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· Said and Unsaid - Vol 1


Short Stories
· Bubble Choices

· Surreal Dummy--Still Here

· IT

· Faux Companion

· Take Me, I'm Free (Flash Fiction)

· Beer Neck Flower

· Closed

· What Do You Do?

· Dream-Blisters

· The Nap

· Discipline of the artist

· The Dogs of Sochi

· A Crow With Super Smarts

· Targets Be Warned

· Simple Times (an observation)

· Cavemen in Tuxedos (an editorial)

· Ghost Town Ghosts

· Note to Self

· Essay on Poetic Theory

· Dixie Cup Memorial (redux)

· Sublime It Is

· Fear and Aging

· Playacting Myself

· Survivor Hope Chests

· Misstep Paradise

· Reality Misbehavin'

· Silent Talkies

· Like No Other (redux)

· Game Playing

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  The Weigh-In
by Odin Roark
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.

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“Power is not a means; it is an end.” George Orwell; 1984

The Weigh-In
by Odin Roark

And you thought the stars were blinking for you?

You’ve been trained, tested and warned,
done all the right things,
and now…

You stare blankly,
review the past,
ready your strategy for the win,

Fate or destiny?

All the sweat and tears,
diets of denial,
wanting to be at your best,
chiseled form,
glistening eyes,
rippling confidence
triumphant smile,
if only it all works.


Now you wait out a good night’s rest,
as only hours away,
when words will be said,
heads will nod,
hands will tense,
questioned understanding will be asked,
and you in all your heady pride
will answer with “I do.”

It begins.

You’ll step into the middle,
size up the unknowns,
dance around commitment,
exercise patience,
and hope your own star will be the brightest.

But in the end,
with a little luck and stamina,
realization shines through
that marriage is not about winning,
but about respecting your counterpart,
thus raising the odds you’ll go the distance.

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/23/2015
That wasn't my experience, but I'm sure it's the experience of many. No matter how hard we train, we never know how it's going to go, until we get there.


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