Tag: love

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Emptiness, Ciutat De Les Arts I Les Ciences, Valencia, Spain

Emptiness

Of all the hardships
Created by the pandemic
It was the emptiness
Of time and space
Which nearly did him in
 
The connectionless void
In which the bump of elbows
Became an act of intimacy
Which made a smile detectable
Only by a gesture of the eyes
 
So he filled the emptiness
With the one thing left to him
 
Love
 
Love not for one or many
Nor even for himself
But for the pure delight
Of existence
 
And that is how he learned
The true nature of
 
Love
 
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Proxima Centauri b, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, Valencia, Spain

Rant ! Pic and a Word Challenge #235

It’s like it’s Earth but it’s not Earth

She shook a little with her distress
Speaking between tightened lips
Just barely containing a primal scream

I don’t mind the old-Earth tenements
Their utilitarian simplicity
But why does every other building
Have to look like the cover
Of an Arthur C. Clarke paperback
Couldn’t we come up with
A more interesting ‘future’
Than one dreamed up by hack illustrators
Over two centuries ago

Jinessa was just getting started
When she goes full rant
You can either cower and exit
Or saddle up and ride it for the eight count
I struggled to get a foot in the stirrup
As her exasperation rose

Oh my gawd
But it feels like someone
Stripped the life out of the colour wheel
I mean I get it
Proxima is not good old Sol
But why does it have to suck
All the juice out of orange
All the indigo out of the sky
All the crimson out of my hair!

She’d wanted the change
As much as I did
Coming here was her idea
It took most of our combined savings
And a serious cut in our lifestyle
To pull it off
Those tenements she mentioned
Were functional and clean
But hardly the standard she’d lived in
All her deeply privileged existence

And why does the atmosphere have to smell
Like fucking plum pudding
What is up with that
Even a hamburger tastes like
A sickeningly sweet yet
Gaggingly pungent holiday desert
Why doesn’t it explain all that
In the brochures
How was it kept out of the news

But life with Jinessa was a bit of a rodeo
Whether it was staged here on Proxima b
Or back on Earth
Truth is I love this most about her
Well not so much the ranting

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Grandiose, Metropolitan Cathedral–Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady of Valencia, Valencia, Spain

On the Finer Points of the Grandiose

I like to imagine a society
Which would erect such grand monuments
Only after the eradication of

Poverty
Inequity
Subjugation

Though I rather imagine such a society
Would have little interest
In erecting such grand monuments

Perhaps such a society
Would be too busy building
On its commitment to

Love
Compassion
Generosity