Serene Serenade | #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity #Love

Serene Serenades
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She glimmers gorgeous radiance from her striking eyes,
he weaves torrential tapestries of elation
upon her succulent skin
they bask in the essence of their serene serenades
that invigorate their united spirit in myriad joyful moments
as they bond in mind, body and spirit.

Time slows to a crawl, every second eternal,
flowing prismatically, showing celestial cycles of time;
a kaleidoscope of possibilities in their every moment
which interweaves destinies as coital canvases collide.

Life firmly sets an ironclad foundation
whereupon long–lost lovers bind themselves to each other
tethered by a gaze that whispers perennially
and speaks more words than a thousand lifetimes ever could

Enchanting encounters brought about often
exuberantly soothing and mending once war–torn hearts
whereupon the past, present, and future,
majestically merge an eternity of possibilities
into that one iridescent instance where eternal lovers realize
that they have not only found their sanctum once more
but that they also finally arrived home forevermore.

Noctis Blackburn ©

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Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All Book Release Update | #Love #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity

Just recently, I received my proof copy for the latest book I am soon to release, though admittedly under my Zy Marquiez pen name, it being Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All.

The above picture shows what the softcover book looks like. A quick note on that though, that ‘smudgy’ looking portion on the left of the white heart is just a glare. That said, the pinkish hearts that interlock do however look exactly as you see them. Just wanted to make sure people knew how it looked.

Now, the tentative plan is for me to start proof reading this copy today, and hopefully have the proof reading and additional Beta Feedback done so I can order another proof copy tomorrow, which should arrive mid next week. Given how important this book is to me, I simply don’t want to make this book available to public access without having had another go at the ‘final’ proof copy.

If all goes as planned, then the book should be available to the public by late next week.

You all have a great day.

– Noctis Blackburn
a.k.a. Zy Marquiez

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Synchronized Heartbeats | #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity #Poems #Romance #Love

Synchronized Heartbeats

Embracing deeply
within the carnal canopy of night
they diffuse ultimately united
in serenely resonant wonder
merging to the mellifluous tune
of their fused heartbeats
as they synchronize passionately
and begin beating as one.

– Noctis Blackburn ©

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Blackburn Bits #2 – Libraries | #Books #Libraries #Reading

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September 9, 2019

There are many reasons why I absolutely find libraries incredibly intriguing and refreshing. 

Containing veritable memories of the past, be they in fictional or nonfictional format, libraries have always invigorated my soul, for they offer a kaleidoscope of wonder from which to draw upon and examine at length, and countless ways in which individuals can indulge in the exploration of thougth that others have laid down before them.

When I was younger, I always dreamed of having a library just like in Beauty & The Beast, and thankfully I’m lucky enough to have a large library of nigh 1000 books.  Although most of these are of the nonfiction variety for research purposes, I enjoy them all nonetheless.  I have always found incredible inspiration in books of all types, and find them to be one of the most underrated aspects of media today.

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Blackburn Bits #1 – #Life & #Humor

“A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
– Charlie Chaplin

Recently, I got into a conversation with someone that discussed life and humor. This conversation was intriguing for many reasons, but one of the more interesting points was when we talked about that although life features many moments that deserve serious thought and consideration, not every moment need to be as such. Many moments allow for the latitude of humor to be sprinkled in liberally making things more interesting and fun.

Moreover, while life does have its inherent serious circumstances that require individuals to be serious, having FUN and being yourself, whether its silly or not, is something that although often intimated, doesn’t happen as often as one would think in circumstances outside of the ones that require one to be serious.

Life is roller-coaster that is arduous, thought-provoking, amazing, and certainly much more. But it can also be fun when the time is right, so hesitate not in enjoying circumstances, or sprinkling humor when you can, because it often makes moments not only much more fun, but incredibly memorable, too.

The Fusion Of Writing & Life To Bring Depth To An Individual | #Life #Writing #WritingCommunity

“Life is too important to be taken seriously”
– Oscar Wilde

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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September 5, 2019

Life is experienced in a full kaleidoscope of circumstances that show the endless ways that it can be experienced.  How we choose to experience those circumstances will ultimately dictate what we get out of them, and how much meaning and depth will be had.

One of the vanguard reasons I love writing is because it allows for the exploration of life through the written medium, which showcases countless writing styles, but also because it allows you to examine meaningful circumstances at length, but more importantly, to record them as a time capsule of sorts for yourself, or for others.  Additionally, the wisdom garnered from many of the most astute individuals in the past still lives on, all due to their choice to pen their thoughts in timeless fashion.

This merger of an individual’s experience and creative process, brought about through writing, still resonates today.  Such instances not only allows individuals to learn from the past in myriad ways, but ultimately also aids individuals to live a better life, a wiser life, a more fulfilling life, all because those individuals took pen to paper and seared their voices into the pages of history after imprinting the insights they learned through the trials and tribulations they faced. 

That is incredible power, not only because words have the influence to change people’s lives as well as history in significant ways through their inherent resonance, but words add depth to life that at times can be looked upon time and again for those with appreciation of it, as is the baseline for these thoughts.

Don’t ever underestimate the power of writing, whether it is blogs, paper notes, letters, creative writing, poetry, fiction, short stories, and so on, to add depth to your life and those of others.  For just like a mindful and deep breath brings a moment of clarity, no matter how fleeting it may be, the act of writing can also bring clarity that can allow not only for the recording of meaningful circumstances that took place in an individual’s life, but this also allows for more incisive examination of meaning within the very fibers of life, the untold depths that often go unexplored not only in the moment, but later on. 

 Such circumstances while possibly seemingly insignificant at the time, might just echo through the end of time.

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Blackburn Musings #5: Looking Back, Looking Forward | #Writing #WritingCommunity #Life

“In this moment there is plenty of time.  In this moment you are precisely as you should be.  In this moment there is infinite possibility.”
– Victoria Moran

Seeing that the musings have become my unofficial journal of sorts, I’m going to continue with it given how much better it feels to vent and speak of certain things on my mind.

Jumping right in, this past weekend was the first weekend in as long as I can remember, many years in fact, that I was totally to myself.  I had no plans, except my usual ones, no family in town, no nothing; it was a blank slate.  In the past I totally would have picked up the phone and gotten a hold of some people to hang out, but I thought that perhaps I’d do something different and just take extended time for myself.  It’s not that I haven’t taken a day or so to myself before, I certainly have, but there’s a big difference between a day, and four days just doing your own thing.

I preface this entry with the aforementioned because out the blue I decided to go to the park after being the place I venture to on the weekends which I call the Pizzeria, though it’s not that by any means, it’s just that pizza’s my default food there, so I employ that nickname.  Anyways, on Saturday night, after having been there and closing out the place while writing for nigh 4 hours or so, I decided while heading home that I would stop by a park.  It was totally spontaneous, which is something that I don’t mind doing now, though I certainly wouldn’t have ever in a million years thought of doing that in the past.

I was nice to just continue do what I was doing at the previous place which was write, and when coupled with stargazing, it was a whirlwind of inspiration.  I often find myself very energized when leaving the Pizzeria, but there’s just nothing to do except usually head home.  In any case, I spent so much time there that I didn’t get home until like 5 or 6?  I thought I would only spend an hour there, but time flies when you’re mind is operating at Warp 9.  I wound up thinking and/or writing about goals, things I need to work on, things I’ve overcome and things that I’m not being mindful about, mainly my health, but certainly MANY other things.  It’s just that my health would benefit the greatest from mindfulness given that everything else in my life stems from that.  If my health is dismal, then everything else follows suit.

The point is that it was just nice to relax and not have to worry about work, or life, or anything, and just write and/or think.  Granted, I do that very often, but never in such a way.  If anything, there was a lot more clarity and depth, which allowed me to pen my thoughts more incisively throughout and also conceptualize current and future goals I would like to achieve, along with a whole host of other things.

I’m just trying more often to be in the moment, slow down a bit, because Heaven knows sometimes I get so busy, though admittedly its by choice, that I forget to slow down and be mindful or considerate about things.  But I find often, that when I do slow down, it’s emblematic of having been sprinting in a marathon and all of a sudden you’re allowed to breathe and catch your breath finally.

My life’s changed so much the last year, particularly the last 6 months or so, and I just wonder I am going to be and what projects ideas and things I am going to be doing a year from now.  In one sense, I’m nervous because my life has often taken drastic turns, and not always for the better, but I’m mostly hopefully and excited given that even though there’s been drastic turns in my life before, it’s never been insurmountable, even though at times it might have seen as such.

I don’t see why I wouldn’t be doing this blog a year from now, so hopefully when a year from today passes by, I can look back retrospectively not only in appreciation, but in curiosity as to how much my life has changed, what things I’ve delved into, what things I’ve been working on, and countless other things. 

I might do a quick year in a review in a rough sense of the past year now that I think of it, but I’m still uncertain about that.  It might be neat to do a quick synopsis of lots of successes and failures, and what I can glean from each so I don’t end up making the same mistakes and hopefully help others as well so they don’t make the same mistakes as me.  We’ll see.

You all have a wonderful evening.
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Author’s Note:

I’ve been incredibly busy today organizing my home office that looks more like a disaster triage center than an office, but let’s just pretend to make it more palatable. My original intent was to do my usual posts, share poetry, and so on, but I decided to put all that on the back burner given that organizing was more important, and something that if I do it correctly (*Crosses Fingers*) then I won’t have to do it again for a long time. The core parts of organizing that is, not the regular little things like index card notes or sticky notes that I’m bound to scatter all over the place like a tornado.

I also plan on writing a post on the subject of “Why I Write”, which I thought would be a neat concept that was brought about an IG user named FacelessVerity. They had two posts in sequence talking about why they wrote, and I found it very intriguing and refreshing, so I thought I would write something similar. That entry won’t fall under a regular musings given that it’ll be at the foundation about writing, but I’m still stoked to perhaps walk through all (or most) reasons as to why I write.

It’s my contention that writing is one of those concepts that can do a lot more for the world than people give it credit for, but that’s a whole different topic I would like to discuss in the future. You all take care.
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Hades | #Poem | #Poetry | #Writing | #CreativeWriting | #NoctisBlackburn | #DarkPoetry #Darkness | #Mythology | #Gods

Hades ©

The rivers of Hell spilled maliciously through Earth
Shivers & yells thrilled the wicked viciously into mirth.
Those sickly, gripped by doubt, crawling, calling dread;
Souls quickly ripped right out; all bodies falling dead
This scatter plot is for the living, it then dehisces death
It matters not, death’s unforgiving; like the bliss of meth
The stark reaper grips you whole, resolutely tightening
As the dark keeper rips your soul, absolutely frightening.

Noctis Blackburn


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Maintaining A High Output In Writing | #WritingCommunity #Poetry #Poems #CreativeWriting #Prose #NoctisBlackburn #Writing #Inspiration

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”
– E.L. Doctorow

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
– Louis L’Amour

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August 9, 2019

Writing is an extremely time intensive process. 

It is easy to spend dozens of hours a week working on your craft, drafts, editing, and so on, without it even being a job for you.  This is why it’s paramount to keep your energy levels up (physically and mentally) and your inspiration topped off as much as possible, for it allows for seamless creation of content whether you do fiction, non-fiction, poetry, book reviews, or anything else.

The aforementioned was stated because I’ve often been asked how is it that I’ve written quite a few poetry books so quickly, and my main answer when asked has always been that I make sure that my inspiration is always there.  I am always exposing myself to things that inspire me, whether it is music, movies, words, passages, moments, people, interactions, meaningful memories, previous write-ups, diary entries, letters, notes, emails, you name it, all of that inspires me to the core.  It keeps the embers of inspiration lit to such an extent that I’ve actually come up with a term named “Writer’s Flood”, which will be discussed at length in a future blog.

To sum it up now though, the term ‘Writer’s Flood’ is the opposite of the term ‘Writer’s Block.  Where in traditional ‘Writer’s Block’ you couldn’t write if your life depended on it, ‘Writer’s Flood’ means that you’re so inspired writing basically takes care of itself, it’s almost like you’re  tapped the well of inspiration and it costs you no energy and your output at such a time is incredible and nigh effortless.

The vanguard thing I do now is that, whenever I feel this inspired, or significantly inspired, I end up writing, whereas before I would have specific time slots to write.  Well, the latter idea, though great on paper, almost never works that efficiently for me.  If it works for you, fantastic, it just doesn’t serve me that well.  As such, it matters not whether I’m at the coffee shop, a friend’s house, playing pool by myself, at the gym, at Barns & Noble, maybe a restaurant, you name it, I plop down my notebook, or write on a book, or use the phone, and begin writing.  And it’s not uncommon during the most inspiring moments to knock out 50 or way more poems fairly quickly.  This isn’t always the case, but it happens probably once or twice a week, with several other times, sometimes multiples a day, me writing a lot of poems at varying times, as well as many other passages and so on.

I say all this because this isn’t some special talent, or anything that’s inherent to only me.  I know one person that’s beginning to do it considerably, and another two that are taking this approach and its working well for all of them. 

So what exactly do I do?  Simple, as mentioned in the introductory paragraph, I do things that infuse me and/or increase my energy levels coupled with things that inspire me, whatever that may be.  Certainly, what may inspire me, may certainly not be what inspires you, but each of us can be hit by inspiration, or actively seek it.  And once we infusing ourselves with tsunamis of energy, writing doesn’t become a choir, but an adventure. 

I fittingly chose to write this on a Friday Night, because I’m between hanging out with friends, and I’m about to head out by myself to my favorite spot.  This place is the place where I draw a lot of inspiration from, and I’ve written hundreds of poems, countless journal entries and blogs, and everything in between here.  Because of this, I try to go there on Friday nights as much as possible, because it works for me, though I know this wouldn’t work for everyone. 

Bottom line: do whatever works for you.  Seek inspiration however you can.  If you’re always being energized when in the company of others, or while having conversations with others, this should tell you all you need to know about what works in inspiring you.  Or if something else inspires you, do that.  Do whatever it is that brings joy to your soul.   And hopefully, once you create these circumstances for yourself, it’ll be a long time before you experience Writer’s Block again, because hey, if you can circumvent ever having Writer’s Block, why not do it? 

You all have a wonderful evening. 

3 Mistakes I Learned From Publishing My First Book | #Writing | #WritingCommunity | #Poetry | #Prose | #NoctisBlackburn

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July 23, 2019

When it comes to writing, it is an arduous task, and there’s no need to make it more complicated than it already is.  Even so, whether you already write for a living or you are doing it as a hobby, there are seemingly small and yet significant tips that when kept in mind make writing simpler and enjoyable.

With that canvas set, we will proceed into discussing the 3 biggest mistakes that I used to do constantly, and still struggle with from time to time.  Some of these may already be known to you, especially given that some teachers do teach this in school, but not all do.  Given that, I will proceed showing the breath of my mistakes in hopes that these help others avoid them so they can save time and learn how to hone their craft that much quicker.

#1 – Overusing Commas

I still do this a lot myself, but not as much as I did months ago.  I am uncertain how many people struggle with this concept, but I know that I tend to overuse commas at least twice as much as I should.  It might be because I attempt to streamline my thoughts in sequential fashion and I am afraid of that logical chain might not be understood.

Irrespective of that though, make sure that you do not overuse commas.  The simplest way to learn how to use these is by reading sentences out loud and seeing how they flow.  While this method isn’t perfect by any means, it sure goes a long way to helping writers realize where commas do not go, and where others might.

#2 – Overusing Semicolons

This problem is something I struggled with considerably about two months ago or so, but thankfully it’s not that hard to overcome.  The way I overcame this was keeping in mind that unless what follows the semicolon was downright imperative to the aforementioned and needed to be organized as such, it was probably better to break up the thoughts that follow the semicolon and create a separate sentence. 

#3 – Be More Specific

This one is something that many (or most) probably have heard by now, but it is something that everyone struggles with, myself included.

Poetry is one way in which I am learning how to be incredibly precise, nigh like a surgeon when I attempt to pick words, because it helps convey in salient fashion what you wish to impart.  There is no shame in taking care of how you choose words and how you employ them, for writing is a craft and the only way to get better at the craft is by practicing it.  Being more specific is the tip of that spear.

There are additional mistakes that could be discussed, but in the interest of time and efficiency I will stop this right here. 

If any of you have any additional suggestions I would love to hear them below. 

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#Book Review: On Writing Well by William Zinsser | #SmartReads | #Poetry | #Poems | #Prose

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”
– E.B. White

“Writing is the geometry of the soul.”
– Plato

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In On Writing WellThe Classic Guide To Nonfiction, William Zinsser writes an easy-to-follow no-nonsense approach into the core essentials of writing.

Providing a smattering of meticulous examples, On Writing Well does a lucid job of clearing up some of the confusion writers might have about style, methods, leads, endings, et al., while setting the foundation for a stronger individual repertoire.

In fact, regarding this, Zinsser speaks about the importance of everyone to have good writing skills given today’s newfound environment where a lot of communication takes place through the emails, the internet and so on.  This is crucial since most of us employ the tool of writing in a daily fashion.  Zinsser urges individuals to seek to sharpen their skill set in order to become better communicators simply by employing tenets  in this book.

As hinted to before, Zinsser also make incisive use of many salient examples throughout the book by breaking them down and suggesting some writing tips in cogent fashion.  Within these examples the author covers people, places, science and technology, writing within a job, writing about sports, and more.

Broken down into four parts, the book covers [1] Principles, where notions such as clutter and style are covered, [2] Methods, where leads and endings are covered, [3] Forms, where various forms of nonfiction are explored at length and [4] Attitudes within writing, which is self explanatory.  All parts offer ample insights, many of which would be useful to nigh all individuals nowadays, especially if you have to write anything on a daily basis, whether it is emails, memos, etc. and are new to writing.

To accomplish sound things in life, one needs an ironclad scaffolding upon which to set oneself in.  Writing well is no different.  The insights provided by this book will help those that employ them. Couple the tenets in this book with those of those within The Elements of Style 4th Edition, by William Strunk J.R. & E.B. White , and one has the recipe for success.  Both have helped me quite a bit, as I hope they help you.
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Blog Up Date – Lack Of Focus, Social Media & General Considerations

I hope you are all doing well. 

As far as writing is concerned, I have stayed focused on that for the most part.  Even so, I find myself failing with the blog because even though I have been writing regularly, I have not been uploading content.  Some of this is due to lack of mindfulness, but I have been making poor choices as far as the Blog is concerned, given that it doesn’t take too much time to upload content that’s already been created.  Either way, I’m disappointed in myself, and plan on changing that immediately. 

Writing has been ongoing, and I’m actually writing in myriad directions, and its rather fulfilling for the most part.  I have managed to remain inspired and focused, while also trying some new things in some areas, but overall, making sure that I have written has gone off without a hitch. 

Now, I made two decisions for myself within the last few days that have lead me to this very point.   These days, unlike the past, I am not reticent about doing what is best for me, which is why I’m writing this blog in the first place. 

The first decision dealt with me trying to clear up something for myself, by being direct with myself about a certain matter, and that didn’t go so well.  The whole point is that, in the end, although I continually try to do what’s best for me, it doesn’t always work out.  But at least I know that regardless of what happens tomorrow, I tried, and that’s all that matters. 

Immediately thereafter, I decided to make the second decision given that it was glaringly obvious that what was best for me was not to be on Instagram at the time.  And I shut down all my main IG accounts except one, and I even plan on steering away from that one unless I have a significant reason not to.

Irrespective of that, the whole point is that my choices have been incredibly Love based – doing what’s best for me because I care for myself – rather than when I haven’t done what’s best for myself, like overlooking my health, which is a glaring mistake.  On the other side of the spectrum, at times I don’t end up doing what’s ‘best’ for me due to fear-based considerations.    

What’s the difference?  In the former, I am chasing you dreams, because that’s what’s arguably best for me.  The latter, would be me staying in my comfort zone, even though some would argue that that’s what’s best for them.  And I hold no judgment as to who makes what choice for themselves, as I’m a huge proponent of Freedom, particularly Freedom of choice. 

Every single one of us has a choice to make every single day.  In fact, we have hundreds if not thousands of choices we make daily, except, most of them come automatic through the day.  But still, we make choices, and it’s in the most important choices that we each make in our lives that we see the most massive shifts.  And given that I plan continuing to torpedo right through my fears, I can only do what’s best for me because not doing what’s for me would not only selling myself short, but not living my life to the fullest. 

One thing’s certain, at the end of my life, I don’t want to have any major regrets, which is another reason why I don’t shy away from trying to do what’s best for me, because in the past I would not try something and know how disappointed I felt in myself if I didn’t try something, like applying for a certain job for instance. 

Some of you may be asking, or have asked, “Well if writing is so important to you, why don’t you stay on Instagram at a much more limited time?”  That’s an excellent question, and one a few people have raised on Facebook given they couldn’t contact me through IG.  The reason for that, as I have covered in past videos, is that I’ve gotten into the bad habit (again) of spending a large amount of time, much more than I should be, on Instagram in this instance, but in the past it was on Social Media in general.  And while that might work for other people, as I have quite a few friends, some of them best friends, that are literally on Instagram all day long, that just won’t work for me. 

That doesn’t mean I won’t use the platform again, it’s just that given how busy I am this time of year in the businesses, and given how much I want to continue writing, I can’t afford to be wasting one or two dozen hours on social media that aren’t going to anything productive or improving my life.  You might be asking, so what exactly do I deem productive?  Some of this is writing, interacting with people, supporting others, getting to know people in depth, etc.  But a lot of the time I spent was following trails of Memes, or spending lots of time looking at travel locations, or any type of pictures that could serve as a prompt or inspiration with writing for me. 

Regardless, I have to draw the line somewhere.  I can’t afford to be losing huge slots of time by doing that.  And I don’t regret any of the meaningful things I was doing on IG, like getting to know people, or supporting their work, sharing poems, etc.  That I could never regret, particularly getting to know people, because unlike the other things, you don’t always have an opportunity to interact with someone one on one, so when that happens I cherish it incredibly because (1) it doesn’t happen often enough I believe, and (2) it might not happen soon or ever again, which is why I always try and remain in the moment when I’m trying to talk to people, find out what they enjoy, and all that jazz.  

The whole point is that, I got into the exact bad habit that made me waste over 1000 hours of my life on social media this year, and if I really hope to do what’s best for myself, there is just no way on Earth I could ever do what’s best for me while having Social Media, or specifically in my case, Instagram, siphon so much time from me, particularly at a time of year when time is so precious and at a premium. 

With all that in mind, I shall continue to do what’s best for me, and hopefully I can continue to achieve everything I can achieve as an individual, while always remaining open to the fluidity of life and the possibilities that may arise.  And although I certainly didn’t plan on detaching myself this much from social media, I know myself and I know if I didn’t do it my health would pay the price with increased stress and so on, as has happened in the past. 

Do I plan on using IG again?  Sure.  But for now, using it like I was using it before just won’t work.  I do want to use it in a limited way to post poetry, but time (and my health) will tell. 

I hope you are all doing fantastic, and always remember, dreams don’t happen over tonight.  You have to be proactive in the steps you take towards them.  But eventually, with enough focus, poise and drive, if you want it bad enough, I do believe it can and will happen more often than not.  But you can never give up on yourself, or even the dreams of other, no matter what. 

Take care everyone. 

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Beryl Eyes | #Poetry #Poems #Prose #WritingCommunity

Beryl Eyes
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Once upon a perfect moment
I saw heaven’s gemstone skies
and quickly I came to find
my own dreaded disguise;
wholly dead inside
until I felt your endless eyes
breathing back lucid life
into my heart once crushed and capsized
left to rot and die;
to my sudden surprise
their holy healing power
made a dead phoenix rise;
thus shocked and shaken,
I never realized
how beatific beryl crystals
could be paradise.
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Zy Marquiez ©
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“Life is better with you”.
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Blackburn Bits #3 – Books As Gifts & Friendships | #WritingCommunity #Life #Friends

“Friendship is not something you learn in school.  But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”
– Muhamaad Ali

I loved reading the above so much. In fact, just days ago, I told a friend of mine something someone told me once. They mentioned how when two people meet, although they have a lot in common, they might or might not have something in common with YOU on a deeper level. For instance, a shared experience, a shared memory, etc. This is because that requires time, and when relationships (of all types) start, you don’t have a lot of shared experiences, even though you might or might not have common ground.

But, if you do want to deliberately share experiences and get to know what really makes that person tick, ask them what their favorite movie or book is, perhaps their favorite song, and query them about it in depth. Then, you pick what their favorite movie, book, or song is, and GET TO KNOW THAT by heart. That its paramount to understanding them on a deeper level. This is so crucial on so many levels.

I would argue that a book or movie is better to dive in depth with, only because it offers much more latitude to talk about and explore, together, and that way the friendship can grow. If a song is chosen, or many songs, then that’s fine too.

The whole point is that, sometimes, if you really want to get to know someone, REALLY want to BOND with them, you HAVE to make effort. And see, whether or not this is reciprocated doesn’t matter as much as you doing it, because you truly want to get to know that person on a deeper level. Why? Those that will appreciate it will grow with you and get to know you as you, and those that don’t really put an effort in doing something so meaningful with you in the first place, probably were never worth your time investment. Either way, its the approach I try to take when I’m truly trying to get to know people as real friends, and something I urge others to consider as well given how much we can gain from it.
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Best Strangers | #Poetry #Poem #Prose #WritingCommunity

Best Strangers

Sometimes,
friends, make the best strangers.

Sometimes,
strangers, make the best friends.

Noctis Blackburn

Note:

This poem (if you could call it that) is not a sleight on my friends, for they are all each incredible, and I truly mean that. Life being life at times, sometimes, a friend often can’t be there for someone else because they’re at work, or have something important to do, and that’s okay. I wanted to add this to the post, because I did not elaborate at length on Instagram, where I originally posted this, given how you only have a certain amount of space to write, and it’s much faster for me to write this on a laptop.

Even so, this is what’s amazing about the human experience. You don’t have to know someone in any official capacity to impact their life. People that we will never meet will impact our lives in countless ways, often in downright incredible ways, ways that we sometimes can’t even imagine. I elaborated on this in my latest book Amor Vincit Omnia – Love Conquers All.

Most often, this impact others impart on you is indirect; other times, this impact is very direct, like you synchronistically crashing into someone like an idiot, which was what happened to me when I ran into someone when I was about to walk out of somewhere because I wasn’t being mindful.

Then hours later, you’ve made a new friend, even though you were on your way out of that establishment. The whole point is that, life being life, even though obstacles will arise on your path, it doesn’t mean everything you face will be an obstacle. On the flip side of obstacles are the more significant moments in life, those that impact you heavily, and sometimes for the rest of the time. In the rarest types, perhaps even lifetimes. That’s just my take on it, and I truly believe that. What’s yours?

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Learning #Writing Through The Feedback Of Practice | #Poetry #Prose #Poems #WritingCommunity

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Tithe To Time | #Poetry #Poems #Prose #Mindset

Tithe
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My heartbeats seethe voraciously
out of my caved–in chest
bleeding raven verses
that sullenly singe my soul,
dragging it slavishly
like a shackled undead corpse,
– a veritable mannequin of the macabre –
through Dante’s 9 Circles of Hell,
driving a sundering spear of sorrow
right through frozen clock
splicing the moment malevolently;
purging emotions, as a tithe to time,
fractured irrevocably, shuddering seismically,
eviscerated morbidly and cleansed cataclysmically,
for every breath wasted.
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Noctis Blackburn ©
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