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He wasn't a emperor,
Who could afford a taj!
An unmarked grave,
Filled with roses,
Was how he let go,
His past!

Splinters of his cane,
They poked his skin!
As he tried to balance!
The pain he felt,
On a lost loved one,
He now felt so challenged!
Those were the days,
He said to himself!
Oh those wonderful,
As they could be!
My love you shall,
Always remain,
In me and my memories!

Now he was,
Standing there!
His age too seemed now over!
Little left,
But to sigh in grief!
Gone now was his lover!

They had together,
Lived happy,
Those were some fancy times!
Filling their life with melodies,
Though they had no dime!

Smiled the old man,
Said to himself,
My love u have to go,
May be once we are reborn,
We shall continue the show!

#writerscommunity #poetry #life #death #love
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In the deepest recesses of my memory are images of illustrated classics that have stayed with me and still give me a thrill. One such image is of a raft-wrecked and exhausted Odysseus who is desperately trying to make his way to land but is confounded by the vengeful Poseidon
who brews vicious storms and mighty waves. The artist in that comic book captured it so well. I just saw that image again after decades & it evoked so many memories. Years later as I revisit the The Odyssey through a late 19th century translation and read the following:
I am reminded of the feeling of awe that it first inspired:

"So for two nights and two days he was wandering in the swell of the sea, and much his heart boded of death ... but when he was within earshot of the shore, and heard now the thunder of the sea against the reefs ..
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Dis thread is a work of #fiction , taking a cue from events till now & then leaping in2 da "undiscovered territory", da future as i see unfold, i MAY b wrong.

Wud try 2 update dis thread (progress of story), as & when i get time, so u wud need 2 "follow" me OR u can bookmark.
Year 2030 (10yrs Leap):

#Bharat (previously INDIA) is industrialised behemoth thnx to its work force & Govt Policies.

#Right to vote has been made mandatory.

#Performance matters and #Merit counts.

#Hatred towards other(s) in any form is taken seriously & dealt with.
To plug the loopholes that existed in #SYSTEM for decades, there have been sweeping changes.

To address the method of #Babudom working, #Accountability has been Incorporated in #Constitution.

Courts, Police stations, classrooms, community places etc all r monitored.
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♪ ¸¸.•*¨*•. i like you since day 1 .•*¨*•.¸¸♪

- a brightwin au

a socmed crack au where bright likes to bully nerdy win because he likes him and so he could get his attention, but win doesn't seem to understand it.
so while yall waiting for this to start,, if u haven't read my past aus,, here's a thread 😊

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★ మామా సూడు నాకు స్కూల్ లో ఎన్ని మెడల్లు, షీల్డులు వచ్చినాయో.. నీకు గునక స్కూల్లో ఉన్యప్పుడు దండిగా ప్రయిజులు ఒచ్చిండాయని అమ్మ సెప్పింది కానీ మీ ఇంట్లో నేనిప్పటిదాంకా ఒక్కటి కూడా సూడలేదే 🤔

● అవున్వోయ్ అల్లుడూ. శానా ఉండాయ్.. ఇల్లంతా.. నువ్వు కూడా సూసినావ్

★ ల్యా మామా సూల్లే
● సూసినావ్ రా సోమీ అంటే.. మాకు మీ మాదిరి పనికిమాలిన మెడల్సు ఇచ్చాన్యారు అనుకున్యావా? అన్నీ బా పనికొచ్చేటి ఇచ్చాన్యారు. చంబులు, తప్యాలాలు, లోటాలు, క్యారీలు, పెన్నులు, జామెట్రీ బాక్సులు ఇట్టాంటివి. సూడ్డం ఏంది నువ్వు ఇంటికొచ్చినప్పుడు తినే పల్యాలు కూడా నాకొచ్చిన ప్రయజులే వోయ్ 😎😎
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𝓞𝔂𝓪𝔂𝓲 𝓷𝓰 𝓣𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓱𝓪𝓵𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓣𝓪𝓹𝓪𝓽 | katha ni hayasintos

Umalis ang kabit ng tatay ni Makoy kaya naman sa kaniya nabaling ang pagkabitin ng kaniyang tatay.
Kagagaling ko lang sa eskuwela matapos ang mahabang araw, nanlilimahid ako sa nangingitim na pawis dahil sa alikabok dahil sa usok na nalingap mula sa matagal-tagal na biyahe sa daan.
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𝓘𝓷𝓪𝓪𝓹𝓸𝔂 | munting katha ni hayasintos

Natulog ang isang binatilyo sa tabi ng kaniyang tiyuhin dahil sa kaniyang lagnat. Image
Inaapoy ako ng lagnat noong mga panahong iyon kaya naman ang bilin ni Mama sa akin ay para hindi hawaan ang aking mga kapatid ay sa labas muna ako matulog, idagdag pa dahil nga malamig ang kuwarto kaya naman tumabi –
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This thread is documentation of #viral, #PseudoScience & #irrational information circulating around in the midst of #CoronavirusOutbreakindia.
Starting from @AltNews report debunking uniform latitudes of places where #Corona came.…

Coronavirus: Is drinking cow urine any help?
By Reality Check team @BBCNEWSIndia1…
China culled around 18,000 chickens in Shaoyang city in the southern province of Hunan as a result of a flu outbreak. Rumours in India started circulating, that broiler chicken has been infected with Coronavirus and people should avoid consuming it.…
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What's in a name?
Why @WHO's formal name for the new #coronavirus #disease matters:…

#COVID19 #Covid_19
1. Wash your hands often and/or use hand sanitizer more frequently.

2. Try not to touch your face... 🙈

3. Cough into your shirt or arm.

4. Stay home when you are sick.


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[Post that is being widely shared on FB] Ram Parvesh & Abdul were childhood friends. The new pradhan elected in the village, gave daily lessons to Ram Parvesh who was changing soon. He told Abdul, 'cow gives milk, yet you don't call her mother'. Abdul agreed to term cow as mother
Ram Parvesh again said, 'you're strange, fields give food & you don't consider land as mother'. Abdul accepted. Then, Ram Parvesh said, Pradhan will check your house if you've black money, Abdul didn't like but finally agreed. Days later he told Abdul, this is not your village
Abdul came home but his mother got angry & raised voice against Pradhan. Ram Parvesh was upset, how dare she spoke against Pradhan. He told Abdul, 'your mother is taking Rs 500 to speak up against him". Now Abdul was hurt-angry, that it has come to this, even his mother targeted
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He was sitting there on a bench, in that chilly evening. Temperature was dropping lower as the evening set in. Freezing winds were turning his hands numb as he sat there waiting for the train...
He was shivering slightly as well, but he had no choice, he had to make it to his parents' 25th anniversary. It was supposed to be a surprise for them. He was glad, planning in his mind of all the events that were to follow.
Unintentionally, he pulled his bag closer.. it had gifts for the parents, a shawl his mother had eyes on for years but could not afford, a mobile phone for his father!
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...I didn't know what to what to do, I couldn't trust the justice system for it had failed many before me. I had given up hope, and I knew I wasn't the only one.
But this was my personal battle, I would do this alone.
I would avenge Daniel.
He had been shot by men of the SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUAD with trial, without a formal court hearing. They had appointed themselves judge and jury, and my brother had been cut down in his prime. He was never given a chance to be heard.
The video went viral.. The men were rounded up, but they were eventually set free by the DPP, the case was struck out, my brother's death had been in vain, and the world had moved on. Nobody cared about this injustice.
If the law could not avenge my brother's dear, I would do it.
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Have you ever heard about Nigerian-born Toronto-based Kolade Doherty?

Billionaire Drug Lord, Crime Kingpin, hobgoblin of every Ontario cop and the toast of Nigerian Fuji musicians in the 80s and early 90s.

Canada’s number one gangster and most wanted fugitive with a reward of 25 million CAD on his head.

There has been no public sighting of Doherty in the last 10 years, but in a case of incredibly dexterous management skills that make many Ivy League
business schools green with envy, he still manages to successfully run Ontario’s largest, richest and most-dreaded criminal empire from underground.

Over 1, 000 deaths - including 40 cops, 50 children and 100 women - have been linked to his criminal organization.
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Between 1960 and 1970 Penguin Books underwent several revolutions in cover layout, at a time when public tastes were rapidly changing. For today's #TuesdayThoughts I look back at 10 years that shook the Penguin.

This is the story of the art of the #book cover...
Allen Lane founded Penguin Books in 1935, aiming to bring high-quality paperbacks to the masses for the same price as a packet of cigarettes. Lane began by snapping up publishing rights for inexpensive mid-market novels and packaging them expertly for #booklovers.
From the start Penguins were consciously designed; Lane wanted to distinguish his paperbacks from pulp novels. Edward Young created the first cover grid, using three horizontal bands and the new-ish Gill Sans typeface for the text.
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The Habit
By @DickieArmour
A crime thriller


It was a clichéd habit.

He liked drugs & girls.

He was a monster too.

#CrimeFiction #fiction #crimethriller #thriller #mystery #writing #TheHabit…

A broker in The City.

Son of a famous F1 driver.

Best mates with a senior policeman.

Too many to name them.

Young women raped.

They were in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

That place should have been somewhere safe.

The back of a black, London taxi
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Stormy Night: 1/20
Thunder cracks to the east. Local cops are streamin' in and out of the peep show here on 57th. Beat guys, not CSI. Just as likely to screw up my crime scene as not. But they've got a job to do. I'm sure they'll do their best.
#20TweetTales #Noir #Fiction
Stormy Night: 2/20
I've got a job to do too, to bad I have to wait for my new partner. Already ten minutes late. Haven't heard much about Agent Lance Popescu, but if this is how he does things... Let's just say I'm not sure how well we'll get along.
#20TweetTales #Noir #Fiction
Stormy Night: 3/20
The moon pokes out from behind the cloud cover, bright and silvery, but my eyes are still pulled to that corner window on the third floor. Splattered red, and enough of it to make things pretty clear. Someone died, horribly.
#20TweetTales #Noir #Fiction
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Clarice: 1/20
The woman stared at the lights emblazoned on the building. It was just a name, but somehow it wasn't fair a building could have a name and she didn't. But then, she thought a lot of things weren't fair.
#Scifi #Noir #Microfiction #TwitFic #20TweetTales #Flashfiction
Clarice: 2/20
Smoke wafted from the cigarette, creating a pale wisp of white in the dark night. She exhaled, dispersing the wisp in a balloon of gray. Again, she tried to think back, to remember the day before. And again, there was nothing.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
Clarice: 3/20
Carlo had told her that there was no record of her, that her DNA was not in the planetary registry, nor fingerprints or photos or anything else. For all intents and purposes, she really didn't exist. She was a non-person, a ghost.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
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Kayode chased me out of our home.

Three years of marriage with two beautiful daughters to show for it, and he chased me.

Chased me like a thief that I was not, chased me like an unfaithful wife that I was not, he chased me..

out and brought in another woman.

Now barely two years after, he is here, on his knees, before my family and our kids, begging for me to take him back.

As I stared at him in his burgundy long sleeved kafan and polished black shoes, pleading on his knees before my father and
mother,with nothing but emptiness in my heart,the memories of the pain he put me through,the embarrassment,the heart break, the agony flowed back into my head,fresh as if it were yesterday..

"Wumni please forgive me,” he said, turning towards me, “Please forgive and forget..”
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Courier: 0/20
Like #FlashFiction? Check out this #SciFi story told across 20 tweets!
I have a particular love for dark and gritty art with rough strokes. Ivan Khotenov's Sk_15 fits that perfectly.
#20TweetTales #SciFi #Fiction
Courier: 1/20
Over Talis' shoulder, the storm spanned the horizon. Thick, dark clouds of sand reached up to blot the searing sun from the sky. This wall of death stretched up more than a mile. Her death, if she didn't get out of the Razorsand Sea.
#20TweetTales #SciFi #Fiction
Courier: 2/20
Jefa's dying screams echoed in her head, even as she gunned the runnerbike and took off. On Toxous' order, she'd been fed to an acidworm for some perceived slight on his part. Seeing her lover's flesh disolve made Talis want to vomit.
#20TweetTales #SciFi #Fiction
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Runner: 0/20
It's time for another #20TweetTales. Started on this story a while ago, and finally finished it. This is inspired by Alex Ichim's military piece, Runner.
#Scifi #Fiction #Microfiction #TwitFic #flashfiction
Runner: 1/20
The creak echoed through the clearing as Private Tull shoved open the engine access hatch. A blast of steam washed over him and he cursed. The hydrocapacitor was shot. That meant that runner wasn't going anywhere until he fixed it.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
Runner: 2/20
"Whassa matter, Private NULL? That big-ass head ain't got enough brains t'fix a little runner?" Corporal Daught strolled by chuckling, an armload of comm-cable in hand. Tull bit his tongue to keep from spitting back a snarky comment.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
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Lakeside Gate: 0/20
Welcome to another #20TweetTales, where I try to take a really cool piece of art as inspiration and tell a story in 20 tweets. Today's is inspired by Sarper Baran's piece Portal Forest.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction #Thread #StoryThread
Lakeside Gate: 1/20
Bow in hand, Dav and his brother Shen tracked the deer trail through the fresh snow. The forest peeled back, revealing a frozen lake. A quarter-league away, a metal circle taller than a man stood on end at the water's edge.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
Lakeside Gate: 2/20
Leagues away, a larger arch--the Arch of the Gods--loomed over the mountains. Shen stopped. "We must go back, find another hunt."
Just then, a young doe stepped out of the trees near the ring to approach the waterline.
#20TweetTales #Scifi #Fiction
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Once I dreamed I went upstairs to talk to management. Y'know, the heavenly creatures who keep the universe's clockwork ticking?

They're perfect.

There was one in particular: the kind of creature that makes you cry to look at. I looked at her in awe, but the surprise was...
She admired me back.

Me, in my muddy, duct-taped boots, camouflaged rags, scars, wrinkles, and all.

The chip on my shoulder, the bag of bones in the primal parts of my brain, the whole trauma & abuse bingo card whose every slot I filled by childhood.

All of it.
You see, they know harmony in ways I never will; beauty so bright I need shades to see.

But me? I'm a force of nature. The living fire they'd only heard of. I am become death: destroy the old; build anew.

There is no peace—only passion. Stay away or burst into flames yourself.
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Glacier: 0/20
It's been a little spell since I was able to do a #20TweetTales thread, but I'm glad to be back at it. Today's story is inspired by Joe Hill's fantastic piece, Glacier.
#20TweetTales #Fantasy #Fiction
(repost because of errors)
Glacier: 1/20
First as a child and now as an adult, Thessa heard the Prophet's words in her head. "And lo, the Ice Dagger in the heart of fire will melt, only then shall the Ratha Lands be reborn. But with the rebirth, shall also come death."
#20TweetTales #Fantasy #Fiction
Glacier: 2/20
Her knuckles turned white with strain on the pommel of her sword. Since that first time, she'd traveled thousands of leagues, through the Dead Empire and across the Sands of Purgatory. She'd even crossed the supposedly Endless Sea.
#20TweetTales #Fantasy #Fiction
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Sorry about the gum
Episode 3: In which I discuss, among many things, Swaziland, @NewYorker article #unreliablenarrator, #fyrefestival, Alice Munro and writing a short story. Also, there interspecies yoga.
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