Collecting Light

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Slipping into the corners where it is only black

Or just a speck within the swarm of flies

Collecting light

Placed in her jacket closest to her chest

Reaching for tiniest glimmer to add spark in those heels

After all that’s what she she relies on for an extra bounce

Not a chance any even heard of her collections or even tried for such treasures

But it’s the way she likes it

To her dismay, though, buzz surrounds only when her elbows bruise

And her head hits the ground during this conquest

And in those moments the sun rays strike and she melts

She is stripped, empty handed

The lonely jacket almost in shreds

There is every chance now to witness and it is always taken

In that chance the buzz can be heard from any direction

But shortly scuffs and finds another interest

The ring still bleeds in her ears well after they’re gone

The rays penetrating

She struggles to slip into her patchy jacket and runs for the corner again

But that light will always still be waiting for her to catch

This she holds on to and waits and waits and waits for

 

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Just a question

Have you ever experienced pain that was none of your doing, yet you felt it must be left between your ears only?

And you take the resulting wound as an ugly blemish needed to be disguised. You go on and scrub and scrub. It appears to be gone.

If it’s not there it never happened.

Ever do that so well, that you end up fooling yourself?

Until one day a loud crash halts your steps. Feet frozen as the layers begin to peel back

The scar peeks in sight

A twinge starts in your fingertips and then straight to the chest. It awakens you.

Let that day happen, feel that happen. It is only when you look straight at the wound can you really see anything else.

If you’ve got the right eye, you’ll smile. And take that bruise as a badge that broadens your sight.

Never again will you bury your pain once you’ve seen that day.

Sway

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Sand beneath toes

Waves thrashing

Boats rushing

Lightning struck

Right above the tip of the toes

And yet she sits

Knees pushed against chest

Rain pours

With the slightest drip drop tempo

Following the rhythm of her sway

Puddle sinks toes deeper

Hair plastered against face

Drip drops pick up a beat

As her sway falls short behind

In the darkness behind eyes

The crashing of the waves drown ears

A new rhythm is found

Puddle nears knees

Pruning toes with in the sand

And her sway syncs with the splish splash waves

Red Stripes

 

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That is a man covered in ashes

With peeks of red colored flesh

Climbing and gripping the jagged peak

He falls and tumbles

Lands flat on his back

The peak hidden once again

The ash covered man is seen with more red stripes

With a kick of his heel

His toe curls and pushes and pushes

In a sudden gust of wind the ashes then begin to wisp behind

His eyes meet the sun

Knees crushed into the rocks

He kneels

The once hovering clouds engulfing the jagged tips are no where to be seen he perceives

So he basks in the sun

Though a far way yet to go

The man stretches his legs and lays parallel to the ground

In that same moment a strong wind overcomes once again

The ashes twirl and spin beyond him

Revealing only some red strips with bright colored flesh

 

 

Treats You May Never Have Heard of but Need to Try

You might have heard of these but never really knew what it was. Some brands you definitely know but didn’t know the other flavors. The following are foodies’ must try treats:

Cookie Dough Bites: Birthday Cake

Sure you have heard of the movie going classic, cookie dough bites but, did you know they have Birthday Cake bites?! I myself am picky with chocolate and chocolate chips so I’m not exactly a huge fan of the original. However, I am a giant fan of anything birthday cake. So naturally I was very excited to try and expecting the soft, crumbly flavor of a cake. But, much like the original, this new flavor tastes a lot like just sugar and mostly icing–not much like dough. Still worth a try though and very different.

 

Kit Kat: Sake

Another well known treat, Kit Kat has another flavor that may be new to you. This isn’t  their first creative flavor as they have matcha and raspberry. But, Sake is the newest flavor that we definitely weren’t expecting. The chocolatey wafer resembles the white chocolate Kit Kat. When you bite into it you quickly realize it is not the same at all. There are honey notes and a sensation of alcohol coating your mouth. Most inventive flavor usually fail to achieve the real essence of the intended flavor but Kit Kat surely does not disappoint.

Cadbury: Oreo

This is the Queen’s choice of chocolate, but I wonder if she’s ever had this dreamy kind. Typically an Oreo lover looking to eat a chocolate bar has their eyes set Hershey’s. But if you love Oreo you won’t be able to resist this. Cadbury’s Oreo bar has their classic, creamy milk chocolate covering what resembles a less sugary Hershey’s cookies and cream bar. Cadbury always exceeds in making subtle yet crave worthy flavors which is a perfect fit for this bar. Usually cookies and creme bars have an overly sweet white chocolate that can’t be tolerated for too long. In this one of a kind of bar, there’s just enough white chocolate to give you a taste of Oreo cream, more crunch of the cookie, and an absolute delicious touch with the velvety, milk chocolate coating.

Salsagheti

Now this is a treat you may never have heard of at all. Salsagheti is unlike anything you’ve ever had. Mexican treats are go-tos for when you want something deliciously different. Traditionally they combine sweet and spicy flavors. This treat in particular is a watermelon flavor with a gummy texture much like licorice. It has an extra zingy, spicy flavor, the “salsa” part which is brought by a hint of chili powder. For more punch of flavor you can add “pasta sauce” which is a small packet of tamarind sauce for even more flavor and spice. This treat is perfect for those who like to have salty and sweet all in one but also those who crave spice. Truly unlike anything else.

¡Que Mango! Xtreme

Another adventurous Mexican treat is a type of lollipop. But don’t get it twisted, this is NOT your doctor’s lollipop. ¡Que Mango! is a lollipop at its core with a faint mango taste. It isn’t an overly sugary candy like most lollipops as the sweetness is cut by the slightest spice and bitter flavors. Each flavor complimented so greatly as just before you think its too bitter or too sweet you get a note of a different flavor. Choose how you may eat it of course but biting it I believe is the best as you get a crunchy mouthful of all flavors at once. Or, just simply savor the spices on the outside as if it’s chocolate and then have your sugary goodness in the end. Seriously, you gotta try (I was weary too but I only want more and more!)

 

Top 4 Underrated Songs

I have been on a real search for good bands that are pushing the boundaries, creating new sounds, and that are just not being played all day long on the radio. It has been really difficult, so I’ve stuck to my favorite songs that I just never get tired of since they’re so original. Some of the songs are a few years back but still stand strong yet I can’t believe people still haven’t caught on. So I really want to share a few and hopefully you all can pass the word along and give them the credit they truly deserve…

  1. Sparks- Neon Hitch

Neon Hitch is edgy, a real beauty, and Romani! At the end of the video you get a glimpse of her interesting background. She once lived in India and seemed to stick to her aspirations of seeing the world. True inspirer, makes me want to stick my dreams. Somehow that really translates into her beats. She’s got a similar sound to Natasha Bedingfield, but much more amped and bold. If you’re into pop-electronic music you’ll absolutely love her

 

2. Overloaded- Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis

I can not get enough of this song. Whenever I feel pumped, full of energy, and ready to take on the day I have to play this. It pains me that numbers on this video is so low. The sound is so catchy, contagious, and inventive. The video even features Portlandia’s Fred Armisen who definitely captures the essence of this song. No doubt this an excellent pair and I’m sure much is in store for the future for these two, but let’s make that sooner than later. I would say this a hit for rock-pop listeners.

3. Fevers-Mr Little Jeans

Mr Little Jeans is no mister at all, just a gorgeous gal with a fierce voice and presence. Her voice glides along in such glistening softness, like buttah (food references are the best for me). She brings some great vibes that bring make you wanna shout out with real feminine power. The song is far from typical bubble gum pop, but more like a  kick in your step,  see my womanly muscles pop. She even writes her own songs, can’t get much better than that. Indie pop listeners this one’s for you…

4. Paraffin- Meadowlark

You may try, but you will not succeed if you resist the urge to sing along to this one. Ironically named after the bird, Meadowlark keeps a tranquil beat and flow much like a bird in this song.  The band brings positive vibes while really transpiring real emotion in the sounds especially with that sweet voice. It’s truly infectious and pretty much caters to any mood and perks me up. The originality is really what will blow you away. If you’re simply into Indie you gotta try this.

 

 

Disney Just Keeps Getting Better

This is an article from my previous blog

It’s no secret that Disney includes some outdated concepts, but the studio is making great strides. Emotionally, Disney is always on point. The especially heartwarming stories are in the little sweet treats that are developed in short films. Somehow in about ten minutes, they manage to capture our hearts, make us giggle, and cause sniffling while subtly wiping away tears before anyone sees.

Even though this remains true, thus far, culture and religion are topics that are barely touched on or just served in an undertone in Disney films. Which is why Pixar’s newest short is something to celebrate and applaud. Sanjay’s Super Team takes us along an intimate story between father and son. In first viewing the short, I was shocked right away just in seeing a little Indian boy–how many times can you say you’ve seen that in a major animation film? The fact that the story develops into a lesson of religious values and cultural respect is a cause for some real jaw dropping action. I had twinkling eyes and a face of wonder while watching the action unravel. I swear it was as if I was kid watching my favorite cartoon. In the end, I was a ball of emotions with watery eyes and giant smile.

In a time of political turmoil and racial conflict, this production and its acceptance and approval from so many, made my heart scream. How lovely to see a different culture and religion embraced in something like Disney that was such a grand and magical part of most of our childhoods. To see a real and relatable story of the struggles for American children with immigrant parents, surpasses our expectations and truly shows great progression. I, for one, never thought I’d see the day for something so magnificent. So sit back and enjoy the wonder through Sanjay’s eyes…