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The Elder Sign by ThePaladinofShadows The Elder Sign :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 6 22 Expert Choppery by ThePaladinofShadows Expert Choppery :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 0 22 'My Degree is Bigger' by ThePaladinofShadows 'My Degree is Bigger' :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 2 28 Excelsior 6 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 6 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 1 0 Excelsior 5 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 5 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 2 0 Excelsior 4 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 4 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 1 0 Excelsior 3 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 3 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 6 10 Excelsior 2 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 2 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 3 2 Excelsior 1 by ThePaladinofShadows Excelsior 1 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 3 0 Rebirth from the Water by ThePaladinofShadows Rebirth from the Water :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 2 0 Sinking by ThePaladinofShadows Sinking :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 6 2 Struck Down by ThePaladinofShadows Struck Down :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 2 0 Disarmed by ThePaladinofShadows Disarmed :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 3 2 Warrior of the Rose 2 by ThePaladinofShadows Warrior of the Rose 2 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 3 0 Vengeance by ThePaladinofShadows Vengeance :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 1 0 Shield Maiden 3 by ThePaladinofShadows Shield Maiden 3 :iconthepaladinofshadows:ThePaladinofShadows 3 0

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the Devil of Conformity
The Devil lurks in the shadows
Existing in the cities and the meadows
The Devil of conformity
Similar cars, similar buildings, similar dress
The Devil wants them all to be free of mess
Depriving all of their individuality
Keeping them from their own realities
Realities vivid in creativity and imagination
Staying bland and grey in his mind is a good day
Living in grey and bland is where creativity dies
And the Devil of conformity lies.
Promises of fame and fortune
Are broken with tragedy and poverty
Don't sell your soul to the Devil
The Devil of conformity
Keep you individuality
And all your forms of creativity
Express your self every day
And watch the world of Grey
Fade away  
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Lucky Kneazle by luckysgirl8 Lucky Kneazle :iconluckysgirl8:luckysgirl8 1 4 The Gathering by maddog385 The Gathering :iconmaddog385:maddog385 8 14 Neurotic Indisposition by alexiuss Neurotic Indisposition :iconalexiuss:alexiuss 37,116 2,721 They say it's unending by maddog385 They say it's unending :iconmaddog385:maddog385 74 34 Still Here by Anacorreal Still Here :iconanacorreal:Anacorreal 222 62 Weight of being and waiting by esstera Weight of being and waiting :iconesstera:esstera 193 93
Ikana Graveyard
My father spoke of soldiers, who once guarded over graves,
although they are erased, their remains still shield the way.
The lanterns on the tombstones, the lanterns from the trees;
fire guides the way, when spirits stray, and stumble through the breeze.
With shovel over shoulder, my heart is getting older,
And soon enough I'll join the soldiers, underneath my feet.
The darkness drawing near, my thoughts becoming clear,
I gaze to the moon, descending soon; my soul is filled with fear.
As I slowly turn away, might not remain another day,
The air is still, a duty fulfilled; the world becomes a grave...
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Midnight calling
Surround those eyes
Mystery of these fallen lives
Torn butterfly wings
The lone crow casting glances
Meeting my advances
Of midnight calling
Drawing in every shadows breath
Far greater than the omnipresent quiet
Of the brimming night
For my eyes cast their own light
Even in the halos that meet
My every strand in twilight
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Realm of Fantasy by Anacorreal Realm of Fantasy :iconanacorreal:Anacorreal 468 90
The Serpentine's Symphony
Sweet white serpentine
Send me vibes from your latest muse
Let me hold with the lack of hands, another soul
Held captive inside my cold, vivid physique
Let me become her mockingbird
With the dexterity to swoon with sound
I crave your language like the finest wine
Intangible, yet colored rouge
It bleeds possibilities through my spine
And I project whatever she desires
With the push of a button
Let my passion flow into yours
My admirer, my caretaker
My friend.....
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Staring Contest by tegehel Staring Contest :icontegehel:tegehel 31,737 3,813 My Sweet Heart by badcciintra My Sweet Heart :iconbadcciintra:badcciintra 311 77 Angels by Schindlersky Angels :iconschindlersky:Schindlersky 576 190
Red and the Wolf
My mother's request,
was simple.
Take the basket to Granny.
(She'd been sick all winter.)
A simple task, a simple jaunt,
over the river and through the woods.
You never know who you'll meet,
whilst traipsing through the woods.
First I met the woodsman,
strong and handsome.
(But not all there.)
He warned me off
those I might meet,
calling them beasts,
calling them dangerous.
(Little did I know he was,
in actuality, referring to himself.)
Good thing my mother taught me,
at a young age,
to decide for myself,
rather than take another's opinion.
You see, while in the woods,
I met another.
You know him as The Big Bad Wolf.
(Though in reality, he's a big ol' puppy.)
I'm not sure how Granny,
or my mother,
will react to the news,
you see it was love at first sight,
when he saved me
from the woodsman.
(I said he wasn't all there.)
You see twas not the wolf,
but the man himself,
who was the beast,
the dangerous one.
I do think Halloween will be perfect,
for our wedding,
Don't you?
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Hey everyone! I'm working at a publishing house these days. One that focuses on genre fiction, particularly the surreal, speculative, fantastic, etc. It's called the Metaphysical Circus Press and I'm one of the novel editors. So, seeing as how I know there's a fantastic literary community here, I figured I'd leave a link for you guys to take advantage of if you're looking for a press that provides free, continuous marketing and a larger author percentage of profits than just about anywhere. I hope to see some of you there soon!

-Your faithful Paladin

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Hey everybody. I'm just a transplanted Bostonian trying to get by in Richmond, VA. I'm openly delusional but those delusions are of grandeur. My best friends are mostly books, I ask too many questions, and I enjoy conversations with strangers. My profile pic was taken at Longfellow's House in Cambridge. And, as I'm sure you've figured out if you've bothered to read this far down my page, I'm a poet. I'm also a hopeless romantic. That's pretty much the low-down. Hope you enjoy my poetry! Have a nice day!

(EDIT: Poetry has been archived pursuant to publication aims. If you want to read anything, just let me know! I can always use readers.)

Current Residence: hiding behind a mound of dead bards
Favourite genre of music: classic rock, goth, metal, industrial, steampunk... equally.
Favourite photographer: Gerry Uelsman, Antram444
Favourite cartoon character: Wile E. Coyote
Personal Quote: You can always tell which lemons are stolen. They taste like shame and chocolate.


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candyexorcist Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Hey!!! How are you?? I've just gotten on again here and I'm enjoying myself. :) I miss you.
ThePaladinofShadows Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014
Hey! Long time, no chat. I've been well. Still doing the university thing, working in the English department, writing like a fiend. Might intern at a publishing house soon. How about you? Life treating you well?
candyexorcist Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Student General Artist
It's... honestly not been great, but at the same time revelatory. I'm studying poetry this year at uni myself. :)

Also, thanks for the favorite!
ThePaladinofShadows Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
Well, what's been not so great? It's cool to hear that you're making a study of poetry... though I might be a little biased! :XD:

Anytime! It was a really cool pic.
WargusEstor Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: hi how are you?
ThePaladinofShadows Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Hullo! :hug: 

I'm doing quite well. Got my nose to the grindstone at the moment, but they're great classes this time around, so I don't mind a bit.

How have you been?
WargusEstor Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Things have gone up and down for me. I lost my father in May, he had a brain haemorrhage. At least he didn't suffer and we got to say goodbye. I miss him terribly.
ThePaladinofShadows Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
I'm very sorry to hear that, though it's good to hear that he passed without suffering. That's about all we can ask for in such situations; losing family members, especially immediate ones, is still incredibly difficult, however, and does stay with you for a long time. If you need an ear, you know where to find me!
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WargusEstor Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ThePaladinofShadows Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Haha, hey there! :glomp: How are you?
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