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Love is overrated; write something about hate.
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The Ten Commandments of Hate

Hate has depth.

Hate harvests fear.

Hate can swallow you whole.

Hate will feed you, help you persevere.

Hate will swell up deep inside of you.

Hate has power.

Hate fuels rage.

Hate can force you into action.

Hate will claw at the bars of your cage.

Hate will boil the blood in your veins.

Hate shallow gods.

Hate demagogues.

Hate the emptiness of greed.

Hate the cowardice of complacency.

Hate as you would have others Hate.

Hate injustice.

Hate inequality.

Hate the exploitation of the oppressed.

Hate the forsaken plight of the dispossessed.

Hate the imperialists of the capitalist West.

Go forth and Hate.

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Love is overrated; write something about hate.
Written by forsakenthreads
The Ten Commandments of Hate
Hate has depth.
Hate harvests fear.
Hate can swallow you whole.
Hate will feed you, help you persevere.
Hate will swell up deep inside of you.

Hate has power.
Hate fuels rage.
Hate can force you into action.
Hate will claw at the bars of your cage.
Hate will boil the blood in your veins.

Hate shallow gods.
Hate demagogues.
Hate the emptiness of greed.
Hate the cowardice of complacency.
Hate as you would have others Hate.

Hate injustice.
Hate inequality.
Hate the exploitation of the oppressed.
Hate the forsaken plight of the dispossessed.
Hate the imperialists of the capitalist West.

Go forth and Hate.


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I'm enamored of short-form writing - micropoetry, flash fiction, etc. For this challenge, write an ultrashort story (150 words or fewer). It must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I will do one, too. Tag me @ruffmiriam
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Flash Fiction

Life, in three acts

The kids were finally in bed, and his wife was doing laundry.  Again.  He pulled out his checkbook and pulled up his bank account online.  Payday was a bittersweet mix of relief and frustration.  For a day or two the tension in his head and shoulders would relax, and he enjoyed lunch out rather than days old leftovers.  But then it was time to pay the bills.

The bi-weekly ritual was a study in negative cash flow.  There never seemed to be enough to go around.  The constant juggle of what to pay and what to put off was a tiresome game that brought no joy.  But this week things were different.  It seemed he had a little extra.  He rifled the bills twice, thrice, but everything was paid.  He felt lighter.

A text from his wife winked at him: Did you pay for the birthday party yet?  "Fuck me."

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I'm enamored of short-form writing - micropoetry, flash fiction, etc. For this challenge, write an ultrashort story (150 words or fewer). It must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. I will do one, too. Tag me @ruffmiriam
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Flash Fiction
Life, in three acts
The kids were finally in bed, and his wife was doing laundry.  Again.  He pulled out his checkbook and pulled up his bank account online.  Payday was a bittersweet mix of relief and frustration.  For a day or two the tension in his head and shoulders would relax, and he enjoyed lunch out rather than days old leftovers.  But then it was time to pay the bills.

The bi-weekly ritual was a study in negative cash flow.  There never seemed to be enough to go around.  The constant juggle of what to pay and what to put off was a tiresome game that brought no joy.  But this week things were different.  It seemed he had a little extra.  He rifled the bills twice, thrice, but everything was paid.  He felt lighter.

A text from his wife winked at him: Did you pay for the birthday party yet?  "Fuck me."
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I do not believe in valentines day. I never have and I never will. Today will be filled with social media posts all about it. Entertain me and write a poam or promt about why you dont celebrate valentines day.
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Why not celebrate? Let me count the ways.

We've been married for a very long time.

I don't need prompting to buy roses and wine.

He claims to forget, but I think it's design.

"I don't really like you. I'll have to decline."

Why should I do anything? We've just met online.

The day has origins that are neither cute or divine.

Capitalist pigs exploit it for the bottom line.

"I'll make thee mine, if I can be thine."

"Cut the crap, you sap, I'd rather take strychnine."

She never likes what I get, and I can't stand the whine.

Think for yourself, screw peer pressure, and get a spine.

Whatever you do, please, please, don't be my Valentine.

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I do not believe in valentines day. I never have and I never will. Today will be filled with social media posts all about it. Entertain me and write a poam or promt about why you dont celebrate valentines day.
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Poetry & Free Verse
Why not celebrate? Let me count the ways.
We've been married for a very long time.
I don't need prompting to buy roses and wine.
He claims to forget, but I think it's design.
"I don't really like you. I'll have to decline."
Why should I do anything? We've just met online.
The day has origins that are neither cute or divine.
Capitalist pigs exploit it for the bottom line.
"I'll make thee mine, if I can be thine."
"Cut the crap, you sap, I'd rather take strychnine."
She never likes what I get, and I can't stand the whine.
Think for yourself, screw peer pressure, and get a spine.
Whatever you do, please, please, don't be my Valentine.
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There's just something about Nothing...
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Philosophy

There's just something about Nothing...

Confront Nothing to accept your smallness -

     strand yourself in the vastness of a sea.

Examine Nothing to recognize your hugeness -

     inspect the spaces inside the cells of a flea.

See Nothing to embrace your vulnerability -

     hold the stare of a pariah who seeks acknowledgement.

Feel Nothing to wield your durability -

     look away, sure that you'll suffer no such impoverishment.

Let Nothing in to prove your fortitude -

     sympathy is a weakness that betrays your power.

Let Nothing out to conceal your attitude -

     a poker face is better than a grin or a glower.

Say Nothing to differentiate the laughable -

     empty words inspire those without sense or intellect.

Mean Nothing to punish the gullible -

     empty promises won't harm the cynical and circumspect.

Know Nothing to save you from the pain -

     insight and awareness are the two edges of a sword.

Claim Nothing to free you from the chain -

     compunction and guilt bind you tightly as a cord.

There's just something about Nothing -

     it humbles, it elevates, it covers and exposes.

Is there anything at all about Nothing? -

     it destroys, it enlivens, it builds up and decomposes.

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There's just something about Nothing...
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Philosophy
There's just something about Nothing...
Confront Nothing to accept your smallness -
     strand yourself in the vastness of a sea.

Examine Nothing to recognize your hugeness -
     inspect the spaces inside the cells of a flea.

See Nothing to embrace your vulnerability -
     hold the stare of a pariah who seeks acknowledgement.

Feel Nothing to wield your durability -
     look away, sure that you'll suffer no such impoverishment.

Let Nothing in to prove your fortitude -
     sympathy is a weakness that betrays your power.

Let Nothing out to conceal your attitude -
     a poker face is better than a grin or a glower.

Say Nothing to differentiate the laughable -
     empty words inspire those without sense or intellect.

Mean Nothing to punish the gullible -
     empty promises won't harm the cynical and circumspect.

Know Nothing to save you from the pain -
     insight and awareness are the two edges of a sword.

Claim Nothing to free you from the chain -
     compunction and guilt bind you tightly as a cord.

There's just something about Nothing -
     it humbles, it elevates, it covers and exposes.

Is there anything at all about Nothing? -
     it destroys, it enlivens, it builds up and decomposes.
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Another 10 word micropoem challenge: write a poem that begins with the word TAIL and ends with the word TALE. Or the other way around! Tag me, if you wish! #ATailTale
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Micropoetry

Law and Order

Tail suspect.

Clues collect.

Indict, fight.

Liberty scale.

Justice tale.

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Another 10 word micropoem challenge: write a poem that begins with the word TAIL and ends with the word TALE. Or the other way around! Tag me, if you wish! #ATailTale
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Micropoetry
Law and Order
Tail suspect.
Clues collect.
Indict, fight.
Liberty scale.
Justice tale.


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What is your pen name and why? @CreativeChaos and I were discussing our reasons and i figured why not ask everybody! What makes you your name or your name you? Tag me if you would like a read ^-^
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Nonfiction

Forsaken Threads

things, set aside and forgotten

ideas, unused and unfulfilled

people, lost and forlorn

emotions, repressed and held close

slender threads that attach dim pasts with hopeless futures

I resolve to tug at these threads and release them from their prisons.

That's what I have to say about why I like my pen name, but that's only part of the story.  My avatar is a clue to my favorite work of fiction and my favorite author.  My pen name is an anagram of the former.  Comment if you know. ;-)

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What is your pen name and why? @CreativeChaos and I were discussing our reasons and i figured why not ask everybody! What makes you your name or your name you? Tag me if you would like a read ^-^
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Nonfiction
Forsaken Threads
things, set aside and forgotten
ideas, unused and unfulfilled
people, lost and forlorn
emotions, repressed and held close
slender threads that attach dim pasts with hopeless futures
I resolve to tug at these threads and release them from their prisons.

That's what I have to say about why I like my pen name, but that's only part of the story.  My avatar is a clue to my favorite work of fiction and my favorite author.  My pen name is an anagram of the former.  Comment if you know. ;-)
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Write a couplet about something you're passionate about. And please don't forget to tag me @AJAY9979
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Coder as Cyber Deity

Syntax, logic, control statements, variables, and abstraction -

mastering this black box brings such divine satisfaction.

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Write a couplet about something you're passionate about. And please don't forget to tag me @AJAY9979
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Coder as Cyber Deity
Syntax, logic, control statements, variables, and abstraction -
mastering this black box brings such divine satisfaction.
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Do the double tanka with me! Two stanzas, five lines each, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable form each stanza (see my "Bonkers" for something of an example). Tag me, if you please! #doubletanka
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Tanka

Love is Sacrifice

My wife is fading,

losing herself to raise kids.

No time for her own,

just school, homework, and housework.

No thanks, no recognition.

Little ones know Mom.

Cooker, cleaner, nagger, Mom.

I know Angela.

Dreamer, lover, partner, friend.

Will they ever know her, too? 

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Do the double tanka with me! Two stanzas, five lines each, 5-7-5-7-7 syllable form each stanza (see my "Bonkers" for something of an example). Tag me, if you please! #doubletanka
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Tanka
Love is Sacrifice
My wife is fading,
losing herself to raise kids.
No time for her own,
just school, homework, and housework.
No thanks, no recognition.

Little ones know Mom.
Cooker, cleaner, nagger, Mom.
I know Angela.
Dreamer, lover, partner, friend.
Will they ever know her, too? 
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Written by forsakenthreads in portal Poetry & Free Verse

An Inference from Observations

electrons spin

atoms vibrate

hearts beat

lungs breathe

pendulums swing

clocks tick

the physics of time is just a trick

inorganic matter

changing state

living creatures

burning fuel

human artifice

measuring caprice

time's an illusion that fails to cease

cause, effect

first, last

extant, extinct

birth, death

seconds, minutes

decades, centuries

these are but echos, collective memories

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Written by forsakenthreads in portal Poetry & Free Verse
An Inference from Observations
electrons spin
atoms vibrate
hearts beat
lungs breathe
pendulums swing
clocks tick
the physics of time is just a trick

inorganic matter
changing state
living creatures
burning fuel
human artifice
measuring caprice
time's an illusion that fails to cease

cause, effect
first, last
extant, extinct
birth, death
seconds, minutes
decades, centuries
these are but echos, collective memories
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Write the most meaningful, emotional thing you can think of in 30 words.
Written by forsakenthreads in portal Poetry & Free Verse

Why do I try to do the right thing?

Not for fairness, not for God, not for country, not for family.  I refuse to be the reason someone else loses their faith in humanity.  I can't shoulder that burden.

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Write the most meaningful, emotional thing you can think of in 30 words.
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Why do I try to do the right thing?
Not for fairness, not for God, not for country, not for family.  I refuse to be the reason someone else loses their faith in humanity.  I can't shoulder that burden.
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