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Updated - June 17, 2008
SET 01. Prompts by dadomz
Status: TAKEN by tala_at_buwan
01. It's not Lupus! | 01
02. Young Folks Video, Peter Bjorn and John
03. Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.
04. What Happens in Burma
05. Albert Camus
08. Intentions do not matter when the end goals are similar
10. The only sour cherry in the fruit stand
12. Unbearable Lightness of Being
14. All of the time you thought I was sad, I was trying to remember your name
16. I don't mind you keeping me on pins and needles
17. You're so afraid of what people might say but that's okay cause you're only human
18. Where did you read my story?
20. Memories of My Melancholy Whores
21. Einmal Ist Keinmal (What Happens but Once.)
23. The Hungarian Suicide Song, Billie Holiday Version
25. And the noises that she made kept me awake
26. Do you know where your heart is, do you know where to find it?
27. Glove Compartment
28. Hang me Up to Dry
29. Got a secret, can you keep it? Swear this one you'll save, better lock it in your pocket, taking this one to the grave
31. Shoestring Potatoes
33. Misery Loves Company
34. I'll be your platform shoes, undo what heredity's done to you, you don't have to strain, to look into my eyes
35. Now, Macabebes!
36. Sunbeam, stop tugging me
37. Baby slow down, the end is not as fun as the start
39. Mother is God in the Eyes of a Child
40. Soy Milk
41. Puff the Magic Dragon
43. The Second of May, Goya
44. The curiousness of your potential kiss, has got my mind and body aching
45. Do You Remember?
46. We sure are cute for two ugly people.
47. Vitruvius Man, Leonardo Da Vinci
48. I Was Born When Pluto Was Still a Planet
49. Brain Juice
51. You Are So In the Closet You're in Narnia
52. Street Car Named Desire
SET 02. Prompts by aesires [FIRST BATCH]
Status: TAKEN by dadomz
01. Her flesh a map of scars. A map of the universe.
02. The crime of killing time
03. Waiting is an enchantment.
04. Remembering is a labor, not a luxury.
05. I had fallen in love and I had no language.
06. Enjoy only what is forbidden.
07. Fact is best left to fiction.
08. I am the heretic and I crave your excommunication.
09. Eve to my old Adam, tempting as a naked flame to my moth.
10. I can look your God right in the eye.
11. The wise are always in doubt. This is why fools rule the world.
12. We've had this date with each other from the beginning.
13. A Professional Cinderella
14. Definitely no logic to human behavior
15. Praying for love in a lap dance and paying in naivete.
16. Caught a lite sneeze
17. Fuck me, then. Save my soul.
18. You'd be a good gunslinger if you actually knew how to aim.
19. Hurt me; society doesn't like it when I do it on my own.
20. I didn't know that we could break a silver lining.
21. Aristocrats of emotions
22. With the lights out, it's less dangerous.
23. I am trying to say what I want to say without having to say "I love you."
24. All we have are broken bones.
25. Drove through ghosts to get here
26. In the middle of my party, here's death, she thought.
27. Got the Devil's haircut in my mind.
28. Get out of those shoes and grow wings.
29. So much sin, so little time.
30. Blessed are the poor in spirit.
31. She's incredible math.
32. A kingdom burning with water
33. All your fairies turn to dust.
34. You're a part-time lover and a full-time friend.
35. Goddess on her knees
36. A religion of banditry
37. Endless, a silent whisper
38. For what gives value to travel is fear.
39. But for the lovers, their arms round the grief of ages.
40. It is the sea produces a habit of shores.
41. I am to be pitied, not to be sold.
42. Man is a god in ruins.
43. Hopes on hold
44. And then shit came in the form of You.
45. Messiahs need people dying in their name.
46. Wish Stick
47. No Exit
48. Tiny cities made of ashes
49. Lying is done with words and also with silence.
50. Flesh is the law.
51. Proceed to dazzlement, Augustine.
52. No soul. Vacant lots for eyes.
SET 03. Prompts by i_l0ve_my_az
Status: TAKEN by theladychia
01. Sugarcanes in the easy morning
02. Weather vanes my one and lonely
06. Everytime you walk away you take a piece of me with you
08. Veni Vedi Vici!
10. Kissing the Lipless
12. What Happens When The Heart Just Stops
13. Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers
14. Jenny, Don't Be Hasty
15. Tangled Up In Blue
16. Daydream Believer
17. Arguments Over Coffecups
18. Feel No Shame For What You Want
19. We Promised Each Other It's 'Til The End
20. Thwarted Plans of Murder Attempts
21. How Do Yo Measure A Year in A Life?
22. Idolise Tabloid Lies
23. Volvo Driving Soccer Mom
24. Nothing Precious At All
25. Blue Jeaned Baby
26. First Day Blues
27. Walks like Summer and Talks like Rain
28. Wasn't to beg that I knelt
29. Hello Sunshine, Come Into My Life
30. A Thousand Churches
32. I found the letters you wrote
33. Even as I wait for death, you're wiser than I am
34. Many a man is making friends with death as I speak, for lack of love alone
35. The sweet of bitter bark and burning clove
36. Beware, doll, you're bound to fall
37. Ecstasy is all you need living in the big machine
38. Like explosions in the sky
39. I'll keep stealing, breathing her
40. Like a book elegantly bound but in a language you can't read just yet
41. Don't you waste me in the ground
42. Too young to hold on, too old to just break free and run
43. Everything Else is Secondary
44. I am not who you think you are
45. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars
46. Life is the length of my smallest dream
47. Electric Storm Video, U2
48. Picture 1
49. Picture 2
50. Picture 3
51. I See You, You See Me Video, The Magic Numbers
52. I'm Glad I Hitched my Apple to Your Star
SET 04. Prompts by theladychia
Status: TAKEN by ravyn_ashling
01. Flavor of the Week
02. I Wanna Be Your Last First Kiss
03. Savouring This Heart That's Healed
04. I've Been Here a Few Times and I'm Quite Aware We're Dying
05. Anything But Ordinary
06. Around the World
07. Don't Know Who I'm Kidding Imagining You Care
08. Beautiful Disaster
10. I Wave Good-Bye Watching You Shine Bright
11. Bullet in the Head
12. Champagne Supernova
13. Cherry Lips
14. Coin-Operated Boy
15. Con te Partiro
16. Cross Me Off Your List
17. Brothers and Sisters
18. Dirty Little Secret
19. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
21. Fire Starter
22. She Only Likes Me When I'm High
23. The First Star I See May Not Be A Star
24. Girl All the Bad Guys Want
25. I Don't Like your Girlfriend
26. I Just Broke Down
27. Your Bestfriend is Not your Girlfriend
28. Guilty Pleasure
29. I Don't Dance
30. I can't describe the joy they bring 'cause joy is something they don't bring me
31. She can't see the way your eyes light up when you smile
32. A falling star; at least I fall alone.
33. Will I cry, will I smile, as we run down the aisle?
34. King Without a Crown
36. A flag in the wind that won't blow
37. Everybody's gonna love today
38. Lover I don't have to love
39. Mocking bird
40. A movie script ending
41. My favorite game
42. Out through the Curtain
44. The perfect fit
46. Second Chances
47. Nobody said it was easy
49. She's a handsome woman
50. London Bridge is falling down
51. Slow Motion
52. Stand in the Rain
SET 05. Prompts by tala_at_buwan
Status: TAKEN by i_l0ve_my_az
01. echos in the mind
02. beautiful letdown
03. getting territorial
05. the forgotten muse
07. midnight cravings
08. lingering memories
09. The real deal
12. has beens and never was
13. life's soundtrack
15. viva la vie boheme
16. apathy and solitude go hand in hand
17. a Flaubert-ian Complex
18. subjective beauty
19. the mouse who pretends to be a cat and the cat who pretends to be a mouse
20. out of character
21. Creep Video, Radiohead
22. subliminal messages
23. the straight gay man and the gay straight man
24. '...you have a boyfriend that looked like a girlfriend, I had in February of last year...'
25. the taboo talk on colors
27. a showdown between psycho killers and vengeful ghosts
28. secret fetish
29. sleaze is in context
30. dumbing down love
31. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
32. Aristophanes’ myth on love
33. ‘I’d be gay/straight for…’
34. gender roles
35. all unwritten
36. serial monogamy
37. “I’m committed.” “Happily?”
38. the worst pick-up line
39. vulgar ‘-ism’s
40. why do men have nipples?
44. What really happens during history
45. 黒い涙（Kuroi Namida) - Deep Sadness Version, Anna Tsuchiya
46. Shadow of Love, Olivia Lufkin
47. An ex-flame that refuses to be extinguished
48. The cult of Facebook, Multiply, Livejournal, Friendster, MySpace, etc.
49. When ‘beautiful’ things are concerned, money is no object
50. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T.S. Eliot
51. The whore that is my country
52. Keep It Gay, The Producers
SET 06. Prompts by hamster_friend
Status: STILL OPEN
01. There's got to be more to life than being undead.
02. Heaven is a bureaucracy.
03. Hell is real estate.
05. A buncha meddlesome licks.
06. Fairies stole me away, and that's not me living with my folks!
07. Dear diary, I'm in hell. It's overrated.
09. "Sure, the memories hurt. But if you can hold on to them...sometimes they can make you strong as steel."
10. "Dying without achieving your goals, or living on for years and realizing you will never achieve them -- which is worse?"
11. When it comes down to it, steel truly is the best defense against the demons.
12. Swift as the burning scirocco, beautiful as the glistening dunes...deadly as the coiled rattlesnake.
13. As exciting as watching paint dry.
14. Latina vampire in leather with whipped cream.
15. Bad juju.
16. Magic. Serious business.
17. I am a magus, hear me roar.
18. Yes, I'm smoking Silk Cut 'coz I've read too much Hellblazer.
19. My dice hate me.
20. Suddenly, chupacabras. Thousands of them.
22. Isn't that lovely?
23. Are you sufficently terrorized?
24. But I'm jumping the gun here.
25. I eat adobo.
26. Zombies at your neighbors? Politicians raped mine.
27. In Nomine.
28. The universe is a musical score. Care to take notes?
29. Herbert West, Reanimator
31. Through the Fire and the Flames
32. Welcome to My Nightmare
33. Mr. Crowley
34. Master of Puppets
35. It's a trap!
36. MMORPG's...in Spain.
37. Ninjas...in space.
38. I went through the desert on a horse with no name.
39. The Mats
40. If the prof's not crying, you're doing it wrong!
41. Kill it with fire.
42. "You don't have to earn my love 'coz I'd just give it."
43. From the Cradle to Enslave
44. Decapitated yellow-spotted purple dodos.
47. The Way She Moves
48. Don't drink and drive, smoke and fly.
49. Gnomes coming down on rope ladders.
50. Korean infestation!
51. Ang Tianak ng Tondo™
52. Gay orc with foulmouthed hobbit sidekick.
SET 07. Prompts by batongbituin [FIRST BATCH]
Status: TAKEN by aesires
01. I was born to hustle roses down the avenue of the dead.
02. She's like the town bicycle.
03. Where is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?
04. I perceived my inability to love.
05. His bad case of idiocy proved terminal.
06. Nonsense and beauty have close connections.
07. They're into war like it's the January war sales.
08. Be curious.
09. And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
10. All that I know about life, I have learned from books.
11. Here there is no why.
12. Deserve your dream.
13. To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
14. In that night alive with stars and signs.
15. If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack.
16. I promise to keep on living as though I expected to live forever.
17. Vanity is my favorite sin.
18. You write fiction as though it were a painful duty.
19. It is fun being in the same decade as you.
20. Kneel only to truth, follow only beauty, obey only love.
21. In the confusion we stay with each other.
22. She is herself a dowry.
23. History of breaths and thoughts, acts, atoms, and wounds.
24. I've fucked corpses warmer than you.
25. I am a qualified sorrow lifeguard.
26. When did we forget our dreams?
27. I am a batshit genius scientist prophet goddess.
28. I feel exhausted and perfect.
29. It's like shooting lonely, angsty fish in a barrel.
30. The universe doesn't care what you believe.
31. This graffiti is fleeting human contact.
32. I wonder who you are.
33. I met a girl in a dying world.
34. We'll drive fast.
35. The numbers become less important than your touches.
36. I wonder if she lets anyone into that island of light.
37. Fuck those people. Wanna have an adventure?
38. You make forgetting look so easy.
39. Why would you end her something broken?
40. I don't know if your wings are real.
41. The warm water was your voice.
42. Email me dirty pictures of you with my name in marker
43. We are terrible for each other.
44. The walls keep closing in and we're running out of space.
45. The past is just practice.
46. There are plenty of fish in the sea if I run out of women.
47. I hate trying to put my desire into words.
48. Are we allowed to lust after you in secret?
49. You burn brightly.
50. Our love is like a katamari.
51. Whatever the answer, sunrise always comes too soon.
52. He just gets uncontrollably poetic around girls.
SET 08. Prompts by batongbituin [SECOND BATCH]
Status: TAKEN by alstair
01. Color me blue, I'm lost in you.
02. You're the only light I ever saw.
03. I am sorry my conscience called in sick again.
04. We're caught in the youth games.
05. There's always repercussions when you're dating in school.
06. You were the one I tried to draw.
07. We are stardust, we are gold.
08. Choose not the life of limitation.
09. My heart is a box of secrets.
10. I threw you the obvious.
11. You've got the dreamer's disease.
12. Makes city lights shine like diamonds.
13. I've got a sunset in my veins.
14. The best part of believe is the lie.
15. I promise we'll be perfect.
16. This planet built with steel.
17. You look like the songs that I've heard my whole life come true.
18. All those pretty men to tell you all those pretty lies.
19. The heir to nothing in particular.
20. You're my favorite book.
21. I've got arrogance down to a science.
22. When you spin around in your highest heels
23. She packs her bag for outer space.
24. Can i visit you at work, when you're sliding down the pole, no panties, no shirt?
25. It's gonna take a whole lotta money.
26. Listen carefully to the sound of your loneliness.
27. I am at the center of the sun.
28. If love was red, then she was colorblind.
29. A journey I just don't have a map for.
30. This memory of Eden haunts us all.
31. The sweet decay of ecstasy.
32. A frozen sun.
33. Idle dreams.
34. I lit my way with a scream.
35. Beauty's disdain.
36. This love hovers over us.
37. Strange desires under friendly skies.
38. Let me steal your soul from you.
39. The wages of sin.
40. This time, no tears.
41. Take me to your shadowland.
42. We follow the path of the slain.
43. Wicked's the taste.
44. I've fallen from grace because of her treacherous eyes.
45. She's drawing down the moon.
46. Wonders remain.
47. It's a dignified disease.
48. I search for you in this blindness.
49. I'm a prodigy of lust and loss.
50. You're waking up the dead.
51. The love drug in your veins.
52. I console myself that Hallmark cards are true.
SET 09. Prompts by batongbituin [THIRD BATCH]
Status: TAKEN by hamster_friend
01. Fire into fog.
02. Making the past your world.
03. I touch your absence here.
04. Eyes still smart with recent grief.
05. Conceived in a whisper.
06. The coffin confines of our crib.
07. Wishing geography.
08. His eyes the compass of his searching hands.
09. Dark habiliments of Time.
10. In concentrates of fury.
11. And he was a poet too, sometimes.
12. How many lies did it require?
13. The pertinence of patience.
14. Moving color of coal.
15. The new rememberers.
16. And, being animal, he wept.
17. They'll pulverize the sea.
18. The raw annoyance of young years.
19. Your civilizing hands.
20. Streets that scream in isolation.
21. A stun of jewels.
22. Thunder in the tongue.
23. Doom-struck sky
24. I know the loneliness of neglect.
25. No song never ends.
26. Darkness never falls.
27. A battery of silence.
28. I am haunted by the sadness of men.
29. Lips are here in half-smile, and are cruel.
30. A swathe of storms.
31. Stale oaths.
32. A holocaust of gesture.
33. In the stupid dream of all our waking.
34. A vacant hesitancy.
36. Speech-eluded tongue.
37. The waste of centuries is gray and dead.
38. A torture approaching nothing.
39. Proceed to dazzlement.
40. With clumsy fists.
41. Murder all imaginings.
42. A sudden pagan for your eyes.
43. The colors riot.
44. Her thoughts were webs and jungle growth.
45. No artist, he.
46. Beggared stars free in the impersonal dust.
47. You only now may yet survive the dark.
48. For all sad words of tongue and pen.
49. Tortured by some poetry he cannot explain.
50. Pomp and loud magnificence.
51. Deliberate searching by antique faces.
52. Decaying distances.
SET 10. Prompts by plapla_lord
Status: STILL OPEN
01. Tear down the walls of Babylon
02. When humans have gone from the world
03. And when it has been set in stone
04. Play the note you know
05. Faith is Eternal
06. The Serpent’s kiss
07. Like Iron, like steel, some things just rust and turn into dust
08. Sit for awhile listen to the world
09. See this fist? I’d love for your face to kiss it buddy
10. Don’t wake me if I am dreaming
11. Wag pagtuunan ng pansin ang mga walang kuwentang bagay
12. Through the Gauntlet we must pass
13. Sick and tired of the things I know
14. Maybe you would like to back up your words?
15. Ghosts are just dead people. And dead people stay dead
16. Have your wits about you
17. Death? It is easier to die than be hailed as a genius
18. God first, the doctor Firster
19. Three months left to live
20. The heart is just another organ, deal with it
21. Hindi mapagkakaila na kahit anong gawin mo magkakaroon ng bukas
22. If the heart was the functional equivalent of the stomach what happens then?
23. Anger is a drug, just like any other emotion
24. My music is my passion, my pain, my frustration and my mask
25. I need not tell you who I am; words are the most useless things after all
26. Who am I? I’m the goddamn batman
27. Why so serious?
28. Reality is the only illusion we accept as real
29. Let fools live forever. Only the wise choose to die
30. As the leaves fall you are reminded
31. Sa patak ng ulan, sabay dumadaloy ang dugo natin
32. While I sleep, you leave my side for another
33. Turn away to your projects and let your heart rot away
34. What divides the genius and the insane?
35. Time is never time at all
36. You’re not anyone else but you. So stop thinking you can save the world alone
37. Power Corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely
38. The melancholic rain falls on the window pane
39. The last piece of cheesecake that always makes you happy
40. Even in death I serve
41. Kahit ano pa man mangyari naririto lamang ako sa tabi mo
42. Why should I be called EMO? I don’t slash my wrists
43. Well Punk, the world doesn’t quite work out that way
44. We crucify the insincere tonight
45. Under the stars
46. Dancing under the light of the pale moonlight
47. What can one do in the rage of the dying light?
48. I am bound to be the unavoidable consequence of you
49. Fight with reckless abandon
50. Bitter resolutions
51. Bathala na
52. Look in the left, the right, everywhere. What do you see?
SET 11. Prompts by alstair
Status: TAKEN by greyfable
01. Compound complex
03. Timed sessions
05. Devolution of extremes
07. Eleven seconds left and still waiting
08. Reflective lights and overturned trash cans
09. Grilled cheese sandwiches
10. Rain-lashed corsairs
11. Impoverished soul-less existence
12. Alarm clocks are the death of me
13. Simply green
14. Scandalous enterprise
15. Popsicle sticks and ice cream cones
16. Besides living in a cardboard world
17. Broken television sets and beer bottles
19. Invisible ropes and visible space
20. Organized in chaos
21. After-effects of too much blue soda
23. White-haired ladies in red stockings
24. Painted houses
25. Roundabout and Over the hill
27. Inroads into a lost generation
28. White-walled prisons and dangling cherubs
29. Killed over a letter
30. When nights never meet day
31. Riverside trysts
32. Conversations with a wall
34. Never to tell
35. Blanket approval
37. Peach, plum and gravitation
39. Through the looking glass
40. Nascent memories
41. Mixed up
42. White on black and blue on red
43. Vanity fair
45. Facing twenty years
46. Candy apples
47. Mind your please and pass the salt
48. Severity and frigidity
49. A hundred dollar tip and a worthless pen
50. Sleeping to the sound of heavy metal
51. Afternoon crepes
52. When things don't end up right except in dreams
SET 12. Prompts by greyfable
Status: STILL OPEN
01. Itchy Knee
02. When I was afraid of the dark, I...
03. If I could have known you then
04. Inches short
05. Doing it twice
06. A poem written in window condensation
07. Twenty-second birthday
08. Cards you keep
09. The sky turned off, like a light bulb
10. Imaginary sibling
11. Touching toes
12. Three hundred years from now
13. Third point of view
14. Ask, she knows
15. If it were Sunday, I'd be happy
19. Cello v. Viola
20. Chunky puke
22. Bed head
23. Phone call last night
24. Sharp, stabbing pain
27. Broken grip
28. I'm still in love with you
29. Secret question
30. Without saying it
31. Lincoln Logs
32. Take the next step
33. It's not that I want to leave...
34. The stairs creek
35. My sister bought a snake
36. Hand on the breast
37. Water fountain
38. Hiding the evidence
39. I'm glad I didn't listen
41. That's my corner
42. Straight lines
44. You can't judge intentions alone
45. Stolen pencil
46. Knee-jerk reaction
47. Red jacket
48. Once, in High School
49. The smell of you
50. Crushed by its own weight
51. Where'd s/he go?
52. Best I can do
SET 13. Prompts by aesires [SECOND BATCH]
Status: STILL OPEN
01. Crossed your heart but still I lied
02. Take the plan, spin it sideways
03. The calendar hung itself
04. My mother had been around the graves of queens
05. With a passion to die for
06. Blood language
07. Understanding is but the sum of our misunderstandings
09. We will always be in love
10. How young is too young?
11. Theater of cruelty
12. Monsoon season
13. Jesus high on wine weeping turpentine
14. Thoughts for a newly old lover
15. To my heart you hold the skeleton key
16. You always build the Great Wall around you
17. We were born to lose
18. Anniversary of an uninteresting event
19. Use my skin to hide your secrets in
20. There are perfumes as fresh as a child's flesh
22. No tragedy is too grand
23. A heart cannot repent when it doesn't know it's spent its lifetime beating itself to death
24. I want to keep you alive so there is always the possibility of murder
25. There is no You, there is only Me
26. Stockholm Syndrome
27. Something wicked this way comes
28. Comfortable liar
29. We are collapsed in the act of just being here
30. Have you ever seen anyone shot by a gun without bleeding?
31. It is so difficult to understand people who speak the truth
32. White for poison, Black for purity
33. Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing
34. Now I live only on your prayers
35. Nobody minds having what is too good for them
36. I'll be the phonograph that plays your favorite albums back
37. You cried for night; it falls: now cry in darkness
38. I am the bone of my sword
39. The whispers of your fingertips spoke the words I understood
40. Breaking porcelain
41. I will follow you into the dark
42. Love will be the death of you
43. A stolen kiss has come too late
44. You're a shadow that I echo when I sing
45. The greater wrong of the right
46. I should be wearing white and you can't afford a ring
47. Making things easier by dealing easily with things that aren't easy... it's not so easy
48. Eternity: what a sad word
49. I hate myself just enough to love him
50. Every dream and nightmare a reunion with you
51. Romeo must die
52. Painting music