Hard to tell you what She means to me.
When I miss her,
It is as much as the shore would miss the sea.
When She smiles, She crashes onto me.
I am caressed,
My soul is the shore, and it’s what I long to see.
She my love,
She my light,
She the one I want wrapped in my arms at night.
Thirty-four years, I’d not breathed so deep.
But She kissed me,
Four years, and She is the air my lungs long to keep.
She my heart,
She my soul,
She fills me with the only joy I care to know
When I tell you what She means to me.
Compare an incomparable ecstasy.
by Ruben R. Diaz
A couple of short myths I wrote for a local “write your own myth” contest (150 words or less). Enjoy!
Remember that first time when your life flashed before your eyes? Within the final frame of that brief brush with mortality is when the phantom first begins to haunt. That first time, it slips its clammy, clawed hands around your neck, squeezing the first few ounces of breath from the final breaths of your life. The phantom remains as that constant reminder that you will die — Memento Mori. Each new taste of your mortality finds it squeezing just a little tighter and drawing you closer to it. For the rest of your life Memento Mori stands behind you, looming just over your shoulder, watching and waiting for your soul to be delivered, even as you read this.
Prince & the Angel
Long ago a Prince suffered with a passionate heart, but an aimless mind and he roamed his father’s kingdom never knowing where to go or what to do. One night he wandered beyond the castle walls, into a black forest just beyond an old, unused bridge. It was within the mist and darkness where he met a beautiful angel who said she was waiting for a champion to free her from her monstrous captor. The Prince pledged to become the hero she needed and returned home to train. With the angel as inspiration, the Prince’s passionate heart joined a focused mind to turn the him into a hero. The Prince returned to free the angel, but she was already gone. Though he never saw the angel again, he discovered his path, become a great king, and found his goddess — the queen.
Today we give thanks that you, dear Universe, erupted into existence roughly 14 billion years ago. Through a vast space, you spread materials that coalesced into new materials, which came together to form stars, planets, nebulae, and everything else we know to be. Upon these new worlds your materials continued their brilliant dance, becoming water & earth, air & fire. Your mechanisms, put into motion so long ago, have evolved further still, bringing life to the Earth in the form of plants, animals, and people.
From 14 billion years ago we arrive here at this table, ready to eat a defenseless bird until it becomes difficult for us to breathe.
Thank you, Universe!
After learning of the (possible) location of Connor, a group of soldiers are sent on a mission, not to save him, but simply to find him. Up until now Connor’s only been a voice on the radio to these people, inspiring revolution, but also doubt. Most human colonies only know of him through story and myth.
Arnold is the leader of the group (some soldiers don’t want to be on a mission to save a myth). Kyle Reese is one of the soldiers (who looks up to Arnie as a father-figure), The other soldiers are a rag-tag, likable bunch. Their mission leads them across a scorched earth, surviving HKs along the way.
About a third of the way into the film, the group finally meets Connor (working out of the cave at the end of Part 3). He and Arnie square off, because Connor immediately thinks Arnie is an infiltrator unit (everyone else thinks Connor is crazy since those units don’t exist … yet). When Connor meets Kyle, he immediately knows his next mission: find the location of the time machine to send Reese back. In the meantime, father and son grow to know each other.
Their first mission is to a Skynet server or hub of some kind. The mission is to steal information (location of the time machine/defense grid). They succeed, but to survive they must survive a small army of Terminators. Connor and Kyle manage to escape, but notice that the robots weren’t trying to kill them, but capture them. The rest of the group is either killed or captured. Arnold is captured.
The information they stole reveals the location of the time machine outside of LA. As they prepare for their mission, we cut to Arnold’s character being taken into a facility where he is eventually used as one of the “skins” (literally) for this new infiltrator model.
Final sequence has Connor and the gang cutting loose the night before the mission. Reese wanders off for a moment to himself and the picture of Sarah Conner, when Arnold shows up. Just when they are about to cheer the return of their friend, he opens fire. (This is the scene from the first movie when Reese loses the picture). They barely survive the attack, but have now learned about the infiltrators.
For a year now, the Resistance has steadily worked toward infiltrating SkyNet’s defense grid/time machine. Connor struggles with either A) sending Reese back, or B) taking the chance that not sending him back might actually stop all this, even if it means Connor never exists. Reese is the proud right-hand-man to the legendary Connor, who is also his new father figure.
Connor gives Reese the order, sending him back through time, and then destroys the facility and smashes Skynet’s defense grid.
Film ends in a similar fashion as T2, with Connor now heading into a truly unknown future (as is the audience).
The war has not ended. Connor considers himself a failure. Thanks to the info gained in Part 5, The Resistance has developed a virus which can destroy all the machines. In secret, Connor has been fixing and reprogramming the Arnold-bot from the end of Part 6, in order to send it back through time, which for Connor, is the last hope he has for ending the war. A blood bath occurs in San Francisco, a human sanctuary, where a bunch of humans massacred each other. Connor learns of a virus the machines are preparing to unleash which is essentially like the “rage virus” from 28 Days Later.
Connor’s missions are a race against time as he tries to upload the human-developed virus into the machine’s network, and send the reprogrammed Arnold-bot back in time, before the machines can finish loading a plane which is going to crop-dust humans into self-inflicted genocide.
Connor succeeds, but not without sacrificing his own life.
As a summer movie, it was dumb, loud, and pretty. It included a nonsensical plot with little character growth or resolution, that tails off into true summer-stupid in the third act. Much money will be made.
As a fan of Trek, it was a complete bastardization of a classic villain. It further sucked the soul out of Star Trek, cementing its place in an increasingly repetitive blockbuster movie cycle.
That is all.