Random Thoughts on Writing

Writers talk a lot about world building. Equally important, but seldom discussed is world breaking and world restoration. Whether on the micro or macro scale, most of a story is spent during a time of world breaking and world restoration.

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A Robin Hood Tale Like No Other

Like an arrow shot from a bow, “The Gest of Robyn Hode and Little Joan According to Alaina of Dale” flies swiftly, arcs gently and hits the mark. This reinventing of Robin Hood takes the titular character back to their roots in the early ballads, but with a twist. Robyn is a girl that identifies as a boy. Little Joan is a nine year old girl cared for by Wilma the woman in scarlet. They are joined by Much, the developmentally challenged miller’s son and Tuch, a forest priest in haircloth alb. Banding together they forge out a living in the greenwood as outlaws and their adventures would become legend.

NaPoWriMo Day 10 Results

The Crux
by T J Therien
Humanity stands at a crucial junction
In the roundhouse of the impending
To escape this nexus of dysfunction
The entire apple cart needs upending
Without cutting off the hand offending
We need to break free from this strangle-hold
Dispel the illusion of wealth and gold
Give up this addiction to self-extreme
It won’t be easy, if the truth be told
It will take much more than a viral meme

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Getting Old
by T J Therien
 
And so another morning breaks
Another day Time will whittle
Every joint in the body aches
There’s no reprise, no acquittal
The skin thins and bone grows brittle
Arteries clog, the breath shallows
On the slow march to the gallows
On the turning of dusty page
The sun sets on dusky hallows
Everyone must acquiesce to age

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Dog Eat Dog
by T J Therien
 
Sinister capitalistic cabals
Have introduced their greatest creation
Socio-economic cannibals
Boiling down the human population
In the briny broth of exploitation
The caldron bubbles, they will eat you whole
The Devil cackles as you sell your soul
The consequence, greater than realized
Having crossed that bridge, having paid that toll
You’ve been indoctrinated and desensitized

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Boris and Natasha
by T J Therien
 
If life was distilled in nursery rhyme
I would be the Boris to your Natasha
You would be my partner in life and crime
Playing house as Sultana and Pasha
After overthrowing Maharaja
Dancing to orchestrated arrangements
Attending extravagant engagements
Incognito in your wig and my toupee
Rocky and Bullwinkle are CIA agents
And Mickey Mouse works for the NSA

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In Captivity
by T J Therien
 
Memories of majestic forests dense
Echoed in every fiber of being
Innately engrained instinctive sense
Caged and desperately in need of freeing
Predisposed for fighting and fleeing
Condemned to die in a concrete lair
Tethered to a pole, pacing here and there
A pitiful creature with worn thin fur
Removed from nature the circus bear
Exhibits abnormal behaviour

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The Playground
by T J Therien
 
Do we build people up to tear them down?
Are we kids playing king of the castle?
Fighting over a paper-mâché crown
A game of liege lord, rascal and vassal
Engaged in subterfuge and feelings facile
Stepping on others to climb up the hill
When artifice does not ambition fulfill
We do whatever it takes to stay on top
In a corrupted version of Jack and Jill
And kindergarten games that never stop