1, 2, 3… Aspirate!

Gentle readers, were you aware that ‘aspiration’ has two meanings?

Of course, ‘aspiration’ usually refers to hope or a strong desire to achieve something, but it also refers to the mundane yet necessary process of breathing in and out. We cannot have one thing without the other. You see, hope is absent when we’re no longer breathing. And breathing without hope is like being dead already.

As long as we’re still standing here breathing then let’s aspirate, yes? Let’s dare to reach for the impossible–even if just for a short time–for tomorrow’s a blank page that hasn’t been promised to us. So, shall we fill the blank page that sits here with us today? Right now? In this very hour? Yes. Let’s do that instead of waiting for tomorrow’s pages.

We’ve had a wonderful year at Unbolt. Tony joined the fold and filled up the space with words to complement Tati’s own. We featured some of our treasured readers own works. And we received quite a number of awards and writing challenges too!

To celebrate the amazing year that was, we at Unbolt have put together two pages dedicated to the awards and writing challenges we’ve received so far. Why have we done this? Because we want to share those awards and writing challenges with you, dear readers. It’s our way of saying thank you for your support. You mean a lot to us. We want you to know that we appreciate every single one of you! So, please, feel free to click through to the Choose Your Award! and Choose Your Challenge! pages, and have fun!

Oh, and may we also wish you a Happy New Year? Yes, a new start full of breathing and aspiration. Just what the doctor ordered!

Yours ever,
Tati & Tony

by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
© All rights reserved 2016

Day 01

Damn! Quotes are such a tricky thing. Especially ones without a context. I’m always very careful with quotations. Yes, I see a question in your eyes. “Why is she whining here?” It’s easy.

I was recently invited by my friends to take part in the ‘03 days 03 quotes challenge’ party and I said, “YAY! Thank you! Of course, you can count on me!”

Prakash HegadeSheldon Kleeman, Ethel Beckett! 
Thank you, my dear friends!

Rules:
1) Post 1 quotation a day for 3 days.
2) Nominate 3 other bloggers to participate per post.
3) Thank the blogger who nominated you.

But when I started to write my first post for this challenge I realized the scale of my problem. I’ve since changed my mind three times before opening my rough draft dated June 27 to write these lines.

Of course, it’s not a big deal to find some cool quotes from some cool famous guys and be happy with my own coolness. I even spent about an hour searching for them. But then I suddenly understood that hiding behind other people’s famous words isn’t something that I consider a really cool thing. That was my first thought.

My second thought was to use my own quotes from my various essays and poems. It’s not very modest but at least I could always take responsibility for this bullshit. I’m glad that I didn’t start to do this because I liked my third thought much more…

I don’t want to use famous quotes. I don’t want to use my quotes. My friends! My community! My dearest Writers and Readers! Let me use your quotes!

I was nominated three times, so I will take three quotes and their authors will be my nominees. All agree? Excellent! Let’s go!

Grandpa asked why
I talked to his veggies
said I didn’t know
Didn’t know
how to say
Veggies don’t hurt me

Michael Spahr, ‘Grandpa Had A Garden’

One day,
when it’s time for me to go,
I won’t cry.
I will look back on all these days I got to spend,
and I will smile.
I’ll be glad that I’ve had the chance,
to be alive,
and all in all,
that I’ve lived
a pretty good life.

PROSPERMIND, ‘A pretty good life’

Writers write for they are egomaniacs,
A fancy poem our soul’s aphrodisiac.
Spinning words, the most heinous temptation,
Desperation for eternity our only salvation.

Obsidian Visionary, ‘Writer’s Dissolution’

Hmmm… Yes!
The end.

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2015

Love in Ten Sentences

Recently I was challenged… GAH! What shit I wrote!

Recently I was blessedtetra-blessed! Four incredible bloggers, four great poets and four dear friends gave me a chance to participate in the amazing mission – TO SPREAD LOVE

Prakash Hegade (https://itsphblog.wordpress.com/)
Aubrey’s Arch (https://aubreysarch.wordpress.com/)
Prospermind (https://prospermind.wordpress.com/)
Spahr Plops (https://mspahr.wordpress.com/)

Thank you, friends! Of course, I can’t stay aside… I can’t let my blog turn into a cesspool for love! No-no-no! Only lovefalls, lovefountains and loverivers!

I start to splash my love right now!

Hey, Love, don’t take 
it bad. I’m love-protected.
I’m sorry, Love, but
your love-philtre was wasted.
Creeping thyme, foxglove, brandy
and clover don’t work.
Who’d loved, can’t swallow
your illusive love-bait again.

Stop, Love! One moment!
You forgot your gloves…

My favorite quote

“I love you”

(an unknown author)

Beautiful Insanity, 

Into the Forgotten

Strings of Soulfulness

Poetic Depression, 

Johnpoetflanagan

Reject Reality, 

Mindlovemisery

Henry Game, 

Homoestmachina

Shawn Worth

Guys, if you meet this wandering Love, please, be kind and good to it! Don’t hurt Love! Write a poem about love and title it ‘Love in Ten Sentences’. It should have 10 lines, each 4 words long. Every line should contain the word ‘love’. At the end of the poem, you should include your favorite quote about love. And then you should invite everyone to join in this holy mission ❤

Well… I won’t detain Love any more. I’ll let it go.

by TETIANA ALEKSINA
© All rights reserved 2015