A Lifetime of Action

“What’s the world come to, Fatback? What do we now?”

“Have a moment of silence, and commit to a lifetime of action … that’s my unsophisticated recommendation.”

“Some people over in Calamity are sayin’ that what’s happened is a good thing.”

“A good thing? Is that right?”

“Yes sir.”

“Well, I’ve got a jackass that makes more sense than those Calamity Bode lard-heads.”

“That’s a fact.”

“Have the much deserved moment of silence, and then, if you really want to change your small portion of the world, commit yourself to a lifetime of action.”

“Gotcha.”

~ Fatback Jack~

James F. Ross
2016

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I Said, She Said … Seeing The Light

These colors.

“Yes?”

It’s what you’ve captured.

“Is it?”

Of course it is. You can’t deny your intention.

“I can’t?”

Yes.

“Yes I can?”

No.

“Which is it? Yes or no?”

It’s no, as in, you cannot deny your intention to capture the colors in this landscape.

“Well, I can.”

Don’t be ridiculous. They’re right here on display, splashed across the canvas.

“If that’s all you see, then your pulp criticism is guided by expectation and form. I’m not painting for color’s sake.”

You’re not?

“No.”

What are you doing then?

“I’m doing my best to replicate the light.”

The light?

“And the dark.”

The dark?

“It’s the areas where the light begins to fade or is, for the most part, absent … the transitions.”

I see.

“Good.”

What about me?

 You?”

What about my transitions?

“I haven’t ever considered your transitions.”

That, I have noticed; but what about right now? What do you think?

“Could you slow down your pivot a bit?”

 Like this?

“A little slower … just like that … all the way around.”

Well?

“Curvaceous.”

Curvaceous?

“Your transitions are all kinds of cambered curves … with an occasional line or two that draws attention.”

One can only hope … I don’t have any angles?

“Angles? You? I’d need a transit and a box of protractors to cover all your angles.”

 I’ll take that as a compliment. As I was saying, I see … a lot of color.

“That’s okay. Color is good.”

But I do see the light too. Sunset.

“Oh?”

Long shadows.

“Could be sunrise.”

Not a chance. I’m pretty sure that I’ve walked through that meadow. Long shadows  stretching in that direction … has to be sunset.

“Then it is.”

You should paint more often. This is very relaxing to look at.

“Thanks.”

I should come with you next time.

“Next time?”

When you go out to paint another landscape.

“Okay. That would be nice.”

I have a place in mind. It’s special to me.

“Special?”

A hillside. The view from there is amazing. You’d like it. There’s always a nice breeze.

“When?”

Like I said … always.

“No. I mean when would you like to go. Tomorrow?”

Tomorrow is Sunday.

“Well, after we’re all prayed up and sanctified, you can take me to your hillside.”

Okay; But, leave your paints and canvas here.

“Why?”

We’ll just enjoy the view. You can capture the light some other day.

Sounds good. It’s a date.

Yes, it is … isn’t it.

 

James F. Ross

2016


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I Am Flying … A Short Story Long

I Am Flying is available as a free download through January 2, 2016. Please follow the link below to download.

Thanks, James.

I Am Flying

I Am Flying

 

 

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The Life Examined

Beautiful precious souls
Rest now, ’till morning rise
Dream-abouts make known
That what might be

And what might be
Is spring in summer
Hand in hand along
Furrowed fields planted

Faith nurturing hope
Patience’s virtue vetted
A voluntary pause in motion
Begins anew the life examined

James F. Ross 

2015

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Need A Rest

Taking time to walk away for a bit.

 

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Paint The Moon

Away away seafaring brood
Away to ships and sailing
Traverse again to distant shores
Remember those awaiting

Away away ye kindred kind
Away to gathering be
We’ll paint the moon ’til starry night
Whenever you come home to me

Away away to hinterland
Forever dreaming you’ll be
Arrest your fear to once again
Lay hold the joy you’re seeking

Away away ye kindred kind
Sojourn to gathering be
We’ll paint the moon ’til starry night
Whenever you come home to me

~~~

James F. Ross
2014

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Sunlit Contours

Upon reflection
Just above the water’s crest
A grainy thorough inspection
Confirms my initial suspicion

An unpretentious free-spirit exposed
Natural ivory-white camber
Sunlit contours of perfection
A blameless guilty pleasure

~~~
James F. Ross
2015

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Rise Now

Beneath the calm
Belies a struggle
Of want and not
And gain no more

It’s where is kept
The dearest secret
Pride and polish
Spun to lore

A sweet fragrant
Uniquely common
Treasured
Portion not yet shared

Rise now
For on this shadowless eve
That solitarily embracive provocation
Gives way to fellowship and love

~~~
James F. Ross
2015

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Fatback Jack … Absconders of Truth

“Mean backstabbing pretenders of civility and all things sacred? Yeah, those Calamity Bode folks sure have got their fair share. On the other hand, if you’re lookin’ locally for deviant self righteous absconders of the truth, who can, and will, talk both ears off a wounded mule, Sunday morning worship purports commencement at ten o’clock.”

Thanks, Fatback.

“A decent kindhearted feller like you would be keen to keep one hand on your wallet.”

Why’s that?

“It might be free to get in, but it’ll cost you to get out.”

How’s that?

“They like to pass the plate around until there’s no jingle in your jangle.”

Thanks for the heads up.

“My pleasure. Hey, I didn’t catch your name.”

Gibbs. Reverend Jon D.

“You’re the new white-collar?”

No collar, but yes, I am the new pastor of First Church.

“I’d take back what I said about your congregants, Gibby, but then I’d be lying.”

No worries, Fatback. Sounds like they might need a little shepherding.

“Or a good flood to cleanse the whole lot of them.”

Well, a little immersion always benefits the soul.

——

~ Fatback Jack ~
The Desert Sun Saga – Life In Motion

James F. Ross

2015

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I Said, She Said … A Knockout

“Our Friday morning bus rides. I love them.”

Uh huh.

“Have you ever missed your husband?”

What’s that? Husband?

“Yeah. Your husband. Do you ever miss him?”

You interrupt my reading for this?! Where did this come from?

“I don’t know. I was just thinking.”

Which one?

“Which one what?”

Which husband?

“You’ve been married more than once?”

Well technically, yeah. Twice.

“Have you ever missed them?”

Well let’s see … The aptly named number two, I missed, but when he dodged me, he fell headfirst into a pile of horse manure. So yeah, I missed him, but in a good way.

“Wow.”

Husband number one? He was a knockout. Never missed him a bit. I always made contact with the little weasel.

“You’ve never been known for pulling your punches.”

Not ashamed in the least.

“Cream cheese?”

What?

“I’m segueing. Bagel Bagel is at the next stop … my treat.”

Cream cheese and a vanilla latte.

“I’ll spring for the bagels. You can cover the espressos.”

Will do. Pull the cord.

“Hmm?”

Ring the bell. We’re here.

James F. Ross

2015

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I Said, She Said … Vaguely

What time is it?

“Half past a freckle.”

Seriously. What time is it?

“Noon o’twoish.”

Could you possibly be more vague?

“Maybe.”

James F. Ross 

2015

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Of A Morning

Of a morning
Did she write
Word to verse
Upon reflection

Of a friend
A forest trail
Hand in hand
Sincere affection

Of a breeze
A sandy dune
Sloop and sail
Silently drifting

Of a night
Starry blue
Meadow moon
Fireflies dancing

Of a morning
She did write
Awash in love
Upon reflection

James F. Ross
2015

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Sweet Surrender

A life unforgettable
Contagious
Splendid
Treasured
Honey, creamed to perfection

Would that I confront my own struggles
As brave and courageous
Fearlessly shadow boxing to muster
One solid uppercut in the final round

Silence. Peaceful rest
Though never fathomed
Is an open-arm sweet surrender welcome
Extracting bliss from your love

James F. Ross
2015

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I Said, She Said … On The Other Hand

“Sweet Jesus, I’m wearing two wristwatches!”

What on earth for?

“I’m absolutely clueless …. a complete mystery.”

You’re telling me.

“What?”

Absolutely clueless. I often hear that admitting a problem tends to be the first step toward full recovery.

“Imagine that.”

In your case, it might be considered a giant leap for mankind.

“A mystery?”

On a daily basis.

“If it’s a bonafide mystery.”

It is. You are. Trust me.

“Ok. So it is. Why am I wearing two watches?”

Not a clue.

“Time to play private detective.”

Play?

“I’ll be O’Holmes, and you can be O’Watson.”

What’s with the O?

“Copyright storm troopers. They’re everywhere.”

Gotcha.

“You start.”

Ok. Say there, McHolmes …

“O’Holmes.”

Sorry about that. Why Irish?

“My pap always said that if he had half a brain, he’d be a Brit.”

And so …?

“I want my detective to come across as being akin to intelligence. So, he’s a smart aleck Irishman.”

You were born for this role.

“Try again.”

Ok. Say there, O’Holmes. Why are you wearing two wristwatches?

“Nice line. Clearly enunciated with a slight flare of professionalism.”

Thank you. Your turn.

“Two watches?! Oh, good God I am. But why?”

Think.

“Ok. Thinking … On one hand, this is a new watch. Maybe it keeps time better?”

Maybe.

“And the other is old, bought it a pawn shop, used, and isn’t reliable.”

So why are you wearing it?

“It’s a secondhand watch.”

Now, that actually makes as little sense as possible.

“Why do I have two watches today? That’s perplexing.”

Think … again.

“Thinking …”

Good.

“You have a lot of patience, Doctor O’.”

That’s what friends are for … being patient.

“Got it!”

Fantastic! Let’s hear it.

“The new watch is to help be on time … Like meeting you at the bus stop.”

And you did. Right on time.

“The other watch is to remind me to ask if you’d like to go to a movie and then dinner afterwards.”

Really?

“Really, really.”

I’d love to. Thanks for asking.

“My pleasure.”

What time does the movie start?

“Well, on one hand, we’re already late.”

Oh no.

“But on the other hand, we’ll just make it if you pull the cord right now.”

Right now?

“ now. This is our stop.”

Got it.

“Happy Valentines Day.”

Happy Valentines Day back at you, knucklehead.

James F. Ross
2015

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Screaming In Paradise

Angry
Desperate
Hurt
Frustrated
Humiliated
Pushed Aside
Forgotten

Ignite a blue-tip off my tension
And watch me burn
A hole
A wonder
A crying shame
A memory that should never be

My mind
Suspended by a nonexistent cushion
Is on the brink
No respite dreams to waken

The erupting opus in my rift
Knows discord not that chord
An effortless bowel movement
Forget about it
Trying to waltz to this piece of junk manuscript
Is useless
A squandered life

Disappointing to you
Shame
A barge headed to Twelve Point
Midnight runs for self-respect

A monochrome rainbow of downward glances
Piercing even the best armor of hope
Every black and white waiting
To call in a disturbance of their harmony

From sea to shinning sea
There are cries of hunger and pain
Walking among you
God’s Grace has been shed

Screaming In Paradise
No one can see me

Screaming In Paradise
No one can bear me

Screaming In Paradise
Are you listening?

I AM

Screaming In Paradise

James F. Ross

2010

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Paint The Moon

Away away seafaring brood
Away to ships and sailing
Traverse again to distant shores
Remember those awaiting

Away away ye kindred kind
Away to gathering be
We’ll paint the moon ’til starry night
Whenever you come home to me

Away away to hinterland
Forever dreaming you’ll be
Arrest your fear to once again
Lay hold the joy you’re seeking

Away away ye kindred kind
Sojourn to gathering be
We’ll paint the moon ’til starry night
Whenever you come home to me

 

James F. Ross
2014

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Impression

Cold
Gray
A sill-less window
Frames your struggle

Save the rapture
Survival is inevitable

Hackberry embers
Console memories
Not yet relinquished

From the east,
A light familiar
Illuminates your admiration

Canvassed
Blue hued cotton
Awaits my impression

James F. Ross

2014

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My Beautiful Moment

Spoken Word Poetry Video

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My Beautiful Moment

James F. Ross

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Today’s Walk

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James F. Ross

2014

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A Wonderful Review

I Am FlyingThe latest review for my short-story, I Am Flying, was graciously posted on Amazon yesterday, November 13th, by Ms. Molly Gapp. For your convenience, I Am Flying is available as a free download throughout the weekend. You don’t need to own a Kindle to read this story; a free Kindle app is available for most major smartphones, tablets and computers.

Molly’s Review

“This is a short but lovely, tender story of a kindly retired professor who still very much misses his deceased wife, Marie. I’m glad I discovered this little gem—so much so that when I reached the end I immediately reread it, and enjoyed it even more the second time. I have a feeling I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come.”

                                     My gift to you,

                                    James

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