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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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Artist by copper9lives Artist :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 12 56 Turquoise pattern lariat by copper9lives Turquoise pattern lariat :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 7 4 Peacock and tigereye set by copper9lives Peacock and tigereye set :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 10 2 Copper and green turquoise set detail by copper9lives Copper and green turquoise set detail :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 7 2 Wire-wrapped jasper set 2 by copper9lives Wire-wrapped jasper set 2 :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 9 8 Eye of the tiger set 1 by copper9lives Eye of the tiger set 1 :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 12 6 Green stone's dream set 3 by copper9lives Green stone's dream set 3 :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 10 7
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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Passionflower by copper9lives Passionflower :iconcopper9lives:copper9lives 4 0


Between return of the death by Orpheelin
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I dreamed I loved you... by Orpheelin I dreamed I loved you... :iconorpheelin:Orpheelin 4,766 257 Nude study by Orpheelin
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Djihanes preview by Orpheelin Djihanes preview :iconorpheelin:Orpheelin 2,397 158 S Dragon Tutorial by Rrkra S Dragon Tutorial :iconrrkra:Rrkra 823 258 Art Mink by KiwaTec Art Mink :iconkiwatec:KiwaTec 5 5 Dream Images by KanchanCollage Dream Images :iconkanchancollage:KanchanCollage 196 32 Dreams of Flight by KanchanCollage Dreams of Flight :iconkanchancollage:KanchanCollage 251 24 I had a dream, Jo  by jhames34 I had a dream, Jo :iconjhames34:jhames34 31 3 we'll send him cheesy movies by jhames34 we'll send him cheesy movies :iconjhames34:jhames34 24 13
Telegram From Lethargy
Lie down but don't sleep
Brain buzzing poor body prone
Just how I like you
I will be here until your
Vitality crumbles, then...
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Not Alone - Collaboration by cholie Not Alone - Collaboration :iconcholie:cholie 27 12 Sau ) by anastasiyacemetery Sau ) :iconanastasiyacemetery:anastasiyacemetery 275 13
One year of DeviantArt
   Even with a day of delay, I can't believe I'm actually writing this. Exactly one year and one day ago, indeed, I started my adventure on the wonderful nexus of ideas and creativity which is DeviantArt. At that time, I must admit, I was rather skeptical.
I wouldn't go as far as to say I am thoroughly hostile to all kinds of social networks in general, let's just put it this way; in the past - and a little bit, today - I did not believe much in the positive aspects of networking, or at least of how this is done nowadays. Naturally, I was well aware of its potential, but I also heavily criticised its flaws, particularly how everyone was so obsessed with providing the whole world with a constant, thoughtless stream of details about his own everyday life.
   Eventually, though, I came to realise that my negative judgement had most of its roots in what I would call a lack of proper focus. Without making any direct reference, the 'social network' I was mostly accustomed
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taddooz by jhames34
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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!
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Catherine Fischer
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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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copper9lives Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2017  Professional General Artist
EEEEEEEE!! So much weasel fun! :squee:
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Wishing you a very happy birthday, Catherine! :heart:

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:woohoo: :party: :iconcakelickplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconcakelickplz: :party: :woohoo:

It's May 7th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!

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Happy birthday! :D
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Happy birthday dear Catherine :hug:

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Happy birthday, honey. I hope you have a beautiful day! :heart:
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Happy Birthday! Have a fantastic day :D
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Happy birthday  :heart: 
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