It’s been a while since I published a poem here. I figured, well, it’s about time I get down to it. This one seems appropriate to publish on a cold fall day when I am grateful for my warm home. I had the gas fireplace going earlier today and cuddled under a blanket on the couch with a cup of tea. Here is another concept of home, in poetic form.
A Long Sigh and a Smile
She walks through the room, past the couch, to the corduroy chair, and
Lowers her thin body onto his. Her head navigates his torso and
Stops when it finds comfort, two inches below his left shoulder.
A layer of black cotton separates her right cheek from his skin.
It is only the fabric that has faded with time.
“I want more of this,” she whispers and feels his body shake as
So then I started to read.. and read some more… and some more. As a lover of the written word, I read pretty much anything and everything that peaks my interest. Letizia of Reading Interrupted is nodding right now along with me, I’m sure. The past few months have been no exception as I delved into poetry, short stories, and even a read on mythology. Here are reviews of some of the book I read lately.
Heartspeak: God and Love
Poet Sylvester L. Anderson’s Heartspeak: God and Love
This book is written by one of my favorite poets, Sylvester L. Anderson. He is an Indie writer who I connected with at Syl65’s Blog.
His collection of poems is so beautiful that I have now read it twice. As I wrote in my Amazon.ca review, “the gentle words wash across the page like a satisfying ocean.”
I breathed such a sigh of contentment upon finishing the read the first time that I couldn’t resist picking up the book for a second read months later.
Even if you do not normally read poetry, this book is one that is worth settling into a comfy chair to take in. For words of love and faith, I recommend reading Heartspeak: God and Love.
Myths of Babylonia and Assyria
Every genre of books has its share of literary terms. This point was reinforced in my head as I read the essay Talyn’s Heroic Journey in Farscape by Natacha Guyot, which discussed the role of the gunship Talyn in the sci-fi TV series Farscape.
In the read, which I reviewed at Goodreads, I noted many terms that would be familiar to science fiction enthusiasts but might not be clear to someone new to the genre. I realized there are a lot of intriguing characters in the sci-fi world that are anything but human (at least not in their entirety) and are worth defining here.
Here are some of the science fiction terms I came across in Guyet’s essay:
Leviathan: What Does it Mean in the Sci-Fi Context?
If this term were not used in reference to Farscape, you would be correct in saying that leviathan is a large mythical sea creature. But, in Farscape, Leviathan has a different meaning, which is a sentient spaceship. Leviathans have feelings and communicate mainly through non-verbal methods, which can include conveying messages through the pilot.
Moya was an example of a leviathan ship in the Farscape universe and had a close relationship with the alien blue-skinned pilot. Interestingly, Talyn, which is Moya’s offspring, is a combination of Leviathan and Peacekeeper technology.