In this blog, I hope to both educate and entertain on the subjects of aviation (military, commercial, and pleasure), creative writing, social commentary, and all things that we experience in this gift we have been given called life. You are most welcome here, and I do hope you enjoy the writing. Your ideas and feedback will not only make me a better writer, but also a more thoughtful human being. I thank you in advance!

-Derek

The Literary Journal of Palomar College

Bravura  2019

June 12, 2019

We all deal with loss. This piece is based on a vivid memory from a long time ago. A backpacking trip to the Sierras had me thinking, without cessation, about a previous girlfriend . . . 

You Were With Me

For five days 

of impossibly blue Sierra skies,

of scalloped wa...

June 12, 2019

This is "Flash Poetry" - which is defined as three lines, no more than seventeen syllables. The term "Poppy Moon" has great importance in our family. The night that my wife's father passed away, it was a full moon, and henceforth we now simply call it a "Poppy Moon". H...

June 3, 2019

This is a Shakespearean Sonnet, usually about love or anything that inspires passion. By design, it is 14 lines long, with each line having exactly 10 syllables, with a rhyming pattern of a-b-a-b, except for the last two lines, which must rhyme.

Sonnet for Allegra

Oh dau...

June 1, 2019

     He could hear their voices before he could see their faces. “Sir, if you can hear me, blink your eyes twice!” He wanted to blink, but he couldn’t tell if eyes were open or closed. “SIR, CAN YOU HEAR ME!” Slowly, they came into focus. Dark blue uniforms w...

December 15, 2016

     He had been following the coastline now for almost half an hour, working the updrafts that developed on the windward side of the cliffs. Normally, he would've been a little farther inland, seeking the thermal updrafts that came from the sun beating upon the land,...

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Ever since I knew what an airplane was, a pilot was all I ever wanted to be. Dreams of flying took me to Western Michigan University, where I achieved a degree in Aviation Technology and Operations. . .

 

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