Be Witch

July 28, 2017

named this place

July 28, 2017

I know that the “57” in Heinz 57 refers to the number
of pickles that the company used to sell,
and that graham crackers and corn flakes were originally
created to prevent masturbation,
but I can’t tell you the difference between a seal and sea lion.
Or the difference between an alligator and a crocodile,
though I think it has to do something with the shape of their snouts.
Pumas and leopards are the same cats with different coloured coats, and something called
“the wingless fly” lives in Antarctica, but I only know this because I saw it on a PBS kid’s show once,
and also,
I had to google the spelling of Antarctica
because my computer dictionary told me I wasn’t even close.

You know, they say that there is a part
of the human chest that if you strike it hard enough,
it makes the person’s heart explode.
This sounds like such a lie that I have to believe it’s the truth.
If I were science, I’d never tell anyone where this place is.
If I were science, I’d have named this place after you.

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Words can light fires

July 28, 2017

Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts. There are seven words that will make a person love you. There are ten words that will break a strong man’s will. But a word is nothing but a painting of a fire. A name is the fire itself.

Patrick Rothfuss
The Name of the Wind

smell your skin

July 28, 2017

He whispered, “Sweet honey, sweet honey, in the morning I will smell your skin where you are raw from the night.”

Alfredo Encanasa
The New Word

Fall in love with a girl who writes poetry. Find yourself in her words. Watch her turn you into hurricanes and weatherstorms, conjure you into stars and constellations, build and rebuild the universe around her as you, you and only you. Just remember, if you leave, she will turn you to ashes, she will burn the galaxies down to destroy you, she will take every dark thing within the world and with her ink make it all about you, you and only you.

Nikita Gill
Fall in Love With a Girl Who Writes Poetry


July 28, 2017

O man, whoever you are
and wherever you come from,
for I know you will come,
I am Cyrus
who won the Persians their empire.
Do not begrudge me this bit of earth
that covers my bones.

Epitaph on the tomb of Cyrus the Great as reported by Plutarch and Arrian