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Posted by : cj on Wednesday, December 21, 2005 - 03:25 PM
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American Open Mike:  New American Voices .

** Tom Brock **


Silent Caresses
Shakesperean Sonnet

Across the room's tumult of crowded noise
Amidst the maze of twisted legs and arms
Exquisite agonies; enraptured joys
Both wend their way - unspoken fatal charms

My eyes alit upon the maiden fair
Celestial angel hid in human guise
She meets my gaze upon the dreamy air
Impassioned kisses mixed with breathless sighs

Caresses silent calm my secret fears
As gently lifting fleshy outward veil
Who, what, where - nonessential - disappears
Our very essence shared in full detail

Two souls unite that instant 'neath the sun
Forevermore, two hearts shall beat as one



Collide

The world is a gargantuan machine
Filled with countless ping pong balls
Bouncing, bubbling out of control
Balls knocking crazily, chaotically
Off one . . . into another . . . endlessly
An overwhelming jungle of insects
Swarming frantically, ceaselessly
So many balls in this menagerie!
Too many to allow us to see
Any semblance of reason in this thick insanity

. . . . . . . . . . .

Who knew all those years ago
When my little ball emerged into the hive
Who could have known back then
That half a lifetime later . . .

The ball stamped with my name
Bouncing obliviously in its random rhythm
And another ball in its own discordant dance
Would in this frenetic frenzy
Permanently etch their name upon each other
When they somehow managed to collide . . .

(Inspired by Howie Day's song, Collide)



Solitary Sailor
(Word Games with the letter S)

solitary sailor sets sail, ship slicing stormy sea
somber soul seeking shire's stolen sweetheart
swelling squall splashing salty soaking shower
sailor sadly sighing secret solicitudes
sailing south sighting shimmering shrouded shoreline
scattering sand sandals stride steadfastly
sojourner spurns sizzling summer's sun
sweat soaks shirt scaling summit sheer
summit secured, startles scowling sorcerer
single spell splinters speeding spear
scornful soothsayer sneers sinister smile
staff's scorches striking soldier's shield
shattering shield surrenders slicing sinewy shoulder
smirking sorcerer sends second scorching sortie
stung stalwart summons supernatural salve
sword shakes sheath, sharpened steel swiftly slices
stygian specter summons stricken seer Sheol-ward
suffering spartan stanches seeping sanguine spots
steep sylvan stream seeds stale, simmering swamp
smoldering sulfur stench sears suffering senses
slowly silently stealing savage sanctuary
somnolent serpent's sixth sense smells scent
suspicious styxian spawn stirs supply spiraling
spies stealthy stranger. sways seductively staring
suddenly spurning shadows - swift stupendous strike
stubborn seafarer shuddered, somehow sustains
surrounding spirals squeezing, sapping spirit
swashbuckler summoning superhuman strength
swings shining saber splitting scaled snake skull sunder
spent slayer sights shy shapely sinless slave
suitor shatters shackles securing salvation
sailing serene sea, savoring sweethearts share sunset


Tom Brock lives in Strasburg, VA. "I tend to look slightly askance at life," Brock says. "With my melancholic soul, I like to think I also see the deeper realities of life. One of those realities is that no matter what, life is a priceless gift and is to be lived passionately. I hope my writing shares these things with others."


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