Luke Rounda
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Joined 10-18-00, id: 22622, Profile Updated: 01-20-13
Author has written 65 stories for Sci-Fi, Love, General, Life, War, Horror, and Humor.

"I don't like things too obvious because if it's obvious it gets really stale... we don't mean to be cryptic or mysterious, I just think that lyrics that are different, weird and spacey paint a nice picture, and that's just the way I like art."
-Kurt Cobain


Lately, I've taken to summarizing myself for mass consumption in 160 characters or less (a cruel task handed down by social media) as such:

"A verecund voluntarist of vim and veracity. Lover of music, computers, freedom, and other sci-fi. INTP. Engineer-poet. The world's an XBox; I'm more Atari."

When I write poetry, I post it here. While I try on occasion to write in a stream-of-consciousness style, my writing is probably more akin to knitting or whittling on the porch. Much of my inspiration is taken from music. I could name a song to fit with every piece here.

For those new to the site, here is an example of poetry so you know what to shoot for if you want to be taken seriously:

PERIODS

My wrists are ivory white and pale
I cut them every time I fail
The blood is so crimson red
I just wish that I was cold and dead

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Untitled by Aenes Calime
Written for a challenge to describe someone I have an irrational affection for
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Romance/Friendship - Chapters: 1 - Words: 204 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/5/2013
Wellspring by clockwork kiss reviews
i've been so thirsty, love.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Western - Chapters: 1 - Words: 162 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 7 - Published: 9/16/2009 - Complete
Aviator Shades by S Noelle Long reviews
"...we wrote a story on crumpled pages/ lost somewhere in the window-breeze..."
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 144 - Reviews: 6 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/15/2006
Porch Boy by likeatart reviews
Naive boys stay.
Poetry: Haiku - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 95 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 2 - Published: 7/14/2006
Ground Zero by Joshua Hartman reviews
A boy comes away from a crash with less than what he gave. He stands as the symbol of teen restlessness. Please R&R.
Poetry: Religion - Rated: K - English - Spiritual/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 105 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/9/2006
Stellar by clockwork kiss reviews
we're all made of star(dust).
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Drama/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 184 - Reviews: 16 - Favs: 6 - Published: 5/15/2006
Happy Birthday, Careful of the Arsenic by Prevaricate reviews
Anodyne mine, anodyne mine... God, we love our life.
Poetry: Humor - Rated: T - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 86 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 3 - Published: 8/6/2005
The 26th of July by Mod-alcyone reviews
emotional warfare.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 87 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/29/2005
Summer of the Japanese Beetles by Adora Akai reviews
warning: story is a hard read. not only written in stream of consciousness, has twist at the end that changes everything you thought you knew. emile is so lonely that she lets audy think she's gay, just so someone will love her. review me, i review you
Fiction: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 6,509 - Reviews: 20 - Favs: 14 - Follows: 1 - Published: 12/5/2004
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Jive reviews
Glib, deceptive, or foolish talk. The jargon of hipsters.
Poetry: General - Rated: M - English - Poetry/Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 57 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/11/2013 - Complete
Swill reviews
They'd rather have courage than heart or a brain.
Poetry: General - Rated: M - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 88 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/14/2013 - Complete
The Cherry Tree Dream reviews
I was a different boy when I descended the tree from when I ascended. Existence at last seemed very purposive.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 57 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/21/2013 - Complete
Mountaineer
There's nothing there for you. There's no resources. People have scouted in advance. It sucks. There's documentaries on it. Stay clear.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Hurt/Comfort - Chapters: 1 - Words: 153 - Published: 2/6/2013 - Complete
Do Lions Chase Laser Pointers?
This is a lion, but not just any lion. His name means "he who greets with fire." He is a magnificent beast.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 127 - Published: 1/18/2013 - Complete
Ruby Kneeboots
What is imagination, that it should make me so wasteful? We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality. How many lives this illusive creature has.
Poetry: Life - Rated: M - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 142 - Published: 8/22/2012 - Complete
Age of Sail
I've been the world over, north, south, east, and west/ But the middle of nowhere's where I like it best
Poetry: Love - Rated: M - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 110 - Published: 8/9/2012
Saffron reviews
The most expensive spice in the world. Its aroma is often described by connoisseurs as reminiscent of metallic honey with grassy or hay-like notes, while its taste has also been noted as hay-like and sweet.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 131 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/19/2012 - Complete
Navigation Trance
In his navigation trance, all star systems and planets were a grand tapestry, and he could travel along any thread he chose.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 148 - Favs: 1 - Published: 5/24/2012 - Complete
End Over End reviews
I wanted to be with you alone and talk about the weather.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 233 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/4/2010 - Complete
Gravity reviews
Catching it means she accepts.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 222 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 11/4/2010 - Complete
Lanterns
In a mile you will see / After me / You'll be out of the dark, yeah.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 169 - Published: 5/28/2010 - Complete
Tapes and Pins reviews
I know you're holding.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 97 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/17/2010 - Complete
Black Swan Dive reviews
High-impact, hard-to-predict, and rare beyond normal expectation.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 176 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/17/2010 - Complete
Vacancy reviews
NO.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 147 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 8/15/2009 - Complete
Poker Face reviews
There is no mathematics to love and loss.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 229 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/7/2009 - Complete
Lotus Eater reviews
The end.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 103 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/4/2009 - Complete
Poison's Music reviews
Get me a river, cry me a bridge and build over it.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 263 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 6/11/2009 - Complete
The Soft Fireworks reviews
Everything is connected, for better or worse.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 81 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/15/2009 - Complete
Eden, California 2008
Science and religion aren't quite meant for each other, but sometimes the clash is unavoidable... An update of an earlier work.
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 2,951 - Published: 7/14/2008 - Complete
Ouroborous Ink reviews
A man philosophizes upon the nature of existence from inside a prison's walls. The ouroboros is a circular symbol of a snake or dragon devouring its tail, standing for infinity or wholeness.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Drama/Crime - Chapters: 1 - Words: 335 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 6/10/2008 - Complete
Chlorination reviews
--"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -- Thomas Jefferson
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 283 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 5/2/2008 - Complete
The Only Difference reviews
...Between Metaphor and Simile is Like Oh My God
Poetry: Humor - Rated: M - English - Humor/Drama - Chapters: 1 - Words: 107 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/11/2008 - Complete
Rifle Sights and Butterflies reviews
All of us now, bent as we fall to amorous light, we call out, why are we so alone, even with company?
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 122 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 2/7/2008 - Complete
Twenty Eight reviews
Hurricane winds pale next to the tempests of human nature. Based on true events.
Fiction: Horror - Rated: T - English - Horror/Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,354 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/28/2007 - Complete
Ad Astra Per Aspera reviews
To the stars through adversity, the Kansas state motto.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 158 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/1/2007 - Complete
Once in a Blue Moon reviews
On average, there will be 41 months that have two Full Moons in every century, so you could say that once in a Blue Moon actually means once every twoandahalf years.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 273 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/1/2007 - Complete
Locusts reviews
When the Muses first brought song into the world, the beauty so captivated some people that they forgot to eat and drink until they died. The Muses turned those unfortunate souls into locusts—singing their entire lives.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 149 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 4/29/2007 - Complete
Blueprints
Speak in riddles and burn all photographic evidence.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 111 - Published: 3/25/2007 - Complete
Mixer reviews
Shaken, not stirred.
Poetry: General - Rated: M - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 193 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 12/20/2006 - Complete
Fedora reviews
Usually worn by men, but ladies' versions can also be found.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Romance/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 100 - Reviews: 4 - Published: 11/12/2006 - Complete
Some reviews
Some people's kids...
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 129 - Reviews: 5 - Favs: 1 - Published: 10/19/2006 - Complete
Coconut reviews
You've got two coconuts and you're bangin' 'em together!
Poetry: Life - Rated: M - English - Drama/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 90 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 9/9/2006
Romance in a Vacuum reviews
Engaged? Make it so!
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Sci-Fi/Romance - Chapters: 1 - Words: 224 - Reviews: 4 - Favs: 1 - Published: 9/6/2006
Foreign Words reviews
The instructions are always difficult to decipher.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 91 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 9/6/2006
Hotel reviews
Under the wide and starry sky, dig the grave and let me lie. Glad did I live, and gladly die. And I laid me down with a will.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 152 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/3/2006 - Complete
Message in a Bottle reviews
Vitriol was the word I was looking for.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Angst/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 211 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 2 - Published: 8/3/2006
The Replacement Waltz reviews
When you toss and turn in the morning after no sleep, trying to become comfortable again. It's a dance move.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 159 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/15/2006
Unfiltered reviews
This was inspired by the concept of limerence - an affliction which is neither love nor mere sexual attraction.
Poetry: Love - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 167 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 7/9/2006
Bastinado
When I was a child I was given some advice which I've been turning over in my head ever since...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 76 - Published: 7/9/2006
Deaf Flag Blues reviews
There's still no driver at the wheel.
Poetry: War - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 207 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/7/2006
Psychomachia Americana reviews
"Psychomachia" is an old Greek word that means "Battle of Souls." "Americana" is... an album by the Offspring. (They are American.)
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 203 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 7/7/2006
The Ones Who Never Screamed Loudest reviews
History favors the winner.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 189 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 6/17/2006
27 reviews
See if you can guess what I am now. ... I'm a zit. Get it?
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry/Parody - Chapters: 1 - Words: 140 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 4/13/2006
Saccharine Twisted Lovesong reviews
The assembly line can be such a tease.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 207 - Reviews: 3 - Favs: 3 - Published: 4/12/2006
A Devil's Anagogy reviews
Anagogy: a mystical interpretation of a word, passage, or text, especially scriptural exegesis that detects allusions to heaven or the afterlife.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 138 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 10/3/2005
Sneezing Blues reviews
Bless you.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 148 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 8/20/2005
Marionettesque
Everyone loves the sound of stringed instruments.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Tragedy - Chapters: 1 - Words: 108 - Favs: 1 - Published: 8/7/2005
Our Other Group reviews
The long-awaited sequel to "Our Little Group."
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 122 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 6/19/2005
Pink Noise reviews
There's light at the end of every tunnel, and every tunnel is a candle burning at both ends.
Poetry: Life - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 92 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 5/24/2005
This Wishful Firefly reviews
It's all so pretty until it explodes.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 151 - Reviews: 1 - Favs: 1 - Published: 4/27/2005
Dance of the Wallflowers reviews
It's so comforting to understand - innuendo loves you when no one else gives a damn.
Poetry: General - Rated: K+ - English - Mystery - Chapters: 1 - Words: 234 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 3/14/2005
Paper or Plastic reviews
Another patented hate poem. I really shouldn't go to poetry readings at the local college, apparently...
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 239 - Reviews: 5 - Published: 3/8/2005
Wisdom Teeth reviews
This poem has been rated PG-13 for having the word "fucking" in it. It has been edited to fit your fucking screen and for fucking time.
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 221 - Reviews: 3 - Published: 2/24/2005
Our Little Group reviews
... has always been and always will...
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 81 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/20/2005
Soap Box reviews
This is just a bar from inside.
Poetry: General - Rated: K - English - Poetry/Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 30 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 2/20/2005
Annabelle reviews
I don't know anyone by this name.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K - English - Chapters: 1 - Words: 45 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/20/2005
Sugar reviews
Sink a sweet tooth into sour fruit.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 118 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/20/2005
Smoke Break reviews
Smoking: because why else would you go outside?
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Angst - Chapters: 1 - Words: 77 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 2/20/2005
Water Damage reviews
Changes made on this page can take up to 24 hours to take effect.
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 278 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/31/2005
Angels Live Forever reviews
Summarize this.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 41 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/31/2005
Orange reviews
Orange is the word that has no rhyme. Sometimes you just feel orange.
Poetry: Life - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 107 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 1/31/2005
It Matches Your Eyes reviews
A hate poem. Review, but don't be so damned dramatic. (Just kidding.)
Poetry: General - Rated: T - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 113 - Reviews: 1 - Published: 1/31/2005
Salina Blues reviews
A thousand miles from soundest sleep, walking around with open wounds, feeling blessed. This lonesome highway song...
Poetry: Love - Rated: K+ - English - Poetry - Chapters: 1 - Words: 433 - Reviews: 2 - Published: 1/29/2005 - Complete
Eden, California reviews
Science and religion aren't quite meant for each other, but sometimes the clash is unavoidable...
Fiction: Sci-Fi - Rated: K+ - English - Sci-Fi/Humor - Chapters: 1 - Words: 1,834 - Reviews: 11 - Published: 1/26/2001