Speed Limits

Driving as fast as you want
down a deserted country road
where the only streetlights
are the stars
and the devil on your shoulder
is riding shotgun tonight.

He tells you to take the next exit
start over in a new town
where only the headlights of your car
will know where you have been
and what you are running from.

 

BB

Speed Limits

An Ode To Tea

Ode To Tea

A cup of tea is the most wonderful thing
a smile to my face it will always bring.
Whether you like it with sugar or with milk
delicious hot water as smooth as French silk.
You have rooibos, white and you have green
all with a different amount of caffeine!
Herbal or oolong or maybe some chai
black tea, mate or matcha oh my!
Give me a cup or a pot or a mug
this life essence then I will chug.
You can enjoy it with a book or a movie
with breakfast or lunch it will still be groovy.
Have it as a tea latte or as a London Fog
it will give you the energy to go for a jog.
Steep your black tea a little longer
with a shot of agave to make you feel stronger!
But be sure to switch to herbal after dinner is ate
so you will not be awake in to the night so late.
Which is not as bad as it sounds like it could be
it would give you more time for another cup of tea!

 

 

An Ode To Tea

Bent But Not Broken

My soul grew crooked
like a tree whose life
was spent leaning into the wind.
My heart grew gnarled
in places that had been
smooth and lithe just years before.
I became accustomed
to the bareness of my branches
and the scars cut into my bark.
I may not flower or
provide the usual beauty
that the world is so dependant on
but I promise to always provide
shade and coverage for those
who need rest and protection
and I think there is
more than enough beauty in that.

BB

Bent But Not Broken

Fahrenheit 451 Review

Fahrenheit Review

To be read with: any hard liquor shot lit on fire; the incendiary liquid heating your face and pushing you towards revolution.

I had no idea what Fahrenheit 451 was about. I had heard the title, and liked the book cover, so I bought it at a library book sale a while back. Since then it had been in repose on my bookshelf, collecting dust. After forgetting my current read at work over the weekend, I selected Ray Bradbury off the shelf, and my world was ignited (honestly, this is going to be a very flammable review).

This book had so many things I could connect with. Even though it was written in 1953, it reads like it could be modern. The world is solely focused on the consumption and regurgitation of mindless entertainment and dangerous recreation that they do not realize they are living in a society devoid of intelligence and genuine feeling. The reader explores this depressing (and suicidal) dystopia through the eyes of the main character Guy Montag. Guy Montag is a fire fighter, who does not put out fires, but starts them instead. The firemen of this future society are alerted to citizens that keep secret caches of banned or forbidden books and torch their homes and arrest them. The general idea is that books can never agree on anything, therefore by wiping them out completely, society is then sanitized of conflict. This is not exactly what ends up happening, as seen through the high numbers of suicide attempts and the very disturbing pastimes of the futuristic youth.

The core message of Fahrenheit 451┬áreally resounded with me. I am, of course, an avid bibliophile and the thought of a world where books were hunted and ignited really shook me. I think it shook me because there have always been banned books and book burnings in society, so this novel lets the reader see what would happen if that were a majority institution. You cannot ignore, then fear, then hunt intellect and scholars, the alternative of a world without those things is much worse. I can also understand the stress of trying to write without offending particular sects or groups, which is a theme that Bradbury comes back to a couple times. For this, I can offer no solution. It’s been 63 years since this was written, and we’re still dealing with this issue.

I was really inspired by this novel, and I am amazed that no one had ever recommended this to me before. I am now going to be that annoying person pushing this book on anyone and everyone. The concept and the writing were both so clear and beautiful, this novel flies by and is such a short read. Pick it up if you haven’t already. Read it again if it’s been a while. All I want is a future with Shakespeare and Voltaire and Hemingway, and I mean if it comes down to it, whoever the heck wrote Twilight. Let all┬áthe books live, so that we can have the opportunity to choose what we read, what we believe, what we fight for.

Fahrenheit 451 Review

Adventuress

Adventuress

I like to lay my maps
across the table
and press my fingers
to the page as if
the red and blue lines
denoting rivers and roads
are veins and arteries
and if I concentrate hard enough
I can feel a pulse
run through the paper
calling me to
a lifetime of adventure

 

BB

 

Adventuress