To & fro
we go

into so-so


a heavy boulder crisis

in spite of
a life of
comparative degeneration

where to go
when feel low
oh so

dead skin hardened
ready to be picked
& flicked away

listening to
a loud & deafening

you can hear it in your chest

feel it overcome

feel it overwhelm

and I can hear
a piercing silence
as the beat is

ripped away
from the drum

nothing left but
suck thumb

head in sand
& struck dumb

it is so lonesome
to be alive
& not laugh

it is so wholesome
to be alive &
not care

listen to the loud
& deafening

you can hear it
in your pulse

feel it overcome

feel it overwhelm


I V.

Make a wish to be a star
steal a star to be a wish
fake a smile to be a person
take a smile to be the truth

make a deal to better yourself
lose yourself to advance in life
rule a routine just to get by
fool everybody just to get by

when what you really need
is just to get right
when what you really need
is just to get right

we get by & we never
get it right
we get by but we
don’t get things right

we disappoint with
every exhale
we miss the point
with every inhale

we lose ourselves
in every worthwhile
we waste our time
all the while

shake off meetings with a ghost
fake the meaning behind a toast
break bread with common enemies
make a deal with a thief

what I really need v.
what I know I want
what I really want
v. what I need to know

Photos: Incubus/Deftones, Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Some amazing photographs here from my colleague Seth McConnell. I had the pleasure of being at this show and writing the review (see Seth’s link to Reverb). It truly was one of the best concerts I’ve seen this year.

Another Big Adventure

MORRISON, CO - AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post) MORRISON, CO – AUGUST 24: Incubus performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on August 24, 2015. (Photo by Seth McConnell/The Denver Post)

A little over a decade ago I had tickets to see Incubus at Red Rocks. I had made plans with friends to go, worked on saving money to drive from South Dakota down to Morrison for a few days and attend the show. Through a series of unfortunate events, I was convinced that I didn’t have the money and had to back out at the last-minute only to check my bank account the day of the show, well after my friends had left for Colorado, to find my bank account padded by several hundred dollars. I still kick myself for not going to the show. Luckily they recorded it for a DVD and I get to see my friends sitting in the front row having an…

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Game Ball

Some are here for the baseball
Others overpriced beer
The best are here for both
But others are just bored

Some are here for the home team
Some are here for away
But there’s nothing like the feeling
Of catching a game ball

Nothing like being a kid
Dippin’ Dots and lemonade
Nothing like being a kid
At the old ball game

Love in Ten Sentences

Love is a beating heart, though it may skip a beat
Love is drying tears from your lover’s eyes
Love is breakfast in bed, extra care when sick

Love is passion inside a vacuum

Love is saving the last slice of pizza
Love is doing things you don’t want to do
because you love the one you’re doing them for

Love is acting and not asking why
Love is sacrificing self for happiness of loved

Love is empty without loving self

“But we loved with a love that was more than love—
I and my Annabel Lee.” —Edgar Allan Poe, “Annabel Lee”

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So I was tagged by georgetteann for this challenge: Write a poem about love and title it “Love in Ten Sentences.” It must have 10 lines, each 4 words long. Every line must contain the word “love.” At the end of the poem, you must include a favorite quote about love. Then challenge ten other bloggers.

I nominate the following:











Call for Submissions

Paper Plane Pilots

Submissions for issue three of In-flight Literary Magazine are now open. The deadline to submit is March 1st.

If you would like your work to be considered for our third issue, please e-mail thepaperplanepilots@gmail.com.

For poetry, please submit 3-5 poems for consideration. To get a feel for our style, feel free to roam around our site or previous issues.

For fiction or creative non-fiction, our word count limit has no minimum (feel free to run with that) and the maximum is 2,500 words.

Simultaneous submissions are fine with us but please PLEASE please notify us as soon as humanly possible if it is published elsewhere.

Previously published work is okay, just let us know where so we can give proper credit where it’s due. Make sure to adhere to any grace periods provided by whoever has published it previously. If you’re unsure about grace periods, please…

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