Appointment at Sarajevo – Collaboration

‘Next June, The Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent, in his capacity as Inspector General of the Austrian Army will attend the summer maneuvers of the Sixth District Army to be held in Bosnia. A visit to Sarajevo will follow ending on the 28th of June…’ newspaper clipping.


The youth at the cafe table stares at the black letters,

His lips move as he rereads the words,

The white and black turn scarlet in his mind,

‘I shall shatter walls and windows

and the shards shall carve the future,

My ghost shall shriek down the halls of Vienna

and rock the very throne…’,

He coughs, and feels the sudden pain in his lungs,

Gavrilo says to his companions,

‘Next June we have a date with destiny….’


And the world will be changed for ever.


Europe erupts

Shock -troops swarm over Serbia

As Russian cross-hairs drift west


And Prussia, must lunge to the east

With saber in hand


While Belgium

Quakes, in the slaughter


© Richard Milne, William Wright Jr.

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Fire and Ice

Foreword . . .

Many moons ago I realized the power of words and how they can accurately describe the nuances of emotion. They can take a person to the highest highs, and just as easily, that person can plummet into nothingness…. just by words. It is fascinating how perception and illusion rule our lives. What others fail to see is that for some, once the words are out there… the bleeding stops a little bit more… Those words are just part of us…And that is the beauty of it.

Fire and Ice is a collection of connections based on perceptions. It is person after person, reading, relating, and then reaching out to others through words. Connection…  is really what it is all about that.

I am honored to invite you inside the minds of people just like you. All their hopes, dreams, and disasters are here within the pages of this book.

Lyne Beringer, author of Alaskan Vogue

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