Tag Archives: Writing

Our Haphazard Oblivion

We are shrapnel.
We are constructed, the controlled ingredients

of our haphazard oblivion,
the wires of burning marionettes,

the discipline of terror. We are embedded
into the sky,

the dazzling apathy

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How to be Tone Deaf in 140 Characters or Less

Ladies and gentlemen, what a week. First, the FBI and Democrats try to head off #releasethememo by putting out statements about how damaging it would be to classified sources or some shit. Then the memo is released, and I’m forced to recall all those times I’ve left a woman unsatisfied, and I feel this newfound kinship with women because that release was certainly the performance of a minute-man. Next, all the Republicans decide to say stupid shit, like there’s a barely functioning idiot working in the highest echelons of government passing on vapid talking points to the Repubs via Sean Hannity. Actually, that’s literally what’s happening. We’re not going to talk about any of that, though, because I have an even better WTF moment in store.

You know when you’re listening to somebody speak, and they say something so stupid you can’t help but to punch them in the throat?

Continue reading How to be Tone Deaf in 140 Characters or Less

Magical Thinking in the Atheist Community

Do you know what magic feels like?

I’m not speaking of magic tricks, or Magic: the Gathering, or Wiccan magic.

I’m talking about real magic.

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
-Stephen King

When I was growing up, my father encouraged reading. It was kind of a thing with me. Every day I was reading books. The books could be educational, religious, young adult, and on and on and on. I read so much that I developed a love for reading. Continue reading Magical Thinking in the Atheist Community

American Greatness: Losing Face Before the World

You know what’s hard to face as an American? That people from other countries can’t take you seriously. It’s bad enough you only speak one language, so you already seem inferior. People from supposed “shithole” countries, like those in Africa, commonly speak at least two languages, sometimes three or more languages. I think I know only one or two Americans, personally, who are at least bilingual, and they happen to be Nigerian and Senegalese. Continue reading American Greatness: Losing Face Before the World

Naked Sky

When it’s raining, you imagine
the whole world is drowning.

But
it’s not.

It’s
moving along without you, bathing
in the sunlight
beneath a nude, azure

void.

~ryas 2017

On Killing Religion

In a perfect world, I’d see the end of all religion.  Every last one of them.

We do not live in a perfect world, though, as evidenced by the presidency of Donald Trump, the backwards nature of the United States, and the continued popularity of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.  Quick aside on that last bit: I’m currently awaiting a Star Trek movie involving the Kardashians as this interstellar species bent on the destruction of the United Federation of Planets.  The nerds among you will see where I’m going with this…

As I was saying, we do not live in a perfect world.  Continue reading On Killing Religion

From Sacred Cow to Sacred Camel

Here’s a thing I didn’t know was a thing: camel beauty pageants.

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Ahhhh, Facebook, what the hell would I do without you? Continue reading From Sacred Cow to Sacred Camel

Gays versus Blacks

I understand LGBTQ racists as little as I understand black homophobes, transphobes and so on.  Imagine my surprise when I was perusing Facebook and I came across this story:

Philly Patrons Protest Gay Club After Owner Uses N-Word

Basically, three years ago, the owner of a bar called iCandy was recorded on video just tossing out a racial slur.  It was something about ”niggers” asking for drink passes. Continue reading Gays versus Blacks

#METOO: Mansplaining Sexual Assault vs. Bad Dates

You hear about Aziz Ansari being accused of sexual misconduct? Well, if you haven’t, he was.

The story goes that Ansari and a photographer about his age met at an awards ceremony. They struck up conversation, exchanged numbers, and eventually went out on a date. Well, these kids have dinner, and then they go back to Ansari’s place for a bit of Netflix and chill. Problem is, from woman’s perspective, she wasn’t there to chill. In a phrase, she wasn’t dtf. So the lady, “Grace,” and Ansari begin kissing. Ansari begins feeling her up, as young men are wont to do when a woman is at their apartment engaging in what appears to us to be foreplay.

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From Light, the Tempestuous Revival 

​Banned.
Your color, banned, your lifestyle:

you transit the sun, your face
banned
from light, the tempestuous revival

of awkward ceremony.
We praise the locking away

of a man’s tears and
ban
the creative motives of our mothers

because fluidity speaks too loudly,
flows too strongly 

through our
banned
emotions.  We are in denial, shaman

ashamed of technology, and we
ban
the worst demons of our nature

for fear they are our reflections.

~ryas

Daily Post Prompt: Banned – http://wp.me/p23sd-133l