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Memorial Day
Freedom's heavy price
Paid upon shores near and far
With blood and sorrow
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Literature
A Dark (K)Night
Signal in the clouds
He's justice, vengeance, the night
Fist from the shadows.
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Saint Patrick
Six years in bondage
helped Patrick find God.
Voices led him home,
and a vision brought him back
with Ireland's salvation.
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Four Sorts of Love
Loves beyond romance:
Agape, philia, storge.
Often forgotten.
Selfless, loyal, empathic.
Valentine knew their value.
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New Year
Ball drops at midnight
carries with it hopes and dreams
for a better year.
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Christmas
Angelic host sings
Praises of manger-born Christ
King, God, sacrifice.
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Late Fall
Bitten by cool breeze,
Leaves turn after Halloween.
Autumn finally comes.
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Literature
Measure of Gods and Allies (Scenes 4-5)
Benyamin’s scouts were wrong: the Aegyptians didn’t arrive until mid-afternoon.  Their stone constructs led the way, followed by a clump of magi.  Then came the chariots and a lone wagon; no doubt it bore this Ark.  Columns of spearmen and archers flanked both sides of the convoy.  Only one magus and a handful of constructs guarded their rear.  
Lying flat on the lip of his ravine, Lars glanced down the valley, at the pass and the Yudean hoplites holding it.  Most had deserted with David and Samuel, but forty stood firm.  He prayed they were enough.  If the Aegyptians broke through too soon, their constructs would have no problem smashing the rest of the ambush.  Gideon’s skirmishers couldn’t hope to beat them, and the cavalry were too few to snatch victory from defeat’s jaws.
A trumpet blast scattered his musings.  The constructs broke into an inhumanly fast charge, and the Aegyptian rearguard rushed forwa
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Measure of Gods and Allies (Scenes 1-3)
As he slashed the last routing Aegyptian spearman across the back, Decurion Lars Vorenius Abito smiled.  It couldn’t come close to avenging Legio VII, but it helped.  His limbs trembled from the rush.  Sheathing the spatha, Lars patted his mount’s neck.  “Come, girl, we’d best get back to the ridge.”  He wheeled the mare around and cantered toward the battlefield.  
The skirmish had ended by the time he rejoined his turma.  Yudean rebels picked their way through the dead Aegyptians. Every time they came across a deactivated construct, the rebels stabbed its mud-like joints with their spears and pried the stone humanoid apart.  
“Is that truly necessary?” Lars shouted at the nearest clump of Yudeans.  Unable to speak Hebrew or Aramaic, he settled on Hellene.
One of them nodded.  “They’ll have to build more this way.”
He almost suggested finding a control rod and using the stone
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One September Day
Four planes: two towers
empty field, the Pentagon.
World goes upside down.
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Independence Day
Gunfire and warcries
Forgotten, then replaced by
Firecrackers and fun.  
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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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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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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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Got another acceptance today.  This makes short story number 8.  It's currently set for a July release date.  
Freedom's heavy price
Paid upon shores near and far
With blood and sorrow
Memorial Day
A (belated) haiku in memory of all who laid down their lives for liberty.
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The President has released a statement canceling the summit with Kim Jong-UN that was set to occur in Singapore in June.  

www.washingtonpost.com/world/n…

Since this is a breaking story, there's not much info to be found yet.  I'll see if I can find the text of the President's statement.  

Edit:

This CNBC article includes the statement from the White House

www.cnbc.com/2018/05/24/trump-…

May 24, 2018

His Excellency
Kim Jong Un
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democractic People's Republic of Korea
Pyongyang

Dear Mr. Chairman:

We greatly appreciate your time, patience, and effort with respect to our recent negotiations and discussions relative to a summit long sought by both parties, which was scheduled to take place on June 12 in Singapore. We were informed that the meeting was requested by North Korea, but that to us is totally irrelevant. I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that i pray to God they will never have to be used.

I felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me, and ultimately it is only that dialogue that matters. Some day, I look very much forward to meeting you. In the meantime, I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now home with their families. That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.

If you change your mind having to do with this most important summit, please do not hesitate to call me or write. The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.

Sincerely yours,

Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America

So, what do you think is next?  

Signal in the clouds
He's justice, vengeance, the night
Fist from the shadows.
A Dark (K)Night
A fan haiku in tribute to the Caped Crusader.
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An acceptance just came in.  This will be my seventh published story.  Release date is a long way off, but I'm happy.
My new novelette "Hanging at Crosbhothar" will be published in Unsheathed: An Epic Fantasy Collection, from Hydra Publications.  If you enjoy vivid action and fast-paced heroic fantasy in the vein of Conan, you can preorder now from Amazon.  

www.amazon.com/Unsheathed-Fant…

Here's a little teaser blurb for my contribution:

A village of innocents, lynched.  Blood magic.  Vengeance-obsessed brigands.  Ghosts of the past and a demonic pact.  Knight-Lieutenant Arlise Dun faces all of these and more as she chases the bandit lord called Eoghan One-Ear through the wilds of Vyspa.  Can she cut Eoghan down before he becomes unstoppable?

The anthology will release on March 15.  

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EyeOfShadows Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday!:birthdaycupcake: 
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2017  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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ArmorFelix2012 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017
Hmm, I'm curious, have you ever played Wasteland 2 on the ps4? There's a section with the Red Skorpions which makes a statement about slaves and oppressors; much more dynamic than say, Caesar's Legion, who simply came across as jerks in a caste system.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2017  Professional Writer
No, I might get around to it someday, but right now I have too many unfinished games or unfinished playthroughs to get much more.  

And yeah, I completely agree about the Legion.  It might be different if Obsidian had had time to finish the Legion towns in the East, but as it stands they just come off as post-apocalyptic, Roman ISIS.  I'm only doing a Legion playthrough to get the Platinum for New Vegas.
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ArmorFelix2012 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017
Ah, have you tried sneaking across the Deathclaw territory in Sloan to go to work for the Great Khans early on? Now there's an armory for an anti-NCR campaign if I ever saw one.
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Legio-X Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2017  Professional Writer
No, but I'm far enough along now that I don't have to.  Planning on using ARCHIMEDES II to complete Arizona Killer relatively easily.  
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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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