Storms

Storms

a thorny wind pricks at my face
this black Mariah night
Dark raging clouds of memories flood
past storms I have survived

as salty mountains crashed on me
those times eternal lost at sea
I wondered then if I might live
Oh Lord, please let me be

while screaming doubts and fear swept through
with ghosts unseen yet real
my stomach turned, my soul near drowned
then day salvation pealed

so many times, so many storms
so many prayers tossed high
tempests wild have swept through me
all watched by God’s kind eye

Tio Stib, 2008, 2014

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Imagine Water

Imagine Water
Imagine water
Floating shapeless
High
Above cities
Shape shifting
Angry
Falling
Dropping
Exploding on sidewalks
Sliding off feathers
Tearing leaves from their hearts
Trickling, running, roaring
Rivers through mountains
Cascades
white, reckless
Purposeful
Past farm and graveyard
To stillness, deep
dark
Slow
Sliding softly back into the womb
Kissing ocean mother
Home
Imagine water
Vibrating
beyond sight
Floating,
silent, immense
love
God

tio stib, 2014

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Layers

breathing

scents
of fallen
rose petal
secrets

Unwrapping

tied up
boxes
of lost
surprises

Waiting
while tear drops
melt
false maskes
from me

Staring

into mirrors
of screaming faces
behind
shadow smiles

Knowing

layers
illusions
are dissolving

my truth
is being
revealed

Tio Stib, 1995

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Night Walk

splashing in a sea of stars
I danced with puddled street
clear heavens fill my soul with awe
reflections wet my feet

Comets streak ‘cross galaxies
As rain drops cascade down
Alone with lamplit skeletons
Their leaves now dead and drowned

I walk on
This winter night
In my dark, wet universe
Thanking lives once green and lush
For blanketing the earth

Tio Stib, 2014

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First Snow

first snow
white oblivion
whispers
to sleeping earth

hush…

let go
frantic mind
surrender

hush…

forgive your past
your sins
your separation

hush…

a blanket
of serenity

hush

white oblivion
cuddles me
in love’s eternity

first snow
melts,
drips
slowly
down the face
of my soul

hush…

Tio Stib, 2014

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A Blind Writer’s List of Excellent Audio Books

I’m blind, and the pleasure I get from books is listening to them. The words I hear fire my imagination and in this place I can see. Well written books fill my mind with vivid pictures of fascinating characters acting out suspenseful plots often with surprising twists. This is a world I often disappear into, a place where I am not sightless but limitless.

My GoodReads Guide to Excellent Audio Books is based on my own listening experiences. I get my audio books through either B.A.R.D., the National Library Service for the Blind, or audible.com. I have a few criterion for what I deem excellent which I note as follows:

First, well written stories. The plot is logical and at the same time absorbing. Characters don’t do stupid things. Coincidental occurrences

don’t disturb the story’s believability.

Next, there are interesting characters. Personalities that reflect the myriad possibilities of human behavior. There are relationships that shed light on human dilemmas. Characters who are challenged and respond in the highest and lowest manners.

Finally, there is an underlying message, perhaps a theme about values. Ideally, a story that offers a solution to one of the many life challenges people face. Of course, I also appreciate the narration, how the story is told.

Being a writer, I consider excellent audio books as my doorway into the minds of the writers who created them. These are my mentors and listening to how they use words to build stories is  a gift I am truly grateful for. Currently, I’m working through a list of twentieth century Pulitzer Prize winning authors. What a fantastic writing school!

That’s about it. My definition of “excellence” is constantly changing and as it evolves I’ll let you know. Hopefully, others will share their thoughts on this subject and we can grow together.

Almost forgot, here’s the link to my GoodReads Blind Writer’s Guide to Excellent Audio Books.

Thanks for playing. I look forward to hearing from you.

Tio Stib

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