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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 9:45 pm    Post subject: Seattle 11 Reply with quote



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PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:30 pm    Post subject: Call me Joshua Reply with quote

Call me Joshua

I am a pirate today. I don't wear a ring in my ear because that's for girls. I'm not a girl. I'm a pirate with the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. I can talk to the wind, you know, and it whispers into my ear whenever I call it. "Josh", it whispers, "Josh", but I won't tell you what else it says because then you will know about the treasures and you might beat me to them. I don't believe that though. I've got the fastest ship on all the seas and the wind is my friend and my men are brave. They love me because I am as strong as one thousand elephants and taller than any man in the whole world. When we go ashore, the harbour goes crazy and all the people shout: "Hooray for Captain Joshua the Brave and his Wild Men!". The girls throw flowers and the women sing and dance and for a whole day and a whole night, the city celebrates. There are fireworks, red and blue and gold, and music and chicken with the skin all brown and crunchy and burnt. My teeth shine when I rip the meat from the bone and my eyes sparkle in the warm light of the fires. The girls are dancing to the music, their skirts flying and little bells tinkling around their ankles. They dance towards me and they shoot fiery looks at me and I know they want to kiss me. On the mouth. But I only smile at them with my sparkly teeth and they sigh and they understand that my heart belongs to Susan from 6th grade. She has been captured by cannibals on the island of Wosholan and she's waiting there for me. "Joshua, oh my Joshua", she whispers into the night. My friend, the wind, told me.

So now I'm standing on the bow of my ship. The wind whispers into my ear and I laugh because it has just told me a dirty joke. It sometimes does that and I remember them for the night when we all sit in the cabin downstairs and drink rum and smoke cigars until the room is full of smoke and you can hardly see the faces of the other boys. I can't tell you the jokes, though, they're dirty and you might tell my mum. She's not to know I'm a pirate. But quiet now, the wind's talking!

"Susan is crying", it whispers. "She's staring into the sky but she can't see the stars for all her tears". Sometimes the wind is a bit slow. It is daylight now but where it started, it was night and it's a bit confused. I can hear Susan sighing, though, and I can see her in the hut where the cannibals keep her locked up. The moon is shining through the window and she looks pretty. Her hair is all golden but her eyes are sad.

"Full speed ahead!", I shout to my men and there is anger in my voice and fire in my eyes. I turn my face into the wind which blows properly now because it knows we're in a hurry. "Let's show these bastards they can't mess with Captain Joshua and his Wild Men!". My men wave their swords and their spears high in the air and stamp their feet. They roar into the storm and we're off, off to rescue Susan and kill the cannibals and I have to run because my mother is coming and she heard me say the nasty word.
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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 12:42 pm    Post subject: At the lakefront Reply with quote

How innocent this soul it seemed,
This thought came to my mind,
A though I soon enough redeemed,
when lurking from behind.

His mother called from far away,
Would not suspect the crime,
So unaware her kid at play,
Is playing God this time.

The creature approached trustingly,
Did the subjugator incite,
The stone attack came heavily,
Agony brought much delight.

A vicious smile revealed: the lad didn’t care.
It was as if the little duck has never been there.


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PostPosted: Sat May 13, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brazil

Finally I reached the lake. I was walking around in the public park where I always go when I need some time alone. I just had a huge argument with my parents and I needed space to organize my thoughts. They had told me that it was time for me to go to Salvador de Bahia in Brazil to spend my holidays at my Grandma Maria’s. Every child in our numerous family was supposed to stay a couple of month with my Grandma Maria to learn about our families heritage and our creoles traditions.

But I had no desire to leave this special summer because ma friends where going on a trip to Lake Erie that was planned with me for month. Since I just turned eighteen it would be the first holiday without any family members. And now my parents had told me that everything was settled with Grandma Maria and she was expecting me this summer. That meant I would be stuck with an old woman in a boring country where they speak a different language and sometimes not even have running water.

What is so special about Salvador de Bahia anyway? It is just a shabby looking city at the ocean surrounded by a jungle. It would be horrible!
I sat down at my favorite place in the park, a mall bench close to the lake and enjoyed the calmness of this spot. What should I tell my friends? They were counting on me to join them on their trip. But my parents had made it very clear that I would go to Brazil no matter what.
“Stupid traditions”, I thought. Why should I even learn all those Creole stuff, I am not going to use or think about it when I am back in the States. I won’t need those information’s to be happy in the future.

I was disturbed from my thoughts as a woman with her children came closer to the shore on the opposite side of the lake. Her children where making a fuss and she started yelling at them not to leave the signed park paths. I caught myself thinking why this woman even came with her children to the park. Isn’t the park the only place in the city where children can run freely, make some noise and enjoy the nature? This park was the only possibility to flee from the hectic structure of the city.

As I looked around the tress and bushes surrounding the lake I noticed how artificial they appeared. Everything was planted in a neat order and well trimmed instead of letting it grow naturally. Sometimes I wished I would I would not live in a big city but rather outside a small town or near a bigger lake. That was why I was looking forward to the Lake Erie trip with my friends. The anger against my parents started to swell up in my chest again. How could I satisfy my parents and my wishes?

In this moment it seemed that the trees and bushes on the left side of the lake slowly started to transform. The leaves and blossoms got bigger and brighter in their color and the whole shore side seemed healthier, wilder and richer than any other corner of the rest of the park. What was happening? I couldn’t stop staring at the scene as a young black boy stepped out of the bushes. He was barefoot and wore short white pants, a black shirt and a headgear that seemed to be a red turban.

This boy reminded me on my Grandpa Jose from Brazil. I never got to know him since he died before I was born. But my mother had shown me pictures of him when he was still a boy of the age of 12. And this boy standing in the bushes could have been the copy of my grandpa Jose. He was looking at the lake and started to smile. He seemed so perfectly calm and happy just standing there staring. Suddenly the side of the park where the woman was standing seemed so unreal and artificial that I almost felt embarrassed that I usually liked the man-made park so much.

This place, where the boy was standing seemed more real than the real world. The boy turned his face towards me and gave me a big smile. By an invisible force I was drawn towards him. I started to follow him into the woods. I had the feeling as I would step into another world, a jungle. Bird noises I never heard before smells of exotic flowers and suddenly felt humid and warm as if you could touch the air. The idea of going to Lake Erie seemed so false, so predictable. There would be nothing new, only a tourist camp with designed hiking trails and the boat rental shop.

I followed the boy deeper and deeper into the jungle. My worries seemed so far away and I had the feeling, I could stay forever in this exotic place. The woods got cleared out and from one moment to the other I stood on a small cliff looking over a pale blue ocean. “Is this, what Brazil looks like?” I wondered. The boy sat down next to me and I followed his example. I don’t now how long I was staring into the see, but I most fallen asleep.

As I woke up, I found myself back in the city park on the same spot, where I was sitting before the black boy turned up. The jungle was gone and the only thing I could hear, was the woman on the other side of the lake calling her children to go home. Was this all just a day dream? Was this a so called a wink of destiny?

I started to walk back home. I have to talk to my parents of this experience. If this daydream was anything like Brazil I would definitely go. To me it always seemed, that staying with my Grandma Maria in the poorer parts of Salvador de Bahia would only be depressing and I would be ashamed of originating from this area. But what I had seen and felt in this jungle had awoken my curiosity to explore this jungle and the ocean of Salvador for real. The trip to Lake Erie was completely erased of my mind.

While I was walking home and passing by the typical American suburb houses my wish to go to Brazil was only strengthened. As I run towards our house, I almost tripped over the red rubber animal toy of my little sister. I looked at our blue house, the nicely cut rhododendron bushes in front of the house and I knew, I had to go to Brazil. If not I would always regret not to see such a beautiful wilderness as I had seen in this jungle in the park.

I run into the house yelling for my mother to tell her the good news that I decided to visit Grandma Maria. I found my mother sitting in the living room looking devastated. I told her about my new found curiosity for Brazil, but she stopped my flood of words with a movement of her hand. “Grandma Maria died. She had a heart attack, while she was planting flowers on Grandpa Jose’s grave. You can’t go to Brazil.” I was stunned.

Years later I realized that the boy in the park was a sign of my grandparents to tell me that I shouldn’t have refused my heritage in the first place. Even though I haven’t visited Brazil until today, I feel now proud to come from a poor place like Salvador de Bahia in Brazil.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A Beautiful Day in the Park

There was no rain, there were no clouds –
It was a beautiful day in the park.
A girl stood in the shadow of some oaks
Free was her mind, light was her heart.

Another woman walked alone
Across the green of the grass
Far away she was from home
But also happy at last.

A couple sat there side by side
Picnicking on the lawn
And enjoying the sunny light,
So much that they rested ´till dawn.

The reason for this description –
The beautiful day in the park –
Is that it was just an exception
Of their normal days grey and dark.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don’t move, don’t move.
Like the flies in the lazy air
Float on the heat
And drift away from the shore.
In the happiest of moments don’t cry
When the lake is darker than you imagined
And a peacock’s cry cuts through the silence.

Don’t move, don’t move.
Don’t walk away from your reflection on the water
Stay by your side
The ripples can do you no harm.
Breathe in and out
You know all you need
Is the air that fills your lungs.

Don’t move, don’t move.
Until your feet take you away
From the spot near the water
Where the sun burnt your face.
In the shadow of the trees
Remember the beauty of the day
With the sun revolving around you.
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PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2006 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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