Missing Pieces

A puzzle missing pieces is forever fated to be negated.

Somewhere among the missing pieces recovered in the fire they discovered another empire

If missing pieces are hidden for posterity they loose their familiarity

Missing pieces can be found in common places like the ground Sometimes they are a telling sound

Every mystery has a key or two, missing pieces that can give a clue. Possibly a chance for a breakthrough.

There are missing pieces in my memory due to PTSD. I am no longer the man I use to be. Yet somehow, I’m happy.

What is Praiseworthy?

“What is praiseworthy?” Socrates asked Voltaire

Sacrificing one’s life for another” he replied, answering the dare

“I’m not so sure” Rousseau countered with an imperious air

“It’s in the eye of the beholder,” spoke up Jean-Paul Sartre

“Who can truly say for sure?” Plato posited as he walked by

Spinoza suggested someone is praiseworthy if they don’t lie

“I think there’s plenty of room” said Hume, “to wrongly misapply”

Then all the philosophers threw up their hands asking “Why try?

Slipping Away

100 words

She opened her eyes and pushed away the darkness of eternity. Not yet ready to submit to that unknown journey. She embraced her life for one more day.

Happy memories gave her strength to ignore her dying body. Her pale eyes still reflected determination and an active imagination.

Her fierce soul fought to stay one more day. She would not let her life slip away silently like it never happened.

Grasping for each hour like a sinking swimmer she held on until the next dawn when her soul let go leading her towards a bright glow and an eternal rainbow.

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained

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Woz waited by the doorway to the labyrinth for the green light to come on. He was a professional gamer who traveled around the galaxies taking on challenges created by the Game Changer. The challenges always incorporated alternate realities, and reality.

The red light was on a timer. When it changed Woz entered the maze of dimly lit tunnels and followed the directions written in laser lights on the smooth metal walls. This challenge involved finding a crystal key to open the door to eternity.

When Woz encountered a door he went in without hesitation. The inhabitants inside bowed and called him an angel. He ignored them and went back to the endless passages seeking the crystal key.

Eons passed in the lonely search. Worlds were created and destroyed. Civilizations rose and fell into dust. Woz wandered from one dimension to the next, always re-appearing in the luminous tunnels. Never losing sight of his goal to find the crystal key.

During a time of solar systems defying gravity for gamers like Woz, he emerged from the maze to witness the birth of a dwarf planet and discovered a crystal cave. Inside, there hung hundreds of identical crystal keys swaying to gentle hidden melodies. They were bathed in a blue light.

Because the Game Changer doesn’t play by any rules, he had nothing better to do than make fools of gamers like Woz, who saw the challenge for what it was, but still played the game. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

In Praise of Poker

I was always told to know when to draw and when to fold. That playing Poker was more than a game of chance if you’re bold

A straight flush will always buy baby new shoes. If you miss drawing an inside straight you’ll get the blues. Four of a kind is usually good news

You have to have the right stuff to successfully bluff or it’s going to be tough to win

Cheaters and card sharks are always looking for easy marks playing for larks.

Some games get serious quickly and are not a pretty thing to see. If you’re a bystander it’s always smart to flee

Players play until all hours of the day. As long as there are two players they’ll stay, until one can no longer pay

A Ridiculous Look At Animals

Flying bats wearing tiny hats pursued a family of rats who recently arrived to live at a community zoo

the elephants protested and so did a kangaroo

the lions and tigers had their say

the monkey’s were furious all day

the zebras simply didn’t care

the bears didn’t know they were there

the aadvarks put out an alert

and they all hid in the dirt

the exotic birds didn’t have much to say

they were just happy to fly and play

the polar bears didn’t stare

because they were unaware

the hippos bathing in pools

thought the rats were fools

the only ones glad to see the rat family

were the snakes… waiting patiently