AN ISLAND ONTO OURSELVES

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Each one of us is an island.

Drifting in the ocean,

picking up debris along the way.

The debris of life and experiences.

Some of us become lush islands,

welcoming and self-sufficient.

Others build walls around themselves,

becoming lost and finally deserted.

Which type of island are you?

 

The Last Game Has Begun — THE DEAD GAME

Red sky at night,
Sailor’s delight.
Red sky at Oasis,
An omen of things to come.

Tides rise in desperation.
Sun sets before its time.
Birds flee the scene.
Time comes to a stop.

Brights light criss cross the sky,
Angry rumbling joins in.
Clouds shed their tears,
While the moon hides behind its stars.

Sharp raindrops hit me,
Glass bullets to the face. 
Waves rise in panic,
While palm trees flinch in despair.

Wolf and his army rise from the sand.
The Watchers approach from town.
Both sides armed and dangerous.
One side has the advantage.

The Watchers are sanctioned to serve.
Selected by the world’s vampires.
Serve and protect the human race.
They will fulfill their mission.

I’m surrounded.
Wolf’s men are taking me.
Todd has a gun.
He is running after us.

“Todd! Please save me!”
Wolf takes me in his arms.
Todd is left standing in the sand.
Human vampires can’t fly.
Only damn vampires like Wolf can.

A fortress on an island
That I’ve never seen before.
There’s a moat and drawbridge.
Armed guards at the front gate.

Wolf carries me inside.
Suits of armor stand at attention.
I’ve been transported back in time.
A caldron simmers in the hearth.

“My princess, 
Welcome to my castle.
I’m sure you’ll be comfortable.
Better amenities than the 17th century.”

“Am I a prisoner?” I ask.
“Yes, for now.” He whispers.
“Until the battle is won,
You will be safe here.”
Wolf touches my hair almost reverently.

“I don’t want to stay here!
I want to go back to my people.
You’re my enemy and always will be.
Let me go!”
I pull away from him with contempt.

“The battle is set.
The lines are drawn.
There’s no going back,
Only forward.”
Wolf almost looks sad.

“Nothing is set in stone.
Let me leave.”
I am pleading with him now,
Pleading with a creature with no heart.

“I’m so sorry.
I’ll come back for you.
Goodbye, my ice princess.”
After one last look of longing,
Wolf is gone.

I’m left alone.
Except for the women in long dresses,
Who are staring at me.
Maybe they want to feed me
Or kill me.

I sit down to wait.

The Last Game Has Begun

THE DEAD GAME

THE DEAD GAME — AN ISLAND ESCAPE

Take me away from a world without color,
A world where life is dull and grey.
I want to swim through the ocean’s waves,
Where rainbows can frolic and play.

The sun’s rays shimmer off the water,
Leaving trails of gold, yellow, and red.
Beacons of light for me to follow,
To a new land where to lay my head.

I fly through the rolling waves,
Touching down on a spot of land.
I am lifted by arms of fountains
And laid to rest on the pink sand.

Turtles scurry away from my hand.  
Birds fly around as they have fun.
The waves recede in their farewell dance,
Leaving me alone in the sun.

Who lives on this small island?
It’s time for me to explore.
A hut of branches in a tree.
I must see if there is more. 

The steps are pretty steep,
I climb and step inside.
The room is small and dark.
Who knows what it may hide?

I hear footsteps from the room beyond.
They’re coming closer to where I hide.
It’s too late to run for the door,
I must face whoever is inside.

Todd saunters into the room.
Candles and two places set.
He throws me a big grin,
As if I am his prized pet.

We both wait in silence.
Todd slowly moves toward me.
“I hope you like my surprise.”
I feel as cold as can be. 

I don’t like surprises.
Especially from him.
He keeps me at arms length,
Not letting me in.

I lower my eyes
From the fire in his eyes.
They’re consuming me alive,
I’m burning up from his lies.

Todd makes an abrupt movement.
He strides across the room.
He kisses me with great passion
Under the blood red moon.


THE DEAD GAME

TAKE ME FAR AWAY

TAKE ME FAR AWAY
 
Come with me away from it all.
Let’s climb a hill that’s really tall.
An island for me and you.
And skies that are clear and blue.
We will take long walks on the sand.
And don’t forget to take my hand.
I will never feel alone or lonely.
I will always have my one and only.

YOUR OWN PRIVATE ISLAND

What if this existed?
What if you could easily find it?
It’s close to home.
You don’t need an airplane,
train,
or car.
It comes complete with
a deserted island,
blue ocean,
sunken treasure,
and plenty of fish.
Bring your snorkels.
Don’t forget to bring
your dancing shoes.
Music is free.
So are knights in shining armor.
Where could you find all this?
It’s all in your imagination.
Sit back and enjoy the view.