The Dark God of Kilead (flash fiction)

Here’s a piece of dark fantasy flash fiction about a town dealing with an unknown and terrible force. It’s about 525 words and has a 2 minute reading time. Let me know what you think!

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Secluded Hell (a poem)

Hate drapes crippled bodies,
God recoils in lifeless soil,
we serve Him, in good times
and bad, we fear them
judgments above,
in darkened clouds

We have iron tastes
in bitter mouths;
she wants to be elegant,
princess of wastelands,
but she’s like us –
depraved, wearing blood-jewels
that reflect enemy eyes

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Sending up a Prayer (a poem)

Sending up a prayer – way up in the air
Pleading with God – will He respond?
He’s quiet at first – this feels so forced
But the prayer changes me – can’t you see?
I begin to let go – at first, it’s very slow
My worries remain – at least for today
I don’t expect magic – or to feel ecstatic
My faith is hard-won – once, I came undone
From that I learned – not everything’s absurd
While it may seem so – it takes time to grow
Into spiritual maturity – certainly not purity
Life’s never perfect – the future, we can’t predict
But spirituality helps me – it makes me feel free

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Alt-Psalm #4 (a poem)

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
so why do we insist on depleting it?
treating it, beating it like a dirty dog –

Adam named everything he saw,
the beasts & critters that crawl,
the plants & trees so tall,
and since those days in Eden,
we’ve furiously assaulted the planet –

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Music Friday: The band OM

It’s more stoner rock for Music Friday this week. After writing for a site called Monster Riff for a bit, I’ve been digging a lot of newer rock bands. This week, I’m highlighting a band I’ve been slightly obsessed with for the past few months: OM. It’s a weird name, I know. I believe it’s supposed to be representative of the sound made during chanting meditation, as the band has written plenty of songs with spiritual and mystical themes.

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Great Unknown (a poem)

can you picture God?

it’s better you don’t

we call him by a masculine name

but maybe he’s genderless

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Alt-Psalm #3 (a poem)

how awesome is the LORD Most High?

we shower Him with praise

thinking of halcyon days

while preparing for

a new heaven on earth

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