7-Word Story | Laughter

Joke delivered. Cackling. New stains seen. Success!

 

 

Have a blessed Friday! 

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“Ms. Luna”

22 May 2019

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© Joshua Curtis, 2019

 

“Ms. Luna”

Solidly smooth
Liquid ice
As you adorn the night sky
With your silky
Shimmering, dazzling,
Silvery gown
Your beauty, wondrous woman,
Arrests the breath
From men’s lungs
For each dazzle
Eyes captured – hung –
As the stars gaze upon you

 

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For me, often you have been
A comfort in the dark; when lost
Ease the pain and plight,
Strength in the fight;
Guidance in flight
As my life twisted and turned;
Shambles – smokey and burned –
Heart so knotted, and,
Stuck in my throat,
Words couldn’t pass
No matter how well plotted

 

Tears filled every crevasse,
Anointing my beard like Aaron’s oil
Emotions boil
Life foils

 

My baby girl. Why?!
Is she going to be alright?!
Was she…? How did this…?
Her, in … …

words fumble
chocked up … …

no ! … …

I … … can’t breathe,
Babe, I’ll hold you! …
Hold me … This doesn’t make any …

cence!

I try to work through
The – pain – so – deep
Still working both jobs

 

After the night job –
I know my wife needs me, but
I just need time –
I drive back to the first
Sitting in a dark parking lot
A mermaid looks down upon me
Sitting on the hood of the car,
World upside down,
Tears stream relentlessly,
I look up

 

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Ms. Luna, shining so bright,
How can this beauty exist
As I persist in this muck and mire
I am reminded of past Sukkots
Community strong as your soft glow
Blows through each lattice hole

~

Weeks later, lying on an unfamiliar floor,
At the feet of my children – fast asleep –
Soul’s so heavy I can barely breathe,
I  –  can’t  –  sleep
I pray and I pray
Yearning for comfort
Then you peak, epic-ally,
Through the slit in the blinds –
Mind – for a moment – unwinds.
We serve the same Master
I see the light you reflect
As you bring comfort

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So many other times you have been there
In my lowest points … …

Father, thank you for your gifts.
Ms. Luna, thank you for your beauty
That has turned my tides …

 

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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Derailed; I blame YOU!

I had plans for today. Oh yes indeed!

I was going to do a piece of satire; a tongue-in-cheek post touching the fringes of abortion. I know, I am going to get everyone stirred up in their feels on a Wednesday morning – at least where I live that’s what it is.

I also realize that I am a man, and I am not supposed to have an opinion on that topic … well it turns out that I do have some thoughts about it. As with any other topic, I am certainly open to having a robust – and respectful – conversation about it. But, I also know many of you are probably thinking …

But it doesn’t matter anyway! You see, my plans were derailed – by you!

And you can be sure, it was a collaborative effort! However, it was our blogging buddy Ms. Suchie who decided to push me over the edge with her interaction of yesterday’s post, last night!

I get a notification last night from good-ol-Wordpress and this is what I see!

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The audacity!

Okay, but seriously, I was not expecting to see this. You all are wonderful! I know that I do hold some thoughts and beliefs that I share here that certainly may not be popular among the general populous. Like all of us, I am trying to figure out how to stand for what’s right, in a way that is articulate and creative. I appreciate all of the support that you all have given along the way.

I have been very blessed with many of the interactions on here and you have brought creativity that I didn’t even know was there! I certainly look forward to the next 500 – and beyond!

May we all continue to grow in creativity and expression as we share our love of words!

Thank you for thwarting my plans today and blessings to you all!
© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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Writing Prompt | Installment 1 | “Lost”

This first writing prompt I got from here.

~~ 10. Write about a time you were lost. ~~

 

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  • Lost. Life’s whirlwind blowing the waves. Tossed. I have mostly felt this way; out of place; no where to fit. The older I became, the worse it got. Racism made everything worse. I didn’t feel like I fit in my family – always uncomfortable. Felt like I was a burden. My life for them? What’s the cost? Hung out with mostly black people in school, but was never one of them either. Barriers broke down and crossed. Yet, I was the bridge – wonderful purpose; trampled underfoot. Where do I fit?!  Who are my people? What’s my identity?                … Lost …

 

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  • A little shorty, summer evening and I was outside playing hard. Running around the yard, the alley and the back streets. I slip into the kitchen for a drink. I hear my … a family member … on the phone. Telling a joke; whispering; hiding the words from my inquisitive mind. I can’t let that slide! I press and ply. They give in, but tell me not to repeat. “What do you call a black person when they become an angel in Heaven? A bat!” Hurt, confused; this is funny? … I walk away and went back outside, to play with my … “batty” … friends. ? This is a step down from the poor white kids I play with? Didn’t know categories existed…

 

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  • Another summer day, a year or two away. A visiting aunt from a far way, walking away from the house to depart for the day, smiling from ear to ear; joyous, happy to see us. Began to speak to me – the youngest of the family – “You should come and visit me at my house…” A pause for a specific cause. Bent down with mouth by ear and I heard the sound. “…so we can get away from all these Black people!” Not breaking her smile as she erects herself. What did she say? I remember, the thought, ‘why would I want to do that?’ This was not okay! More splinters of confusion into my brain – more membranes fray.

 

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  • With my closest friends. The everyday homies. They got my back! Sitting around laughing – joneing and slammin’. Like usual, I know it’s coming. The white joke is on the horizon, but not towards me. Instead, why do white people … what’s up with white people … yo, this white girl … but every time before delivery occurs, they turn to me, still laughing, “Hey, don’t be offended” or after it was said “Sorry bro.” Constantly, with good intentions, reminding me I don’t fit it. That I’m on the exterior; the outskirts of unison. Unbreachable division with my closest dudes. Lost

 

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  • “Let’s go hoop at the park.” I reply, “You know that’s right!” Strolling through the streets, walking down the middle; we own this! Knuckled headed fool. Emotionally on a precipice; edge of the cliff. Get to the elementary school, hooping at the park. Blacktop blazin’, smelling the burning of trees; catching that high whiff. Trying to fit in, but uncomfortable and stiff. Then, “Yo, hit this spliff!” I reply, “No, I’m good.” “Come on, don’t be a b****!” “Nah, I’m good.” From across the way … “What’s up with this White Boy?!” Approaching me, sizing me up. My guy intervenes, “It’s cool, he’s with me.” “F*** that, get this white boy outta here!” “I said he’s cool!”  Disengaged the rage of this fool; at least for the moment. Lost – but grateful for my guy sticking up. Targeted and disrespected, but I gave them that jay! My boy was crossing them up. Couldn’t stop us!

 

 

Please feel free to share your thoughts. Also, if you have a writing prompt you want to share for me to take on next week, let me know!

 

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

 

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“The Gathering Clouds”

To catch up from yesterday’s post, this is a poem I first published here on 9/3/2015. There still may be some truth to this! 

 

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November 19, 2009

“The Gathering Clouds”

Off in the distance, with great persistence, a gathering sets in –
At the brink of our shore, ever present the more, upon our horizon –
A gathering of fierce and tenacious clouds,
Armed with deeply deluging waters,
Masterful lighting and explosive thunder.
This storm is sweeping and leaping upon us,
At an alarming rate.
Our nation dancing on the cliff of destruction –
Foolishly tip-toeing the edge without caution,
Thinking it both wise and fun –
Mocking and laughing in the face of God; not heeding conviction.
This storm is coming first to draw a line in the sand;
A line betwixt the house and the portico of the Almighty!

© Joshua Curtis, 2019

 

 

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Homily Series | Installment 1 | “Descending Glory”

These posts will probably be a little more in depth, but for this one, short and sweet (at least from my comments). Hope you enjoy. 

 


 

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Holy Scriptures for 19 April 2019

 

I have linked the entire passages for each of these on their respective texts. For the purpose of this, I will just show the aspects of the texts that I want to draw your attention to.

As an American Christian, I can say that most mainstream Christianity here is focused on being “saved” in order to go to heaven. Indeed, there is some Scriptural precedence for this and I am not saying it’s absolutely wrong. However, I do believe our focus should be elsewhere.

From the readings this week, this is what stands out to me in terms of what our focus should be, bringing his Kingdom down to earth!

  • Acts 11.5-9, 15-17 – ‘“I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’”’ & “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”
  • Psalm 148 – notice how it is written. It starts high and then goes low. It moves from the heavens to the earth. It goes from broad to be narrow in focus. The entire flow of this Psalm is “a coming down.”
  • Revelation 2.2-4 – “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’”
  • John 13.33 – “ Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” – notice that Jesus was not concerned with bringing us with him, but in sending his Spirit down to us!

 

As Christians, we often are going through difficult times and it seems that darkness is pressing in upon us – all around! Often, we say to ourselves, something along the lines of, “I just wish I was with Jesus so he could fix all this!” My sentiments exactly too! What’s the word that sums this up though? Maranatha! Literally, “Come, Lord Jesus.” Not, “Take me, Lord Jesus.” His focus is not about taking us out, but about empowering us to represent him well here and allow “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven!”

Jesus’ focus is bringing Heaven down to earth! He will redeem all of it! There are several other Scriptures that speak to this very thing. May his glory come; like Mt. Sinai, may his glory come!

Another really good book on this topic is Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright.

Again, let our focus not be on escaping, but on conquering! Our time will come, but in the meantime, let us remain faithful and true!

Father, may your kingdom come upon us! For your name’s sake and for your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Blessings.

 

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© Joshua Curtis, 2019

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Update – New Posting Format

Hello everyone! Seems like I have been on a hiatus. Unfortunately, I have only been working like crazy which doesn’t leave much time – and certainly not energy – to write.

 

 

 

I am hoping to put into place a new format for posting. Hopefully this will give me good direction to be more consistent in what I want to accomplish along with providing enough variation to hit different interests.

 

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Here is the format:

  • Sunday | Homily
    • In the Anglican tradition within Christianity – of which I belong – there is a patten for four Scripture readings on Sundays. In some churches – such as The Table where I currently attend – they will typically take one or two of the Scriptures and deliver a sermon for about an hour. Another approach, is to deliver a homily which is typically, in my experience of churches, a shorter message and attempts to draw a lesson, or tie together, all of these Scriptures.
    • I am going to provide a “homily” type of post where I attempt to give some insights on the Scriptures for that week and on most weeks, tie them together!

 

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  • Monday | Poetry
    • I will share a poem, prose, etc. I will focus on original work, but will also periodically share work from other writers.

 

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  • Tuesday | Writing Prompt
    • There are a lot of writing prompts out there. I will pick a random writing prompt – or will take up a challenge any of you provide (including picture prompts) – and let it loose!

 

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  • Wednesday | From a Hat
    • Okay, so these topics will not be that random, but will be like a potpourri or freestyle. Things I want to hit on that will not fit into one of the other categories. Sarcastic, political, social, observation, religious, or other topics will go here. Who knows what you’ll get!

 

 

  • Thursday | Poetry; Part II
    • Just like Part I, but more!

 

 

 

  • Friday | 7-Word Stories
    • Let’s enjoy some short stories! I may post one or fifteen. We’ll see! Each Friday may be different.

 

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  • Saturday | Inspiration ~ Encouragement ~ Challenging Quotes
    • This day will be dedicated to things that I have heard or read throughout the week that captured me in one of the three ways in the title. I will not provide any commentary on these, but just list them out. They could even be things I disagree with, but respect it for what it is. If you are intrigued about why something caught my attention, feel free to ask!

 

 

Okay, now, it’s already Monday evening – I got some catching up to do! I will get there and – hopefully – stay on top of it after that. I am hoping to maintain this format until the end of the month and see if any changes will take place from there.

I would love to hear from you! Thoughts about this format or things you want to see?

Blessings.

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Hopeful Grind | 7-Word Story

 

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Aches abound.

Mundane’s grinding.

Breakthrough upon horizon! 

 

 

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God’s Word – A Poem

Originally written in 2009. Originally posted 10/14/2016.

 

 

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“God’s Word”

Powerfully prolific proclamations pour forth from the pinnacled port of God’s heart –
Ecstatical – exuberantly and enthusiastically exegete upon us like elaborate equations
Simultaneously stating simple and profound statements – sagaciously storytelling
Rapidly revealing in repetition renown reputation and desired relationships
Utterly unfolding understanding of his unyielding and unending love and unity
Decrees displayed and delivered dynamically and dramatically to us with his desire,
Predicated Explicitly on Submission – Rescue before the Ultimate Day!

© Joshua Curtis, 2009, 2019

 

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Currently Reading | 15 May 2019

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I have not read anything in a while! Oh, how I have missed books …

 

 

In January I began to really start working on writing and started building my blog page. Since then, I have met so many great writers on here! Your interactions have been a true blessing to me. Also, it gave me a different venue for reading and has refocused my need to consistently read. So, to you dear readers (writers!), thank you!

 

 

Two books that I am currently reading that are splittin’ my wig!

 

 

  • That Incredible Christian, by A. W. Tozer
    • This has just short essays that are oozing and overflowing with meaning.

 

 

  • The Great Divorce, by C.S. Lewis
    • My favorite author and this one is most intriguing! It’s a fictional story of a bus taking a trip from Hell to Heaven and the riders experiences. Very thought provoking indeed!

 

 

Hope your reading is going well too! Here are a few children books I have read to the kids recently that we have really enjoyed too!

 

 

 

 


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