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// Saturday, September 17, 2011

Said the...Demon

After a long day of tempting and mischief, two tiny, plump demons are winding down with excessive amounts of libation and a frank discussion.

We join their conversation, already in progress.

    "What is it with people and their obsession with transcendence?" slurred one demon to his inebriated cohort.

    "I mean, they're always looking to transcend something—in art, in spirit, in effort—that they completely ignore the real and precious gift that is the here and now.

    "But I guess that's actually good for us, right? I mean, it definitely makes our jobs easier, assuming they don't actually find anything. Hmmm..."

    And after a long and thoughtful pause, the demon added, "A toast, then, to those in search of transcendence — may it be the golden carrot that's always just out of reach. CHEERS!"

    The End

© Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

This text composition is a work of fiction. Names, places, institutions, events, incidents, characters, persons, locations, and/or organizations either are products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Full Creative Writing Disclaimer.

A Fortune in Lies

A Fortune in Lies (c) Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

 
About

Chinese takeout one night came with a handful of fortune cookies. This is what mine contained (sans the keyboard).

After reading it to my wife, she quipped, "That still doesn't mean you can climb to the top of a mountain, jump off its peak and expect to fly. Plummet, yes. Fly, no." (We had a good laugh.)

Translated: You still need to know your limits, even while pushing them; otherwise, you may push yourself beyond the point of no return.

Since this fortune didn't come with an attribution (truth be told, I've only seen one that has, and it was a quote from Confucius (I kid you not)), I searched for the text (i.e., Googled it) and found that it's attributed to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a deceased French philosopher and Jesuit priest.

Who would have thought that one fortune cookie and Google could lead to so much?

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// Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Immersed in Reflection

Why do we put pen to paper?

Why do we work and rework,
     edit and revise,
          strikethrough and scrap?

Why do we even bother
     with the written word at all,
          when we're immersed in the Great Internet Age?
               Where smartphones and e-readers,
               and texting and tweets,
               and tablets galore (some, a gore),
               and social media (all a "like"),
               are here, there, and everywhere,
               and are all the buzz and the rage.
               (But will they have grace with age?)

Because a world without paper and pen,
     without the written word,
          and without its poems, prose, and stories,
               that glide across a paper page,
                    like a cool breeze that rustles leaves,
                    and nudges clouds across a dreamer's mind,
          is no world for me,
               and may as well be
                    the tenth circle of Hell...

 
About

This piece came from the following line, which was transformed into the final stanza:

"All for the glory of the story."

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Redemption

Redemption (c) Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

Redemption had a sign, a counter, and prizes.

Who knew?

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// Saturday, September 10, 2011

Today's Tendril...

To drive and be driven,
      Is what I've been given.

But to lead or be led?
     Asks the Voice in my head.

Time is but a lie,
      Yet a master still.

The equation of man,
      Bends to my will.

© Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Friday, September 09, 2011

Today's Tendril...

Today's Tendril... [20110909] (c) Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com

Dedicated to Monk, because he is an original (and very much so).

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// Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Strength Everlasting

Strength Everlasting (c) Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com


Today's Tendril...

To live and be free,
     Despite any threat.
United we stand —
     We'll never forget.

 

About

"Banner" text in "Strength Everlasting" (SE) is adapted from the U.S. Constitution and is expressed under the protection of Article I of The Bill of Rights.

The Today's Tendril… was an alternate idea for the SE banner text.

SE's title comes from the original place-holder text banner: Wings, talons, and strength everlasting.

P.S. The font used for the SE banner text is Bleeding Cowboys. I believe this is a right-fit use of this font.

© Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Monday, September 05, 2011

The King of Pause

The King of Pause (c) Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
About

A simple doodle of comma with a talk bubble containing the text, "I'm a comma. Nice to meet me," led to this piece.

© Copyright 2011 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.