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Dread

by

Gina Efstathopoulos

Have you ever...
Dreaded to arise,
fearing your demise,
Demise of character,
sensibility and grace,
Left no choice but to
rant, to rage and to deface.
Filled with urgency...
Urgency to instill some
sense, some patience,
some kindness,
Getting only in return
more blindness,
Blind to facts, yet sighted
to myths.
Taunts, swipes, bickering and
tiffs,
Dreading to be on the
other side of the door,
Wondering but not knowing
when you will take no more.
So you remain in bed, stalling
and delaying...
All awhile praying,
Praying and receiving, one more
minute of peace, with every
minute of sleep.
Have you ever dreaded to arise?


Tatiana (The Tiger)

by

Gina Efstathopoulos

Beautiful and majestic Tatiana,
what have they done to you...
the creatures, said to be the most
civilized on the planet.
You longed to run, longed to roam,
they lust to gawk and confer.
Your gold and black fur glistened
in the blazing sun, you panted and
could not figure out why it all
seemed so strange to you.

You were so young when the creatures
brought you here.
Memories and flashbacks, confusing
to you.
Nature's beauty and unlimited miles
of freedom you did know.
Now you are here and all you did
was leap.
Yet you leaped too far, leaped too
long.
You found yourself amongst the creatures,
the creatures who ran about, shouting
in fear.
Flashbacks again, confusing to you.
You took hold of one's warm neck, the
creature, not your prey, but a boy.

You tasted the strange blood, yet it was
too late when you realized what you had
done.
In a split second, their lead riddled
your shivering fur.
Magenta pool forming under your body.
The boy's soul and yours, simultaneously
soaring,
Yours running and roaming, free at last,
free from the creatures, said to be the
most civilized on the planet.

Shadow The Dog's Rainy Day

by

Gina Efstathopoulos

What does Shadow do on a rainy day,
a day so dreary that she can't go out
to play?

With clouds that threaten to release
their surprise, and
Skies much gloomier than the saddest
surmise.

With thunder clapping louder than
Cymbals, and lightening flashing its
Bright blue fright.

Does she sulk and mope? No, indeed
she does not.
She plays hide and seek with her
Favorite stuffy named Ratty, and
turns one biscuit into taffy,
to last throughout the day.

Then curls up into a ball and dreams
of fluttering butterflies with
Glittering wings.

Until the morning when she awakes to
see the Sun's sassy wink,then with a
Hop and a lick, she gets
her wish -

For just as she goes out to
Play, a butterfly with glittering wings
lands on her nose and makes her day.

The Final Thoughts of Eight Bells

by

Gina Efstathopoulos

I'm going there again, oh God, going there again,
My good friend by my side. We nuzzle and joyfully trot,
But as I remember, this will soon end.
Because I'm going there.
Going in there again. It's a tight fit in there,
But I have to go. It's o.k., though, I won't be in
There too long.
He's on my back again. That one, the human, who I try
So hard to make my friend, but he does not seem to budge.
He only wishes to get on with it.
For his sake more than my own, I must jolt out of the
Tight-fitting room very fast. I do not wish to
Disappoint him.
O.K., wait...no...yes, no, o.k., I'm in...I'm scared and
I'm nervous, but it won't be long, as I remember...a few
Minutes longer. I can't see anything but the metal gate
In front of me. All I can feel is the cold metal and the human.
He is nervous and scared also. I can feel it. I want to
Explode!...I want to jolt out!
He holds on so tight with his legs...I can hardly breath...I'm...
RRRIIINNNGGGG!!! [and they're off!]
I'm out, good Lord, I'm out...YES! Running, Running, I love it, but
Hey, I can't go quite that fast! That hurts..I must run faster, I think,
Yes, I know I must run faster. Running, Running, whatever the human
Is doing hurts so bad, so I must Run, Run, faster and faster...
I see my brown friend straight ahead of me...Hey Big Brown friend, It's
me, Eight Belles, right behind you!...Wait, wait for me...we must nuzzle and
Play now!
SNAP, SNAP...I'm falling, wait for me my brown friend...it hurts,
Human, hurts so bad...where are you going, human? Don't leave me like this...NEIGH! NEIGH!
It hurts...I'm so sorry, human I have disappointed you...so..sorry.
Please, someone help me...what are all you humans doing around me? Are
You here to help me up? Please help me up! It hurts...
It hurts...It h......
Wow, it's so beautiful on the other side...grass as green as the greenest emerald...rolling hills,
my friends are all there, we are nuzzling and trotting...funny though, not a human in sight.
So sorry I disappointed you all, but now I must run free.

The Final Thoughts of Eight Bells

by

Gina Efstathopoulos

I'm going there again, oh God, going there again,
My good friend by my side. We nuzzle and joyfully trot,
But as I remember, this will soon end.
Because I'm going there.
Going in there again. It's a tight fit in there,
But I have to go. It's o.k., though, I won't be in
There too long.
He's on my back again. That one, the human, who I try
So hard to make my friend, but he does not seem to budge.
He only wishes to get on with it.
For his sake more than my own, I must jolt out of the
Tight-fitting room very fast. I do not wish to
Disappoint him.
O.K., wait...no...yes, no, o.k., I'm in...I'm scared and
I'm nervous, but it won't be long, as I remember...a few
Minutes longer. I can't see anything but the metal gate
In front of me. All I can feel is the cold metal and the human.
He is nervous and scared also. I can feel it. I want to
Explode!...I want to jolt out!
He holds on so tight with his legs...I can hardly breath...I'm...
RRRIIINNNGGGG!!! [and they're off!]
I'm out, good Lord, I'm out...YES! Running, Running, I love it, but
Hey, I can't go quite that fast! That hurts..I must run faster, I think,
Yes, I know I must run faster. Running, Running, whatever the human
Is doing hurts so bad, so I must Run, Run, faster and faster...
I see my brown friend straight ahead of me...Hey Big Brown friend, It's
me, Eight Belles, right behind you!...Wait, wait for me...we must nuzzle and
Play now!
SNAP, SNAP...I'm falling, wait for me my brown friend...it hurts,
Human, hurts so bad...where are you going, human? Don't leave me like this...NEIGH! NEIGH!
It hurts...I'm so sorry, human I have disappointed you...so..sorry.
Please, someone help me...what are all you humans doing around me? Are
You here to help me up? Please help me up! It hurts...
It hurts...It h......
Wow, it's so beautiful on the other side...grass as green as the greenest emerald...rolling hills,
my friends are all there, we are nuzzling and trotting...funny though, not a human in sight.
So sorry I disappointed you all, but now I must run free.