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Photo: Mercedeh Mirshamsi

When you have people
around you
who are
just that good
you have no choice
but to be better
in any way
you could!
When your soul is crying
just that loud
you have no choice
but to go after
the things in life that
can make your soul fly
and you will look
both low and high
until you find
the backdrop you need
to feel you have a soul
in which you believe!

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I’ve had a bit of a red week,
poetically at least.
When words
come at a higher cost
and the ones you find
easily, in the sales bin,
break before you get them out.
Lack of love, lack of lust,
lack of luck
this week,
overwhelms me.

The trees have changed
from summer to fall
and the glow of nature’s red
is around us all
with the foreboding red dusk
early on
and soon
all the warmth of summer, too,
will be gone.

So I’m having
a bit of a red week, me,
quite blue
in the midst
of the red I see –
somewhat lost,
alone,
broken and fragile.

A big sign, bright red
over my head,
asks you – kindly –
do not feed the animal.
So do not mind me,
though my blood is
much like yours,
because on the inside
this red week
I am dead – not red.

This piece was inspired by and entered at Poets United Thursday Think Tank #68 – Red

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Did you know it was on this day in 1791 that  The Magic Flute, the last opera by Mozart to make its debut, took place at Freihaus-Theater auf der Wieden inViennaAustria? Or that it was on this day in 1935 the Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated?

It was also on this day in 1949 the Berlin Airlift ends, in 1955 film star James Dean dies in a road accident aged 24, in 1968 the Boeing 747 is rolled out and shown to the public for the first time at the Boeing Everett Factory and in 1980 Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.

In 1990 it was on this day that the Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada‘s capital city of Ottawa, in 1999 Japan’s second worst nuclear accident at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tōkai-mura, northeast of Tokyo, takes place and in 2009 the 2009 Sumatra earthquakes occur, killing over 1,115 people.

Some birthdays on this day are Hans Geiger, German physicist (1882-1945), Deborah Kerr, Scottish actress (1921-2007), Truman Capote, American author (1924-1984), Angie Dickinson, American actress (1931), Fran Drescher, American actress (1957), Marion Cotillard, French actress (1975), Martina Hingis, Swiss tennis player (1980) and Cecelia Ahern, Irish author (1981).

If you need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day, you should consider looking into the celebration of International Translation Day, introduced in 1991 by International Federation of Translators or perhaps say some critical words to celebrate Blasphemy Day, founded in 2009 to encourage individuals and groups to openly express their criticism of, or even disdain for, religion.

For more information about historic events on this day, please go here.

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The factory stands empty,
grey and deserted,
as sunshine filters through
boarded up panes.

Rough, red brick-walls
tower into darkness
outside a soundless
fall of acid rain.

Every dying inch
shrouded with dust
a deceiving fluff,
where you write your name.

Machines, unwanted,
broken and discarded
where work-boots once
danced, forever the same.

In corners, unseen, lie
scattered memories,
and worn-out hopes
of the working men.

With heaviness around me
in the congealed air
I struggle to draw breath
again and again.

I strain for sound,
hear nothing but silence
and anguished echoes
of long-dead men.

Up against the wall
in the furthest corner
a desk, once white
a muted shade of tan .

Coffee stains, dried,
in surreal patterns
a palm print in oil
have signed their names.

Drawn by unheard
clicking of still keyboard
I approach in silence,
my panic remains!

Unrelenting red
the evil eye of power
stares at me
from beneath black screen.

The factory deserted
a torn-up relic
hiding sweaty memories
better left unseen.

I float over dirty
damaged floor
a shadow myself
in this shadow-play.

Unrelenting red
the power welcomes
its’ final visitor with
a sudden display.

The screen comes awake
I read its message:
This is your life
in postmodern days.

Author’s note: Sometimes when I set out to find an image to illustrate my words I stumble on something far more real and important. The above image (found through Google Images) shows an abandoned airplane factory in Flossenbürg, Germany. Flossenbürg was also the site for one of many Nazi death camps during World War II. For more information about Flossenbürg death camps or World War II, please use the links I have now provided. 

We need to remember so it doesn’t happen again.

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Did you know it was on this day in 1829 the Metropolitan Police of London, later also known as the Met, is founded? Or that in 1885 the first practical public electric tramway in the world is opened in BlackpoolEngland?

And on this day in 1949 The Communist Party of China writes the Common Programme for the future People’s Republic of China, in 1954 The convention establishing CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) is signed, in 1960 Nikita Khrushchev, leader of Soviet Union, disrupts a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly with a number of angry outbursts and in 1966 The Chevrolet Camaro, originally named Panther, is introduced.

It was also on this day in 2001 the Syracuse Herald-Journal, a U.S. newspaper dating back to 1839, ceases publication and in 2008, following the bankruptcies of Lehman Brothers and Washington Mutual, The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls 777.68 points, the largest single-day point loss in its history.

Some birthdays to remember or commemorate on this day are Pompey the Great, consul of Rome (106 BC-48 BC), Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish author (1546-1616), Caravaggio, Italian artist (1571-1610),  László Bíró, Hungarian inventor of the modern ballpoint pen (1899-1985), Stanley Kramer, American film director (1913-2001), Anita Ekberg, Swedish actress (1931), Jerry Lee Lewis, American musician (1935), Sebastian Coe, British athlete (1956) and  Oscar Sevilla, Spanish cyclist (1976).

If you need a reason to raise a glass of bubbly on this day, please consider commemorating Tony Curtis, American Actor (1925) who passed away on this day in 2010, or Inventor’s Day (Argentina) as an excuse.

For more information about historic events on this day in history, please go here.

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To the Goddess of wine
you are my saviour!
My one and only
true inspiration!

You make me whole
with a lust that’s unhealthy
but yet I crave you
more every day!

Your nectar sweet,
enchants my being
there will always be room
for you in my life!

Oh, Goddess of wine
I’m a true believer!
A Maenad modern
for all times.

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I have been told I’m crazy,
and that may well be true,
but sometimes I’m amazing,
you should know that too.
Sometimes my mind gets hazy
won’t remember what’s been said.
That’s because I’m lazy
there’s just too much in my head!
So when you say I’m crazy,
please remember, if you will,
that I can be amazing
before those sleeping-pills!

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