Blackburn Bits #6 – A Slice Of Substance

“The echoes of beauty you’ve seen transpire, resound through dying coals of a campfire.”
– Ernest Hemingway

It’s been quite a long time since I’ve made an actual campfire, but I do love reading and writing when cozying up by the fireplace, which has been something I’ve done for years, which is a suitable alternative. In fact, there’s a couple of cords of firewood ever-present here, because that’s how much I enjoy that seemingly inconsequential past time. Except it is not, not be a wide margin.

Having the ability to make a small fire at home might not seem like a big deal, bit it is in my estimation. It’s something of substance that one can do at home that allows for a fresh breath of air that infuses inspiration into one’s soul. Fortuitously enough, although a campfire wasn’t on my agenda during the holidays, during winter vacation I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time in North AZ, although unlucky enough to be met by multiple snowstorms.

Now, I don’t regret it one bit, though the snow got intense at times. But there’s beauty in that intensity, there’s beauty in those moments when we have the latitude to spend time in nature, doing something of substance, like writing. That’s one of the reasons I love fires, because not only do I write and read by default, but the process of creating a fire mirrors that of writing.

In varying ways, mindfulness, as homing in on the specific and much-needed steps that are required for the creation of what you wish to do, is something that isn’t only cathartic in both writing and firecraft, but breathes a breath of fresh air into life.

Perhaps, gravitating to the flames by a fireplace might not be for everyone, but for me, that little slice of heaven is my sanctum of solace, my haven of perfection, and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Except for campfires. I certainly would change it for that.

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Read More:

Blackburn Bits #1: Life & Humor
Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
Blackburn Bits #3: Books As Gifts & Friendships
Blackburn Bits #4: Agreeing To Disagree
Blackburn Bits #5: Privacy Considerations
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Blackburn Bits #4 – Agreeing To Disagree

The above sentiment might seem obvious, but given that many things that seem obvious aren’t really acted upon as such, I find the above sentiment worth noting.

Moreover, since many times it is apparent that individuals end up taking disagreements highly personal, particularly online, the above sentiment is worth noting because, contrary to popular opinion, there is nothing wrong with disagreeing with someone. It’s part of being an adult, and/or just simply being mature.

Getting worked up, and risking fracturing a relationship of any type is not worth the idea of winning an argument in my estimation. But those are just my thoughts, and you may disagree, and that would be A-okay. That’s the whole point of this quick bit, realizing that there’s more than one side to every story, and knowing that it’s okay for people to not share the same common ground.

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Read More:

Blackburn Bits #1: Life & Humor
Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
Blackburn Bits #3: Books As Gifts & Friendships
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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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Read More:

Blackburn Bits #1: Life & Humor
Blackburn Bits #2: Libraries
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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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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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Within The Darkest Hues | #Poetry #Prose #WritingCommunity #CreativeWriting

Within The Darkest Hues

It is
within the darkest hues
of the night sky
that I often find
the colors
that bring life
to the emptiness
inside.
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Noctis Blackburn ©

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