Open Call for Short Stories and Poems

I am calling on all writers to submit their science fiction and fantasy short stories and poems for publication on thelandline.com. If this interests you, go to the link below and carefully read the submission guidelines. Then, send me an e-mail with your submission to jim@thelandline.com. I look forward to reading your stories and poems and adding them to the The Land Line.

The Land Line

The Brush of Your Hand…

The brush of your hand across my shoulder
Sends fire into my cheeks, burning away
My confidence, waning as the sun over the horizon.
I would chase you until morning
Dazzled as the night brightens your strawberry hair
Undone by the moonlight framing hazel eyes that
Always smile against a masterpiece rendered
In countenance, sublime in its glowing reflection.

Let my love rest beside your form, holding
Tightly your features till dawn snatches
You from my grasp, and memory dreams
Along the snarling contours of day.
I await the night and the fragrance preceding your touch.

Across the Line

I crossed the Line
I couldn’t help it
The gun in my hand
Had to scratch its itch
I was out of time
I never meant it
But the powder
Shot the bullet out of reach

The shot rang out
And the body fell
I sent his soul
Straight to Hell
And all the pain
Running through my mind
Echoes in my ears
Across the Line

We’d had our day
He was askin’ for it
The violence
In his eyes was plain to see
He fired first
Not his worst thing
That red-haired man had made a killer of me

So…
The shot rang out
And the body fell
I sent his soul
Straight to Hell
And all the pain
Running through my mind
Echoes in my ears
Across the Line

There’s a fine line
That lay between
A civilized man
And his enemy
Problem is
When the moment comes
That little line
Isn’t plain to see

Yeah…
The shot rang out
And the body fell
I sent his soul
Straight to Hell
And all the pain
Running through my mind
Echoes in my ears
Across the Line

The shot rang out
And the body fell
I sent his soul
Straight to Hell
And all the pain
Running through my mind
Echoes in my ears
Across the Line

The shot rang out…
The shot rang out…
The shot rang out…
The shot rang out…
Across the line

Love is Wonder

Love is wonder
Intrinsic and powerful
Mysterious in its most
Potent moments
The light inside the shade
I am under

Love hides in secret
Likes seeds planted
In the desert, waiting
For drought’s end
Rain’s nourishing shower
Brings an infinite, colorful palette

Love never leaves us
Lying in our graves
Content for dust to settle
And dim the glory of our lives
Lived under the shade
Before the light luminous

Love lives in thunder
And the cricket’s chirp
Amidst the patter of soft rain
Soaking through soil to thirsty roots
While clouds part like theater curtains
Unveiling the scope of the Master’s love
His wonder

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“To Scratch the Surface of Beauty” Available Now!

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A short collection of poems from this blog is now available for purchase in paperback on CreateSpace and on Kindle. If you’d like more information or would like to purchase a copy, just click on the “Shop” page in the menu to the left. You’ll find the information and links you need to make your purchase. I appreciate the support you’ve given me these last few months. I will continue to post new poems and fiction in the the coming days.

Peace of Christ,

Jim