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First Class Man (A Newspaper Poem)
First-class people
Reach the milestone, fair or not.
He can do everything -
Doesn’t break as much
He gets it - phenomenal
He has that magic,
A pride thing.
Sofa covered with guns
Adds another dimension -
A tough road taken lightly,
A great energy.
Cinderella story -
Had the dream, pushed hard
Speaks out -
Vulgar comments, out of a shotgun
Jangled nerves.
Thousands squawking, laughing
I thought he was ready,
Great passion for the game -
I just need to hear some island music.
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Rice Feeds the World by ethelinexile Rice Feeds the World :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 1 Elizabeth's a Star by ethelinexile Elizabeth's a Star :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 0 Josiah's Quilt 2010 by ethelinexile Josiah's Quilt 2010 :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 0 Barbary Pirates Label by ethelinexile Barbary Pirates Label :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 0 Barbary Pirates Quilt Back by ethelinexile Barbary Pirates Quilt Back :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 1 0 Barbary Pirates Under Apricot Skies by ethelinexile Barbary Pirates Under Apricot Skies :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 1
Hope for the Northern Hemisphere
Do we always
Look to the sky
When faced with hurt
Here on the earth?
Is it only that stars are there for signs
As Genesis said,
And we long for signs?
Or perhaps when we look
To left or right,
The pain's too near,
The hope too slight,
And so our hearts defy gravity
And gaze up into blackest night
Where we find warriors
Defend our cause
At the foot of the throne
Where God must sit.
There horses fly
With graceful pause
Beside white swans,
And ladles tip
To drop cool water on our tongues
That long for springs
Of more to come.
We find great solace in the sky.
We find the place where spirits go.
We find our tears light up the night
With messages sent years ago.
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Moon and Tide
She looks with deep-set laughing eyes
And spreads her loving arms out wide
To call and hug the evening tide
As it comes running to its place,
Its home within her cool embrace.
But as the hours pass away
He pulls back from her arms again
And runs back to his other space.
She lets him go, and smiles still
Because she knows he needs that place.
He loves it too half of the day,
But she knows he will still come back
When morning wends its rising track
And trades her cool for warmer place.
She knows he cannot stay away.
He loves the brightness of her face.
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My hearts screams
But I have to say yes
With a smile
And be convincing.
Some girls are moms
At this age
And at twenty-six
Twice as old
They are in my shoes
Without my life
To help them
Make decisions
Does it help?
I don't know
It just makes
Me forget
And feel far
The things I thought
I'd never lose
Are gone
And I am here
Screaming no
In my heart
While my lips
Smile yes
And are convincing.
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When all my heart's
Been torn
Into tiny little pieces
Like so much
Swirling confetti
Blowing in the wind,
I have to believe
That all the world
Is just
A snow-globe.
Otherwise I cannot
Dream of ever
Getting it
All back again.
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Lemons and Poppies by ethelinexile Lemons and Poppies :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 0 0 Nature Triumphs 2010 by ethelinexile Nature Triumphs 2010 :iconethelinexile:ethelinexile 5 7


Teaching my international students about the value of creativity gives me the perfect excuse to work on my own - and pushes me to practice what I preach. 
  • Listening to: the hum of my fishtank and the fluorescent lights
  • Reading: Makoto Fujimura's Refractions
  • Drinking: not enough water these days


Ethel Swartley
United States
Favourite genre of music: celtic rock, folk rock, Algerian rai, Korean trot - and eclectic other stuff
Favourite style of art: can't decide!
Personal Quote: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Inigo Montoya


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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly for the fav on my Katarbiri plushie dear! :hug:

Also your quilts are simply beautiful! c:
bumble-boo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch!
ethelinexile Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
No problem. I love your colors, and your owls are cool too. They have a special meaning for me these last few years.
bumble-boo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artist
Aww, thank you very much!
May I ask why they are special to you? If it's too personal, it's okay!
ethelinexile Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Well, it may sound bizarre, but a few years ago a friend of mine was always talking about the "feminine aspects of God" and I was really puzzling over what she meant. We were studying the Bible together and one night read a section that talked about Wisdom, using the pronoun she. It talked about Wisdom having been present at creation, and the creation story at the beginning of the Bible talks about the Spirit of God moving over the water. Somehow the story clicked and I thought perhaps that "She" (wisdom) was God's Spirit - that the Wise Spirit is God's way of mothering us. That evening as I was walking my dog, we heard and saw a horned owl, and of course many people associate owls with wisdom. Somehow the owl has become a reminder of how God's Spirit mothers me - having had a tough relationship with my mom growing up. Long story, but that's why owls are special to me. Thanks for asking.
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emo-black-cat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:glomp: Pass it on.
megpie252 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Kaa-san... :P
eternal-song Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
your mother. is stalking me.
ethelinexile Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Not stalking. Just curious. Kudos.
eternal-song Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
:XD: you know i meant stalking in the kindest way. i admire you for braving the terrors of deviantart and NDK.
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