Poetry Monday: The Underwater City of Pearl Part 1

A monster will be defeated by the righteous ones
With the help of a stranger from an unknown world
Through the eyes of the Prophet these things will be done

In a distant sea, beyond the horizon
Is a magical world full of illusion
Impossible to reach by a Mariner
Only those who are true and just may enter
But the path that one seeks is filled with danger
Over a thousand years since one has ventured
For centuries this wonder was lost to all
A prophecy of recent will make the call
The new legend predicts a young man will come
To conquer the obstacles with help from some
By the words of the Prophet, shall it be done

Come here boy I have something to tell you
It’s time you learned about a secret place
Full of wonder and enchantment beyond
The likes of which you may have never seen
Yes, yes monsters and magic all around
This is a place that can never be found
How is this place so easily hidden
Well it’s under water to begin with
They say this city has never been reached
At least not in the past ten thousand years
Only one who is worthy; pure of heart
Can cross the dangers that keep it apart
What dangers are there? I don’t even know
But you can bet your tail no one will live
Through the traps that hide a place so special
This amazing place no one can fathom
Everyone has something to imagine
An amazing place where the fish can speak
They swim on up and ask you for money
Such a wonderful place to go explore

Coffee and Contemplation: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

Our discussion this week is about “Hear-Shaped Box” by Joe Hill. This was Hill’s debut novel, and you can see the influences from his father, Stephen King. The story gives a new, modern twist to the haunting story. The main character, Judas Coyne, buys a ghost on the internet. Turns out, the ghost is real and is trying to kill Judas. We get a lot of backstory about Judas and about the ghost and its motives. It’s interesting to think about the main character chasing after spooky, macabre things at the beginning of the novel only to run away from them for the majority of the story.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn’t my favorite. Hill’s next novel “Horns” is better but that’s a discussion for another post. The video static eyes of the ghost as described in the novel is an interesting visual, but it made the ghost less scary for me. The book overall wasn’t terrifying, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. It feels more action/adventure than horror. It was a fun read. I liked all the characters, especially Judas’ two dogs. This book is good for teens and adults, though some parents may want to check it out before their children beginning reading. 

I do recommend this book, but it’s not my favorite by Joe Hill.

Spooky Spider Scale (How scary was the book?): 6/10 spiders 🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️🕷️

Overall rating: 4 stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Snapshot Saturday: Butterfly

To go along with last week’s image we have another butterfly photo. I don’t have many images that are featured as a pair so enjoy this while it lasts. We are barely touching on the many photos I’ve taken over the last couple years. It will take us until September before I run out of what I consider my best shots. And there are many more after that. I also expect to shoot more between now and then. There are some amazing sunsets here in Tucson that I want to capture.

Butterfly. May 2019. f/5. 1/250. 55mm.

This is the first of the two butterfly images I shot in Fairbanks, AK. This was in the same sequence of shots as the last butterfly image. And just like the other image, I used the standard 18mm-55mm lens that came with my Canon Rebel T7i at purchase. This is my favorite of the two butterfly images because it features more of the wings than the first image. Also, the butterfly looks less judgmental than they did in the other photo. Which is your favorite of the two? Let me know in the comments.