The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, The Tax of Luxury “Episode 10”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

No, the Queen hasn’t been just sitting over there doing nothing. She has been observing and observing. She’s pretty curious and furious too.

Zoya, the Queen, noticed something long long time ago when she was a citizen, she noticed the tax of luxury, and knew long ago that the tax is high.

Some “citizens” down there strive to have a luxurious life, in order to have everything. They work hard, days and nights, start businesses, make them grow, hiring people to work for them as well. Running round and round to see big numbers in their bank accounts. They want to have the fanciest cloths, the biggest houses, the latest technologies and the most expensive cars. They want to provide their children with the most “effective” education, and take their families on trips for the most amazing places on vacations.

They are ready for everything, good and bad, just to accomplish their materialistic goals and their social statuses. This can be good of course, but not all the time. Rich “citizens” don’t have to go through this pain, or spend all these efforts, simply because they were born and going to die this way, having everything. In the contrary, “citizens”, who want a high life, want it all, but she knew also since she was a “citizen” that no one can hold all the apples in one hand.

And so, she observed them from above, taking all the stress, making money, and thereafter they had so much to worry about, they had to pay a lot in return, bank credits, massive house holds, expensive educations, huge health insurances, cars and properties maintenance, income taxes, employees salaries, families’ financial requirements, every big and small, etc, and above all that they pay their health to reach the summits. But hey! Time… Time passes by quickly, and people age sooner than they think, and why? Because they have been too busy noticing it, too busy to enjoy their lives, too busy to get to know themselves and their loved ones. They have been working so hard to enjoy things later, instead of enjoying things now and today. And later may not come. The Queen didn’t need to imagine, but wished for them to imagine, if one of them was on a vacation to enjoy their times with their closest people, and their heads are messed up with work and stress, with digits and numbers, with responsibilities and worries, what would that vacation be like? If one worked their whole lives, and did everything to have everything and once they had it, which is always less than they wanted, and suddenly their lives were over, how sad would that be? They wouldn’t have the chance to enjoy the results of their efforts and time.

The Queen, although wanting to help the kingdoms, didn’t do anything this time to change reality. Knowing how greedy “citizens” can be, and how miserably they live and later die.

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Water VS Blood “Episode 9”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

Zoya the Queen has been for a while watching this boy in the under-world, he for now can’t walk, since he’s been injured in a car accident; broken legs and some ripped ligaments. And so the wheel chair has been a must till he recovers.

You may wonder what’s so special about this. I’d like to say the Queen felt for the boy, he’s been in pain, had to drop school, couldn’t run and play with the other boys and girls. He has been feeling horrible, frustrated and doubtful about his own future, because the doctors hope for the best but not assuring that it all is going to be alright. And as any other boy he had hopes and dreams, but frustrations and boredom got to him. But that’s not all, the boy has people to care for him, love him also supporting him. Which is good right? We all need genuine  people around,

But what triggered Zoya to watch the boy was the fact that the boy has siblings and relatives, and parents. He’s got a normal family, and everyone in that family thought they were an awesome family, with great bonds and truly connected to each other. But As soon as the boy sat in his wheel chair things showed themselves differently. Only a few cared, and some tried to and others never bothered, It did hurt the boy and others around who engaged themselves in his situation. So why didn’t the rest bother? Because they have been busy with their own lives, have been selfish, underestimated his medical condition. and have been striving to achieve their materialistic goals in life, not keeping in mind that priorities change and shuffle according to life events and circumstances.

It surprised the Queen to see how his friends, besides the family members who actually cared, have been showing more  concern than some family members.

The Queen thought it’s somehow wrong, and sickening. It’s not the way things should be like! And she decided to take action: they say blood is thicker than water! But life down there is kind of messed up and doesn’t always show that blood is thicker. Accordingly she mixed the blood with more water for some relatives, while she gave the friends who cared more blood than water, to keep the bond even stronger and tighter. Thinking if some don’t care then they don’t deserve the blood connection and all the sacred things related to it.

Katia 🙂

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Hypocrisy “Episode 8”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

Everybody hates hypocrisy, but many can’t live without it. This thought made the Queen sick in her stomach, felt like throwing up. Why “citizens” can’t get over this bullshit?

The Queen has a very good friend of hers in the “upper-world”, a friend to whom she likes to talk. By the “Royal River” they sat, enjoyed the view and the breath taking golden charm of the river and its surroundings.

The Queen told her friend, “Gaia”, that she doesn’t like the fact that the majority of the “citizens” are hypocrites and that they don’t have the courage to be natural, honest, blunt and be themselves with others. And although “Gaia” looks rigid with her rocky hips and shoulders, along with her sandy legs, she has the brightest hair, all in green, and the most beautiful waterish eyes, they are as blue as the bluest sea, and as deep as the deepest ocean, “Gaia” has always been wise, patient, very adapting, funny, but could still be very short tempered.

“My dear Queen, what do you expect? They have been always the same since the beginning of life on the “under-world”, and they will always be like this”, “Gaia” said throwing golden stones into the river.

“Yeah, you have known them better than me, longer than me, and I can see your point, But what if?” Zoya the Queen commented,

“What is what your majesty?” “Gaia” kept a stone in her hand waiting for the Queen to speak.

“Don’t get me wrong dear “Gaia”, you know how “citizen” are when they are drunk, high or under the effect of certain things? you know right?” She wondered.

“Of course I know! But what is your point your majesty?”

“My point, and don’t get me wrong again I repeat, if we got all these “citizens” drunk and high down there, don’t you think things will be different? I think they will have a chance to be more honest, they will treat each other openly, no theater drama and hypocrisy will be needed.”

“My Queen!! You do know that some of them become aggressive and dangerous when they are under the effect of alcohol and drugs, don’t you?”, “Gaia” showed concerns.

“Well of course I know, what If we just give them the right dosages? Not to over do,  that’s what I mean, I want to see them honest, just honest!”, she explained.

“Gaia” laughed, and thought it won’t be bad to experiment that, she loved watching “citizens”, their behaviors have been always a subject of curiosity to her, though “citizens” did and still ruining “Gaia”‘s health and pretty looks with all their industries, trashing and carelessness.

“Let’s do it and see”, “Gaia” whispered to the Queen, and so the day came when every single adult “citizen” was under the effect of some drug or alcohol, “Gaia” and the Queen sat there in that room where they can monitor and see the world down there, they were sitting there and laughing so hard at how human can look totally respectful at the same time very ridiculous when honest. It was totally funny to see how some “citizens” flipped against their work partner, bosses, life partners, friends, quit their jobs, started looking for other houses, decided to change expensive cars for cheaper cars, decided to stop buying expensive clothing and instead by something during the sale seasons or from the flee markets, many were honest enough to simply be themselves and do the things they enjoy, simply the things they enjoy, not just do things to get approved by others. Watching those “citizens” suddenly change and suddenly open up and start doing new things or quit doing old things, amazed both the Queen and “Gaia”. But that wasn’t enough for them, they took a look at social networks, and they both thought observing “citizens” and read their statuses and comments on social networks were completely different experiences.

Their statuses turned out to be shocking! Too honest they were! Telling each other they no longer wanna talk to each other, calling each other names, bragging about their honesty, feeling too powerful and strong, admitting being silly, idiots, dumb, scared, selfless, or even selfish in the past, opening up and expressing how sick they got of having to wear masks and pretend things they don’t feel.

And there were other good things too, like opening up to each other and expressing admiration and love towards each other, they weren’t scared that day to express their  good feelings. Which was pretty amusing to both the Queen and her good friend “Gaia”

And that’s how they spent some time together during the day, watching, monitoring, reading statuses and laughing. Although they both knew as soon as these “citizens” sober up everything will be back to what it used to be: HYPOCRISY, HYPOCRISY AND MORE HYPOCRISY!

Katia 🙂

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Architecture? “Episode 7”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

Zoya, The Queen of The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, decided one day to take a quick trip to the “Under-world”, to see the beauty of cities’ architecture. She has always been fond of what “citizens” of all times created with their talents, smartness and needs.

She roamed around all the “remote kingdoms”, admiring some of what she saw. She enjoyed the Roman and the Greek architectures, and all the myths related to them. While the Islamic architecture has been always breathe taking to her, with all its illustrations. She always thought the Indian was full of thought, spirituality and beauty. And fascinated by  the Korean, Chinese and Japanese architectures, as they were full of royalty and deserved lots of respect. And liked to be there where the Mesoamerican architecture exists, because she liked to travel in time as well, to imagine or maybe try to remember what was there then.

She never liked the Medieval architecture, nor the life style back then, and for that she didn’t want to go and take a look, she never wanted to refresh her memories there. But she entertained herself a bit with the Gothic style.

The Queen liked what she thought was artistic, and so a bit more modern style was also something she wanted to see during her trip, so of course she paid some visits to cities that have the Baroque and the Classic styles.

She moved into modern architectural cities in her “remote kingdoms”, she preferred the Expressionist style rather than the International style. Some of the Critical Regionalism was good enough to impress her, but the Postmodern style wasn’t her favorite.

The Queen enjoyed her trip, although she didn’t understand how many, many cities didn’t have any style, any architecture and no taste at all; just random houses, buildings, silly concrete bridges, no monuments or landmarks to be mentioned. Besides that the style wasn’t all unified. And to her surprise this chaos and mess existed in kingdoms that once upon a time were glorious, those who had conquered the world once or twice in the past, those who were pioneers in science, arts and literature! She told the King as she returned to her Royal Palace in the “Upper-world” that “It is absolutely disgusting to walk or drive in such places, very lame and very unorganized, they don’t even pay attention to their cities’ structure, of course they won’t be able to unify the style”.

The Queen always like to spend her alone-time by the “Royal River”, up there, where it’s tranquil in a color of gold, and thought; if these “citizens” of our days right now or say a century back, couldn’t be smart enough themselves nor talented to create beautiful cities for themselves, they then could have simply copied some styles made by others in previous times, or parallel times. Copying doesn’t need any smartness, or creativity. All they needed to do, in her opinion, is to travel a bit around, see what they like, and do the same in their cities before damaging them with ridiculous concrete. She also thought; how can anyone abandon rivers and seas and establish major cities in the middle of nothing but sands and rocks! She really wondered; can stupidity be the reason why these “citizens” couldn’t even think of copying, or stealing, if you like to call it? But they are so good at stealing each other!

To her they could have used their robbery skills in some fancy architectural ways!

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Confused Sexual Orientation “Episode 6”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

The Queen Zoya, spent a few hours alone, thinking, She did seem to be sad and frustrated. Up there, in the upper-world, everyone noticed her negative feelings and restlessness. King David The Great of course noticed it as well. But he is wise, and gave her the time she needed. He knew she was going to talk to him anyway when she hits the bottom. But strange enough, she didn’t turn to The King, and that was the first time he approaches her first to see what was wrong with her.

The Queen finds it hard to explain her thoughts, and The King finds all the patience in the world to listen to her and try to calm her down. She is his sweetheart and the only thing he truly loved, he never loved before her, because she was the first from the under-world to show him and let him know how love feels like.

“Your Majesty, you shall come with me and see what I mean, I can’t really explain it. When I lived down there, I didn’t see such at all!” She exclaimed restlessly. And naturally The King joined The Queen to observe together what was happening down there, in the under-world.

She highlighted some scenes and zoomed in others for him to see and understand what she meant; straight male “citizens” acting like women! The King, for his wisdom, wasn’t surprised at all.

“Your Majesty! How come you are so calm?” She asked, demanding an answer!

“Your royalty, my dear Queen, what is bothering you here? I still don’t see where your frustration is coming from?” He said.

“Your Majesty, these people, the men, the guys, or the males call them if you wish, are straight! Why do they behave like women? Talk like women, they even talk a lot like women? becoming soft like women? They even care for their looks and haircuts and fashion like women! Look here please your honor!! Some “citizens” are going crazy! This my dear King, is just a common, a “citizen”, he isn’t a public figure down there! He is not a super star down there! Why, tell me dear King, why would he post something stupid and girlish like this on a social network? HIS NEW HAIR STYLE? Dear, tell me please! Is he for example confused regarding his sexual orientation? Or what is it?” She wondered.

“Show me more my Queen”, he gently demanded.

“Here my dear King, look how self-disrespectful this is! This male “citizen” cries over breaking up with his girlfriend who he never actually wanted, look at his heart in the past, do you see any genuine love? He dares crying in front of people!”, She continued.

The King took a quick look at the “citizen’s” heart in the past which didn’t old any love to the girl, it never glowed for her.

“And this here, gossips like women, and this gossips like women to women, and this complains all the time like a woman about everything, and this takes a picture of himself and stairs at himself in the mirror every few hours, while this thinks of nothing but plotting problems like women. Your Majesty, take a look at this “citizen”, observe him now” she demanded helplessly.

The King observed and saw a straight male delicate and soft like women, yet mean and jealous at the same time, like some other women, and how he doesn’t have a certain opinion and flipping much between his thoughts, and acts and talks very hypocritically. He observed his past too and saw how many friends he lost for not being a man of his words, for he didn’t value his own being and honor. The King then looked The Queen in the eyes and waited for her to say something after many more he saw and observed.

“King David! I am waiting for you to say something!” She exclaimed, “Why are you looking at me like this?”

“My dear, what do you want me to do about these?” He asked.

“I am the one who should do something!” She announced. “But I don’t know what, for I don’t comprehend what I see!”

“But I strictly prohibit you, your royalty!” he said.

“And why? you didn’t even explain!” The Queen turned furious, and her finger mistakenly was pointing at some “remote kingdom” and there thunder storms started. The King in return didn’t bother himself much about the storms, “My darling, these “citizens” you just showed me are just a sample of empty headed people, those of no belief nor a common sense, “citizens” of no use they are, no use at all. Useless to themselves first, then to everyone and everything around them. These my dear think they have a life, but they are lifeless!” He explained. “But your Majesty, I want them to be the opposite! I also don’t want such people to multiply and ruin others around them!” She objected. “You my dear, didn’t let me finish my words!” He patiently interrupted her. “I’m sorry, please tell me what is it you wanted to say, enlighten me with your wisdom, your royalty!” she wasn’t patient but managed to pretend it. “The reason I strictly prohibit you from taking any action towards these “citizens”, is simply because, my dear look me in the eyes when I address you and stop observing these “citizens” for now, these are the comedians for everyone up here, they are one of the reasons for many up here to laugh and smile, they do entertain my people, my soldiers and my crowds up here! I do not allow you or anyone to ruin such a chance for a sarcastic laugh and smile in my “Upper Kingdoms”, besides that they still pay taxes! What is there to be upset about?”

The Queen then felt puzzled, yet agreed with The King. And later she understood, since she tried to look at these sexually confused “citizens” as comedians when she needed a laugh and it did actually suit her mood too.

 

Be a Fighter!

Katia & Shahed
Katia & Shahed

This is a dedication to my best friend, whom I like to call my little sister, to encourage her to keep going and reach her goals, and not to let anything bring her down 🙂

Enjoy it, Shahed!

I am rough like a rock,
I am tough like a soldier
And sharp like a sword!
You can beat me up,
You can smash my face,
But I stand up,
And I fight till you give up!
I am taller than the mountains,
I am prouder than every single eagle!
You can beat me up,
You can smash my face,
But you will never smash my will!
I never give up,
I never give in!
I am up for every challenge,
Because I know challenge me you won’t,
And if you did, I send you back home broken!
To tell everyone that
I am rough like a rock,
That I am tough like a soldier,
And sharp like a sword!
To let them know I am taller than the mountains,
And prouder than the proudest eagle.

Katia

Flashlights… Flashbacks…

Fog
Fog

Loud music, flashlights, people dancing, drinks, smoke, cigarettes, many people; different faces, same place, different attitudes, but same place again.

I sit and watch, I gaze, I fly, I go away, I remember then forget, I wonder, I imagine, I ask myself but I never find the answers. More and more people, more and more drinks. Wondering about their lives, their backgrounds… only imaginations in my head… I sit and watch, I gaze, I fly, I go away… I don’t think I want to stay here… friends, more friends, drinks, smoke, cigarettes…  I’m gone, there’s no sense of place or time… I fly, I fall, I come back… loud music, flashlightsflashbacks; reminds me of how things went…

Talking to friends, getting updates of their lives… everyone has a problem, everyone drinks, no one dances… complains… loud voices… aggression, sadness… then just silence…

I close my eyes… I feel the beats of the loud music… with my head in my hands… I go back in time, I go forwards, I pause, but I can never change facts, incidents and reality…

I open my eyes… the beats of the loud music is all I hear… I go down to the dance floor… I cross the crowds I find you there… you don’t know m flashlights, I don’t know you… I’m pushed and pulled by the crowds, but I saw you, I stand, you smile, I don’t know you, flashbacks, you don’t know me. We are strangers in the middle of the crowds…

You sway, I pause, you pause I sway… trying to find harmony… the friends are gone, as usual, they don’t want to hear, they don’t want to know… they only want to say, to let us know…

I dance, I close my eyes and dance… I can sense you around me, you touch my hand, you grab my arm, you want to leave but I want to dance… I don’t know your name, flashlights, you don’t know mine, flashbacks… where did you come from, I asked, you never heard me..

You pull me out of the crowds, you take me out. It’s the city… it’s night… I tremble, you make us fall in silence… I feel you, but I don’t know you… you whisper in my ear, you murmur, I don’t understand you, you walk around me, I turn around as you walk, I take your hand in mine, I get you closer to me, I whisper in your ear, I murmur, you don’t understand me…

We walk down the street, yes, we do… but we don’t speak the same language… you smile, and I smile back. You show me the places I didn’t know, you show me the light in the middle of the darkness… the night is young, like us…

We are far away from the city now, on top of some mountain I never saw, fog, and more fog, silence, flashbacks, darkness, blackness, grayness… we sit, we don’t talk, you stand up, u make a move, you try, I stare, you pick up a flower, you make it mine, I wonder, you smile… I don’t know you, fog… you don’t know me, rain… we walk, we can’t see the road, you grab my hand, you release it, I fall, you hold me, we’re close, I whisper, you nod, I want to know your name, you make us fall in silence, you walk, you hold me between your arms. You lead us, you show me the way… fog, rain and trees… on top of a mountain, there is no siege… you put me down, my feet touch the ground, I sway you hold my hand… you run and pull me, I run beside you…

The winter is heavy, the night is young… let’s go back to the city. You take me away…

I trust you… you don’t know me… I thought of you millions of times, flashbacks… I saw you in my dreams… and you pictured me in yours, flashlights… we run, we laugh, we are wet, the rain is falling… the mud is deep, we are stuck… you hold me, you pull me… I laugh… you try… I give you a hand, you are out of the mud… don’t run, don’t risk, and take it slowly… I read your mind, and you read mine…

You hit the road… in the car we are sitting… our muddy pants are annoying… your wet hair is drying… my nose is cold… you take me somewhere, it’s your home… it’s warm… yes so warm… you open the shower, you gesture to me to use it… I get in, I close the door… I stand under the shower… the water is warm… lovely, soft… water, warmth, soap, and more water…

You make a fire in the fireplace… I sit on the rocking-chair, I sink in warmth…

I don’t know you… but I sink in warmth…

Katia