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Outcome Unknown

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Jerry S
Jerry S
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Outcome Unknown

My heart dances across
my star-filled sky soul

The dice of fortune cast into their roll
Tumbling to their next constellation

My fateful hands, the origination

Inspiration Revealed

My muses inspire me when I write.

Your muses inspire you when you read.

Below I choose to disclose the inspirations and interpretations of my own poems.

Maybe our muses told us some of the same things. Read on below if you really want to find out.


False Inspirations


It is a very short poem indeed. Nothing complicated about it, but first I’d like to talk about the scrabble board picture at the top of this post. I saw this gigantic scrabble board nailed to a wall one day while I was hanging out with friends and the quote popped into my head.

No fate but what I make.

I was compelled to use the Scrabble tiles to spell it out. As luck would have it, there were enough tiles to complete it.


Some days later, I looked up the quote online and realized my inner Terminator had sprung to life in those moments. The quote is attributed to James Cameron and some form of it has been used in the movies throughout the Terminator franchise.

Sarah Connor from Terminator: Dark Fate - She’s a fucking badass
Arnold! - He’s a fucking badass

The Real Deals

The Terminator movies are not the source of inspiration for this poem. I’ll make quick mention of the following things that actually inspired it but I won’t go deeply into them because it would take a lot of writing.

  1. Alan Watts
  2. Kakegurui and Gambling
  3. Fate/Stay Zero

Alan Watts

I asked the boy beneath the pines.
He said, “The Master’s gone alone
Herb-picking somewhere on the mount,
Cloud-hidden, whereabouts unknown.”

Chia Tao, "Searching for the Hermit in Vain"

Something about this small poem is inspiring to me. Perhaps it’s the fact that it left me thinking I don’t know what will happen, but I know it could be bad…or good.


The main character of the anime, Yumeko Yabami

This is an anime about gambling. There’s really not much more that I can say other than to say that life itself is a gamble. What kind of game will you play and what will your bet be?

Fate/Stay Zero

In this anime there is a hero named Iskandar, King of Conquerors. He has helped me learn how to make my heart dance in many ways. It’s funny how a “cartoon” hero based off a a real live person can become a hero on their own.

Iskandar, King of Conquerors

Feedback and Critique

I had the opportunity of joining a poetry group and reading this one to them. I was greeted with some feedback which I’ll present here.

It’s really short, eh?

Yes, it is. I meant for it to be memorized by none other than me. The actually meaning of it would be much too long to put into this blog post. No one would read it. Ask me about it. So, it is short and crystallizes many beliefs of mine into one very powerful set of lines.

Thank you, though, for expressing excitement at it potentially being longer.

What does “sky soul” mean?

Sometimes words are made up and they don’t make too much sense either to a reader or even to the author. The phrase “sky soul” is one such made up word which I was asked about. Is it my own soul floating in the sky, or is it the soul of the sky that my own aura floats around in?

In short, the best definition I can provide for that term is that it is the fabric upon which my beliefs are hung. It floats just within reach but it is beyond my ability to ever reach it. Floating in it are all my beliefs that guide me or have guided me; some beliefs are brighter than others.

Well, something like that.

Fateful? Sounds disastrous

Fateful can have a negative connotation. In my case, it’s not at all. I use in in the sense that I write my own fate using my own hands. Thus, they are full of fate.

In closing

I had to ingest those three sources of entertainment mentioned above and also live some of the lessons they teach until one day the poem popped into my head, just like the Terminator quote did.

You can see my love of the stars mixed into it. and maybe you can tell that I’m excited by the prospect of what may come.

Ultimately, this poem represents a belief of mine. It’s one that I wasn’t born with, but that has ingrained itself as I live my own life and witness the life of others. The more I become aware of myself, my life, and the forces that have shaped both, the more the ownership of my life shifts over to me. My life has always been my own, no one else’s.

Sky Soul