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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another Passerby

Endless petals
Drip down my face with the wind
Breeze rippling through my lavender shirt
Reaching through me
With the whistle of hidden bird
I, drenched in peach buds
Floating in their skin
They have the breath of coral
Fuchsia weaving through their botanic veins
Vibrant touches on the cream canvas
Sound in the silence
Subtle pulses
Quiet rushes of light
Air dances along my torso
Buoyant footsteps cross me
Those whispers pressing down on my chest
Pecking at my sides
The pristine crunch beneath their toes
As they stumble over stray freckles
Free falling through life
Through me
Like me
It’s not cold
Nor searing with heat
It’s nothing
Nothing at all
The air is vacant
No pollen
No emotions prancing through me
No temperature weaving through its translucent atoms
That doesn’t mean it is devoid of potential
There is an esoteric energy
Floating among my form
I inhale
Oxygen does not approach my lips
Just a vine of sounds
Beats and letters
Lines and volume
An echo
The echo
This echo
This poem
Another passerby.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Complete Classification of the Female Adolescent Homo sapiens

We have ventured into the greatest shadows of the amazon, we have rustled with the dust of the moon, we have toyed with particles, dissected reality, and unraveled DNA, but today, on this piece of paper we shall explore the greatest mystery the human race can face: teenage girls. As a member of the group I myself don’t understand half the things my counterparts do. The insight of endless chick flicks couldn’t give you is right here—a complete comprehension of who the hell teen girls are and what the hell they do. Enjoy this information; it is the extensive result of my less than ten minute analysis. On this page lies the complete classification of the female adolescent Homo sapiens.

  • Our first subject: “The one who is stunning yet is convinced she is hideous” can be observed as she lurks around the girls’ restroom. Regardless of her lovely appearance, she bathes in makeup. Although her skin, eyes, and hair are flawless, she screeches like a howling mongoose to her less than lovely friends, “Ohhhhh look at me—I’m so fat, oh do you see this zit? I wish I looked like you…”. Relevant terminology: “compliment-fisher”, “mascara overkill, and “I want to punch you in the face”.
  • Second, no female population could be complete sans the “the-girl-who-is-perfect-in-everyway-that-everyone-wants-to-murder”. We get it; you’re stylish, athletic, president of clubs that shouldn’t even exist (seriously, ping pong club?). You are not only equipped with the ability to sing, dance, and act, but also neither the laws of biology and physics can stop you from curing cancer with your tears. If you meet her, beware that this is a living specimen of beauty, brains, and brawn all stuffed into a size two figure. Have self-esteem? It will shatter from the mere enchanting fragrance of her ecologically friendly organic yet high end perfume. Relevant terminology: “Harvard”, “blonde perfection” and “I really want to punch you in the face”.
  •  Although easily recognized in movie theaters and refined restaurants “the chick who won’t shut up” is a staple in the female adolescent populace. We don’t care what movie you saw this weekend. We don’t care whether you failed the math test.  We don’t care that you called the radio eight times and still were not the victor of Justin Beiber backstage passes. Yet you care about everything I say. Every conversation I have is an excuse for you to yap like an overgrown Chihuahua. It only takes a few syllables that you evesdrop on to spew a rant about how that half of my comment racist, or ignorant, or god forbid, not the same view as yours. Relevant terminology: “verbal vomit”, “ignorant intruder” and “I already punched you in the face.”
  • We can’t forget “the nerdy girl who believes that if she watches Titanic enough times Leonardo DiCaprio will jump out of the screen and whisk her away to some place with no English homework”, even though she is forgotten virtually everywhere else. Locked away in a dungeon locals call a library, she longs for something more that the soft touch of derivatives in the evening. Yes, even though she still doesn’t have a Facebook account, she has friends. On the larger spectrum she is unnoticed until SAT scores are disclosed, for immediately after she is invited to all the best parties (none of which she will attend) in exchange for tutoring. She is not a bombshell, she is not an Olympian, she is not the life of a party, but she still believes that one day the Enrique Iglesiases of this earth will notice her. Or not. Relevant terminology: “the one who helped you pass physics”, “glasses—gasp!”, and “she was punched in the face by someone other than me”.
  • Finally, our last and least: “PMS 24/7”. It doesn’t matter when or where, she’ll be whining and in your hair. She’s loud, obnoxious, bitter, overly sensitive, belligerent, morose, and steals everyone’s tater tots. If you had a shot gun, she would be dead. Her special skills include: making all your hair fall out, robbing the innocent of their tater tots, moaning, and laughing like a dying hyena. Relevant terminology: “just go away”, “earplugs please”, and “GIVE ME BACK MY DAMN TATER TOTS”.
 There is no guarantee that any of this information will help you to survive interactions with these creatures, because you won’t. Just the mere expectation of meeting one of us is a legitimate reason to enroll in a life insurance plan. Facing a girl can be immensely deadly,, especially because the girl with PMS 24/7 is usually also the one who can’t shut up. Regardless of the many many faults each of the girls has, it could always be worse. Instead of teenage girls we could have vicious flesh eating aliens…but I have my doubts about that girl in my physics class...

Monday, April 9, 2012

Underclass Heroes

Who says you can ever be too young to be a hero? Not 17 year old Luke Vaughn and Cody Decker. They valiantly rescued a couple who were stuck within a crashed car...mere moments before it caught fire. After the two saw the vehicle hurdle into a tree they refused to stand by, or even just call the police and be content. They risked their own lives for the sake of a few strangers.
They may not be old enough to enroll in the army, but they certainly are making sure our nation is a better place. Check out the link below for an official news report.
Teens on Spring Break Pull Crash Victims From Burning Car

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Translucent Affections

when i first realized i felt this way about you
i couldn’t breathe
suddenly all my bones and marrow and organs began to wreathe
an intense feeling of euphoria
not the kind that they wrap around you in classically contemporary cliches
an utopian sensation
some kind of internal recreation
that i couldn’t calm
that i didn’t want to subdue
the pulse of fresh love for you
it delivered some peace within my worries
like a strange dove swimming down the cascades of my soul
it made me want to act
and forced all my insecurities to contract within a miniscule box to be discarded
because now something wonderful has started
young love
fresh
like peeling an orange and sticking your teeth within its citric flesh
and you can see that right now i am a complete mess
i don’t know how to act or how to dress
just to mesh every minute of my life to winning you
while making a futile attempt not to obsess
over your sapphire eyes
and how they don’t make my heart fly
but soar
and how watching you in english
is the only reason last week i didn’t snore during that grammar unit
so come on
let’s do this
you know how it goes
just stand up and tell him you like him
that the idea of him touching your hand makes your head spin
come on now
you can lose or win
take the plunge
you're running so rapidly
now is the time to lunge
into this pool of affection
a current
a new direction
the stew of electricity
of pure fluorescence that will shatter over you
that can pierce the darkness that has devoured you
now is the moment to rise and fight off
 everything that won’t let you seize a night off
so i’m here running up the row and kissing you
it’s my first
who knew?
suddenly i do more than see but have sight
i conquered the darkness
i shall revel in your light.

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