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Forum: Literary Merit
 Topic: Back-up
Back-up   [message #78301] Sun, 24 April 2022 07:08
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Fact or fiction? It is real enough, but is it non-fiction? A snippet from the life of parents, the father of a gay son who does the parental taxi thing and drops the boy off at a party only for it to turn into a drama when he goes to pick him up later. 

 "I now had to suddenly learn to know my son who until a few minutes ago was a person I knew and now was a complete stranger..."[/font]

The father and son seem both to have a close relationship and yet the son's life is a secret, although the father is very accepting when discovering his son is gay, even confiding his own same sex relationship in his younger years, a secret he has never revealed to his wife. [/font]

The story is full of dysfunctionality within the family and full of contradictions, are they a close family or not, I could not decide. Overall I wondered if everything was falling apart or coming together through adversity.[/font]

https://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/peterg09/shorts/back-u p.html

 Topic: Puzzle pieces
Puzzle pieces  [message #78211] Fri, 03 December 2021 17:49
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One tale complete, one starting out now. This is more than a coming of age tale.



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 Topic: Mooring
Mooring  [message #78194] Fri, 19 November 2021 08:02
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Mooring raises very difficult thoughts. I have prefaced it on PeterG09's index page thus: "Mooring is a deceptively gentle tale leading to a difficult end point. It covers the important topics of victimhood and overpowering guilt. The 'path' trodden is understandable, but should be walked away from."



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 Topic: Happy Halloween 2021
Happy Halloween 2021  [message #78181] Sun, 31 October 2021 08:17
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What a lovely crop of Halloween tales.



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 Topic: New Release for Sci-Fi Fans
New Release for Sci-Fi Fans  [message #78178] Tue, 26 October 2021 16:04
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For those that are science fiction fans, a worthy thing to note is that today the second volume of Felice Picano's trilogy City On A Star released.

Piano is well known as a gay author (with nineteen novels and short stories, as well as poetry and dramas), and most recently for being co-author of the updated version of the classic The New Joy of Gay Sex.The first City On A Star volume, subtitled Dryland's End, has the sweep of Asimov's Foundation Trilogy (inter-stellar empires, star travel, conquest and failure, etc.) and the unique story elements of Herbert's Dune (power politics, medieval family structures, semi-religious orders, etc.). Like Dune, the semi-religious order is a matriarchy striving to be the interstellar power player, but coincidental with our own current events, the story is built around responding to a pandemic--though it was written in 1994 and released in 2004.

Given that Pisano is such a prolific gay writer, it should come as no surprise that human sexuality is part of the story line, and that gay sex is a normal part of life... but the unique wrinkle is that gay sex become an unexpected vehicle for resolution of the problems that the empires face.

That's all I'll say, but here's what QueerSciFi had to say:A rebellion of intelligent Cybernetic servants has left the Females of the galaxy virtually sterile, crippling the controlling political body the Matriarchy. The race is on to find a solution, but will it be enough to save the Matriarchy as other galactic authorities attempt to dominate them using sabotage and all-out war? Dryland's End is Felice Picano's science fiction adventure for the new millennium. The novel touches on many of today's most controversial subjects, such as interracial relationships, gender conflicts, gender identity, and same-sex pairings-and views them with a lens toward the future.

If you haven't read Dryland's End, be sure to read it first. Volume Two of City On A Star is subtitled, The Betrothal At Usk, and the Kindle version is available today at Amazon here.



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 Topic: Him in the Dust
Him in the Dust  [message #78177] Fri, 22 October 2021 07:26
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How apposite that Him in the Dust arrived as chaos was created in Afghanistan. THere is to be a zecond part to the tale, for which we must await James's inspiration.



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 Topic: Tim and Ross
Tim and Ross  [message #78159] Sat, 02 October 2021 23:45
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Took a while to get there, but a very surprising end to the story.  http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/richard-norway/shorts/t im-and-ross.html
 Topic: I Want To Know What Love Is
I Want To Know What Love Is  [message #78113] Mon, 30 August 2021 14:04
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I'm happy to see there is a sequel to Puppy For Sale! I really liked Jensen and I look forward to reading more about his experiences in I Want To Know What Love Is.
 Topic: There but....
There but....  [message #78058] Fri, 20 August 2021 12:14
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My thanks to those who read this story, and especially those who took the time to comment or participate in the various polls.

The idea for the 'Stop/Push' poll occurred to me when I reached that point while writing the story because I was struggling myself to decide what Julian would do. It was interesting to see that early on in the voting period 'Push' held a lead, but as time went by the voting drew closer, to finally end with a small majority for 'Stop'.

Because I'd posed the question I didn't cast a vote. For what it's worth, after much thought I eventually reached the conclusion that because of his love for Lance, Julian would, very reluctantly, have stopped Paul, while thinking how lucky Ryan was to have him as a boyfriend. 
 Topic: A Walk in the Country
A Walk in the Country  [message #78056] Fri, 20 August 2021 08:00
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Not just any walk, but your imagined, maybe real, walk,  A Walk in the Country opened for submnissions today.

[Updated on: Fri, 20 August 2021 08:03]




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 Topic: The Pretenders
The Pretenders  [message #78043] Wed, 18 August 2021 08:29
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I just wanted to acknowledge Bensiamin's contribution to the three extra chapters of this story following on from the writing challenge. I originally wrote a brief 'postscript' to the story which I shared with him. His helpful (as ever) comments and observations encouraged me to write a fuller continuation, and the extra chapters are much improved as a result of his suggestions. Thanks, Ben.
 Topic: Never judge a book by its cover?
Never judge a book by its cover?  [message #77860] Tue, 08 June 2021 11:59
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"of Books and Covers" is our next writing challenge



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 Topic: Puppy for Sale 2 - A kind of sequel.
icon12.gif Puppy for Sale 2 - A kind of sequel.  [message #77824] Sun, 23 May 2021 20:33
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Hi everyone,

Any of you who visit Gay Authors may have read Puppy for Sale. It's a story I wrote back in 2015. I took it down from GA and now all my stories are here. Anyway, this may be of no interest to anyone who does not like/read my work, haha. However for anyone that did read it. The sequel is finished and with Timmy to roll on after the republish of the first book.

Just sayin'

:) 


 Topic: Not revealed yet...
Not revealed yet...  [message #77695] Tue, 30 March 2021 21:23
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Two chapters away from the end I think we might look at Revealed. Talo keeps us guessing, but can he keep it up for two more chapters?



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 Topic: The only way is up!
The only way is up!  [message #77613] Mon, 01 February 2021 16:04
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Not

but

http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/contests/2021-up/images/up.jpg

our next Writing Challenge.



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 Topic: Not Here
Not Here  [message #77493] Thu, 26 November 2020 07:28
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The next challenge has been chosen. I had trouble giving it a name, but I managed: Not Here.



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 Topic: Alex in Wonderland
Alex in Wonderland  [message #77171] Sat, 01 August 2020 06:41
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I'd like to add another recommendation for a published book, "Alex in Wonderland" by Simon James Green. I believe it's available both in print and on Kindle and comes recommended by Becky Albertalli, the author of "Love Simon". 

The book has all the good stuff in it, teen awkwardness, longing, lonliness, love, friendship, humor, intrigue, mystery, fulfillment, and a final paragraph twist that brings it all together in a great story about typical teenagers just trying to make it in the world while they work at the local fun arcade.

Very good read. Enjoy Smile

https://amazon.com/Alex-Wonderland-Simon-James-Green-e book/dp/B07Q5HXT6Q/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=alex+in+ wonderland%2C&qid=1596586635&sr=8-4

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51XtPyTUm2L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

[Updated on: Wed, 05 August 2020 00:19]




“There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what sin is.” - Terry Pratchett
 Topic: Logan
Logan  [message #76957] Mon, 01 June 2020 20:47
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I always like when a story has an epilogue. Even though we know the characters are fictional, it's nice to see what has transpired in their lives in the author's mind during the years since the last chapter ends. Logan has not one, but TWO epilogues. 😀

Spoiler alert: They really do live happily ever after. ❤️

[Updated on: Mon, 01 June 2020 20:51]

 Topic: Sofa Skater
Sofa Skater  [message #76771] Fri, 24 April 2020 11:22
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I was a little slow getting this preview off the mark, but I have done it now. Sofa Skater is in preview as our next challenge

[Updated on: Fri, 24 April 2020 11:27]




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 Topic: The Pages of Chateau d'Autignac
The Pages of Chateau d'Autignac  [message #76584] Wed, 11 March 2020 05:39
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In 'Pages', I diverged away from my regular setting for a 'boy romance' story, i.e. school, holiday, adventure, and moved us into 13th century France and researched this setting. It's a period where there was high romance and intrigue in the 'Courts of Love'. Now I ask you the reader... could it have happened like this, amongst Pages, given the nature of boys? I'd be most interested to hear any comments about this.

Dominick SJ

[Updated on: Wed, 11 March 2020 05:40]

 Topic: Dome of Death by Rigby Taylor
Dome of Death by Rigby Taylor  [message #76570] Fri, 28 February 2020 14:13
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''Tis was is already shaping up to be another great contribution for us from Rigby. I'm sure there will be excitement, intrigue, love, and suspense. Can't wait to read the rest. It's an exciting story so far. 

http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/rigby-taylor/dome-of-de ath/01.html

[Updated on: Sat, 29 February 2020 02:44]




“There's no grays, only white that's got grubby. I'm surprised you don't know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That's what sin is.” - Terry Pratchett
 Topic: How I Got a Pet
How I Got a Pet  [message #76537] Wed, 12 February 2020 08:38
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I had to ask Sam to send How I got a Pet to me. He wasn't sure it was in our niche. I'm sure it is, albeit with an unusual slant.



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 Topic: By Any Other Name
By Any Other Name  [message #75956] Sun, 29 September 2019 09:05
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I don't know if I've taken to heart folks' need for a truly inspirational challenge picture or not! Different strokes, and so forth. This picture's been in my library for some time. By Any Other Name is now in preview.

I'm mindful of a request a while back to steer clear of sport for a while. I had a rather fun sporting picture in mind, but it can wait a while.

I had another picture I was going to use, but Ivor Slipper's entry to Scoutig for Boys has grabbed that picture, too all unknowing. I guess when I run it he can remind me and enter it as well if he likes



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 Topic: Zeek - chapter 40
Zeek - chapter 40  [message #75769] Fri, 17 May 2019 20:00
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Please read the author's note at the end of this chapter. I've been on both sides of the subject matter, albeit years ago. It's an important issue...
 Topic: The Pick Of The Bunch
The Pick Of The Bunch  [message #75746] Sun, 12 May 2019 22:14
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Spoiler alert! Have a box of tissues on hand when reading this story. Could be useful for multiple purposes...

[Updated on: Sun, 12 May 2019 22:14]

 Topic: My Night Out
My Night Out  [message #75707] Wed, 24 April 2019 17:24
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Cute story. Reminds me of the time when a friend had me wank for him behind my parents garage one summer night when we were teens. Not exactly the same as in this story but there was the thrilling element of the chance of being caught and doing something "naughty" out in the open. I never got caught but my friend enjoyed the show! 😃
 Topic: Volunteer Beta reader?
Volunteer Beta reader?   [message #75614] Tue, 12 March 2019 20:09
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If a writer is looking for Beta support, I may be able to help. Contact me through private messaging at this site. I prefer realistic stories over Sci-fi, supernatural, fantasy
 Topic: Evan Carlton
Evan Carlton  [message #75395] Thu, 10 January 2019 09:54
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Evan has asked me to remove his work from the site toay. He is editing the tales for mainstream publication.  I hope he achieves success, for they are good tales.



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 Topic: 2019 Challenge - Non Consent
2019 Challenge - Non Consent  [message #75264] Sun, 02 December 2018 16:07
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We are in the preview stage of Non Consent. I was choosing between this and a picture. This won by a whiskerr



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 Topic: Thanking Authors
Thanking Authors  [message #74894] Wed, 19 September 2018 17:41
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I make a point, when I read a tale, of thanking the author if I have enjoyed it. The exception I make is as a publisher, when I thank authros here by publishing their work. I kind of think that is an allowable omission, because they and I often talk about the tale while it is in production, and i never publish tales that do not have merit.

What all authors on thsi site are seeing is somethng understandable.

A new author often receives a goodly email load. After the novelty factor wears off, though, they are 'establishment authors' whose work is expected to be of top quality. This means that they have to do something exceptional to be written to, more still to have a thread about their tale.

This, then, is a plea to you all, those who post and those who read.

If you like a tale, drop the author a line, or start a thread, or both. And I mean that whether you read them here or elsewhere. If you start a thread, let them know. They might want to read it Smile

Yes, a number of you do this well, and all authors are grateful for it. I'm not going to thank those who do it! We coudl end up with a circle jerk of thanks!!!



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 Topic: Parkers Love - Scooter and Malachi
Parkers Love - Scooter and Malachi  [message #74819] Fri, 31 August 2018 13:27
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Two chapters im the scene is set. When Nicholas Hall sent me the piece he was a smidgen concerned that the tale contains a word that is societally unacceptable today, but there are no words to replace the sentiment behind its use. And so it is present.

Scooter and Malachi is far more than that and, as chapters unfold, you will find it an excellent read.



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 Topic: Unseen Solutions, by C M
Unseen Solutions, by C M  [message #74809] Mon, 27 August 2018 07:56
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Good story with a premise that threw me for the proverbial loop after I saw where the story ended up.  I liked it.

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 Topic: Fine Young Animals
Fine Young Animals  [message #74295] Fri, 20 April 2018 11:12
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The challenge is up and running.

http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/contests/2018-fine-young-animals/images/fine-young-animals.jpg

Three entries only, which is a shame for lack of quantity, but the quality is excellent, as you would expect.  Tell us here what you think of the stories, and tell the authors by email



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 Topic: Refugees and Aid Scandals previewed in literature
Refugees and Aid Scandals previewed in literature  [message #74053] Sun, 11 February 2018 10:14
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William King's four parter, Refugee, seems to me to have been after the start of the problem but well in advance of the scandal of certain aid workers using displaced persons for their own ends. I suspect the news story will advance beyound 'prostitues' and will encompas children in due course.



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 Topic: We are to lose an author to happiness!
We are to lose an author to happiness!  [message #73888] Mon, 15 January 2018 08:04
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Not a bad reason to retire, that. AB has sent me The Chronicles of Valana Volume 3: Open Doom and T5A. The former has started today, the latter will start after Valana comes to an end. And then he withdraws from authorship. It has been and will continue to be a pleasure publishing his stories. There is a certain lilt to them that tells you English is not his native tongue, and that detracts not at all from the tales.

I have placed a note about his retirement on his page.

Meanwhile, I am already enjoying what will be the culmination of his fantasy adventure series in and of Valana. All too soon we will start and then end T5A but we will not forget our friend.

[Updated on: Mon, 15 January 2018 17:32]




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 Topic: REQUIEM FOR THE BEE.
REQUIEM FOR THE BEE.  [message #73595] Mon, 06 November 2017 10:58
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REQUIEM FOR THE HONEY BEE.
Oh furry bee where did you go?
you came this way three months ago.
The sun was warm, the weather dry;
you buzzed "hello", as you flew by.

As I was there amongst the Brambles;
full of pollen you did amble.
Then off to store your daily treasure;
filling your hive up to full measure

Oh Honey Bee, come back to me;
amongst my Brambles you're safe you'll see.
Your armed with stinger, that is true;
but yet, I love the look of you.

When sat with dog, we're ne're alone;
kept company by your melodious drone.
The sounds of Summer now complete;
with your deep song, the birds compete.

The Blackberries form, so black and round;
as through the bloom your wings resound.
We share the space amongst spider and grub;
I watch enthralled as you rub and rub.

But as Summer Moons both wax and wane;
I wonder will you be back again.
I see you struggle until you fall;
the saddest thing to see of all.

Your Season of life so short;
there's little more for me to report.
With one last urge you, try for flight;
but t'ween lawn and path, you lose the light.

Sounds of my boyhood, you have been;
though a little scared, I've sat and seen.
Your lovely fur of black and yellow;
makes any heavy heart, ease and mellow.

And now alas we see and hear;
news of Honey Bee extinction, drawing near.
I could not bear to hear, or see;
A requiem for the Honey Bee.
BY JACK D . HARRISON.
06-11-2017.

Perhaps, the saddest thing I ever wrote.
 Topic: Star Light, Star Bright-- by Geron Kees
Star Light, Star Bright-- by Geron Kees  [message #73464] Sun, 01 October 2017 06:39
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As usual, Geron Kees has another winner in "Star Light, Star Bright."    http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/hosted/geron-kees/shorts/star- light-star-bright.html       

Not normal for me was the fact that it took six hours to read that short story.  It is not an unusually long short story, but things IRL (In Real Life) kept happening to keep me from completion of the story.  Star is another really good story and enjoyable on many levels:  levels of discovery, coming to terms with oneself, helping others with friendship (and algebra, briefly), satisfaction versus money, and so much more.

The stories by Victor Thomas, Cynus, and Pedro I heartily recommend to everyone, and I look forward to reading the other stories in the grouping as well.

Thank you, Timmy, for coming up with this contest idea.  Thank you, authors, for the great stories we get to read as a result!
 Topic: The Boy And The Spider.
The Boy And The Spider.  [message #73335] Fri, 01 September 2017 21:04
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THE BOY AND THE SPIDER.
She spun out her web, as she did every day;
Gossamer threads spreading every which way.
Keeping it clean, she's a consummate spinner;
Catching the Flies, for her lunch and her dinner.

A hot August day, not a cloud in the sky;
It's thirty degrees, and the heat's turned up high.
The Sun cast its rays, warms the breeze in the meadow;
And the hay is so dry, it's hue is quite yellow.


Then along comes the boy, in his Summer attire;
His name is called Bobby Sir; Bobby McGuire.
He strolls down the lane with basin you see;
To pick some ripe Blackberries, to go with his tea.

The boy worked his way, through the Bramble bush;
he has all afternoon, no sign of a rush.
His boyish hands, so delicately search;
Disturbing a Blackbird, so proud on its perch.

A petulant flapping, and calls from the bird;
"I'm sorry Mr Blackbird, I heard every word".
The Blackbird returned to his Blackberry perch;
Swaying and rocking, for food he did search.

Billy continued, in shorts and white shirt;
A boy of the fields, not a thing would he hurt.
Enjoying his Summers, a joy to behold;
A creature of nature, yet lovely and bold.

And approaching the web, with some consternation;
He thought, with the spider, he'd try conversation.
"Oh please Mrs Spider, if you could just see;
I need some nice Blackberries to go with my tea".

The spider she ran, along her fine lines;
Such meetings they happened, in happier times.
"What would you like, my boy, with eyes so blue";
"I'd like just to ask a small favour of you".

"I want so to pick, some fruits of the season;
I don't want to disturb you, no ulterior reason".
The spider she thought, and continued to weave;
The creepies and crawlies, they ran up his sleeve.

The scene was so calm, so innocent there;
A Summer so perfect, not a thing to compare.
The bees buzzed around him, the boy with blond hair;
And God in his Heaven, was snoozing somewhere.

The Spider and Bees, took a friendlier view;
They gave the young boy a spectacular Review.
They gathered around him, to watch him at work;
And joined in his labours; not making him shirk.

The Spider she squeezed, by his ten-year-old hands;
And allowed him to move, amongst delicate strands.
"You may come back again boy, to pick as you please;
We're here to help you, Noblesse and Oblige".

And later that day whilst making the pastry;
The light of her life, had made such an entry.
"The Blackberries are lovely", she held him and said;
He ate every morsel - and so off to bed.

BY JACK D. HARRISON. (Fri: 25-08-2017).
 Topic: In His Room Challenge
In His Room Challenge  [message #73084] Sat, 29 July 2017 13:00
timmy

Has no life at all
Location: UK, in Devon
Registered: February 2003
Messages: 13628



As is my custom, In His Room is in pre-submission, and is based upon this picture:

http://iomfats.org/storyshelf/contests/2017-in-his-room/images/in-his-room.jpg

Who says I only like blue eyed blonds?



Author of Queer Me! Halfway Between Flying and Crying - the true story of life for a gay boy in the Swinging Sixties in a British all male Public School
 Topic: My Heart Doesn't Bleed Anymore...
My Heart Doesn't Bleed Anymore...  [message #72879] Wed, 03 May 2017 09:36
Michael-Kent Dobison is currently offline  Michael-Kent Dobison

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Location: South Africa - Gauteng
Registered: January 2007
Messages: 309



My Heart Doesn't Bleed Anymore...
 
Mislabelled passion and faulted conviction,
It seemed like such an easy decision.
A flicker of hope and a hopeless addiction,
But the truth here is stranger than fiction.
Laid down flat I ironed out the wrinkles,
But now all I can feel is bizarre numbing prickles.
I said over and over that I'd never confess,
Although my lusting heart I had to address.
 
I don't regret it, I love it, feeling free as a bird,
But the emptiness I feel is just absurd.
How is it possible to miss something so much,
So much of something you never had.
I used you to get me though just like a crutch,
But learning to walk again ain't so bad.
 
It never broke me that I will concede,
I'll come back from the brink and I will succeed.
Letting go and learning how,
To love again and what to allow.
My attachment is fleeting the tide receded,
Figuring out what really preceded.
 
Even though you may never have known,
You were a big part of my life I had never shown.
But without you there I would never have grown,
I'd have lived life in a mottled tone.
 
I think what I'm trying to say is Thank You,
I owe you more than just what's due.
You sculpted a boy into a man with a cause,
You offered help and friendship without even a pause.
You had no idea and it was probably for the best,
And I was waiting for East to meet West.
 
If I'm honest with myself calling it for what it be,
I would not be half the person I currently see.
So again I say from the depths of my heart,
I'm blessed and Thank You in no small part.
 
Written by: M K Dobison



"And so the lion fell in love with the Lamb"
"What a stupid Lamb"
"What a sick, masochistic lion"
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