The Darkest Day and the Brightest Night

It was the darkest day that led to the brightest night

The sun hid between thick blankets of black

cloud as we stared up at the falling rain.

Drops dripped down our cheeks like tears

as you said goodbye.

I watched you drive away with headlights that shone

bright in the dim and the damp.

Finally the sun gave up and so did the rain.

Clouds found new places to be and a triumphant

moon rose up from under the earth.

I sat on the still damp porch and watched

as stars glittered into life on black velvet.

The moonlight made shadows on the sidewalk

while I sat and waited.

Eventually I gave up and went inside because

the moonlight couldn’t keep me warm

I’ve been watching Downton Abbey and I find the show leaves me thinking about characters with depth. Some have it on the show and some don’t.

My sister’s favorite character might be Anna. I don’t hate Anna. But I find her dull because she is LITERALLY PERFECT. she hasn’t done a single bad thing in the two seasons I have watched(don’t tell me about season 3 I will catch up eventually). I think the closest to bad was when she wanted to be John’s mistress but that was for love and easily forgiven. Sure she carried a corpse one time but that was in service of somebody she cared about and basically I dislike perfect characters.

Nobody wants to about nice Nancy all the livelong day. The best characters should be like raw diamonds. chipped and flawed but with so many facets.

I like my bad characters to be just as layered. Give me the perfect hero who just happens to kick puppies in his spare time and the villain who is so nefarious but happens to love puppies! they can go to war over their puppy related values for all I care but the best characters are full of contradictions. They should be unexpected and not easily categorized.

Like this guy: 

Developing Characters