NightBringer

By Oldepunk

Nightbringer

At the Altar of Life

granite and obsidian

carved into all that is, was, or will be

are the letters, in silver

of my existence

I am the nightbringer

I am shadow, and dust

lost dreams and broken homes

dark rooms and rust

I appear as you do

but the curse I bear

Oh, the sorrow

you will come to know

Anachronistic

life leech

vampire

draining sustenance

all of you are candles

But I am a pyre

You will love me, feed me

support me

carry me home

Call me friend, brother, sister, lover

Wife or Husband

we strive to live as you

We wish to taste love

As you do, to commit freely

The curse

And oh, the sorrow

How I wish to give

But all I can do is

Borrow

And Take

The lies, the drugs, the sex

The gambling and gin

The doctors, the lawyers, the authorities

The institutions that came and went

All to quiet this

raging conflagration within

You can never understand

your love you give and you give

Over and over

more and more

With the fears and the memories

of what has come before

The Wasteland in my mind

haunts dense and deadly

the war with ghosts

that no one can see

This chain of horror

that clenches my throat

Of use to none

I will scorch and burn

Everything I see

I try to show you how to burn

Just like me

I am the nightbringer

And I can only grant you

my tragedy

Oh, the sorrow…

You have come to know

The hard truth you see

the only way to save yourself,

The only way to love me

Is by letting me go

And you know who I am

I know that you see

Mark these words dear

before you burn

Just Like Me

 

O.P.

 

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Meet the New Secret First Draft!

Secret First Draft has a bold and edgy new look and is welcoming its inaugural group of SFD Writer’s Collective Members this month:

1Wise-Woman of A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave

Oloriel Moonshadow of color me in cyanide and cherry

Aurora Phoenix of insights from inside

Hudson Biko Mwalagho of Piece by Piece HB

Christina Strigas of You can’t break up with a soul mate

Zelda Reville of Zelda Reville: A Sea of Illusions

This amazing group of writers will be contributing original content to SFD. SFD is also seeking guest bloggers to keep our content fresh and exciting.  We will also continue to bring you reblogs from the writers of Sudden Denouement, Secret First Draft, Whisper and the Roar and other divergent voices we think you will want to be reading.

If you are interested in becoming a member of SFD or contributing a guest writer contact the Editors at secretfirstdraft@gmail.com

 

Update on the March Madness Divergent Literature Contest

The Editors of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and Secret First Draft have been hard at work reading the submissions for our March Madness Divergent Literature Contest.  We have been so excited about the quality of the writing that we have decided to share our top ten submissions with our readers over the next ten days.  We will be announcing the winners shortly thereafter.  We hope you are as excited about these submissions as we are and we look forward to reading your comments.

Congratulations to Brave and Reckless’ Christine Ray

We are pleased to announce that Christine Ray’s blog, Brave and Reckless, has been chosen to be part of WordPress Discover. For those who are not aware, WordPress Discover is a selection of the best blogs on WordPress. It is a tremendous honor and well-deserved. The opportunity opens Christine’s wonderful writing to a whole new audience, soon others will be aware of what we have known all along: Christine is one of the most inspirational writers on WordPress. We are honored by her leadership and her friendship. The moment that I first encountered her powerful, poetic voice, I knew I was beholden to something special. We are elated that her voice will soon be heard by many more people. On behalf of Olde Punk, Samantha Lucero, SRP, Nicole Lyons, Georgia Park, and the rest of Sudden Denouement , we would like to congratulate Christine. I would like to say that Christine has touched my life, like she has touched the lives of so many. Destiny has cold hands, but sometimes the universe gets things right. In this case,  the planets lined up exactly as they should have. For those who are not familiar with her work, please take a minute to discover the wonderful mind of Christine Ray, our friend and our leader. We love you Christine.

Braveandrecklessblog

godspeed,

Jasper Kerkau, Founder Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

Call to Arms! Sudden Denouement/Secret First Draft March Madness Contest-Jasper Kerkau

Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

As a writer, we often find ourselves in the role of solitary practitioner. For some, solitude is exactly what is wanted in the expression of our literary pursuits, while others, like myself, relish being part of a community of like-minded individuals. I am most fortunate to be a part of the greatest group of writers in the world. Today, I count people such as Mick Hugh (Mick’s Neon Fog), Georgia Park (Private Bad Thoughts, Whisper and the Roar), Christine Ray (Brave and Reckless), and Olde Punk (Ramjet Poetry) as friends. I have received life advice from Nicole Lyons (The Lithium Chronicles) and countless others. I am now a part of the same collective as my literary hero S.K. Nicholas, not to mention my newest inspiration Candice Louisa Daquin. I am part of something much larger than myself…

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Fifteen Days Left to Submit Your Writing to the March Madness Divergent Literature Contest! Submission Deadline: April 15, 2017

The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and Secret First Draft are sponsoring a joint Divergent Literature Contest to find new writers for the Collective.

Writing Prompt: March Madness

The prompt can be interpreted any way you like!

Unpublished/Original work ONLY

Each entry should be more than 50 words but less than 500

Each writer may submit 1 to 3 (maximum) pieces of writing for consideration

Submissions will be accepted: 3/1/2017 through 4/15/2017

Full prize information to be announced!

1st Place Winner will be granted membership in the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective

2nd, 3rd and 4th Place Runners-ups will be granted membership in the Secret First Draft Collective.

Send your submissions with your name, your pen name (if applicable), the address for your blog and a short biography (1 to 3 sentences to): Suddendenouement@gmail.com

The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and its sister sites Secret First Draft and The Whisper and The Roar are forums for divergent literature that we hope excite and challenge you.

The top three posts will be published on Sudden Denouement and the top five posts will be published on Secret First Draft.

Finalists will be contacted by Sudden Denouement no later than May 30, 2017.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective But Were Afraid to Ask

Q: What is the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective?!

A: The Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and its sister sites Secret First Draft and Whisper and The Roar are forums for divergent literature that we hope excite and challenge you.

Our writers come from around the world but we share a passion for writing and all write because we have to.  We value and respect each other as writers and as human beings. We are committed to inspiring each other and producing high quality work.

Q: What will I find on each site?

A: Sudden Denouement: Monday through Friday we publish original work by our Collective members.  We highlight one writer, collaboration or special feature per day.  Weekends are dedicated to Indie Saturday Blogs and reblogs from our incredible writers so you can get a further taste of what they offer.  Sometimes we run guest posts and guest reblogs because we roll that way.

Secret First Draft: SFD is dedicated to highlighting the stellar work of the members of Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and friends of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective.  We also try to bring attention to fierce writers we think you should be reading.  We are super excited to be adding original content to SFD later this Spring as we launch the first SFD Collective writers.

Whisper and the Roar: The Whisper and the Roar is a feminist literary collective managed by SD’s own Georgia Park.  Georgia welcomes submissions from any feminist writer—the content of the original work does not need to be feminist but the writer does.

Q: Sounds interesting.  How big is the time commitment to be an SD, SFD or W&R writer?

A: Collective members submit two original pieces per month.  They can choose their own black & white image or the editors can help them find one.  Collective members are expected to respond to reader comments on their blog pieces and to show love and support to other Collective writers.

Q: I don’t like the idea of giving up my work.  Does SD own the rights of writing published on its sites?

A: The individual writers retain ownership of their original work.  We encourage our writers to reblog their Collective publications to their own blogs the same day they are posted by the Collective.  We do ask that whenever this work is shared that it clearly stated that it was originally published on our site.

Q: What are the advantages of being a Collective member?

A: The bragging rights! We think the writers of the Sudden Denouement Literary Collective are the coolest badasses on WordPress.  We also provide each other constant support, encouragement and creative inspiration.  There are exciting opportunities for collaboration, including The Weyward Sisters.  We are also launching a Collective Publication page to provide a centralized location to check out and purchase the books our amazing Collective writers have published or have available for pre-order.

Q: Cool! How does become a member of the SD Collective?

A: New members are considered on an ongoing basis based on our current needs.  We have just extended the deadline of our March Madness Divergent Literature Contest until April 15th.  Click here for information about submitting your work to Whisper and the Roar.