Near Miss

Death
Threatened
In those glasses
Too many,
Unknowingly –
Thought safe
Enough.
So often called
Demon Rum,
Admittedly,
The name is not
Wrong –
But apt.
Life stealing,
Jerking
Into the throes
Of sickness,
Damnable –
In its viciousness.
Recovery, tortoise
Slow demanding
Sleep,
More,
More.
The palate seared
Stomach destroyed
Nevermore –
Not ever to try
Again, to find
Some
Consolation in
Contents of
A reflective
Bottle.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Counsel

Be happy, wherever you are,
whatever you do today.
Reach for the joy,
let it invade.
Remember, you are loved,
no matter what your mind may say.
Time is too short
to waste on frowns.
Look at the sky,
see how wide and bright –
your future is expansive
and full of potential.
Please take my advice,
enjoy life while you are living,
and do not waste a moment.
Be kind, generous,
and love everyone
you can as a gift
and a friend.
The most love you gain,
as you more openly spend.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

The above was a paragraph shared on my wall, I decided it would make a good poem.

Prompt: Take something you create for one purpose and re-purpose it for another use.

Ten to Recommend

I have read ten books this month. As usual, it is a broad mix. I tend to dip into whatever interests suit me at the time. Sometimes, I am surprised; others, there is given delight.

If you are looking for a good read, you could do worse than these.

The Monsters We Make by Kali White – 260 pages – *5 stars – This book is about newspaper boys going missing and others searching for answers. Having some history, by the end, the novel set off my PTSD. It is that realistic and enormously creepy. I recommend you leave the lights on.

The Gospel According to Satan by Jared C. Wilson – 219 pages – *5 stars – It is not what you might at first think. Thomas Nelson Publishers brought it out. There are things we are often taught that are not at all Biblical. Some take us into jeopardy. If you think God Helps Those Who Help Themselves or Let Go and Let God are scriptural, you might find this interesting. The author covers several mythical things we are enticed to believe. Quite fascinating.

The Light Through The Leaves by Glendy Vanderah – 453 pages – *5 stars A Prime First Reads selection, this book is in some ways magical. A baby was misplaced then stolen, a family falling apart, people led on journeys of discovery, wood magic, and a warm, as Summer sun on an ocean beach ending. I loved it, and it is rare to find such beauty all in one book.

How Poetry Can Change Your Heart by Andrea Gibson & Megan Falley – 150 pages – *5 stars – This is an introduction to poetry reading and writing, but more than that too. I approach craft books hoping for inspiration, and this delivered. It was a jumping point for me at times. It is open and authentic.

The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – 343 pages – *5 stars – Our heroes here are women who discover time travel, but there are murder and lunacy afoot. Sometimes technology makes human nature something other. I am a time machine – travel – fan. If it goes back or forward in time, the story, I am there—lots of things going on in this to rivet the attention.

Oblivion by David Foster Wallace – 346 pages – *5 stars – The world lost a genius when David chose to leave. His work, in my experience, is not the easiest to read. He writes in a stream-of-consciousness style that paragraphs can go for pages, but his descriptions, characterizations, and plots are complex and beautiful like a night-time sky in a desolate desert. You can see the universe, whole, complete.

The Essential Chomsky by Noam Chomsky – 523 pages – *5 stars – Have a care if you read this. It may leave the foundations of your awareness tattered like paper gone through a shredder. I am shaken, appalled, and will never look at things in the world the same again. An altogether stellar read, but earth-shattering.

Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman – 489 pages – *5 stars – Mr. Pullman wrote The Golden Compass, and despite the name, this book is mainly about storytelling and writing. He writes in an open and informative style which is terrifically engaging. One of the best craft books I have read in some time. His pieces on fairytales are enchanting. Read it; you might learn something more than you suppose.

Dark Matter by Philip Kerr – 333 pages – *5 stars – Sir Issac Newton, need I say more. Newton lights up these pages, he is working in the mint, and people are dying. Counterfeiters are ruining the coinage; it must stop. It is a romp through historical London, loved it.

Savage Lands (Book 1) by Stacie Marie Brown – 425 pages – *5 stars – Fae, humans, shifters, a war, a prison, royalty… you get the picture. A little erotic for my taste, but the story is lovely. It was good enough; I will read the second in the series, and that speaks well.

*** A note on my giving five-star ratings, in case you are new here: I love books, all books, but I rarely pick any up with which I am not in love. Poor writing will bring numbers down. I am a copy-editor and do not like text that abuses conventions or grammar and style. If a book is horrible, it gets bad marks, but I am judicious about what I put into my brain. I read a wide variety of content, so I never get in a rut. By the way, all these are available on Kindle. Happy reading!

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Aloof

Imagined –

Now a photograph –
A view peeking from behind
Where you stand shadowed;
I have reasons to let you
Slip straight through my spread fingers.

Memory –

You never wanted me
Those long days ago, I sought
You like an angel
Who could reroute the trouble
Of my suffering life’s days.

Appearing –

Situations change,
Now reality counsels
There abides too much,
On both sides of the present
Equation, to allow hearts –

Freedom –

Wrapping around dreams
Sunken in oblivion, quelled
As no us exists,
Fare thee well cold treachery,
Your leave no more my regret.

© Jo Ann J. A. Jordan

Prompt: Can you wield a poisoned pen?