Lament

The sun is setting in the distance
I hear the call of the owl's screech
My body and mind have been at an impasse
Where the rocks on the mountain shake and crumble
If only there was enough light in the day

Dying leaves have fallen
Searing pain unbearable to express
I find myself bridled with disappointment
Wondering, yearning
An answer that heaven cannot even cast down on me

You see, those eyes were green with envy
Hate and misery seeped from your black tongue
Fire spat from your flesh
If ever a devil existed, it was you

Lamenting the torment
Is not a conscious desire
It is an impending spear
Stuck in the ribcage of a lion
Whose tiresome body is resting

Forever a mighty soul
Born with genius bespoke
The hand full of hope
Stuck in the bramble bush
Prickled, stung, betrayed
Heart that empties away...

See the sun on the horizon
Its orange glow heats your spirit
The warmth of the love
Keeps you strong
Golden leaves have now fallen
Lamenting the spring yet to come.




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Building a Better Life

Sometimes I drowned under unbearable memories

Pain that you caused is always under the surface

Pushing to the top

Making a nuisance

You don't know or care

Would rather drink it away

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Well I'm more than that

Better than that

Stronger than you

My heart is full of love

I am the light of the world

I am the peace in the night

The sunrise on the horizon

A faint whisper on the air

Loves eternal embrace

*

Now my life is a straight path

No more pain do I feel

I am more than your evil

That will burn forever

In regret and hate

Whilst I make

The most of it


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Winter Short Story Competition

If you enjoy writing blogs, short stories or even poetry then you might be interested to enter.

From 1st December you can submit a short story to me for publication on my site. Stories should be within 1,500 words and focused on the holiday season and or Christmas themed. Entry is free. This means anything around this season is okay. Follow the guidelines below:

  1. 1,500 words limit – anything exceeding this won’t be accepted
  2. Themed around the December holiday season/Christmas
  3. No abuse in an form
  4. ONE story allowed to be submitted
  5. Must include word count, name and any site details at top of story
  6. Correctly formatted. Ex. 12 point Times New Roman double spaced
  7. Submit to psychwizard@yahoo.com
  8. CLOSES 15TH DECEMBER- IF NOBODY SUBMITS I’LL EXTEND IT

Your story if accepted can be published on my site. You can’t distribute it yourself if you win. My site will have the exclusive right to post it. Any violation of this will mean the story will be removed.

Other than that this is a great bit of fun! I really am excited to see what comes up!

Penguin Classics

When you think of publishers you probably think of all the big names, including Penguin Random House. Before we go any further you might like to peruse the complete list yourself here https://www.penguin.co.uk/classicslist

Today I want to lay out those books for you. You may find the list useful. It is also a good way to mark down which classics you have yet to read. They say ‘you should read the classics’ but in reality, the majority of people haven’t even read their own mail.

It is not a full and complete list. You will find that there are thousands of books. I will simply list some here which may be appealing to you. 25 listed.

  1. Jane Eyre
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Frankenstein
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo
  5. Wuthering Heights
  6. Dracula
  7. A Tale of Two Cities
  8. Sense and Sensibility
  9. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  10. Moby-Dick
  11. Crime and Punishment
  12. Great Expectations
  13. Anna Karenina
  14. The Odyssey
  15. The Art of War
  16. The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin
  17. 1984
  18. Meditations
  19. Oliver Twist
  20. Don Quixote
  21. Les Misérables
  22. War and Peace
  23. David Copperfield
  24. Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  25. East of Eden

You can go to a variety of sites to buy these books, including Penguin, Amazon, Waterstones and more. I recommend checking out World of Books first; they offer secondhand books at reasonable prices. I’ve bought from them before with no issues in quality.

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The Farm

The animals they waddled two by two

 the farmer marches through muddy goo

cows that moo

grass and grain

the pain of harvest 

animals and foods

economic disaster.

Written in response to Lady Jabberwocky prompt ‘Farm’

Owl

The Owl can fly when it wants to

If it sees a prey worthy of the flight

When the rain has exposed its location

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Yet a man cannot run away when he wants to

So, the owl observes

As the men they drown in pain

The owl knows who is to blame


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Taffin – Movie Review!

Before Pierce Brosnan took the leap into James Bond, he played a variety of roles in action movies in which he is using guns. I can see now why they chose him. Take this 80s gem, Taffin, a hard-boiled and small movie with big drama and direction.

It was rated at 5.6/10 by IMDB which is a shame since I found it overall to be interesting, with characters that had clear motivations. There is drama, conflict, a bit of action, some violence, some nudity, and Brosnan as the hard edged Taffin which made the movie quite over played but enjoyable.

Taffin is a 1988 thriller film directed by Francis Megahy and starring Pierce Brosnan in the title role of Mark Taffin. It also featured Ray McAnally, Alison Doody and Jeremy Child. It is based on Lyndon Mallet’s book series.

Directed by Francis Megahy and with a runtime of approx. 1 hour 36 minutes it clocks in to be an easy evening viewing.

For those who want to see hard men doing hard things this is the film for you. Brosnan plays Taffin who is a no-holds-barred debt collector working freelance. Come the debt, come the Taffin. Soon though the little town he lives in comes under a much bigger threat, that of a new development plan on the local playing fields to build a chemical factory. It gets dirty, very quickly.

Taffin, determined not to get involved is pulled in for his love of the town. So are other people. What starts as a back and forth fight between the corps and the people turns bloody, with fighting, shooting, blackmail, threats, and death.

Taffin, being the man everyone relied on to help, is sadly left to do the dirty work and when the corps hire a freelance hitman – or whatever he is – to burn down a house resulting in a mans death, Taffin is blamed. He is blamed because the people new he was involved and suspected he took it too far. The people push him out despite him helping them when they needed it. In the end, he takes it to the top, he reaches the man he’s meant to reach and eventually flies off with his girlfriend.

A fairly abrupt ending but the film itself was tense, and I found it rewarding and interesting. Although the lack of reciprocation from the people to Taffin after the fire is disheartening.

This is a short review because it’s an easy to view film which doesn’t require much in depth analysis. You have people on opposite sides wanting different things, things turn ugly. This is still a very true albeit fictional account of things that happen in real life. Taffin is also an Irish movie with Brosnan being Irish (although a lot assume he is English because he played James Bond). It is certainly one of the more flamboyant roles, in which Taffin has the ego that could fill your living room.

4 stars

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Hurt & Healing

Daisies grow in the flower bed

during the spring the sun beats them out

during the fall, they begin to wilt

winter is a blank skeletal stare

yet they are to come full circle 

for the daisies were never there

***

Your hurt and hate

has been negated

and I have seen

a beam of light

that will destroy your negative plight

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Now you can heal

begin to reveal

and to feel

once again

strengthened through grace

empowered by God

a beautiful seedling

ready to yet again, grow from the soil.

https://medium.com/@thomas_maxwellharrison/new-poetry-the-healing-we-feel-3128af97a42e: Hurt & Healing

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Highlights of the Week [#1]

Highlights of the Week [#1]

  1. Poem Spotlight!
  2. Movie Recommendation
  3. Book Recommendation
  4. Photo of the Week
  5. Video of the Week
  6. Support the site by making a donation

Poem Spotlight!

A special thank you to the R|cardo / C|pher for the wonderful poem titled Lazarus. I’ve read it a few times, and it sticks with me. I also really enjoy the admiring the accompanying artwork. I hope you enjoy the poem as much as I have, along with other works by this prolific, talented poet.

https://rcipher.wordpress.com/2022/11/26/c-90/

Movie Recommendation

The Bansheess of Inisherin – Starring reuniting cast members Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson once again teaming up with In Bruges director Martin McDonagh in this drama come comedy black fiction movie of a friendship gone sour. https://psychedelicwizard.uk/2022/11/18/banshees-of-inisherin/

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the_banshees_of_inisherinRotten Tommatoes rated it a whopping 98%! Worth a watch. A Friday or Saturday night easy to view movie with dark undetones.

Book Recommendation

A Spy Named OrphanThe Enigma of Donald Maclean – Roland Phillips – The true-life account of notorious spy Donald Maclean through World War 2, through the cold war and beyond. Focused on the nefarious ‘Cambridge 5’ spy ring.

An interesting, step by step documentation of the life of Donald Maclean, the British student turned communist fanatic. He infiltrated the highest levels of government, worked with the secret service, the USA, in Cairo and more before finally being found, some couple of decades after his infiltration and double agent status had begun.

During this time, he stole incredible amounts of information and passed it to the soviet state of Russia. Stalin regarded him as his best agent. He betrayed his home country, England because of his disillusionment with capitalism.

A recommended non-fiction book. It is a little light on details however from a broad history point of view does cover a significant amount of time and space, documenting the double agent’s crazy alcohol binged nights and his deadly rage as he grew increasingly uncomfortable living his double life.

There are plenty of espionage novels on the market, and an abundance surrounding WW2 and the Cold War. You can enjoy factual and fictitious writings. An honourable mention would of course be the John Le Carre novel Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – still superior to a lot of books in the same genre after all this time.

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