Aug 30, 2015

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Verse: The White Sundress

The White Sundress

The White Sundress
Acts in counterpoint to the
Little Black Dress.
While the LBD is touted as
Fashion that goes from
“Boardroom to Ballroom”,
The White Sundress is less
Versatile, because of
Its color
Its fabric
Its light weight
Its distraction factor.

The White Sundress
Still does things
The LBD will never do,
Such as go to the beach,
To the park,
To the outdoor nighttime event,
In the crisp air of late spring,
Or the oppressing heat
And humidity
Of midsummer.

The White Sundress
Often gives way to the
Little Black Dress,
As the symphony
Changes direction after
Sunset.
The music moves indoors,
Where the a/c is fierce
And a dress of more sterner stuff
Is in order.

The White Sundress
Is at its best,
At the bar,
With a glass of white wine,
Perpetuating the mystery
Of just how it hits the floor.

©2015 Edward J Branley

 

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Aug 11, 2015

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Verse: T.I.T.S.

T.I.T.S.

It’s a need.
No,
It’s a must,
For those with an
Affinity to water that
Requires something
Larger than
The backyard pool,
A stream in the woods,
Or,
The Bayou.

T.I.T.S.
Women usually express
This need faster
(And LOUDER)Than men, but
The desire crosses the sexes.

T.I.T.S.
Is a three-coast concept
Running from Maine,
to Key West,
Across the Florida Panhandle,
Along the Gulf Coast,
To Corpus,
As well as along the California coast.

T.I.T.S.
Some drive hours,
For the experience.
Others head out
The front door,
Just a short walk
Or bike ride, or
Drive to the
Overcrowded underground
Parking structure.

T.I.T.S.
Upon arrival,The Seeker pauses
At the edge,
Takes in the view,
Breathes in Deeply,
Kicks off the
Shoes,
Strappy sandals,
Or flip flops,
And indulges
In the raw ecstasy of
Toes In The Sand.

©2015 Edward J. Branley

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Aug 6, 2015

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LBD

LBD

The Little Black Dress
Is best served with red wine
To accompany the red soles
Of the pumps below it
As she moves through the bistro.

The Little Black Dress
Rarely does not flatter the wearer
Giving its all
To show off the legs
Encased in black tights in the cold
Or bare in the thick humidity
Of the summer.

The Little Black Dress
Can be served
As part of a healthy breakfast
Or as lunch, but especially as dinner.

But if served as dessert,
Champagne must accompany
The Little Black Dress
Glasses clinking
As it hits the floor.

 

© 2012 Edward J. Branley (note-previously published here, just getting it into the new site)

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Jul 24, 2015

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Please GoFundMe!

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We’re in the final stages of edits/revisions of my novel, Hidden Talents, so I’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds through what are essentially “pre-orders with benefits”. Here’s the campaign’s description:

“Hidden Talents” is an occult-urban fantasy novel set in contemporary New Orleans. Think sword-and-sorcery in a modern setting, with more of an empasis on the sorcery than the swords. Renard Alciatore is a New Orleans native who lives along Bayou St. John. He makes his living as a photographer. When he discovers that he has special abilities, Talents, his life changes as he enters the world of mind-communication, telekinesis, and spell-casting.

“Hidden Talents” is set in a world of fantasy and sorcery I’ve dreamed about for years. Those with Talents are not large in numbers. They may be our friends and co-workers. Their abilities get them into some interesting situations. I enjoy writing about those situations, and am hopeful “Hidden Talents” will be one of many projects in this world.

All of the premium levels include a signed copy of either the hardcover or paperback editions of the novel. The lowest premium level is $25. The goal of this campaign is to raise a few dollars so I can hire Wendy Warrelman (the artist who did the cover art) to do some illustrations for the interior copy. The rest of the money will go to promoting the novel.

Check it out, thanks!

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Jul 11, 2015

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Things to Watch When You Drive

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That’s the title of today’s poem on The Writer’s Almanac. Go clicky and listen to Garrison Keillor read it. It’ll give you ideas beyond texting while driving. :-)

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May 31, 2015

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Verse: Chapels…Churches…Cathedrals…

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Chapels…Churches…Cathedrals

The Cathedrals of Baseball are open
For business across the nation.
The lesser houses of worship
Have been open for some time now.

The high school chapels,
Kirsch-Rooney,
Farley Field,
To name two in New Orleans.
Are active and filled with congregants.

Some of the churches are open,
Built for the college crowds
Holding nine-inning revivals,
Giving the lesser seminarians
A chance to discern
Their vocations.

But today, the Cathedrals
Opened their gates,
As the faithful filed into the
Pews, breaking bread,
And the occasional donut-hamburger.

The Boys of Summer are back.

©2015 Edward J. Branley

(Camden Yards photo courtesy Melissa Case…thanks, La Buzz!)

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May 30, 2015

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Hidden Talents – We have a cover!

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The cover is done! I’ve been working with Wendy Warrelmann for this cover, and she done good. Part of me felt like it was too soon, since the manuscript isn’t quite ready for publication, but then, when I’m satisfied it’s ready, the cover is all set. Wendy’s done a great job capturing Renard Alciatore, Anita Delatorre, and the feel of an urban-occult fantasy in contemporary New Orleans.

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