the competitors stood before the sheer cliff
nimble hoofs shuffling silently
as they waited for the event to begin
their coats wet from rain
their goal to win
no path to show the way
during the sheer climb
that would take all day
but the mighty goats
looking to become
the greatest of all time
do it for the glory
that treacherous climb
to crown a champion
in the Goat Olympics
gaining fame for all time
the big snail summit was finally held in June
shelled gastropods gathered from around the world
hosting conferences under the light of the moon
It was a slow moving affair
but everyone who was there
agreed it was a boon
the land snails
the sea snails
and the freshwater snails
left behind happy trails
sluggishly sliming home
to their safety zone
looking forward to next year
when it would be time to reappear
gather ’round you ogres, trolls, fairies, wizards, elves, and giants, for I have a story to tell…
your days are numbered by the emergence of mankind
your histories will become mysteries until the end of time
your lives reduced to children’s fables and tales
where mankind is the hero who always prevails
so gather around my children and we’ll pretend
that this isn’t your end
the gods gathered one day to stage a race
between a Kangaroo and an AI Go Cart in Space
the track was located in the Milky Way
and the race was scheduled to last a day
the Kangaroo’s distant-eating hops set the pace
during the first few hours of the epic race
but the AI Go Cart went into another gear
soon it was watching the kangaroo in it’s rear mirror
to the delight of some of the gods gathered there
who had entered the longshot AI Go Cart on a dare!
step right in to a writer’s dream
and visit a fantasy store
where imagination is the central theme
story ideas from A to Z
are carefully separated
for all to see
tomes full of wizards words
nestled alongside fairy tales
and legends of Thunderbirds
rows upon rows of fantasy
inspirations from famous scribes
there is no end in sight
you can go on forever
with the speed of light
250 words –
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.
100 words –
Close your eyes and think about where you want to be. See what you want to see. What makes you happy?
Allow peace to settle upon your soul like a warm blanket in the winter.
Visions of eternity compete with reality, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find serenity. It’s there, deep inside like a splinter.
Let your inner being be serene, and dream. Everything isn’t as it may seem. Our life is a mystery, our roots long lost in history. We each have a story.
The road to happiness runs from desire to the heart whose destiny is serenity.