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Bastard Child Of Where I'm From


Bastard Child Of Where I'm From

i am from candle's whisper

sandalwood mingled with blood



Added by lorianne on September 22, 2012 at 10:48am — 11 Comments

One last push, or listening

"hear me" they say
   men, all
"listen to my ideas before they are gone"
"i am here, I exist!"
   i am going...
not sure where, when, or what this is all about
but can feel the leaving
the passing
   I want to cling
   to you, to life, to every second
   but it's gone
   I think and it's gone

Added by Hyblaean~ Julie on September 22, 2012 at 12:30am — 5 Comments

Let My People Vote

Let My People Vote

© Surazeus

2012 09 21

When Americans tried to vote,

Let my people vote!

Old regressives snarled and said no,

Let my people vote!

Stand in line on election day,

Let my people vote!

Touch the glass screen to mark your say,

Let my people vote!

Go down, Obama, way down in America,

Tell old regressives to let my people vote!

We want to choose our President,

Let my people vote!

We bow to no…


Added by Surazeus on September 21, 2012 at 5:30pm — 3 Comments

A Voice for Syria’s People: Lakhdar Brahimi


I don’t know how we dare look away ...

Hold in mind the tiny ones ...

I could share my own words here to speak for Syria ... as I have tried to do on Open ... but better words ... clearer words ... far more knowing words ... are available from the one who has stood up to work for peace there.

If you know very little about what is going on in Syria, take a moment to listen to him ... because he will help you, I think, to begin to…


Added by anna1liese on September 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 10 Comments

Space Shuttle Endeavour

I managed to get one decent shot of the shuttle as it flew overhead. A little blurry, but you can make it out pretty well. The sight and sound of it going overhead was astounding. Worth sitting in commute traffic to get to the Capitol early.…


Added by lemonpulp on September 21, 2012 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Beverage of Choice

I have a beverage of choice.  I suppose everybody does.  In today’s supper heath-conscious environment I wouldn’t doubt a good portion of my audience will claim water as that choice—not me.  I like water, but on a really hot day when I’ve mowed the yard and worked up a sweat, my inner self cries out for a cold beer.  Call me redneck, if you wish; it fits since I do come from Texas--it’s sorta inbred in guys.

I mean, beer goes with all the major foods.  Pizza and beer, enchiladas and…


Added by Dan C. Boutwell on September 21, 2012 at 9:35am — 5 Comments

A Dream Comes True

Those of you who follow my blog may remember a few months ago when I wrote “Unrequited Love”, an entry about my beautiful, black Tennessee Walker named Shadow Dancer. In that entry I wrote about the frustration of not being able to take our relationship to the ultimate level and ride my beauty.



Added by David McClain on September 21, 2012 at 8:40am — 14 Comments

Soldiers of Misfortune in the Dirty South


(from Feb 6, 2010 @ open... moving my stuff here slowly, as previously mentioned)

Old Gold was a Chevy pick-up truck built to the gills by my genius buddy Ed Rasing. A '71 maybe, or right around there. True to her name, the truck was bright gold.

Gold as a pimp's smile. Gold as the trigger on Dick Cheney's shotgun. Gold as...

... it was gold - alright.

When I say built, just…


Added by tr ig on September 21, 2012 at 7:30am — 10 Comments


Falling apart,


in love,

out of favor.

Falling for a line,

a thought

a thing;


to pieces

Failing to learn

to look down,

grow up,


take in stride;

Failing to take it slow,

Take it easy,



Added by Nikki Stern on September 21, 2012 at 6:01am — 8 Comments

Culture Shock

Millions of years ago when the dinosaurs were fluffy hatchlings and I was terribly young, my best friend, John, was in the Navy and quite the world traveler. John sailed through Japan, Okinawa (they are not the same thing, or so he says they say), Korea, the Philippines, so many exotic places. Once, during a visit while he was on leave, I naively asked about the culture shock. What is it like, I asked, is it truly shocking to the system, visiting…


Added by Carole Reardon on September 20, 2012 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Love Letter

Dear Zoe,

This morning the absence of the routine of the past three weeks tugs at my heart. I walk into a room expecting to hear your tail pounding upon the small rug where you have positioned yourself in anticipation of my return. My…


Added by Robert Starkey on September 20, 2012 at 11:11am — 10 Comments


Standing at my kitchen sink, I catch a glimpse of a bird's wing on my outdoor grill cover, just outside the window. I move to see it better. "Oh God!!! What now???" A dead bird has draped itself between my outdoor grill cover and my deck rail! Birds don't drape themselves over things.... it is an unnatural posture. What is this, The Bird Creep Twilight Zone??

It started last summer when I noticed a bunch of dark, threadbare-coated Starlings hanging around my large, beautiful and…


Added by Kathy Knechtges on September 20, 2012 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Studs Terkel & The Village




First, the village.

If ever a book took a village to create, it was “I Am Your Neighbor: Voices from  a Chicago Food Pantry.


The village is Common Pantry.…


Added by Chicago Guy on September 20, 2012 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Won't Somebody Shoot Miguel Norton?

"There he is! Right there on that ledge! Now shoot his ass!"

"I can't do that!"

"You have to, you have no choice. He's beyond redemption."

"But I just can't..."

Once again… Continue

Added by cheshyre on September 20, 2012 at 5:00am — 9 Comments

Size Doesn't Matter

The proof that size doesn't matter unfolded before my very eyes  in my upstairs game room one evening when my son and his family visited with us, bringing along their new Jack Russell Terrier puppy.  Who I must admit was a bundle of perpetual energy.

My eighty-five pound black Lab, Max and their eight pound Jack pup squared off to do battle.  The pup was about twelve weeks old and Max was going on three years at the time.  By all accounts my black Lab had the advantage over the…


Added by Dan C. Boutwell on September 19, 2012 at 9:30pm — 13 Comments

The avocado milkshake


Added by Myriad on September 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 17 Comments

Dying Wishes

The week-end my parents moved from their home and into the assisted living facility in my city,  Mom sighed and pouted. “I wish we could both die here, right now.”  

“That could be arranged.”

She cried when I explained I was joking.

Later she…


Added by Mimetalker on September 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — 9 Comments

Pasta with Sausage, Spinach, Mushrooms and Sage

The days are shorter; the nights, cooler. Salad days are waning. Melons are disappearing from grocery-store shelves and farm stands. It's the season of chrysanthemums, monarch butterflies, school buses and summer…


Added by Gary Czerwinski on September 19, 2012 at 8:00am — 23 Comments

About a Writer

If you’ve been a member of Open Salon for a while, you’re probably familiar with the writings of Greg Correll, wordsmith extraordinaire.  If you’re not, this is a pretty good place to start.  (Dammit, OS, these links had better work!) 

Most likely, you haven’t had the good fortune to meet him in person.  I have, on a few occasions, and I can say that if there is a kinder, gentler man…


Added by Cranky Cuss on September 19, 2012 at 7:48am — 6 Comments

One Shade of Grey

Come sit on my bed with me, Mom. 

One of my favorite invitations. She says it often, although usually we are piled on top of my bed when she's home. We watch bad televison and talk through most of it.  I ask her how I'm supposed to get over to the bed. The floor is cluttered with clothes and books and empty glasses that should have been carried out to the kitchen the night before.

Just step over it.  



Added by Joan H on September 19, 2012 at 5:30am — 24 Comments

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