The Calling

I felt a tug when I rounded the corner.
The narrow hallways of my old high school, still haunt my dreams.
Being here, brings back feelings long since buried.

Someone else was here.
The whole school should be vacant.
Midnight. Weekend.
My heart races at the possibility of a confrontation.
I’m here on “unofficial” business.
I followed a demon here.
My own.

I open a door.
In haste, I make bed on white royalty
And chase the dragon.

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Judge Orders Arkansas To Recognize In-State Same-Sex Marriages

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LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) – An Arkansas judge ordered officials to recognize over 500 same-sex marriages performed in The Natural State last year, a move that will let the couples enjoy benefits like filing taxes jointly.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen on Tuesday (June 9) validated marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples after another judge struck down the Arkansas’ gay marriage ban. The Arkansas Supreme Court halted the distribution of marriage licenses to gay couples after a week in May 2014 and is considering an appeal over a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban.

Griffen’s ruling means the couples have the ability to file taxes jointly, enroll together on state health insurance plans, appear jointly on a child’s birth certificate or even file for divorce. With that said, the state can still appeal Griffen’s ruling.

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The Beekeeper

His name was Nikolai
He asked me about bee’s
“Bee’s”, I replied
Confused by his boyish face
And his salt and peppered hair
Which came twenty years too early

I studied him while he talked
I almost forgot it was cold outside
Until I noticed the goosebumps
On his otherwise smooth golden-brown skin

Nothing about him made sense to me
I wanted nothing more than to offer him a warm place to hide from the cold
So I could get a better sense of who he was
But at that particular moment
It would have been wildly inappropriate to even suggest friendship
Maybe another time-Another place
He intrigued me like very few do

In a strictly platonic wonderment
I wanted to conquer his mind
And learn his secrets
Then his cell rang
And he was gone

Lost forever to me
I only knew his name
Nikolai
The golden-brown Beekeeper

Non-literal Loon

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© lee jeffries photography

Being brave
Being bold
Don’t get you old
Kid, I’ve seen men die
Seen em torn in two
The soul goes one way
While the body lies there
Forgotten like middle-aged memories

On the streets you gotta be quick
Set the spire
Light the fire
That’s what I’ll do

They’re all cold
Insulated by the hearts of psychopaths
Funded by the fascists on The Hill
A meal ain’t cheap
When they’re taking souls