What the fuck is this shit?

I see streets of gray, gray buildings too.
I see them grow around me and you.
And I think to myself:

What the fuck is this shit?

I see skies of gray and clouds of gray, (wtf!)
the wet windy day, the cold ass night,
and I think to myself:

What the fuck is this shit?

The colors of the pavement, so ugly on the ground,
are also on the faces of people screwing around.
I see addicts shooting up, saying “Do you want to fight?”
They’re really saying, “I’m high as a kite!”

I hear babies crying, I watch them bitch.
There’ll be more crying when their dad cracks the whip!

And I think to myself:

What the fuck is this shit?

Yes, I think to myself:

What the fuck is this shit????

What Not To Eat When Depressed and Craving Cinnamon Toast

First things first… Do not take out two sticks of butter from the fridge. Never do that. Butter is the gateway to bad times.

Okay. So you took out the butter. Even though I said not too… Okay. We can work with this. Just put that bowl of butter boldness back into the fridge and we will be okay. Just step go to that bowl and … Wait what are you doing with that fork… No stop! Put down that sugar!

Now look what you went and done did. You ruined perfectly good butter with sugar. What do you have to say for your…self… No! No! Put that down now!

I didn’t mean for you to put it into the… You know what? No, this is okay. You wasted butter and sugar and cinnamon but that’s okay. We can fix this. What? You also added vanilla? What is wrong with you? Go and throw this bowl of cinnamom sugar sin away. I’m going to go lie down and this bowl best be gone by the time I come back. God. Now my head hurts like a mother…

Okay, I am back and I thought it over. Maybe I was beong too harsh. I just know you are going through a lot so I wanted to make sure you didn’t … make… bad…

What is this?!?!

I can see that the bowl is gone and why does the house smell like a bakery!

No I don’t want to try one! Argh!

No. No. I’m out! Have your toasted cinnamon sins! I’m out!

Poetic Form: Tanka

The tanka (or waka) is a classical Japanese poetic form, typically consisting of five lines or units (lines in the Romanized forms). Each line or unit has a specific number of syllables, creating a total pattern of 5-7-5-7-7.

Much like a haiku, the form appears simple. However, brevity is often easier to digest than it is to create. Moreover, the goal of any tanka is to create a specific picture and mood within the reader’s mindscape. The previous poem I wrote for the blog was a tanka. If you feel up to it, give it a try in the comments or link me to your own tankas. I’d love to read my reader’s works.

Poetic Form: Gogyohka

Ladies and gentle dragons, I would like to present to you the 2nd easiest poetic form known to mankind: the Gogyohka.

It is literally just a 5 line poem.

That’s it.

No syllable count, no rhymes, nada.

Just 5 lines.

This
short
stanza
is a
gogyohka.

Originally found in the Japanese Tanka (to be discussed later because Tankas are awesome, so very very awesome), and created by one Enta Kusakabe, gogyohka’s are short and free. Freedom is the name of the game.

That being said, the line length can vary from one word (or letter) to lines as long as a full printed page. However, this is where the issues can come up. As a rule of thumb for poetry, the shorter the lines, the heavy they are. Emphasis is drawn by the line break and how and when those breaks are made determine the interpretation by the reader.

So, if you find you struggle with line breaks, give the gogyohka a try and see how short or long or medium lines work for you.

Dragon Incantation

A is for Apalala, water converter

B is for Bakunawa, moon devourer

C is for Cuélebre, Xana kidnapper

D is for Dreq, Christian tormentor

E is for Evren, flame secretor

F is for Fafnir, ring hoarder

G is for Guivre, venom breather

H is for Huánglóng, writing instructor

I is for Imoogi, serpentine youngster

J is for Jörmungandr, Ragnarok holder

K is for Kulshedra, Saint George sleeper

L is for Lóng, Chinese Emperor

M is for Mušḫuššu, Babylon Gate Keeper

N is for Níðhöggr, Dread Biter

O is for Ouroboros, self-eater

P is for Piasa, American flyer

Q is for Quetzalcoatl, road sweeper

R is for Ryūjin, sea ruler

S is for Sárkány, gold collector

T is for Tarasque, landscape devastator

U is for Unnamed, Beowulf challenger

V is for Vritra, drought begetter

W is for Wyvern, two-footer

X is for Xiuhcoatl, fire god former

Y is for Yam, ocean stormer

Z is for Zirnitra, Persian sailor