Getting Up

Stephen Kidd

Getting up is overrated

I know this cuz I’ve contemplated

The effort required

Even if inspired

To leave the place where I’m sated


Getting up is overrated

After all it’s here that I waited

For someone to come by

Then I might try

To leave my comfy spot vacated


Padre

Adventure

Fantasy, Map, Drawing, Fantasy Map

In fantasy fiction adventures won’t come your way

If at home or the Shire you stay

The life is not like that – adventures come your way

By just living out – each and every day

Make the most of each moment – learn what you can

And you shall find amazing things at every hand


Padre

Autumn Has Come

Mushroom, Leaves, Forest, Fall, Nature

Autumn now has fully come

Rainy skies instead of sun

Mushrooms arising – their presence plain

As the green from leaves does drain

Mornings kissed with fog and chill

With afternoons remaining pleasant still


Padre

Brush With Death

Passage, Passage Way, Way, Path, Pathway

“It was a brush with death, I tell you,” Mary declared to her friends Peter and Jane.

“What happened?” Jane exclaimed.

“I was crossing the little foot bridge over by the train station, and just as I was halfway over my phone rang.  I stopped to get it from my jeans pocket, and I slipped.”

“You mean you fell from the bridge onto the tracks?” Peter asked with a worried expression.

“No, but I did drop my phone on the ground.  My whole life is on it.”


Padre

Weekend Writing Prompt #230 – Brush in 87 words

State of Things

Social Distancing, Line, People

Price gouging

Raking it in

Vendors getting fat

While times are thin

Panic buying

Of things in supply

No one really knows

The reason why

We just have to have it

Must go with the flow

All those in the queues

Surely must be in the know


Padre

When World’s Collide

The Dune War, or more correctly The Dune Wars, were actually two separate conflicts between the kingdom and the Ralulee Sultanate.  They spanned about twenty years, and brought these two great lands to near ruin.

The First Dune War was fought over the disputed lands of the Trans-Runnel, an area popularly known as “The League Lands” by citizens of the kingdom.  This large, highly fertile region was sparsely populated, but the availability of cheap productive land, soon drew settlers from both sides of the border.  War, however became inevitable when settlers of kingdom origin declared themselves an independent state; prompting Sultan Razuli the Sixth to respond in order to secure the integrity of his sovereign lands.   The mobilization of the Ralulee created calls for King Gomez to intervene on behalf of  “Our League Cousins.”  These calls, however, were largely ignored in the name of peace, until a small detachment of “Leaguemen,” made a valiant stand against the sultan’s army at a hastily fortified trading post known as “Il Iimu.”   The subsequent massacre of the two hundred defenders led to a national uproar throughout the kingdom, and cries of “Remember Il Iimu” echoed throughout the land.   Gomez’ hands were tied by popular opinion, and open conflict between the two great powers began the following spring.

After three years of brutal war, “The Peace of League Town,” led to an uneasy settlement with the League Lands maintaining their “independence,” though in reality they became a kingdom protectorate.

The Second Dune War is usually referred to as “The Black Dunes War.”  It too was fought over the control of one of the disputed lands, an area with such large reserves of bitumen, that it actually changed the hue of the sand to that of pitch.  This substance was in such high demand by both alchemists and some of the High Guilds that its control became a national agenda.  Some say that whoever controls the bitumen, control’s destiny itself.   Others, however, say that the second conflict was merely King Hector the First attempting to “finish his daddy’s war.”  This second conflict stretched on for four bloody years.

These conclicts set the backdrop of my books: The Sisters Tales, The Dragon Hunter Tales, and the newly released, The Scholars Tales. All three are now available on Amazon.


Padre (aka R. V.Mitchell)