My Love Affair…

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There are those who preach caution: infatuation is one thing, love – quite another. The first seduces the senses and blinds one to all but the object of their desire. For a time it is impossible to think of anything else, and yet such flighty passions will subside, and their object relinquished in search for another. Whereas love… as the bard would have it:

My bounty is as boundless as the sea,
My love as deep; the more I give to thee,
The more I have, for both are infinite.

So I will throw caution to the wind and confess to being in love. I was caught before I had any idea that the affair had begun, and now there is no escape. If it were mere infatuation, its candle would’ve burnt out long before now. Yet here I am still, a writer adrift. The more I write, the more I love it. Seduced by the sinuous texture of words, by their music and subtlety, I journey into the realms of the imaginary. This boundless sea is my home.


Day Two: Say Your Name

For never was a story of more woe…

romeo and juliet

Until the moment when your palm made prayer of my own

And lips then followed suit to cast the sin away

The taste of pure joy to me had been unknown.

To hold that moment always: no price too dear to pay.


Too quick to love, to sorrow turned delight

When you were named: the heir of my foe.

Had I not eyes to keep you from my sight

And to my heart deny this willful woe…


A moment’s weakness and the harm was done. Lament

Will not exchange your lineage for another.

What have I done? For what must I repent

To purge this longing and all feelings smother?


Had I the motion of the stars within my reach

I’d make them turn the flow of time and make it dawn

For yet another chance I would beseech,

Relive the day in flight. From you withdrawn.


If only you were nigh to hear my plea,

Make yours another name, your past deny

And with one word set all my troubles free,

Make me believe the truth to be a lie.



According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary, the number 26 corresponds to Agape, meaning Love – hence Romeo and Juliet.



You knocked a bowl of sugar on my kitchen floor.

One gesture and I am transported

To a world of candyfloss twilights

When your lips rummaged for my navel

Delectably – unable to find it.

It’s all about the journey, is in not?

The spectre of a granulated whisper

Gliding over skin,

Glistening with the dew of you brow.

You never asked for anything that wasn’t yours already.


To you I am little more

Than a quotation of departed loves.

My pout less luscious than of a girlfriend past,

My cleavage less flashy.

The extension of your fingertips

In the alcove of my underbelly

Becomes a rebuttal of a relationship terminated

For my sake.


An accident – this is what you think of me.

I preferred it when you believed me a suspension of

Your Newtonian

Mechanical everyday.


Let them eat cake.

It alludes

To the witty temptation of fate.

The Scottish play to which you shout Macbeth!

Yours were the affection of Goneril and Regan,

The plummeting Titanic;

Yours too – incredibly – the ironic pitfall of a Roman Empire reborn.

Not mimetic. Accidental.

Obsessed with the marvellous —

Surrendered to the common.

A delicious basket case.



I am nostalgic for your forgetfulness and impatience

And yet my thoughts languish, self-flagellating

On the smallest of affectionate gestures

That made you mine.


You knocked a bowl of sugar on my kitchen floor.

Loose threads. Cobwebs.

Ropes, cranes, wheels, springs…

And I am counterweighted

Into your arms,

Rearranged into a Fibonacci sequence.

Intemperate. Spectacular.

As all temptresses ought to be

In their unacknowledged political radicalism.



Most Influential Blogger Award

Our Billy Shakespeare said it best: ‘Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.’

I’d be hard pressed to claim that shards-of-silence was forged in the fires of greatness: it was an accident – a serendipitous accident certainly, but an accident nonetheless. For me it all started with a Confession… and while – chance and hard work willing – I may do some great things with it in the future, for now at least that time seems quite a long way away. This may be why I am both surprised and somewhat humbled to receive the Most Influential Blogger award. So… Thank you sweetness6645 for thrusting greatness upon me and for deeming me worthy of the accolade. I can’t help thinking that I don’t quite deserve it yet, but I promise to do my best in time to justify your choice. Thank you.

Before I move on to the next, I’d like to say that Chronicles of a Public Transit User is my blog of choice whenever I need a little cheering up. Whenever on leave from our secret agent dalliances on Twitter, fellow HRM agent and partner in crime codename 6645 gathers humorous evidence on public transport’s most ill-mannered users. Snapshots of the worst offenders are available on her blog for your funny bone’s delight. Enjoy.

most-influential-blogger1. Display the award on your blog.
2. Announce your win with a post and thank the blogger who awarded you.
3. Present 10 deserving bloggers with the Award.
4. Link your awardees in the post and let them know of their being awarded with a comment.
5. Answer each of the 11 questions that your awarder asked, and then write 11 for your awardees (or use the same ones up to you !)

6645 Q&A with Vic a.k.a 009
Q1. What makes you happiest?

There are many things that make me very happy, but most of them are not for the accidental reader’s eyes so… I’ll have to say writing. Writing for me is more than committing sentences to paper. It is more than inventing new world and creating memorable characters. To write I have to engage with the world – and that to me is an inexhaustible source of enjoyment and happiness too.

Q2. Do you love the Oceans or Mountains more?

I will say oceans, although it’s a tough ask to choose.

Q3. What has been a special moment in 2013?

Reconnecting with someone from the past, who has always been dear to me, but with whom I’d lost contact.

Q4. What’s your favourite quote?

“Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Q5. Do you like yourself?

We have a difficult relationship, me and I. Sometimes we are on the same page. At other times we find it difficult to be in the same room. But one thing’s for sure. Will always stick by one another through thick and thin. 😉

Q6. Do you stay up till midnight on New Year?

Doesn’t everyone?

Q7. Something you wish could be done ASAP?

Finishing revision on my thesis.

Q8. What was your favourite class when still at school?

I’ve been lucky enough to have more than one favourite. If I had to pick just the one… Let it be “Logic.”

Q9. What musical instrument have you tried to play?

Violin. Piano was my second choice, but I changed schools soon after I started and only got a few month’s worth of study. I’ve picked it up again last year inspired by an accidental meeting with someone who played, and I have to say: loving every moment.

Mad Hatter VQ10. Anything you had wished to have learned earlier?

Whiskey drinking. It’s my retirement plan, but I still haven’t got the hang of it.

Q11. Do you like to do Crafts, Drawing or Painting?

I’ve made my own Mad Hatter hat for a Halloween party a couple of years ago and that was fun. I do sketch sometimes, although I would love to be better at drawing people. 

My nominees:

Opinionated Man who has accomplished an incredible feat with his HarsH ReaLiTy

Sreejit Poole the keeper of the spiritual heart of The Seeker’s Dungeon

Jennifer who is on an artistic journey through Writings of a Mrs

Mrs Holder’s Legacy where one will always find a humorous review and much more.

Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew hunts for trolls and won’t hesitate to help you in need.

Bradley‘s insightful posts on How Is Bradley? about mental health and depression.

The team at Birthday Magazine are very versatile in their offerings and worth a visit.

One day he will be known as one of the greats of his generation. PhotoArt: Taylor J.  

DottaRaphels is not afraid of speaking her mind. And a wonderful mind it is too.

Cheryl-Lynn aka Tao who writes relentlessly to Stop the Stigma

My questions for you:

1. If you could change one thing about our society, what would it be?

2. What do you turn to when in need of inspiration?

3. Name one person, alive or dead, who has influenced you most.

4. What newspaper, if any, do you read on a regular basis?

5. Share one key insight that has helped you most in your writing.

6. Are rules made to be broken?

7. What does democracy stand for as far as you’re concerned?

8. Is freedom of speech an unalienable right?

9. If we respect everyone’s opinion as valid, where does that leave hate speech?

10. Do you think online media will replace print in the next few decades?

11. What is the main thing you want to achieve as a blogger?