More Redacted Poems

An eye for beautiful drops esnesnon (read it backwards) hope i smiled i was always a mystery i was always a mystery2 i will believe too Imagination just be you just nine Mistakes Monster on faith and pleasure on thinking and fairy tales pains of the light passion remains sensations sliver speech still gold Stories time where

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For Love Of The Game

For Love Of The Game


Hurriedly,

she walks in

out of the cold air and

sits down on the dusty,

wooden floor

sliding her sock-covered

feet

into her new,

bright yellow

shoes.


Smiling,

she greets old friends

that she hasn’t seen

since last summer.


Together,

they walk to the middle

of the basketball court

but

they aren’t there

to play basketball.


They are there–

balls at their feet,

mouths curled up into grins–

to play futsal,

a form of

the most universal sport

in the world.


Other girls arrive

and the coach

splits everyone up

into

two teams.


 

The girl jogs

to claim her position,

but not before sharing

a knowing look with

her friend–

who is,

of course,

on the other team.


 

Soon the room

grows quiet

but for the sound

of panting breath,

feet pounding on the ground,

the ball skidding on the floor,

and the occasional

exclamation of encouragement

from one teammate

to another.


 

All of their worries are forgotten

as they play,

as they play for

love of the game.


 

The girl feels free

as her ponytail whips

with the motion of her body;

running,

running for the ball.


 

They play for awhile

and once their hearts are full,

full of freedom

and friendship

and futsal…

they leave,

the court suddenly silent again

silent but for the girl,

who turns one last time

to savor the game in her mind–

to store it until seven days are over,

until she will come back

to play

once again.

Don’t Forget Them

Congratulations
you did it
you accomplished your goal
something you have been
working so hard for

 

You did it
you did it
you
you
you

 

But sometimes
we get too caught up
in these words
“You”
“Me”
“I”

 

Sometimes we forget
“Them”
“They”
U s

 

Sometimes we forget
that we couldn’t have
accomplished our goal
by        o u r s e l v e s

 

T h e y     helped us
t h e y      played an important role
t h e y      deserve a little credit

 

Don’t forget them

The House Was Scary

the house was scary
The House Was Scary
             The house was scary. Too scary. It was at the end of a long gravel path, the path that old Robby Blankins supposedly rode down in the old days. Ugly trees, black as loneliness, surrounded the house like old soldiers, ready to reach out their old tendrils at any trespasser who had the nerve of walking up to the front door– or what remained of it, anyways. The house was a wreck. There were old tree branches strewn all over the lawn, the cornfield out in the front was withering away, and the once white siding was chipping off like nail polish on a girl’s fingernail. The house used to be a nice place. Becky Miller remembered when her Mama would bake pies for the old woman who used to live there… what was her name? Oh, that’s right. Barbara White. She had died a couple of years ago from a devastating fire, or so they say…. Legend has it that Barbara White disappeared one night after bandits had raided her house, taking her with them. Either way, it seemed to Becky that once Barbara was gone, the house went up and died just like she did. That was why Becky wondered why she found herself at what once was the front door stoop of the house. Was it just out of pure curiosity, or was something else under that roof beckoning Becky closer…? All she knew was that she had to get into that house, no matter what dangers might be lurking behind that door….

Hidden Secrets The Book: Chapter 1 ~ Entering

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Hidden Secrets

© 2014 by Maddie and Dani Thompson

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means–electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other–without the prior written permission of the publisher.

When Victoria Hale’s father gets a job relocation and her family is forced to move from NYC all the way to a dusty, musty, old estate in Colorado with the name of Presstone, Victoria will discover the secrets of the mansion’s past. . .and not all secrets are pleasing to keep. What happens when Victoria finds out something that may alter her and her family forever?

Chapter 1: Entering

The sky was a soft gray hue, not unlike the fur of a gray kitten. It filled Victoria with a sudden sort of sadness. She figured it was the memory of the neighborhood kitten she’d had to leave behind. The front doors of Presstone Estate had once been covered in yellow paint (now only a few splotches here and there remained– the rest had cracked off, revealing the dirtied original surface). Two grand metal handles were secured onto the inner brinks of each of the two front doors; and a pair of rusty old lion knockers fixed loftily above their heads gave the appearance of watching over the place, almost like guards.

Mrs. Hale unlocked the door and motioned for them to go inside.

The house seemed to groan as the newcomers entered. Victoria tipped her head back and observed what she would now call home. When her father had gotten a job transfer from NYC all the way to Colorado, Victoria would never have imagined ending up here. Yes, the place was big, but something didn’t seem right about it. It seemed as if the house hadn’t been occupied for quite some time.

Victoria felt a slight chill come over her body. The air was different—musty and stale. Sneezing at the dust kicked up by her movement, she looked around uneasily. This was not where she belonged. This was not where anyone belonged, for that matter.

Victoria as she dropped her two bulging suitcases at her sides; the leather rubbing against her legs. Her hands tingled as the blood ran through them again, now that she wasn’t clutching at the thick plastic handles. “Can we find our rooms now?” she sighed.

Wow,” murmured Victoria’s father, always finding a lesson in everything, “have you guys seen this marble? It must have been from a century ago!”

Dad…the rooms,” Victoria muttered.

Oh yes, here you are,” said Victoria’s father a bit absentmindedly, handing her a map. “This came with the key.”

Thanks,” muttered an annoyed Victoria. Why didn’t he tell us about this earlier? She shared a knowing look with her mother.

Why don’t we go upstairs?” proposed Victoria’s mother.

Okay. I’ll meet you up there later,” said Victoria’s father, now looking at an old piece of furniture. “This is amazing!”

No one thought to look under the winding staircase, where a pair of eyes watched them very intently from a shadowy doorway below.

Victoria began heading up the stairs. Following the map, she led her parents to their room and then proceeded to finding hers, which proved to be a much bigger challenge. We already know that the estate was very big. Because of this, one would assume that there would be very many bedrooms. That is true, yes, but all of the other bedrooms on that side of the house were mysteriously locked. After trying every door, Victoria was left with only one option—the attic.

When Victoria finally reached her destination she plopped on the small bed in satisfaction. She had made it!

There was a knock on the door and a fat, potbellied man—who seemed to have followed her—presented himself. “You are the new owner’s daughter, I presume?”

Victoria sat up with a start. So much for waiting to be let in! And who was this man, anyways? “Who— Who are you?” stammered Victoria as she narrowed in on his face; and a dreary one, at that. His smile was as dull as a butter knife, his gray eyebrows were oh-so-bushy. They knit together above his nose, appearing to be one large line. The line was so prolonged and bushy that it cast a shadow over his melancholy eyes; which peered at her with a gray, unending glare.

The man suddenly switched his gaze from unsettling to a false, ‘the door’s always open’ look. “I am the house caretaker, with whatever you need.” Although he put on a smile, you could see that it was fictitious by looking at his eyes. Swinging one of his stubby forearm across his belly, he gave a strained bow.

Uh, okay…” Victoria muttered, still wondering where this man had come from. It was a shame she hadn’t looked under the stairs, because if she had, she would have made a startling connection. But even so, remembering her manners, she mumbled a “thank you” and put on a false smile as her tongue clattered clumsily over the words.

My mother never said anything about any caretakers…” challenged Victoria, tilting her head to the side in curiosity; waiting for this man to leave her alone.

Mr. Tully stood quietly, as if contemplating something. “I’ve been here my whole life, and have seen this house with many owners. I just wanted to be here to help all of you out! Moving can be terribly hard for people.” He flashed another smile.

Hmm. Okay, then. I’ll just be up here unpacking,” muttered Victoria in a curt manner.

Another suspicious look played across Mr. Tully’s face, but was again masked by false cheeriness. “Alright. Don’t hesitate to call if you need anything!” and with that Edmond turned around rather clumsily and left. She shuddered. That man gave her the creeps. There was something wrong about him, Victoria knew. And she also knew that she would get to the bottom of it, whatever it was.

Victoria stayed in her new room until she was sure that the man named Edmond was far, far away. She then decided to explore the house, making sure to avoid her father, in case he was in the need of giving another lesson. After exploring for some time, Victoria finally found what she was looking for the whole time—the library. Oh, how grand it was! It had all sorts of marvelous books, and a great deal of comfy chairs in which to read them in. My, it even had a grand piano! Victoria imagined herself reading while her mother tickled the ivories. Her mother’s piano music was the best she had ever heard.

Sadly, she was plucked right out of her daydream by Mr. Tully. It seemed he had come to give her something.

🌲 🌲 🌲

Victoria’s skin was overcome with goosebumps as she gazed to her left and saw Mr. Tully peering over her shoulder. Where had he come from? She marveled at how such a big man could suddenly appear out of nowhere. “Here,” Edmond said, handing over a thick book with a golden cover. Victoria could now see him better. Edmond’s skin was old and wrinkly; his nose was as long and as big as a cucumber.

Uh, thanks…” returned Victoria, who would have liked to read a book of her own choosing.

What you have in your hand is a great story,” droned Edmond, “or so I’ve heard. You see, I am not able to read it.”

You can’t read?” asked Victoria, incredulous.

I can read, and I’ve read many books in this library. But as much as I want to read that book, I can’t. It only opens for the owner of this estate.”

Why?” Asked Victoria. “And wouldn’t it be for my parents, then?”

I’m sorry. I guess I was not clear enough. This story is not for any owner. It is for the youngest owner. And that, my dear, is you.”

Victoria tried to open the book. Open it did. “But why? What is so special about this book?”

That book is said to tell your future. Now read it.”