Heart

Holding you inside my heart 
Even though we're far apart
Always yours
Rest assured
Together our love is pure

Copyright ©️ Brandon Ellrich 2022

This acrostic poem was written in response to Thursday Inspiration #182 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.

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Caturday, Nov. 5, 2022

You may recall a few weeks ago when I posted Caturday Story when I talked about Zoe, the Raccoon Killer. I was able to catch her on video this time using her “doorbell” to let me know she wants to go outside. Enjoy!

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Theater Review: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Book, Music and Lyrics by Richard O’Brien

Presented by Padgett Productions — Nick Padgett, Producing Artistic Director

I had never seen Rocky Horror Picture Show (Yes, I can hear the audible *gasp* from my fellow gays), so I came into this experience almost completely unaware. I’d heard just bits and pieces about it — considered a “cult classic,” quite risqué for its time, men in drag, musical— but just never took the plunge and watched it myself. I saw that it was playing at the Black Box theater in Kansas City, and I’m glad that I finally took the opportunity to go.

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It was an outdoor performance on October 30th and the weather was quintessentially Autumnal — not too cool, but just enough for a light jacket. Being an outdoor event, it was suggested that audience members bring a lawn chair with them. There was plenty of room and the stage was in view of the entire crowd. There was also a bar selling unique drinks.

Most performances were sold out when I bought my ticket, so that speaks to the quality and popularity of this venue. I purchased an optional “prop bag” (including a sheet of newpaper, a rubber glove, a playing card, and a glow stick) to use during the performance, not knowing how the items were to be used, but the announcer explained the items before the beginning of the show.

One of the singers gave the audience a chance to vote on Rocky’s “costume” before the show began. The choices being: 1) a pair of boy shorts, 2) bikini briefs, or 3) a thong — all three being a shiny gold color. Naturally, the audience cheered the loudest for the thong. 😏

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I enjoyed the performance very much. It was funny, the players were very talented in both their singing ability as well as their acting, and the costumes and special effects were great. Audience participation was encouraged (i.e. the prop bag) and there were several people in the back of the audience calling out in response to many of the lines (as part of the performance), which added to the hilarity. Cameron Gunter played Rocky and he was perfect! He was attractive, had a flawless physique and a perfect butt! The audience definitely made the right choice with the thong! 😘

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This is apparently an annual Halloween-time tradition in Kansas City, so I am looking forward to attending again next year. If you are in KC, Missouri around the end of October, I strongly recommend checking it out! Obviously, I give this performance 5 out of 5 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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*This review is my own opinion and I am not paid or endorsed by any company or entity.

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Originally published on Medium

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Peace and Battle

Peace and Battle - image shows the word November spelled out with leaves on a brown dirt surface.
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Nothing left on the trees,
On the ground, fallen leaves;
Vying for their own attention,
Each color makes a sweet collection;
May we, on Thanksgiving Day,
Be thankful for this Fall display;
Even in the chilly weather,
Rejoice! Be at peace together!
Nothing left; the battle ends,
On the ground, fallen men;
Veteran’s Day reminds us all,
Each soldier who answered the call;
May we, on Thanksgiving Day,
Be thankful for the price they paid;
Even in the midst of war,
Rejoice in freedom they’re fighting for!

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This acrostic poem was written in response to W3 Prompt #27: Wea’ve Written Weekly at The Skeptic’s Kaddish, so please visit his page to participate and/or read other responses.

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Leaving

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“Going somewhere?”

Maybe.”

“You’ve changed your look.”

“Obviously.”

“You haven’t been getting much nutrition. I can almost see right through you.”

Stop.”

“Just because all the others are going–”

“Stop. Just…don’t.”

“…Robin left last week.”

“I saw. You know, it won’t be that long.”

“Long enough.”

“Winter only lasts a few months.”

“I’ll be colder here without you.”

“You’ll get used to it.”

“I don’t want to.”

“You’re not completely alone. The hole will be filled for a while.”

“It’s not the same. They’re nuts.”

“Yeah…There will be new ones to replace me.”

“Not the same as you.”

The wind is picking up.”

“I guess you’ll be leaving.”

“I’m the last one.”

“I noticed.”

“Well…”

“Should I say goodbye?”

“No, you shouldn’t.”

Laura was sitting on the park bench, watching as the last leaf of the large maple tree was dislodged from its branch and floated down to join the others that were colorfully littering the ground.

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

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If you enjoyed this story, you might also like my story Taken or Bitter-Sweet Love.

The Key and the Garden

The Key and the Garden - image shows an old brick wall with an open door, revealing a well-kept, elaborate garden with green bushes and a gravel path running through it.
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An old brick wall stood behind the house
Time attempted to bring it down,
Bit by bit, cracking here and there

A weathered and gray wooden door 
Donned a lock awaiting its key

The key eventually found a sad, but curious girl
And entrusted itself into her hand
She united the key with its lock and opened the door
A magnificent garden revealed itself from the other side

She ran to tell her mum
And share this beauty with her
But when her mum gazed through the doorway
Nothing but briars and thickets were seen 

The magic of the garden was for the little girl only
But she never knew why
She kept this treasure in her heart
And held to this gift over the years

Whenever she was sad and the woes of life caused her light to fade,
She would return to the garden beyond the stone wall
Drinking in the beauty and peace held therein

Years later, she left the key in an old desk drawer to await another
Whose life was in need of a light

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This post was written in response to Sadje’s What do you see # 158- October 31, 2022. Please visit her page to participate and/or read other responses.

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American Sentence

David at The Skeptic’s Kaddish sometimes publishes an “American Sentence,” and I always find them interesting, so I wanted to try a couple for myself.

“Burning”

I bask in glowing blazes of this burning house that I set aflame.
Bitter but vivid memories help when it comes time for her to die.

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

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Be Afraid

Be Afraid
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Stay away from the masquerade, the players arrayed in paper mache,
As brides and grooms, witches with brooms, the room festooned with moons and tombs.
Be afraid

They’re eating, entreating, preening and teeming, but HE is seething, he’s engineering and scheming,
He hides out of sight, an eye without light; he’ll deny a life; it’s his delight.
Be fearing

Do not engage in his fake imitation of trade, his fabricated charade;
He's a blight, never contrite, he’ll pry and try to invite you into the night.
Be affright

He’ll aim to betray, he’ll delay to display his blade with a handle made of jade;
Halloween is his screen, his eerie dream, he’ll leave you to bleed, ceasing to breathe;
Be afraid

Be afraid

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

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10,000 Views; 5,000 Visitors

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10/27/2022

I got this notification on Tuesday and wanted to share it with my blogging community. I have reached over 10,000 views of my website/blog posts and over 5,000 visitors. So far this year, those views have come from 56 different countries. It made me think that although the Internet (especially social media), in some ways, has caused a great disconnect among friends, family and colleagues, the ability to connect with other people around the world is remarkable. I never thought I would be reaching individuals from so many countries, some of which I am barely aware of. I certainly didn’t think I would be in regular contact with individuals from India, Israel, Malaysia, Ireland, Great Britain and Pakistan.

I hope this growth continues and that I connect with more people around the globe. I have enjoyed the connections I have made on WordPress as well as LinkedIn and I appreciate whenever you recommend my writing to someone you know. I have also enjoyed reading such a wide diversity of writing from other bloggers. There are so many talented people out there!

As always, thanks for reading!

Brandon Ellrich

A Witchy Limerick (Almost)

There once was a clumsy witch,
And one day she got an itch,
To go to Dracula’s house to get a view,
But she lost control and broke right through;
When she did she yelled “Son of a–--Goblin!”...?

Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich

This poem was written in response to Simply 6 Minutes – Welcome to the Challenge: 10/25/2022 at Stine Writing, so please visit their page to participate and/or read other responses.

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