Limits to Success

Limits to Success

Determination gasps for air,

Undeniable pangs of dust,

Exhausting will from the man who made,

Difficult tasks ones of a comforting ire.

 

Yet ideas fail to flow,

Water stagnant in an abandoned fountain,

Coins from hopeful, desperate mothers,

Snatched from children of stubborn heir.

 

Breathing voices call from the past,

Haunting regrets never entail expiration,

Wishes for forgiveness to enter their hearts,

Wishes for air so lungs can grow.

 

Requests of unachievable fortitude,

Gore out the minds of worried men,

Who eternally grow numb to their suffering,

A suffering once selfishly wished to last.

 

Elder times grow a moldy tedium,

Shared spaces of sublimity,

Eviscerated by raucous flames,

Of envious greed and ineptitude.

 

Scholars effervescent and outgoing,

Never chained by insurmountable achievement,

Never pressured to be intuitive,

Never tied to a dated medium.

 

He’s held together by design,

Deflating but never popping,

Squeezing but never bursting,

Hurting but never dying.

 

Never given a purpose but to be the purpose,

The reason for other’s success,

And the proprietor of  their failures,

All motives forced to resign.

 

Extinguished ash in a wildfire,

Whilst embers around him never cease to crisp,

But sure to inevitably fail,

Blazing just enough to erase a carcass.

 

–Kevin J Flors

 

Thanks for reading. I wanted to express the issues some inventors may have gone through or are going through. Being an inventor is really a thankless job, unless you are one of the big names like Edison. But the inventor of everyday objects that we use today go unappreciated even sometimes in death. For example, I could not attempt to guess the inventor of everything in my bag, or the bag itself. And this has to do a lot with branding. Sure I have a Dell laptop, but unanswered questions like, “Who first invented the laptop?” are unknown and most times neglected (The inventor of the first laptop is Adam Osborne). I also wanted to express some pressures artists or more well-known celebrities have to constantly create fresh and relevant content (that also has to be entertaining). Few celebrities achieve this, and those that fail drown in irrelevancy. I suppose the argument of money is in play, but I feel that first-world issues like these are often overlooked and I wanted to bring attention to them, even if it is not all too merited.

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The Power Ancestry Holds

The Power Ancestry Holds

Ancestral beings of cultural divides,

Grown rampant in strange places,

Of heartless origin, in thoughtless action,

Weary to the idea of embraces.

 

Grudging darkness bound by light,

United in fantasies of desperate clamors.

Broken nails of maritime transports,

Unraveled disdain of illuminated hammers.

 

Light ironically grew colorful,

Rays of unabashed emerald,

Shone brightly to heartless mammals,

But dully to what heartless resembled.

 

Unalterable rays of past reject waiver,

Reaching everlasting states of anxieties.

The deteriorating power of light,

Falsified by undeserving deities.

 

Empowering of false conduits,

Unaware of their fraudulence.

Ideological development of superiority,

Capitalizing on ideas of ignorance.

 

A salty stench of modern giants,

Overpowers those of sugar and spice,

Forcibly worn on darkened souls,

From cruel ancestors who play nice.

 

–Kevin J Flors

Thanks for reading. The power of ancestry nowadays is all the more prevalent with the recent showings of racism in Charlottesville and with unjust killings by police officers that more and more seem to be based in large part on the skin color of the people they see. Some white people believe that they have this superiority over other races, and that is blatantly false. The fact that all this is going on is crazy and the fact that people in media can’t defend it is furthering the insanity. I do want to say that I do not believe our recent President promoted racist individuals to act as ignorantly as their beliefs. I believe it has indirectly come about as an unexpected and unfortunate outcome of lastly having an African-American president. The unjust actions of these racist individuals should be unacceptable in any society, but especially in one that promotes ideas of diversity and acceptance.

Guardians of Wealth

Guardians of Wealth

Gracious guardians of wealth,

Form more perfect unions,

To promote private welfare,

To free others from further suffering.

 

While they start harvesting,

Those who afford to live,

In a land far less free,

Than a homely Cuban bay.

 

Those who dare stray,

These rich goliaths,

Throw shiny rocks,

Entertaining drab shepherds,

 

As their young get devoured by leopards.

Justice enforced by slaves,

Inevitably dying,

From waves of disdain,

 

Or grams of cocaine.

Undivided attention is what,

Gargoyles of greed crave.

Devout to no god,

 

But those they can’t prod.

Yet towns filled with,

Adoration and sympathy,

Giving wishes only of good health,

 

To these gracious guardians of wealth.

 

— Kevin J Flors

Thanks for reading. The recent Emmy’s award show inspired me to write this and it turned more political then I had thought it would when I started.  The main feature of this poem that I love is on the technical level. I am proud of the rhyme scheme I incorporated in between the stanzas. I am also proud of the references I sprinkle into the poem, because I normally stray away from allusions and the like. With that being said, it brings about an interesting viewpoint. I do not want this poem to be one that numbs people to good deeds done by those that are these, “guardians of wealth.”  I just want to provide a new perspective to how American society can be viewed and help people think of new perspectives when it comes to the capitalistic society we live in.

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Independent Thoughts

Independent Thoughts

Isolation had haunted his mind.

Restless with no insight,

That his creative heart was still,

Thumping charms of immeasurable fright.

 

Grief could not interpret,

The hymnals of anger.

Uninterrupted words,

Entwined in a sour rancor.

 

Rendering worthless waiting,

This was the end…

 

…the end this was,

Worthlessly waiting to rend.

 

Soured rancor was entwining,

His words uninterpreted.

Angrily sang hymnals,

Grief had interrupted.

 

Fright had measured charming thumps,

Still in his hearts. Creation,

In sight, was not rested,

For minds had haunted his isolation.

–Kevin J Flors

     Thanks for reading. I’ve thought about using this reversal technique in my poetry for a while. I just couldn’t think about a topic to cover until now. I do not plan on doing this for all my poetry, but it is a change to a normal structure that I hope is welcome. The main issue I have with this poem is the cryptic nature of it. Cryptic writing has never been a strength of mine, so if you dislike it, please keep in mind that I am trying my best to develop all my skills. With that being said, I do think this is a great poem that dives into the issues and emotions of the human mind and how it  determines our behaviors when being independent and how it can later affect the issues of socialization.

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Grief

Grief

The moonlight was dull,

Cold in candescence.

His old home,

It too birthing pestilence.

 

Bound by memories,

Of a phantom time,

Old and ruined,

Like ashy graves of grime.

 

He sheltered his body,

Sheltered his mind,

Until one day,

He’d chose to unbind.

 

Opening the door,

Peek and gauge,

Careful surgeon,

Under rib—.

 

Slammed door,

Retreating back inside,

Now rejoicing by his relief,

And clarity being revived.

 

Countless moons had passed,

Staring with what was left of his crusted eyes,

At a vase given to him,

By a woman who spoke in sympathetic lies.

 

Angels told him to forgive,

Devils told him to forfeit,

Confused agony and sorrow,

He decided to remain in conflict.

 

The Earth continued to orbit,

The walls continued to crack,

The voice of his mother,

Demanding that he go back.

 

After much thought,

The man stood decrepit,

But nevertheless tall,

And walked without spit.

 

Door had grew larger,

Towering portal,

Turned key,

No mor—.

 

Sun shone,

With warm candescence,

A new home,

With no more pestilence.

-Kevin Joseph Flors

 

Thanks for reading. Song.

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Possible Greedy Motives Behind Celebrity Death Stories

Possible Greedy Motives Behind Celebrity Death Stories

NYT Chris Cornell

Countless times in the news, especially in recent years, we hear about countless tragic celebrity deaths. Yes, it is quite the tragedy which is countlessly portrayed by many of the major media networks. However, the fashion in which it is reported is subjectively classless, especially when considering the “credibility” of said news networks.

As seen in the picture above, the New York Times had put out an article titled, “Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave Frontman, Dies at 52.” Seems harmless enough to a numbed society to this type of celebrity death. However, I take great issue with this and the network’s inability to take advertisements away from the article. Maybe its just me being overly offended by something like this, but if I were to die, I would like to know that I wasn’t being made into the next money-making story. And, obviously, this would change if ad revenue made on the story was donated to my loved ones. However, nowhere in the NY Times article do I see a disclaimer supporting this (if I am wrong about this, please let me know because I don’t want to be right). It is a real shame that in a society with unprecedented media distrust that this type of thing goes unquestioned.

I do not want to make this solely about the Times because if the NY Times is doing this, then I can guarantee that other major news outlets are on their coattails. Without any research I could definitively say this. And this exists in all forms of news. On the television, for example, the network won’t postpone advertisements when announcing the deaths of any person, celebrity or not. And my main point isn’t that reporters should be barred payment for writing these articles. My goal in writing this is to shed light on an issue that has been vastly, and wrongly, numbed to society.

—Kevin Joseph Flors

Thanks for reading. Song (Explicit)

My 2017 NBA Playoffs Bracket Prediction

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This is my NBA 2017 playoff bracket. It may be a bit surprising to you, however I fervently believe that both 1 seeds (and the Cavs) will not make the Finals this year. Iʻll include some final remarks to this bold opinion at the end of the piece, but I want to explain my thought process for each of my playoff selections first, starting with the first round.

 

First Round

8 Bulls vs. 1 Celtics- The Celtics have confidence on their side, especially against a hurt Bulls team. Canʻt fathom the Bulls winning a game in this series. Celtics in 4.

5 Hawks vs. 4 Wizards- The Wizards have been under the radar all year. This team has the second best back court in the East (barring the Raptors) and I just canʻt see how the Hawks can get around that. With that being said, the Hawks are really solid this year. I just feel that they lost their Finals potential with their trading of Korver. Wizards in 6.

6 Bucks vs. 3 Raptors- The Raptors, similarly to the Wizards, have been underrated this year so far. They have the best point differential in the east and made the move for Ibaka, who was exactly what the Raptors needed to up their Finals potential. The Bucks have had an outstanding year and Antetokounmpo has been at the forefront. I just have a hard time seeing how one player on a team with otherwise average talent can beat this red-hot Raptors team. Toronto in 5.

7 Pacers vs. 2 Cavaliers- This season for the Cavs, and particularly for LeBron, has been nothing short of adversity. From all the injuries to their recent struggles to defend, it has been short of many expectations. The Pacers have been quite the opposite as of late. Currently on a 5 game win streak, they are not going to be walked over in the playoffs this year. To me, this is the closest series of the first round. Cavs squeak by in 7.

8 Blazers vs. 1 Warriors- This one really is a no brainer. Warriors are the best team in the league facing the worst team in the playoffs. No disrespect to the Blazers, and Lillard in particular, but they really do have no chance. With that being said, the Blazers are hot and will barely win one game. Warriors in 5.

5 Jazz vs. 4 Clippers- I have respected the Jazz this year. They have played outstanding defense, probably the best in the NBA this year, and I cannot see them losing to this Clippers team. In fact, I believe they will be confident out the gate and finish them off early. Jazz in 4.

6 Thunder vs. 3 Rockets- The Thunder have had a wild year. Starting with Durant leaving and ending in housing the probable MVP Westbrook. So when the Rockets clash with the Thunder, I have a hard time saying that the Rockets have the advantage. Yes, their team is significantly stronger than the Thunder. However, the Thunder do have some forgotten weapons such as Kanter, Adams, and Oladipo. I think that these guys will step it up after Westbrook is given MVP and on the flip-side, morale will be lost in the Rockets locker room after Harden does not receive it. Thunder win in 6.

2 Spurs vs. 7 Grizzlies- The Spurs have been excellent all year and it is this consistency that gives me little worry about their chances of advancing this round. Spurs in 5.

 

Second Round

4 Wizards vs. 1 Celtics- The Celtics have the confidence, coaching, and players to win this series against the Wizards. I do love the Wizards this year, but the Celtics are the best all-around team in the East and because of this, they will win this series. Celtics in 6.

3 Raptors vs. 2 Cavaliers- If the Pacers series goes the way I think it will, then the Raptors will stomp the Cavs in this series. The Cavs are going to have a hard time defending, plus the fact that James is going to be overplayed, only spell disaster for the Cavs. Raptors in 6.

5 Jazz vs. 1 Warriors- This series will be the closest in the second round. The Warriors are the best team in the West, but the Jazz are a team that has been overlooked this year and will put up one great fight against this team. Their scheming can be challenging to score against and Gobert should have an easy time scoring on Golden States bigs. This was probably the toughest decision for me out of all of these results, but I have to go with the Warriors in a nail-biting game 7 based solely off of experience.

6 Thunder vs. 2 Spurs- On the contrary, this is quite the easiest decision for me. The Spurs are the best coached team in the league and will easily defeat a team whose offense revolves around one player. Spurs in 4.

 

Conference Finals

3 Raptors vs. 1 Celtics– This really has no logic to it. I just really have a strong feeling about this yearʻs Raptors. Maybe the Celtics get cocky over the fact that they donʻt have to play Cleveland. Maybe the Raptors feel healthy pressure that Lowry might consider leaving if they cannot make a Finals run. Maybe its confidence off the coattails of a victory against James. Maybe its all of these things. I just feel like the Raptors have a good chance to show up for this series against the Celtics. Raptors in 7.

2 Spurs vs. 1 Warriors- For me, fatigue will be a major factor in this series. Spurs are coming off of a 4 game series and the Warriors are doing quite the opposite after beating the Jazz in 7. I imagine that the Jazz series will be physically taxing, and because of this, it will be hard for the Warriors to play the same amount of minutes they usually do. Add the fact that the Warriors have, subjectively, the worst bench in the league and its hard to see the Spurs struggle in this series. Spurs in 5.

 

FINALS

3 Raptors vs. 2 Spurs- Fatigue will also be a factor in this series, however to a much less drastic degree. The Spurs have the experience which the Raptors lack. The Spurs have Leonard, a guy who has already won a Finals MVP award and a coach who has been to countless Finals before this. It is hard for me to see them lose to a team that lacks these credentials. I will be secretly rooting for the Raptors, but I have the Spurs winning the NBA Finals in 6.

 

So, to review, I have the Spurs winning the Finals against the Raptors this year. I believe the Celtics will be eliminated by the Raptors in the conference finals. I believe the Cavs will fall because of the Pacers hot streak causing fatigue sizable enough to fall to a respectable Raptors team and I think the Jazz will put up a great fight against the Warriors, causing them to lose mainly because of fatigue.

 

Thanks for reading. Song(explicit)