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Poem: "Who Chose the Darkness"

This poem is spillover from the March 17, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the "Red Drink" square in my 3-1-20 card for the Food Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] fuzzyred. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Who Chose the Darkness"

[Friday, August 7, 2015]

Shiv saw the goth couple
come into his section of
the restaurant and stared.

Blues Moon didn't get a lot
of goths, but sometimes
they still wandered in.

The man was tall and slim
with long straight black hair.
He wore a lot of black leather
and silk, tricked out with chains,
spikes, and a skeletal hand
in carefully crafted steel.

The woman was shorter
and curvier with indigo eyes.
Her black hair looked like it
had been shellacked into place
under a delicate silver tiara.

She wore a dress of black lace
and a double necklace of pearls.
The clasps on her bodice were
steel with more pearls, and she
had silver chains lacing the back.

"Hi, I'm Shiv and I'll be your server
today," he said as he seated them.

"I'm Timour and this is Naenia,"
said the man. "Welcome to
the weird names club."

Shiv laughed. "I could
make the weird clothes club
if I wasn't at work," he said.
"You should see my T-shirts."

"My favorite is Normal people
have no idea how beautiful
the darkness is,"
said Naenia.

"I have one that reads, If I
wanted to kill myself, I'd climb
your ego and jump to your IQ,"

Timour said with a smirk.

"Now I want one," Shiv said.

He couldn't resist sneaking out
his superpower, just a little,
to feel all that metal.

And they both jumped.

"What was that?" Naenia said.
"Everything metal on me
suddenly moved."

"Yeah, I felt it too,"
Timour added.

"Uh ... that was me,"
Shiv confessed, taking out
his bismuth fidget. "I can
control metal, and sharp things."

"Wicked!" they chorused.

"Sorry, folks, I shouldn't have
groped yours," Shiv said.
"There's just so much of it,
and some of it's real fancy."

"Well, we wear it to be
admired," Timour said,
waving a hand at himself.
"What caught your eye?"

"Not the look of it, the feel,"
Shiv said. "There's like
these flashy bits on some
of the pieces, notches, and
something like a touchmark
all over them as well."

"That is my touchmark,"
Timour said. "I made most of
what we're wearing. Some have
notches to catch the light, and
the chains have a touchmark
on every link for texture."

"I am in awe," Shiv said.
"I do metalwork too, and I'd
never have the patience to do
every damn link like that."

"Then here," Timour said
as he stripped off two of
his chains, and then Naenia
produced a leather bracelet
with spikes from her purse.

Shiv was so startled -- and
still fascinated by the metal --
that he let them dress him up in it.

They were discreet, more or less,
just draping the long chains from
his belt loops, and the bracelet
had spikes short enough to hide
under his shirtsleeve until he
stretched and it peeked out.

"Thanks," Shiv said. "This
is all so awesome."

"Well, tell folks where
you got it," Timour said,
handing him a business card
that read Death Mettle. "You're
our first superhero client."

"Uh, I'm not a super...hero,"
Shiv said, looking away.

"Wicked!" they said again.

"I should get back on track,"
Shiv said. "Do you know what
you want, or do you want menus?"

"What do you have that's black
or red?" Naenia asked him.

Shiv blinked. He got all kinds
of weird requests, though.

"Red: heirloom tomato salad,
Southern ham and beans, or
red drink," he said. "Black:
black beans and brown rice,
or any 'blackened' meat."

"Red drink," they both said,
then Timour added, "I'll have
the Southern ham and beans."

"Blackened chicken and
heirloom tomato salad,
please," said Naenia.

"Coming right up," Shiv said,
and headed for the kitchen.

After he placed their orders,
he circled his other tables, but
there was nobody else new and
the others were busy eating.

So he returned to the goths.

Naenia had taken her tiara off
to fuss with her hair, which
moved all in one piece."

"That is fucked up,"
Shiv said without thinking.
"Oops, sorry, I'm not supposed
to talk like that in the restaurant."

Timour laughed. "Don't worry,
man, your tip is safe with us.
You're the least boring waiter
that we've had all month."

"So what's up with your hair?"
Shiv asked Naenia.

"It's the heat," she said.
"My hair gel is melting."

"That's why I never
use the stuff," Shiv said.

"Yeah, right," Naenia said.
"Your emo hair behaves perfectly."

Shiv laughed. "Hell, no," he said.
"I couldn't do a thing with it if I didn't
weigh it down with shea butter,"
he said, fishing some out of
his pocket. "You wanna try it?"

He had started carrying tiny tins
of the stuff to share with customers
who didn't have any, because every time
it rained, anyone with nappy hair would
clog up the dotties trying to fix theirs.

"I'm tempted, but that would never be
enough for all my hair," Naenia said.

"Nope," Shiv said. "Use a tiny bit.
I put just enough to make my hands
tacky. You'd only need a little more."

"Really?" she said dubiously.

"Should work," Shiv said. "Go in
the dottie and rinse out the gel,
then put on a dab of shea butter.
I started carrying it for folks who
came in wet from the rain."

"Worth a try," Naenia said,
taking the tin from him.

While Shiv was doing that,
he made another loop, bringing
dessert to another couple.

Then the goths' order
came up, so he brought it.

Naenia was back, and
her damp hair was behaving.
"You are a genius," she said.

"I'm happy to help," Shiv said.
"Here's your supper. Enjoy."

"Oh, this amazing," Naenia said.
"This is the best tomato salad
I have ever put in my mouth."

"Thanks," Shiv said. "I
found the heirlooms at
the farmer's market."

Timour was too busy
shoveling ham and beans
into his face to comment.

Shiv just chuckled
and moved along.

There was a family of
five to seat and take
drink orders from, then
someone else wanted
to order desserts.

Shiv was busy for
a while, then returned
to check on his goths.

"We want dessert,"
Naenia said, grinning.

"Dark chocolate sheet cake
or Red Hots apple pie," Shiv said,
anticipating their next request.

"Red Hots," Timour said at
the same time Naenia said,
"I want dark chocolate."

"I'll be right back with those,"
Shiv said, hurrying away.

He grabbed the desserts
and came right back. "Here,"
he said. "I'd warn you that
these are kinda messy, but
you're both wearing black."

"I almost always wear black,"
Naenia said. "I do counseling
at funeral parlors and such, so I'm
comfortable with the darkness."

"Wow," Shiv said. "That seems
like an odd occupation to choose."

"It wasn't me who chose the darkness,"
Naenia said, "but the other way around."

"Oh," Shiv said, nodding. "Okay, then.
I guess I know what that's like."

"This pie is impressive,"
Timour said. "I love apples,
and the cinnamon punches it up."

"Yeah, I like that one too, but I've
had hotter," Shiv said. "I know a guy
who makes little tartlets filled with
Carolina reaper jelly -- and then
others with cinnamon or ginger,
and they all look alike, so you
never know how hot it'll be."

"Now I want some," Timour said.

"Just find a recipe for jelly tartlets
and put reaper jelly in them," Shiv said.
"You can buy the stuff or make it."

"We should do that for a goth party,"
Naenia said. "It would be a hit."

Just then, Shiv's vidwatch
beeped a reminder.

"Hey, if you two finish
in the next five minutes,
then you can move into
the room with the stage,"
Shiv said. "My sister's
about to start silk dancing,
and that's a sight to see."

Timour and Naenia looked
at each other, then raced
to finish their desserts.

Shiv tallied the bill.

Timour paid it, and then
tucked a twenty into
Shiv's apron pocket.

"Dude, you already gave
me jewelry, you don't have
to tip me too," Shiv said.

Timour shook his head.
"The jewelry was because
you showed us your superpower,"
he said. "The tip is for your service."

"And finding the heirloom tomatoes,"
Naenia added. "Those were luscious."

"Thanks," Shiv said. He showed them
into the room where stagehands
were setting up Luci's rig.

"That looks different,"
Timour said, sitting down.

"Sometimes you have to be
your own kind of beautiful,"
Naenia said as she joined him.

"Yeah," Shiv said. "That's
pretty good advice."

* * *

Notes:

Timour (Timothy Morris) -- He has alabaster skin, brown eyes, and long straight black hair. He is tall and slim. He is 24 years old in 2015. Timour lives in Omaha, Nebraska with his wife Naenia. He earned an associate's degree in Entrepreneurship & Marketing with a Business Startup Career Certificate at Metropolitan Community College. Now he runs a shop called Death Mettle, making goth accessories out of various metals. Timour can be vindictive, though, and he's not always careful about it.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dexterity, Good (+2) Goth, Good (+2) Metalworker, Good (+2) Romantic, Good (+2) Visual-Spatial Intelligence
Poor (-2) Vindictive
Motto: "If you need it and I have it and won't die without it, I will of course give or loan it to you because you're Community and we need that shit or we all die."

Entrepreneurship & Marketing
at Metropolitan Community College (Elkhorn Valley Campus)

Entrepreneurship serves a very important role in the U.S. economy. Business start-ups develop, organize and manage new ventures where the purpose is to make a profit in compensation for the assumed risk. Some entrepreneurship opportunities involve entirely new products and services whereas others focus on packaging and marketing existing goods and services in a new or unique way. Typically starting out as small businesses, these organizations contribute to the overall number of jobs and vibrancy of the economy.
CAREERS & SALARIES
New business start-ups tend to increase and decrease with the business cycle. Before ever beginning their business, successful entrepreneurs typically have conducted marketing research evaluating market factors such as potential customer base and competition. They also strive to have a good understanding of legal issues that may impact their business including local, state and federal regulations and laws. Financial considerations, including venture capital and taxation are relevant topics to the entrepreneur as well. A good business plan is important to the entrepreneur as they are exploring the feasibility of beginning and growing their business.
SALARIES
For current information regarding income and careers in entrepreneurship, see
the Bureau of Labor Statistics page.

Business Start-Up (BSUCC)

Award: Career certificate
Pathway to associate degree: General Studies (GSAAS)
Program location: Elkhorn Valley Campus, Fort Omaha Campus, South Omaha Campus
Business Start-Up supports those with existing businesses as well as those seeking to develop new business opportunities by combining career field and entrepreneurial skill development.

REQUIREMENTS FOR BUSINESS START-UP CAREER CERTIFICATE (36.0 CREDIT HRS.)
• ENTR 1050 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship 4.5 Credits
• ENTR 2040 - Entrepreneurship Feasibility Study 4.5 Credits
• ENTR 2090 - Entrepreneurship Business Plan 4.5 Credits
ENTREPRENEURSHIP ELECTIVE
Select one of the following courses:
• ENTR 2050 - Marketing for the Entrepreneur 4.5 Credits

Students should work with faculty to select courses that meet their career development goals.
Select 18.0 credit hrs. from the following courses:
• Courses from any academic prefix 18.0 Credits

Intro to the Visual Arts (19-20 Credit Spring ARTS_1000_1A)
B. Vargas T TH 10:00 AM - 11:45 AM 3/10/2020 5/21/2020 4.5

Elementary Sculpture (19-20 Credit Spring ARTS_2030_2A)
J. Burmeister T TH 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM 3/10/2020 5/21/2020 4.5

Intermediate Sculpture (19-20 Credit Spring ARTS_2130_2A)
J. Burmeister T TH 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM 3/10/2020 5/21/2020 4.5

Applied Technology Center

AUTB_1040 299921 Auto Collision Repair Welding (19-20 Credit Spring AUTB_1040_D5)
J. Yost W 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 3/11/2020 5/20/2020 3

SCIE_1010 301521 Physical Science (19-20 Credit Spring SCIE_1010_WW)
L. Tiede F SA 3/7/2020 5/22/2020 6


Naenia (Nikita Kean) -- She has pale skin, indigo eyes, and long black hair with just a little wave. She struggles to manage her flyaway hair. She is petite with an oval face and an hourglass figure. She is 26 years old in 2015. Naenia lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Timour. She earned a bachelor's degree in Emotional First Aid with a minor in Gerontology at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Then she went on to a Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in Thaniatry, along with a graduate certificate in Communication. Currently Naenia provides emotional care and counseling for death and loss. She has contacts among several hospitals, hospices, and funeral homes in the area.
Qualities: Expert (+4) Thaniatrist, Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Goth, Good (+2) Graceful
Poor (-2) My Fucking Hair
Motto: "Any sufficiently advanced self interest is indistinguishable from altruism."

Major in Emotional First Aid at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Major 48 credits, EFA certification 30 credits.

The EFA major is more than required for certification as an Emotional First Aide. It is intended for students who want a Bachelor of Science with Emotional First Aide certification, or who plan to transfer and pursue Emotional Trauma Care or other advanced work.

The EFA certification begins with this core. (12 credits)
EFA 1011 Introduction to Emotional First Aid
EFA 1012 Personal Safety and Self-Care
EFA 1111 Emotional Crisis Response
EFA 1112 Prevention & Treatment of Traumatic Stress

The following class may be taken as a 1-credit lab alongside any EFA class. Majors must take it at least twice, certification students at least once.
EFA 0911 Roleplay & Imaginative Exercises

Choose a basic Psychology class (3 credits) and electives. Majors choose 3 electives (9 credits) while certification students choose 1 elective (3 credits).

PSYC 1010 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY I (3 credits)
An overview of scientific understanding of the human mind and behavior. Theories and empirical tests of explanations for how we think, feel, and act. This course is a prerequisite to all subsequent, more specialized courses in Psychology.
Distribution: Social Science General Education course

For the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the Psychology electives are:
https://catalog.unomaha.edu/undergraduate/coursesaz/psyc/

PSYC 4250 LIMITS OF CONSCIOUSNESS (3 credits)
A course focusing on the scientific study of the psychology, neurology and philosophy of mind. This course is designed for students who are interested in thinking about thinking. (Cross-listed with PSYC 8256, PHIL 3250)
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSYC 1010; or 6 hours

PSYC 4440 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY (3 credits)
A course designed to examine the aberrant behavior of individuals. Symptoms, dynamics, therapy and prognosis of syndromes are considered. (Cross-listed with PSYC 8446)
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): PSYC 1010.

PSYC 4460 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING (3 credits)
The focus of this course is on the major social and psychological changes that occur as a function of aging. Both normal and abnormal patterns of developmental change are examined, along with their implications for behavior. (Cross-listed with GERO 4460, GERO 8466).
Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Junior or Senior.

Majors choose 4 classes (12) about things that need EFA. Certification students choose 2 classes (6 credits).
Child Abuse & Neglect
End of Life Care
Psychological Trauma
Violence

Electives: Majors choose 4 credits of electives from any listed classes. Certificate students choose 2 credits.

Conclude with practical classes. Majors take EFA 4011, 4012, or 4013 and EFA 4021 (6 credits). Certificate students take 1 class from EFA 4011, 4012, or 4013 (3 credits).
EFA 4012 Internship
EFA 4021 Capstone


Gerontology Minor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Requirements
The minor in gerontology requires completion of 18 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all gerontology coursework. Admission into the program requires a 2.50 GPA. The requirements for the minor can be completed online or on campus.
Code Title Credits
Gerontology Coursework 1
GERO 2000 INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3
GERO 3000 COMMUNITY RESOURCES FOR OLDER ADULTS 3
GERO 4460 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGING 3
Gerontology Electives 1
Select coursework based on career objectives and interest areas and consult with a Gerontology academic advisor for a plan of study. 9
Total Credits 18
Course List
1 An overall average of 2.0, no CR/NC can be applied.
For students pursuing a career path in the Pre-Health, GERO 4550 is strongly recommended.

GERO 3070 DEATH AND DYING (3 credits)
An interdisciplinary survey of literature in the field of thanatology, with an emphasis on working with the older patient and his or her family. (Cross-listed with PHHB 3070).

GERO 4690 WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of the differing status, attitudes and experiences of the elderly within minority groups. This course examines various service systems and practice models in terms of their relevance and effectiveness in meeting needs of the minority elderly. (Cross-listed with GERO 8696, SOWK 4040, SOWK 8046).

GERO 4850 HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY (3 credits)
This course examines the hospice concept and other related services available in the community. The student will learn that hospice is an alternative to the traditional medical model. (Cross-listed with GERO 8856, SOWK 4850, SOWK 8856.)


Master of Science in Counseling at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
Degree Requirements
Code Title Credits
Concentrations
Select an area of concentration:
Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60-66
P-12 School Counseling 1 48-54
Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education 36-42
Course List
1 Alternative endorsement for School Counseling students without education degrees (60 hours)
Exit Requirements:
• Comprehensive Examination for concentration area.
• Completion of the MS with Thesis option requires 6 additional hours of COUN 8990. All candidates should carefully review the Graduate College requirements for forming a Supervisory Committee, Thesis/Thesis Equivalent Proposal Approval Forms and final approval and submission of a thesis.
• Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration must have completed an abnormal psychology course (3 hours), either at the graduate or the undergraduate level prior to graduation. Licensure laws may vary between states. Please note that this course does NOT count as part of the 60-66 hour degree program requirement.

T-America offers a concentration in Thaniatry (death counseling).

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration
Code Title Credits
Required Courses
COUN 8010 INTRODUCTION TO END OF LIFE ISSUES (T-AMER) 3
COUN 8010 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING 3
COUN 8110 HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES 3
COUN 8030 COUNSELING PRACTICES 3
COUN 8040 ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS 3
COUN 8200 COUNSELING THEORIES 3
COUN 8226 CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE 3
COUN 8230 APPRAISAL TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING 3
COUN 8360 GROUP THEORY & TECHNIQUES 3
COUN 8400 ADVANCED THEORY AND TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING 3
COUN 8520 COUNSELING MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS 3
COUN 8620 FAMILY DYNAMICS OF LOSS (T-AMERICAN) 3
COUN 8700 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT COUNSELING 3
COUN 8800 CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
COUN 8930 COMPLICATED GRIEF AND ITS TREATMENT (T-AM) 3
COUN 8280 CRISIS INTERVENTION STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES 3
COUN 8530 CONTEMPLATING MORTALITY (T-AMERICAN) 3
COUN 8220 COUNSELING PRACTICUM 3
COUN 8250 INTERNSHIP: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
COUN 8260 ADVANCED INTERNSHIP: CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING 3
Total Hours (66 hours if completing thesis) 60-66


Communication Certificate at the University of Nebraska-Omaha
School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts & Media

Vision Statement
The proposed communication graduate certificate program provides potential students who are not interested in a complete MA program the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the discipline or customize their learning towards a specific area of study. This can be helpful for career promotion, professional opportunities, teaching in-discipline at the community college/dual-enrollment level, personal exploration, etc.

Total Number of Hours for Certificate Curriculum:18
The assumption is that the certificate courses are a subset of an existing master’s degree curriculum. Please attach a brief explanation if this is not the case.
Response: For this certificate, any of the 8000/9000 level courses taught within the School of Communication are available for Communication Graduate Certificate students to take as part of their 18 credit hours. As this program is meant for the student to create her/his/their own customized curriculum within the School’s offerings, the only restrictions on courses are the methods courses taught for the MA program students, denoted with * (those courses designated for MA students only; Certificate students who are interested taking a core course may be allowed by permit with instructor permission).
For those students focusing on HLC accreditation (to teach at the Associate’s level or the dual-enrollment level), certain courses will be denoted as “suggested” within promotional materials as they align with those courses being taught at that particular level.
Please complete the below course list.
As the program details, any six (or 18 credit hours) of coursework from the following can be utilized, through advising with the Graduate Program Chair, to complete the program. Other courses not listed but in the catalog (e.g., core courses) might be used with the approval of the GPC and the course instructor.

CMST 8126 COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST 3
CMST 8136 FAMILY COMMUNICATION 3
CMST 8146 COMMUNICATION AND HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS 3
CMST 8556 NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION 3
CMST 8706 INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT 3
CMST 8806 CONFLICT MEDIATION 3

* * *

"It wasn't me who chose the darkness, but the other way around."
-- Xynarah of Nocturnity

Naenia has a T-shirt that reads, Normal people have no idea how beautiful the darkness is.

Timour has a T-shirt that reads, If I wanted to kill myself, I would climb your ego and jump to your IQ.

Enjoy recipes for Black Beans and Brown Rice, Blackened Meat with Blackened Seasoning, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Red Hots Apple Pie, and Dark Chocolate Sheet Cake.

Red drink can be either healthy or unhealthy. Often it's just canned fruit punch or soda such as RosySo. Blues Moon serves a cold summer version based on hibiscus and a warm winter version based on cranberry and pomegranate. They used to carry RosySo but quit after the emulsified corn syrup scandal. Instead they introduced a new batch of nonalcholic mixed drinks to match their red cocktails.

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