Scorpion Squished (a poem)

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Outfitted with a stinger
Your existence is a threat
Most creatures conceal their weapons
Left unchecked even as they harm
But oh no, not the scorpion
Your weapon is on display
Thus, you had it coming


Not really a poem, more like words born out of irritation.

I meant to type this up a few weeks ago. I was reminded of the squished scorpion when, on a recent morning walk, a damn good sized snake (don’t ask me which kind, unless it’s a rattlesnake or copperhead I couldn’t tell you but it was most likely a garden or “rat” snake) crossed my path. I stopped to let it pass. The snake moved on and so did I.

The pictured scorpion was squished flat, intentionally and with ignorance. I live in Texas – snakes, spiders, wasps and scorpions (and so much more) are inevitable. You deal with it. Leave them alone, they leave you alone. It’s a pretty good compromise. I understand the need to fend off and even kill a creeper that is not leaving you alone but a palm-sized scorpion on a 4-foot wide walking path? This person went out of their way. The scorpion could easily have been avoided like most of the creepy-crawlies that inconveniently give people the willies.

Firsthand, I’ve see the damage a brown recluse or a black widow can do (if you have not seen the damage, and you’re up to grossing yourself out, Google it.) I’ve seen the allergic reactions to stings. All the more reason to avoid, not engage.

You can’t always avoid getting stung in life either. Killing one of the creepies that’s done nothing to you isn’t going to change that fact.

Be smart. Your odds of getting stung or bitten go up when you go out of your way to kill something that was never a threat to begin with. I’m not a math-wiz but even I can appreciate the simplistic value of 2+2.

It’s their ecosystem we humans are intruding upon, not the other way around.

#wildlifeadvocate

Yours in irritation,
(also, I have not had my afternoon coffee and it shows)
Christina Schmidt
armedwithcoffee.com

Writer’s Lift Wednesday #22

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing.

Support each other. Blog and reblog.

(1) Excellent expression: I smell your fear / Stoke your trepidation, from “Empty, Within.”

(2) “I wonder if I have used up all my words…” me too. Sometimes I wonder just how often my words are thrown into an indifferent wind. Transparency of thought and feeling being nothing in the face of what one insists on reading. Exhausted by the futility of expressing my rejected truths I, too, have to tempt my words back; skittish things.

(3) Yes. Yes, it is, “Writing a Blog Post Is Hard,” and I anticipate addressing this more in my next vlog (that now infamous “next” Q&A vlog…a sigh for time).

Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com


1. “Empty, Within” by River Dixon via The Stories In Between

The glory of the passing
Shared among the weak
Claimed by the strong
Hold it up with pride
Bear witness to this
Ignore as my mouth fills
With the sickness
For this is not
For the easily offended

If you can stomach this
I applaud you
Few can
Fewer are willing
To tear out
The sacrificial insides
Strewn about
Hung like fine linen
Draped over mouths
Which were already silent
To begin with

read the full poem here

2. “Lost Voice” by Lucy Brazier via Lucy Brazier

I have lost my voice.

I don’t know where it’s gone, all I know is the harder I try to find it, the further away it feels.

As I scrabble for the words, they vanish as mist in my mind. Like trying to grasp the memory of a dream in that twilight time before sleep and waking.

I wonder if I have used up all my words. They used to flow unbidden from places inside, sometimes deep within, other times from that bubbling layer of innovation that lies just below the surface. Stories would weave themselves unprompted and thoughts and ideas would bloom in black and white.

read the full piece here

3. “Writing a Blog Post Is Hard” Cristian Mihai via The Art of Blogging

Writing a blog post is hard.

It is hard because you have to write it like yourself. It has to belong to you, and it has to be yours only.

If writing a blog post were easy, everyone would do it. Everyone thinks it’s easy; after all, what exactly is blogging?

You just type some words on a computer, maybe share some embarrassing moments from your life, and then you sit around waiting for money to be transferred to your bank account.

You just need ideas. Imagination. Stuff like that.

Well, coming up with ideas is the easy part. If you are willing to set aside half an hour a day to just think, you will come up with a dozen or so ideas. If you read other blog posts, they will accumulate in your subconscious, and you will come up with ideas.

read the full piece here

Weekly Tarot Readings: 7/22/20

Hello All,

The new weekly readings are available on YouTube!

This week’s focus: Career Tarot (monthly) and the 3/4-Energy Check-In for the month of July. To see your sign, please visit Sassy Scorpio Tarot!!!

I am sharing the 3/4-Energy Check-In with TIMESTAMPS

TIMESTAMPS
Sagittarius :44
Pisces: 7:22
Gemini 13:40
Virgo 18:38
Aries 24:54
Cancer 31:52
Libra 35:10
Capricorn 41:00
Leo 47:16
Aquarius 51:31
Taurus 56:51
Scorpio 01:03:00

[Private Readings – I am offering limited private readings at this time (Sassy’s website is still under construction). If you go to purchase a reading from me and the message box in PayPal says FULL, then my reading schedule is full. Please check back on the date indicated. Thank you for considering me as your reader; a privilege and an honor.]

Thank you for your good energies. Sassy Fam is growing – fast. 💞💞💞

Take care and be well. I will see you in the stars.

PS – I just hit 5k on YouTube! A THANK YOU video to follow next week.

CHEERS,
Christina “Sassy”

Music: Wow by Beck

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain.

Thanks, A.

You were right. It’s not the lyrics, it’s the sound in-between. You know me so well. I was convinced I would hate this song but then I kept coming back to it.

PS – I am familiar with some of Beck’s work and this video is true to his form, it makes no damn sense. 😃

 

Lyrics “Wow” by Beck; Album, Colors

[Intro]
Giddy up, giddy up
Giddy up
Giddy up, giddy up

[Verse 1]
Wanna move into a fool’s gold room
With my pulse on the animal jewels
Of the rules that you choose to use to get loose
With the luminous moves
Bored of these limits, let me get, let me get it like—

[Chorus]
—wow!
It’s like, right now
It’s like, wow!
It’s like, right—
—right now
It’s like, wow!
It’s like, right now
It’s like, wow!
It’s like, right now
Oh, wow!

[Verse 2]
It’s my life, your life
Live it once, can’t live it twice
So nice, so nice
Smooth like a tidal wave, take you on a getaway
My friends, your friends
Livin’ every day like it’s just about to end
Now we’re pissin’ in the wind ’cause it’s so pine fresh
Right now
Yeah I, I wanna get it like—

[Chorus]
—wow!
It’s like, right now
It’s like, wow!
It’s like—
(Giddy up)
—wow!
It’s like, right now
Wow!
Wow!
Oh, wow, it’s like, right now

[Verse 3]
It’s your life
Falling like a hot knife
Call your wife; secular times, these times
My demon’s on the cell phone
To your demons, nothing’s even right or wrong
It’s irrelevant, elephant in the room goes, “Boom,”
Standing on the lawn doin’ jiu jitsu
Girl in a bikini with the Lamborghini shih tzu

[Bridge]
It’s your life
You gotta try to get it right
Look around, don’t forget where you came from
It’s just another perfect night
We’re gonna take it around the world
(Wow!)
We’re gonna take it around the world
(Wow!)
Ride these wild horses
(Wow!)
Ride these wild horses
(Wow!)
We’re gonna take it around the world

[Outro: Beck + child]
Like—
(Wow—wow!)
Giddy up, giddy up
Like—
Giddy up!
Wow! What a beautiful day!

Shift (an erotic poem)

This one started out serious and ended up as being fun, taken by a moment.
As always, thoughts are welcome.


His approach provokes thoughts
Movement, breathtaking in it’s own right
[decided, intended, forward]
He flips the attention onto me
Distracting me from admiring his prowess

I love the way you move
I think you’ll go right, you go left
Not to mention those damned hips

[you shift me forward as you grip them]
Something so curved could be so strong

I flash to an image
My riding you
Well into the night
My hips are so very skilled
Like that

I shift my thoughts as
I shift my body, stay focused
I step to my right
Left hand running your lean form
Right holds your face as we kiss, deeply

You shift us once more
Spinning me around
My back to the wall
Embraced on all sides
Your hands run down
The right finds itself
Between my thighs
My heat for you apparent
Nowhere to hide

I shift us again
My footing admittedly poor, ’cause
Now we’ve tumbled to the floor
Just as well, at this rate
We weren’t going to make it
To the bedroom anyway

I shift us as I roll
On top of you
Let me show you what
These hips can do

Just like that, you stop shifting

Shift (an erotic poem) by
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com

Writer’s Lift Wednesday #21

This is a writersliftwednesday blog, sharing the works of fellow writers, poets and persons random. All re-blogs will be linked appropriately to their authors.

Writing is no easy calling and nothing easy was ever worth doing.

Support each other. Blog and reblog.

(1) There’s a sweet simplicity in “Over Coffee” that I enjoy and know to be true. I hope we all do 🙂

(2) Really good examples of Erasure poetry are included with the article.

(3) In “Weather” we see excellent line structure. My favorite line: And anxious crows departing.

Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com


1. Over Coffee by Mary via mehflowers

Our friendship
Like an old, tired quilt
Tucked away
Thirty five years
The era is long passed
We have moved on
Taken separate paths
So many memories
Covered with fresh new fabric

Time
A dull eraser
A silhouette forever in shadow
Shines a light
On a ripped ragged corner
A phone call
A meeting place
Are we strangers now
I see her through the window
And for a moment in time
I am home again
And nothing is changed

2. How to Write an Erasure (Blackout) Poem by Lidy via Paving My Author’s Road

Well, it’s been a long time coming but I’m blogging about it at last. Hard not to when “How to Write an Erasure Poem” made the top three in my top ten popular blog posts for three years running.

So as a refresher, what is an erasure poem? It’s a type of poetic form where the poet/writer erases the words of a text. Leaving a blank space between the words left behind, to create a new poem. What I did and shared in my blog post before, is a little different but still a form of erasure poetry.

To create the poem, I took the words from a previous text and rearranged them to form a new poem or prose. Through every spacing, line and stanza I created a new poem. Completely reframed and different from the original text. And with a new meaning from the original text. This type of poetic form is found poetry.

read the full article (and see examples) here

3. “Weather” by Carboniferous Fern via Carboniferous Chronicles

Soft pale gold sunrise
Falls in spindles across seas
That are filtering
Silent through my closed fingers
Casting droplets on the grass.

Skyward, grey wisps brew
Rolling waves of white thunder
You don’t see the rain
Looming there with frigid stare
And anxious crows departing. 

Weekly Tarot Readings: 07/14/20

WalterMercado
Walter Mercado

If you don’t know who this is, check out the #WalterMercado special on Netflix. While I don’t agree with his delivery of astrology and the zodiac (all positivity, no difficulty – tarot and astrology should reflect real life), Walter Mercado brought astrological readings (including tarot) out of newspaper strips, dim basements, and shabby highway shops, making astrology-based readings digestible to the media. I don’t know that tarot reading would be as prevalent on YouTube today without Walter. Rest in light, Walter Mercado.

Hello All,

The new weekly readings are available on YouTube!

This week’s focus: General Love Reading (bi-monthly).

To see your sign, please visit Sassy Scorpio Tarot!!!

I’m sharing Cancer’s reading. We’re still in the season of Cancer until July 22nd when we transition into the season of Leo. Personally, I’m looking forward to basking in the rays of the sun, until then, there is still heavy water energy to contend with.

[Private Readings – I am offering limited private readings at this time (Sassy’s website is still under construction). If you go to purchase a reading from me and the message box in PayPal says FULL, then my reading schedule is full. Please check back on the date indicated. Thank you for considering me as your reader; a privilege and an honor.]

Thank you for your good energies. Sassy Fam is growing – fast. 💞💞💞

Take care and be well. I will see you in the stars.

Christina “Sassy”

Music: Stay Down by boygenius

MUSIC is a segment that features a song that’s caught my brain.

This here:

So would you teach me I’m the villain, aren’t I? /
Aren’t I the one constantly repenting for a difficult mind? /
Push me down into the water like a sinner, hold me under /
And I’ll never come up again /

This song caught my brain as, speaking for myself, the days of my apologizing for having a different or difficult mind are over. I’d rather stay down in the water.

Lyrics, “Stay Down” by boygenius, album: boygenius

[Verse 1: Julien Baker]
Wasn’t a fighter until somebody told me
I had better learn to lean into the punch
So it don’t hurt as bad when they leave
There you were, turning your cheek

[Verse 2: Julien Baker]
I look at you and you look at a screen
I’m in the back seat of my body
I’m just steering my life in a video game –

Similar acts and a different name

[Refrain]
It’s a slow down

[Verse 3: Julien Baker, Lucy Dacus, Phoebe Bridgers]
So would you teach me I’m the villain, aren’t I?
Aren’t I the one
 constantly repenting for a difficult mind?
Push me down into the water like a sinner, hold me under
And I’ll never come up again

[Refrain]
I’ll just stay down

[Bridge]
It’s a half life, it’s a fallout
It takes so long for me to settle down
And when I finally do there’s no one else around

[Refrain]
So I stay down
So I stay down
So I stay down
So I stay down
So I stay down

Cheers,
Christina Schmidt, MA
armedwithcoffee.com

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