The Great Divide: Philosophical Non-fiction

When reading for fun, do you usually choose fiction or non-fiction? Do you have an idea why you prefer one over the other?

(Thanks for a great prompt suggestion, Pallavi!)

There was a time

When I preferred fiction,
To the tedium
Of studies and things technical.
However, in the recent past and present,
I peruse all non-fiction.
For events and happenings have aroused my interest
In discovering 
If practicality and philosophy
Can make life a palatable reality.
—Linus Fernandes.

Mouths Wide Shut: Bitter truth

Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

I’m not a choosy eater,

I’ll eat almost anything

Be it sweet or sour.

What I won’t eat is bitter.

Maybe, someday, I’ll appreciate it better.

—Linus Fernandes.

Ready, Set, Done: Test of time

Our free-write is back by popular demand: today, write about anything — but you must write for exactly ten minutes, no more, no less.

The charm of ten minutes,

Can last a lifetime.

English: Male monarch butterfly (Danaus plexip...

English: Male monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), recently emerged and getting ready to take its first flight, in Auckland, New Zealand. It flew away about 5 minutes after this photo was taken. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Can these words

Stand the test of time?

Not unless they’re writ in stone.

—Linus Fernandes.

Litmus, Litmus on the Wall: Alkaline Acid

If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?

I have no questions

That I can rattle off.

Can you be yin to my  yang?

Ha! That’s pat.


The litmus query then is:

Will you be alkali?

—Linus Fernandes.




Autumn Leaves: Seasonal Fall

Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?

English: The famous autumn leaves of Zuisenji

English: The famous autumn leaves of Zuisenji (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Autumn comes,

Summer leaves.

Can winter be far behind?

I love the colors, have no doubt

but not so much the sudden chill that cautions me of the cold to set in.

There may be many who’d not fear 

but rather welcome a 

English: Road at Ballygittle The last of the A...

English: Road at Ballygittle The last of the Autumn leaves are about to fall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

time to hibernate.

I am no winter’s child.

I’ll follow the sun—anytime.

~Linus Fernandes.

Delayed Contact: All the Mes

How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only

Forever Delayed

Forever Delayed (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

met them for the first time today?(Thanks for the prompt suggestion, LisaListed!)

I meet men daily,

Men from my past, men in the present,

Men and women,

Who claim they’re me,

And it worries me,

Because I’m asked, nay begged, to be kind

To all their me.

How am I to tell them,

That then there’ll be no room for the me of now.

I’d rather show them the door, gently,

Unless they can make it worth my while,

To humor their ‘lie’.

(I tell you all this honestly).

~Linus Fernandes

PS: Thanks to Tom Balistreri for inspiring this post.

Absolute Beauty: Picture it

We’ve all heard that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Do you agree? is all beauty contingent on a subjective point of view?

(Thanks for suggesting a similar prompt, Christian Thomas Golden.)


“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,”

She told him with a glint in her eye.

But he was having none of it.

“Yes, I’ve heard that a million times before.

But what am I supposed to do with just a lousy picture?”

—Linus Fernandes.