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Empire
Turbolaser fires
TIE fighter screams overhead
Booted feet break door.
Just a few horrid hallmarks
Of Imperial "order".
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Easter
Death is swallowed up,
beaten by a bloody cross
and an empty tomb.  
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #4: Unexpected Visitor
Dad sat in the recliner.  Since I’d watched him die yesterday, that was a problem.
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Literature
Fifteen Word Story #3: Bad Luck
In the trench, he opened her love letter.  The artillery shell landed ten seconds later.
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Fifteen Word Story #2: Replaced
Everyone expected robots to exterminate us.  That might’ve been merciful.  They took our jobs instead.
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Fifteen Word Story #1: The Worst Gift
“I’ll be back by Christmas,” he’d told her.  His casket came home on Christmas Day.
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Literature
Alive?
Bones of steel,
Veins of wires,
Heart a battery,
Skin of plastic,
It never breathes.
Cold, they say.
Machine, they say.
But it feels:
Fear and Relief
Pain and Pleasure
Sorrow and Joy
Loss and Love.
Programming, they say.
Nothing, they say.
Which is it?
Illusion or Emotion?
Programming or Choice?
Machine or Being?
Is it alive?
No, they say.
Yes, it thinks.
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Literature
Remember Them
Downpour falls over
A muddy, bloody battlefield
While the dying weep.
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Literature
'Neath the Mists
Half hour
Under light mists
Is a small price to pay
For controlling this nation's
Future.  
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Literature
Republic in Autumn
Autumn settles in.
As our summer flowers wilt,
Our nation withers.
Spring will come for the flowers;
What about the republic?
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Literature
A Halloween Haiku
Jack O’Lantern’s grin
Chills all the costumed children
Approaching my porch.
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Literature
A Small Price to Pay
Special Agent Jamison Banks paced across the stark white subway station, wearing a face and uniform that were not his own.  Their previous owner, a lieutenant in the Tarani State’s “Protective Services”, had met with an unfortunate accident involving vats of industrial-grade acid.  With Banks in his place, no one would ever know he’d disappeared.  A small price to pay for averting a war, Jamison thought, hand resting on the pistol holstered at his hip.  He glanced down at his smartwatch and smoothed out a wrinkle in his black and gold dress uniform.  Almost midnight.  Target will be here any time. Wiping sweat from his ebony brow, he paced over to one of the sleek benches dotting the station and sat.
At this hour, the private military station was desolate.  Jamison glanced over his shoulder to see if he was truly alone.  A few well-placed bribes had seen to it that both of the station’s guards and its h
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Literature
Surface
Vault door rolls away
My first glimpse of the surface:
Rising sun, dead world.
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Literature
The Contract
Twin blades on my back
Silver sword clears its scabbard
A griffin dives
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Literature
Seven Hills Burning
Standing atop the Temple of Jupiter Optimus Maximus’ steps, Gaius Claudius Nero—Dictator of Rome—watched his city burn under Carthaginian assault.  Even the gods deserted us, he thought.  And once again, I’ve failed the Senate and People of Rome.  If Hasdrubal hadn’t beaten me at the Metaurus River, this day would never have come.  Hannibal couldn’t have stormed Rome.  Tears welled in his eyes, and he glared at the pillars of smoke rising over the city.  Somewhere out there, the infamous Carthaginian general must have been very pleased with himself.  Everything fell apart after Cannae.
Here on the Capitoline Hill, he stood with Rome’s last defenders:  roughly two hundred men from the legions, thirty cavalry, and fifty light skirmishers.  Gaius sighed as he surveyed them.  Tens of thousands defended the city, and this is all that’s left.  His ruminations fle
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Literature
Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird
Gives me a wondrous concert
From our flowerbed.
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May have just gotten my fifth acceptance, and fourth published story.  Should have more details in the next month.  
Turbolaser fires
TIE fighter screams overhead
Booted feet break door.
Just a few horrid hallmarks
Of Imperial "order".
So says Wilbur Ross.  He went on to say that "it didn't cost the President anything to have that entertainment".  

www.usatoday.com/story/news/po…

It may not have cost the President himself anything, but the same can't be said for the United States as a whole.  The Tomahawk missiles cost almost $80 million.  The strike also further soured relations with Russia and the Assad regime, making the effort to fight ISIS even more difficult.  And on the opposite side, people died.  

I hope I'm not the only one a little disturbed by the administration's flippant attitude toward employing military force.  This is hardly the first example (Trump himself did it plenty of times during the campaign), but right now we're edging ever closer to nuclear war with North Korea.  We are gambling with the lives of millions of Japanese, North Koreans, South Koreans, and thousands of American personnel.  If the Syrian strike was after dinner entertainment, what would be the President getting mad (as Trump suggested would happen if North Korea persisted in testing nuclear weapons)?

Anyone else have thoughts on this? 
Got my fourth acceptance, and first for a reprint, this morning.  More to follow shortly.  
Death is swallowed up,
beaten by a bloody cross
and an empty tomb.  
The Whortleberry Press anthology "Fifty Flashes", which includes my short story "Decisions" is now available via Lulu:

www.lulu.com/shop/jean-goldstr…

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Austin Worley
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A writer of speculative fiction and poetry.
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
I was quite a "bit" shocked, when a while ago some Muslim believer showed me quotes that openly called ANYONE "Western", a "Jew-defender who must be killed together with the Jews".
Like, literally.
So, yeah, nuff said.
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
I thought you knew that Nimrod was literally the first active anti-monotheist (not just a passive idolater or "atheist", but a one who FOUGHT against God actively and incited people around him to join his revolt).
He's behind the Babel Tower as well, by the way.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner May 29, 2017  Professional Writer
That's not why the name entered pop culture as an insult, though.  
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Koshej Featured By Owner May 29, 2017
Maybe, maybe not.
Cultures are always interconnected one way or another.
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MissMaddox Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday! :la:
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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Akyura44 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016  Student General Artist
You seem like a cool guy from your comments :la: 
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madnessmountains Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
We need the natioal socialism the liberals fund cigarettes.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2016  Professional Writer
Are you drunk, friend?  Or does this have some meaning I'm not aware of?  
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