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Death in the Dark
Adlyn was warm in Jack’s arms, the patchwork blankets pulled close around them, the solar lights dwindling as the batteries ran down. Outside the wagon, the wilderness chattered and creaked and moaned with the wind off the mountains, full of nothing and anything; Jack pulled her closer, a talisman against the dark and unknown. Adlyn smiled, settling her lithe form closer; she was still full of wonder at the newness of the love between them, still star-struck by his blue eyes. Having such a dreamboat as her first lover... she often pinched herself to make sure it was real, feeling strange and grown-up... but then she usually spat over her shoulder, fingers crossed, and laughed at herself for her childhood superstitions.
“How did you manage to survive on the streets, ever since you were six?” Jack murmured suddenly, his normally-voracious curiosity on fire for his first love, wanting to know everything about her. He shook his head; having had a nurturing and protected c
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Wakening Summer
The robin's call the only sound
Tugging on the strings of dawn
Spring this year is almost gone
Dandelions all mown down
Mourning dove, heart aching
Calling in the gloaming light
A threnody for fading night
Blue horizon, dawn breaking
Song sparrow's lilting trill
Sweet grass scents the morning dew
Breath of wind that lifts anew
Spring's changes finally still
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Growing like a weed, I remember
In childhood.
Now I stand in green grass with winter-pale feet
Dying like a tree returning to earth
By degrees,
Stepping down,
Disembodied, disconnected
From the cycle of living.
Around me: dandelions.
Profuse, ebullient
Is anything so unthinkingly alive
As these?
Children's voices rise and fall
On spring lawns all around me.
I chose barrenness. And here I am, solitary
My seeds to every quarter flown
Fallow, directionless, alone
Seeking sanctuary from the litany of storms
Howling in a springless heart.
I look down, seeking silence. I am
Surrounded by faces turned all together
To the sun.
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Then at Last, Rain
Petrichor and psithurism
Soliloquy: a solipsism
Rewrites winter's palimpsest:
A threnody for season's rest.
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Ides of March
Rete mirabila
Forest winter-flensed
Stark against
Dusted cirrus glaucous sky
Clotted dark of evergreen
Bitter wind, rheumy eye
Boot bottom mucky meltwater
Sloppy slurry in the gutter
Sullied snow disintegrates
With the rest of my emotional state
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Fire without discipline burns
The djinn from the bottle
Leaving darkness and pain
In the aftermath of its bright blossom.
Pull the blanket of winter over me
Give me silence, cold, absence
I will heal.
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James, he cries out in his sleep, for the third time this week. Who was James?

I watch pain and distress flow down the well-studied lines of his face, melting back into a waxen semblance of tranquility, the slow measured cadence of breath in deeper abysses of sleep. Time and near darkness play havoc with comprehension, I see motes of not-quite-anything, incoherent in the stuffy sleep-heavy stillness. Who was James?
Having admired Richard Lehman’s writing for so many years, it still feels unreal that we are seeing each other, sleeping together. But the tears that come unbidden, unheeded, the calling out — none of which he recalls in the light of day, nor does he explain, turning distant and laconic the one time I asked — give the nights an air of surrealism. Well, that and the dreams that always wait to ambush me, the moment my head touches his pillows. Repositories of lost ideas, leaked away in the night?
Three boys skateboarding on the si
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Late Autumn
November's hoary, hollow bones are dry;
A hennaed rattlebag against the sky
Which blithely turns its fading face — 
Its cloudy eyes and aging grace — 
Behind a brittle veil of lace
Refusing to comply.
No scent of snow, no silvering of ice;
This fallow dithering begets a price:
Unseasonable hazel still
Must feed the Dark, the dying chill.
So let the blood of autumn spill...
December's sacrifice .
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"He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence." 
         — William Blake

"I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.   
I learn by going where I have to go."
         — Theodore Roethke

"An adventure is just a really uncomfortable experience that makes for great retelling."
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Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."
— Groucho Marx

“You can't teach an old dogma new tricks.” 
― Dorothy Parker

“Living well is the best revenge.” 
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“The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.” 
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"You’re only given a little spark of madness. Don’t lose it.”
— Robin Williams

"Life is poetry from the outside in;
Poetry is life from the inside out."
— Catherine Fischer copper9lives

"You aren't lost. Everyone else just thinks they know where they're going."


Sun Mar 26, 2017, 11:55 PM

Hello, friends!

I'm sure some of you are wondering what the heck I've been up to… well, I've been making shinies! Please check out my new work — some of which I'm really proud of — at OohShiny, my business account!

If there's anything you like, or if you'd like to commission something completely custom, check out my Etsy shop, or my own Website!

In other news, my awesome brother (who created my gorgeous website) has recently begun offering his fantastic custom websites at only $5,000 — his company truly does amazing work. (I'm so proud of him.) If you're a professional, looking for beautiful, clean designs that flow and work seamlessly on any device, with the ability to add new listings in real time, check it out!

Happy spring, everyone!
:heart: Copper

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Catherine Fischer
Artist | Professional | Varied
Fantasy and Science Fiction art fan, lover of literature, photography, travel, fine food and drink, corsetry, critters, and our wonderful world. I love exploring with a camera, making jewelry, cooking, writing poetry, and anything to do with the sea. My jewelry work is at — please check it out!


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Hopelessly addicted to Jonesymin 's D&D campaign… the man is busting at the seams with STORY!
White Christmas. Piles of feathery snow. Juicy roast bird and all the trimmings. Sweet ice wine. Postprandial nap. Ahhhh.
Popping by to tell you all I love you! :heart:

We, flung from all-consuming blaze of grace, O spark

Burned ourselves out in empty cold of space, went dark.

…I woke up with that in my mind. I write in my dreams...

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EintoeRn Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
:+fav: Many thanks again for stopping by, Catherine !
copper9lives Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
There are always treasures there, whenever I do! I love your artist's eye… :hug:
EintoeRn Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
So kind of you :hug:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the watch :icondurrhurrplz:
copper9lives Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Damn fine artwork! Thank you for sharing it with us! :heart:
TobyFoxArt Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Too kind <3
Ritusss Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Student General Artist
copper9lives Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
Love your work! Thank you for sharing it with us!! :heart:
gravity-zero Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
thank you for the watch! :D
copper9lives Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2018  Professional General Artist
You're well worth watching! :D
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