Just Another Cigarette

Poetry On Odyssey: Just A Cigarette

Every action has an equal or opposite reaction.


Just A Cigarette

Every action has an equal or opposite reaction

You throw a ball at a wall, it bounces back

You kiss a girl, and her lips wrap around yours

When you flick a lighter, it produces a flame

You light the tobacco, it will burn

The world is full of reactions, but what if they are not all the same?

When you kiss the girl, her lips wrap around yours, seems nice right?

But what's the reaction of your jaw when her boyfriends fist slams into it?

You can break and fall to the floor, or you get back up and throw one back.

Or what happens when a girl breaks your heart and makes you feel like you caught a razor scooter straight to the ankle.

Do your memories of them burn up and fade away like smoke in the atmosphere?

Maybe, or maybe you get a little bent, but with a couple pulls, you're back to normal.

Sometimes I wish I was like a cigarette

Even if people know I'm bad for them, they'd take me anyways.

I wouldn't be in someone's life for very long, but they'd love me while I was theirs.

I'd be the comfort after a breakup

A conversation starter at a bar

A relaxer after a tough day at work

The post-sex celebration

I like the idea of being someone's boost

My family hid the belts and knives when I told them I didn't feel like I was going to be around for very long.

But I wasn't saying I was suicidal, just that I felt that my life was meant to be beautiful, not necessarily long

Maybe that wouldn't be so bad, maybe people would call me a rainbow, beautiful while it lasted.

At the end of the day, I want to be the thing that brings people comfort.

Something that they can look forward to at the end of the day.

Some people are like heroin, they give you a false sense of security, and then when they're gone, you feel the floor fell out from underneath you.

I don't want to be like Motley Crue

Having to run away high so I don't come home low

I want to be the high someone gets when they come home low.

At the end of the day, people take more than they give.

And maybe I'll just end up crumpled up on the curb

In the gutter, another forgotten litter

Or maybe I'm the catalyst for someone amazing story.

But what about my amazing story?

What about the countless symphonies of my life could be?

I don't want people having to be dependant on me

Like a smoker's craving when they crave their nicotine

I want my descendants to look back at me and see a dream

Someone they admire, who they aspire to be

I hope I'm not like Hamilton, cramming in so much while running out of time

I want to plant seeds in a garden and see what it grows to be

I want people to love me... for me

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A Revival: Greek And Roman Impact On The Renaissance

How Renaissance artists departed from the Gothic style

Just as the Romans were often known as Greek imitators, the artists of the Renaissance took a big interest in ancient Greek and Roman art. Therefore, the Renaissance came to be known as an era of revival, one in which the influence of Greek and Roman art was seen in both art and architecture. Pieces such as the Palazzo Rucellai, David, and Birth of Venus are all noted for being composed of both Greek and Roman elements and styles.

The Palazzo Rucellai stands as a landmark Renaissance palace, designed in 1446 by well-known Italian architects Leon Battista Alberti and Bernardo Rossellino. The humanistic influence of the 15th century is noted in its composition, but most importantly, the structural elements of ancient Rome are incorporated within the structure. The Roman-like arches, pilasters, and entablatures give the impression of strength. The pilasters are composed of Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders which are reminiscent of the Colosseum. Just as the pilasters of the Colosseum are used for a decorative purpose, the ones of the Palazzo Rucellai also depart from simply providing structural support.

The David sculpture was created by the notorious Donatello. Donatello was known for his studies of Greek and Roman art, which allowed for him to make a connection between the classical world and the Renaissance. The Greek formula for contrapposto is noted in this sculpture, as his weight appears to be mostly on the right foot while the left leg seems to be more relaxed. The Greek influence is also demonstrated as David is fully nude, which departs from the clothed Biblical figures of the Gothic era and instead resonates Greek conventions. Just as the Greek Kritios Boy is described as “the first beautiful nude in art,” the bronze David was the first freestanding nude of the Renaissance.

The Birth of Venus, created by Sandro Botticelli, also appears to carry Greek and Roman influences into the Renaissance era in which it was constructed. Just like the Roman marble Aphrodite of Menophantos, the Birth of Venus employs the Capitoline Venus pose in which Venus covers her breasts with her right arm and her groin with her left arm. An obvious allusion to Roman art is the use of the Roman goddess Venus as the subject of the painting. The use of classical subject matter is strategical as it appeals to the rich Florentines who patronized such pieces.

The Renaissance is known as the “rebirth” or “revival” of Greek and Roman styles and conventions. Such Greek and Roman influences are well noted in the Italian-made pieces such as The Palazzo Rucellai, which can be compared to the Colosseum, David, which can be compared to the Kritios Boy, and The Birth of Venus, which can be compared to the Aphrodite of Menophantos. It is this revival that is credited with helping European artists and architects depart from Gothic styles, among others, while bringing back notorious Greek and Roman ones.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Spring

Living in hopes of tomorrow.


Bold enough to to rise from the ground. An
extra hour here and there to soak up the sun's
rays beyond the clouds.

Living in hopes of tomorrow. Unsure of the
course of today, but beliefs that the course of
things will change for the better along the way.

Opportunities on the rise.
Somedays, sometimes.

Sprouting beyond the ground. Reaching beyond
the skies. Must remember that windows of
chance are unforeseen, but not unattainable.

Overcoming the unknown is a fear to be true.
Like the tears I fear to cry over future
unfortunate news.

Moments are here. In time, til then and now. I'd
like to believe that things will be better another
season, another year, another time from now.

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