whose work you should read this week:

Serap @ /ɛm/ɛn/piː/

I was looking down the list last week to see who would be featured this week and I saw this site show up. It wasn’t too long before that that I saw she had written a recent post about some upcoming works she was writing. It’ll be nice to read her poems and nonfiction again. Admittedly, I have to run some of it through Google Translate and I know a lot gets lost in that translation, but when you read through her work, everything still shines.

Sâye La Moonbird @ a blue cloud //

I love reading all the different styles on WordPress and this site falls into one of my favorite categories: simple, but not really. You won’t find any two dollar words in her poems, haikus, or nonfiction. The words just roll off the tongue. However, there is always something beneath the surface of all that is blue and true.

Mia Winhertt @ A Struggling Author

Mia’s site features poetry and something called Today’s Tiny Tale. The links are of the most recent posts. The poetry and the short short stories come out weekly. There’s always something to think about in her work, be it the big questions that life poses or day-to-day occurrences. It’s always worth reading though.

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Those are just three great writers for now. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many more to look at. I chose to do three at a time so that there is not an information overload and it would also allow time to explore their work for the week (and hopefully, beyond that.) That said, I will no doubt not be able to feature every single blog that is great because I don’t know them all.

Here’s where you all come in.

In the comments, feel free to plug a favorite blog that you follow and perhaps put a few words there explaining why you like it. If you’d like, you can also put your own blog down and share a post you enjoyed making.

The most important thing is to enjoy writing and reading other’s writings. This is a blogging platform, after all.

So never be afraid to smile like a Possum.

(Had to tie him back in somehow! 😁)

Have a great weekend and as always, God bless. — C. D.

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Who to Follow Friday, Week #1

Guess what day it is?!

Nope.
Close, but no cigar.
Yep,
it’s FRIDAY FRIDAY GOTTA GET DOWN ON FRIDAY . . .

I digress. It should also be noted that the people I am listing below for today probably do not endorse the utter randomness shown above. I said yesterday that the list would probably be randomized or alphabetized. It turns out that you all kind of solved that problem for me with your site titles, which struck a good balance between both.

So today, you should go check out these three sites (who came up first in the WordPress Mobile site):

Eureka Dahiya @ EUREKA DAHIYA

I remember one of the first poems I read on Eureka’s site (“Finally falling for me.”) and I was impressed by the use of imagery and metaphor in it. I started following the site not long after and the work is still top notch to this day.

Christina Schmidt, MA @ Armed With Coffee

There is a wide array of work and topics discussed and written about on Christina’s site. Admittedly, not everything there will be everyone’s cup of tea (or coffee) but I am under the impression it’s not supposed to be. And my hat always goes off to those who don’t limit themselves to a single shtick. So don’t think that I’m running down her site, because it is worth the visit. She is a great writer and her Writer’s Lift Wednesday is one of a few inspirations for this new series.

Joao-Maria @ (CALIATH)

A lot of times you read something once and at a consistent speed. Sometimes you read and reread, slowing down to allow the words to digest. So it is with this site. There is original work, poetry, translations (often from the Portuguese), prose, and even some literary criticism on occasion. A recent poem entitled sunwise, which is part of a collection, is just one look at the many styles you might find on the site.

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Those are just three great writers for now. In the coming weeks and months, there will be many more to look at. I chose to do three at a time so that there is not an information overload and it would also allow time to explore their work for the week (and hopefully, beyond that.) That said, I will no doubt not be able to feature every single blog that is great because I don’t know them all.

Here’s where you all come in.

In the comments, feel free to plug a favorite blog that you follow and perhaps put a few words there explaining why you like it. If you’d like, you can also put your own blog down and share a post you enjoyed making.

The most important thing is to enjoy writing and reading other’s writings. This is a blogging platform, after all.

Wow, he even has my late timing :/

Have a great weekend and as always, God bless you. — C. D.