The Black Revenge

imageRaven-haired vixen enters the room
In all black attire she approaches the groom
Fearful was the bride of this mistress of the night
Darker was her heart than the grimmest sight

Her eyes of coal stared through the bride in contempt
But to harm her they didn’t attempt
It was he she sought after on this night
It was his betrayal that fueled her might

Tar-like was the substance she released from above
Enveloping his figure like a glove
Mortified was his bride on their wedding  day
A horrific revenge from a witch against her prey

Female Solo Travel – The Ups and the Downs

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In the fast-paced bustling 21st century world, women have grown to be more independent. That being the case, it is still seen as unusual for a woman to travel on her own. Whether that woman is originates from a Western or an Eastern culture, liberal or conservative, the question of “why are you travelling alone?” still arises. Friends and family worry about safety, while strangers might pity the lonesome traveller. However there are many advantages to travelling alone that are easily overlooked.

Why Travel Alone

Venturing off on your own and exploring the world is a liberating experience. You don’t have to stress over putting a group together, who would be able to go to the same place at the same time on the same budget, you don’t need to worry about compromising to accommodate someone else’s schedule, and you can change your plans on a whim, without concern for anyone else.  While you might feel cut off by leaving their homes and loved-ones behind, the truth is you are never truly cut-off. When travelling alone you are able to embark on a journey of self-discovery, as well as meet new people at every stop. You can always find someone somewhere who is similar to you in some way.

Concerns

Fear of feeling alone and bored can make you reconsider solo travel. “What am I going to do with my day?” is a common question among new solo travellers. The answer is: plenty. Being in a foreign country, where you are trying to absorb as much of the culture as possible in a limited amount of time, gives you plenty to do. There will always be a show to attend, a museum to explore or an underwater cave to discover, activities and amusements are abundant when visiting a new location. And if you run out of activities during your trip, you can seek companionship in a book or chronicle your adventures in a journal/blog.

Another major concern that faces, particularly women, is safety. Between pickpocketing and harassment, women are considered an easy target, especially when they are walking alone in an unfamiliar area. To avoid a gruesome fate, make sure you keep yourself and your belongings as safe as possible. This can be done by hiding your money inside your clothes instead of in your wallet. Don’t carry large sums of money when sightseeing or shopping, credit cards are preferable. Try to appear like you belong, so as not to attract any unwanted attention to yourself. Walking with a map and turning left and right, labels you as a tourist that can be taken advantage of. Avoid walking alone at night. Finally follow your instinct, if you feel that you shouldn’t be in a particular place then you probably shouldn’t be there. Safe travel is generally about common sense. So as a woman, don’t let your concerns and other’s discourage you from exploring the world alone at your liberty and your own pace.

Dilemma – Published Version

Dilemma (cover)Table of Contents:

  • Dilemma 1: How It All Began
    • Dilemma 2: Why Guys Drive Me Crazy
      • Dilemma 3: The Meeting
        • Dilemma 4: Middle of the Night
          • Dilemma 5: The Mirror
            • Dilemma 6: The Confusion
            • Dilemma 7: The Fight
            • Dilemma 8: What Am I Doing Here?
            • Dilemma 9: After a Long Wait
            • Dilemma 10: Other Plans
            • Dilemma 11: The Blackout
            • Dilemma 12: Lost and Confused
            • Dilemma 13: Just Another Day
            • Dilemma 14: Change
            • Dilemma 15: Vacuum
            • Dilemma 16: More Stress Than I Can Handle
            • Dilemma 17: Packing-up the Past
            • Dilemma 18: A New Chapter in My Life
            • Dilemma 19: As If No Time Had Passed
            • Dilemma 20: Changing Choices in Transitional Phases
            • Dilemma 21: The Old City
            • Dilemma 22: In the Pouring Rain
            • Dilemma 23: A New Year
            • Dilemma 24: Club X
            • Dilemma 25: An Odd Perspective
            • Dilemma 26: All Night
            • Dilemma 27: The Final Chapter

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The Darkest Night

In the darkest night

When you scream of fright

When terror is at its height

You pray for strength to keep going on

 

In the depth of fear

When you fight a tear

When you’re paralyzed from toe to ear

You ask for the power to keep you hoping

 

It is that pain you need

It is that anger which nourishes you

It is that inner demon that drives you

It is the night that wakes you up

Darkness Lay Ahead

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She ran through the forest, alone, with nothing but a backpack. The backpack contained her life: the past, the present, the future all squeezed into that small bag. The path grew narrower as the trees grew thicker. But she continued to run faster and faster until her legs could barely support her any longer. Why was she running? She didn’t know. There was no one chasing her, no one threatening her yet she felt the need to escape. Her heart beat quickly; she breathed unevenly. She put her family and her friends behind her to embark on an insane, unpredictable journey to the unknown.

As the darkness began to scare her, she decided to rest and start again when the sun was up. She chose a tree to lie underneath and used her bag as a pillow. Curling her body into the fetal position, she tried to sleep. Ominous noises echoing across the forest made her task nearly impossible. Every time she tried to relax and allow herself to sleep, the distant sound of a hooting owl or the howl of a wolf would startle her. The grass below her was soft and comforting, the soft winds were cooling, but the fear overcame her senses. She couldn’t rest so long as it was inside of her. It was fear that forced her to run. She didn’t know which was more frightful, though, the forest, her former life or her indefinite future?

All she knew was this: she would be dead if she hadn’t left. Not dead in the literal sense, but figuratively speaking that was the path she was walking towards. As dangerous as her choice was it was exciting and essential. She couldn’t bear her life any longer; the monotony along with the extreme waves of change. One day she decided it was enough. The forest signified the end of the city. It separated the enclosed man-made structure from the wilderness; at least this was how she perceived it. She was born and raised in that city and not once had she ever been to the forest. But the day she decided to leave was when she learned she was destined to cross the woods and see for herself what was really on the other side.

The night crawled with unfriendly creatures; killer beasts and venomous beings. Where they hid or if they even existed where she slept? She had no idea. She prayed for the night to end quickly and safely. The sound of her heart in her ear felt like a ticking clock, every beat bringing her closer to sunrise. To say she slept that night would have been a lie. But at dawn she was wide awake, anxious and enthusiastic about the start of a new day. She walked slowly, trying desperately to let go of her fear. The terror residing in the night before was forgotten when the tender morning sun rays hit her face. Hours passed until she finally caught a glimpse of what lie on the other side of the once mysterious forest.

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