Tale of Antiquity

Tale of Antiquity

The story so far

Ever look up at the night sky in the countryside and wonder if there was life beyond our solar system?

Once upon a time, there lived a great omnipotent king named Toku. This all-powerful and benevolent king was immortal and had ruled his kingdom since the beginning of creation. His divine kingdom was called Twelfth Heaven. Located just outside our solar system, it was populated by a race of strange and enigmatic beings made of Light.

My name is Sam Urai, the last king of Gandawandaland. I was born about 3520 years before Christ and lived for over 700 years. Are you surprised? Ha! In those days, mankind’s life span topped 900 years on average. You cannot conceive of the world of my time as it has been lost to history. Furthermore, in antiquity, gods from the heavens lived among men on this Earth. 

These gods taught mankind to utilize our free will to reason and they bestowed technology upon us. All benefits and luxuries you enjoy today, without exception, are derived from their knowledge. Everything from agricultural techniques to architecture and civil engineering, from art and music to math and sciences. All of which were holistically contained in a single philosophy or worldview. Practitioners of this religion were committed to developing character and dignity. In turn, they acquired a permanent divine grace and longevity. 

It all started long ago when these strange Light beings faced extinction in their world due to excessive consumption of natural resources. All the warnings to cease their actions had gone unheeded. Until finally, the entire planet’s ecosystems crumbled resulting in massive catastrophic disasters. A massive loss of life ensued as the devastation triggered more and more seemingly unrelated calamities. A dark cloud had descended over the near-perfect, god-like beings. 

In the desperate scramble to save their world, it was discovered that the chemical element of gold had the ideal makeup to patch up massive caverns that had formed over the millennia of unchecked depletion of the minerals, gases, and other resources deep in the interior of the planetary mass. These gigantic empty spaces threatened the structural stability of that entire globe. As it turned out, gold was rare on that planet, and so after a quick scout around our solar system, the gods discovered a humble blue planet and descended upon it to mine for the gold. 

First came the one called Nobu. This being was a feline-faced, slender figure, who stood at a towering height of 12 feet tall. Nobu was Toku’s first born child and the brains of the Earth task-force expedition. She was deep into the STEM subjects and was an avid inventor of all manner of wacky yet useful gadgetry. She had a reputation for being a troublemaker in the alien society but always got away with it because her eccentricity was the source of her genius, which was highly valued and praised by all. 

This imposing figure belongs to the one called Eiya. Eiya was Nobu’s sibling and was tasked by their father to assume the role of Commander-in-chief of the kingdom’s Earth expedition. This gentle giant stood at 16 feet tall, had the head of a bull, a heart of gold, and an indestructible body. Just as wise as he was mighty, Eiya was slow to anger and praised stability above all else. This tendency caused him to be somewhat stubborn and resistant to change. Eiya was Toku’s favorite child because he was dependable and steadfast, unlike his sister whose every whim had her changing course at any moment. He had a track record of hoarding all manner of beautiful and luxurious things, however, that many disapproved of. Though he ruled justly as Commander of the Earth expedition, he was rigid and unimaginative later when situations arose that demanded adjustment and when his people needed to improvise. 

This is the restored capital of the kingdom on the Twelfth Heaven. 

You may be wondering what all of this has to do with our troubles, both the isolation felt during this pandemic and the larger environmental crisis. I mentioned earlier how this is about restoring perspective to our bewildered spirits. You see the Light beings are intimately intertwined with humanity and are linked to some of the most important and spectacular events that have occurred on this planet. From the very genesis of mankind to the Great flood that was to have erased our kind off the face of the Earth! All prophets and all saviors have known this truth. 

These benevolent otherworldly beings fashioned us from clay and breathed life into our nostrils. The reason for this act of divine creation, however, was not altruistic. They intended to use us as laborers to mine gold because their numbers had dwindled after the near destruction of their planet. Toku could not send any more of his subjects for the important work being carried out on Earth. When they first arrived on this planet about 13000 years ago, only the natural things like the primordial elements existed along with the animal, plant, and mineral kingdoms. Judging the already existing creatures to be lacking reasoning faculties and unsuited for the kind of tasks they needed doing. The beings sought the permission of their supreme king to allow Nobu to devise a new life form more capable of aiding them in their efforts. 

A Force of Life: A Poem

A Force of Life: A Poem

You know how it is when the moonlight glows more than the gold-filled sun and softly caresses your skin

It’s when the tide lowers to reveal beautiful pools of life hidden between entrenched boulders

It’s when you swim oceans in a day, that you come up gasping for air, wishing you’d have surfaced for a breather

It’s when you cover that same time and distance following the tide that you can catch your breath and keep your head above the water

It’s the small and steady strokes in time that will get you to the other side of your Olympic sized dream

It’s when you throw your head back and see a straight path behind you when you really swam a lifetime to get to where you are

It’s when gravity runs its course and you collapse under the weight of your own shoulders that you know it’s time to take a step back

It’s when nature is telling you to take it low but nurture is pushing you to rise back up

It’s when life’s ups and downs meet at a place called routine and you just tread through it to survive

But you know how it is when the moon’s gravity pulls again and you come down from where you were up in arms

It’s when the tide lowers that you get to plant your feet into the ground and wade the waters

It’s when you get a chance to withdraw that you can reset before the tide rises again

Short Dreams and Tall Fantasies

Short Dreams and Tall Fantasies

I like to dream not fantasize 
Dreams will take me far but fantasies shine bright like the stars
Stars that we reach for daily that are out of our arms length, out of our scope of vision 
I envision myself walking into a building full of strangers and already having good friends 
Or at least just friends on a bad day 
Most days, I want to learn how to play the piano 
But every time I try, I wind up walking away because my hands don’t play the sounds the song is meant to make My brother says I need to backtrack and start from the beginning 
Master one hand at a simple song and then move onto chords 
But I just want to lose myself in the music while my fingers glide gracefully 
Gracefully like when I try to dance 
My two left feet move in sync to their own rhythm 
My mother says to first learn how to walk painlessly again before I try to run, let alone dance 
So instead, I’ll just learn how to fly 
Except I don’t know where my wings are and I forgot how to put them on 
Maybe they were roasted by the last barbecue 
Where we all sat around philosophizing life 
Life is out to get me 
Get me to not jump the gun 
Because if you shoot for the stars 
They’ll blow up and explode 
And then 
hey’re gone 
So I’ll just climb the ladder of my dreams one rung at a time 
But I’ll fantasize a life where I was taller and would be able to take them two at a shot