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For My Ears Only

“I’ve spent a lifetime trying to learn the language of the dead” ~ Jim Harrison from Sister in  Songs of Unreason   Never your voice in my head but your whispering in my spirit Never a thesaurus to decipher the rustle of... Continue Reading →

The Final Chapter

When all's said and done every book ends from where's its begun Some pages take flight buoyed by pure delight Others lie decrepit sorrow-soiled as concrete Many flutter with life's curiosity and wonder But all must come together for the finale... Continue Reading →

The Makeover

“Her nights are full of the red teeth of death” from Life / Dead Man’s Float   In pulpal chambers filled with pain and anger Death rages in agony -of which she finds funny “I’ll trade you,”she says “3 root... Continue Reading →

And Stay Out!

I hear grief knocking on my door trying to get in I let him knock....and he does so incessantly I'm not falling for that again All he bears are misery and extreme pain The last time I opened that door... Continue Reading →

The Invisible Man

Everyday, they walked past. Nobody paid attention to the homeless man on the corner. His presence, blended into the dank foliage of autumn..... Finish the story in Tales in Teacups ©Vivian Zems Friday  Fiction with Rochelle

For My Soul

If I could live again I'd trade my tears for perfect laughter I'd negotiate for peace at every turn I'd barter my transgressions for flames of glory I'd strike a deal with Charon himself I'd pay a huge ransom -to... Continue Reading →


"stay low, go fast, kill first, die last, one shot, one kill, no luck, all skill" (Unofficial Navy Seal Slogan) I stand at the graveside watching as each person steps forward to throw dirt on the coffin I study each... Continue Reading →

Sansara (The Cycle of Life)

lost in sansara rivers wash away past sins death in retreat ©Vivian Zems Carpe Diem Haiku Kai #1371 Sansara (The Cycle of Life)

Falling Tears

This is the background to this haiku: Basho and Tando were close friends and he (Basho) was very sad, as you can read in the haiku, very sad when he heard that Tando had passed away. He weeps, while falling... Continue Reading →

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