“The Charge of the Light Brigade”

By Alfred Lord Tennyson I think the meaning and motive for this poem is self-explanatory. The six hundred horsemen were sent on a suicidal charge toward a valley, where they knew they stood no chance, yet they did it anyway. The actual order was a misunderstanding, and the horsemen, not knowing this, went forward anyway, …

“Introduction to Poetry”

By Billy Collins This poem captures the disappointment of a teacher with his obstinate students.  Truly examining something - especially a work of art - includes looking at it from multiple perspectives and discovering different meanings, but the students continually abuse the work in an attempt to discover one true meaning because they are certain that one …

The Forbidden – Gatekeeper’s Mark (Chapter 5)

Something is wrong with my mother.   When I heard the glass shatter, my eyes burst open. I rolled and stumbled to my feet, blinking away the burning in my eyes.   "Mom," I mumbled. The thoughts threw themselves together, and I remembered my encounter with Maxton. "Mom!"  I found her staring at the ceiling. Wide, glowing …

Writing Prompt (Post-Apocalyptic)

A Single Drop of Ocean:  The Dream Journal of Frederick Willspin Avery  Drawing on the global and temporal experiences showcased in David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, this additional chapter argues that the different perspectives in the book each showcase how unity comes at a price. More specifically, unity can only be achieved if certain powers are …

Eyes Closed

The sky is so blue. She closes her eyes and imagines that she's falling. Falling. Falling, from very far away. Clouds surround her, and she starts to sin. The ground looks like her great aunt's quilt. The air is so pleasant up here.  A noise disturbs the silence. She opens her eyes to see a helicopter approaching from one …