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the Path Not Taken, the Sand Carriers, poetry, prose, free-form poetry, beautiful imagery, poetry collection

Chasing the Bluebird
by Val Villarreal, Jr.

Mr. Villarreal takes his title from N.V. Krogius' Chess Psychology. On doubt: [For the player] “the fully acceptable variation seems… not quite strong enough, he wants... something still more effective”; aka, the "illusory chase,” — “chasing the bluebird”. Mr. Villarreal proceeds to paint the American Dream as a "chase" where one risks falling away from life. In chess, the clock is always ticking; so, in real life. But is this verifiable? Yes; for, perfecting the human in us all is like trying to perfect God! —it’s a lottery few of us ever win.

“It stands quiet in its domain,

in the stellar part of the universe, apart and distant,

arbiter which it is on the state

of the world―

(It sings,

and it calls,

and then,

scurries away

into the perfect edge of day!)”

From the poem,

The bluebird


Val Villarreal, Jr. has a drama degree from Sam Houston State University. He believes that worldly experience [its being and its understanding] is important for the kind of progress that is universally felt by all, and adds, "But, it is up to us to change this world by the who that we are [deep within] and by the way in which we live 'this we that we are' throughout our lives." This is his fifth book.


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