Feb. 3rd, 2017

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It has been sponsored out of the general fund.


owl feathers


night comes on velvet wings

pale feathers ghosting through the air
dark feathers shadowing their prey

death comes in forests, in cornfields
death comes in silence, unseen

until it strikes

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"The Smell of Purple"


Lilacs bloom in the spring,
spreading the smell of purple
all over the evening breeze.

They range from the darkest shades
of eggplant and indigo to a purple
so pale that it approaches
the shade of angel wings.

The sensation of plum
with white edges rolls
over nose and tongue.

The stems of the bushes
are as dense and intricate as
the bureaucracy of old Byzantium.

In the language of flowers,
the purple lilacs evoke first love,
while those nearing white
speak of innocence.

The blossoms open in spring,
the maiden's time, but they wear
the colors of wisdom and wild old women,
their scent reminiscent of temple prostitutes.

The smell of purple is
nothing if not mysterious.

* * *

Notes:

Lilacs have their own symbolic meaning, and so does the color purple.

See some shades of purple.

'Sensation' is a bicolored lilac.  'Angel White' is a white lilac.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and Readera. It has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"Not So Black"



The Jersey Devil is said to live
in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

The legends go all the way back to the 1700s
when Mrs. Leeds, mother of twelve children,
who found herself expecting another
and said, "May it be a devil!"

The stories have continued ever since,
and in 1960 some Camden merchants offered
a reward for his capture, intending to put
the Jersey Devil into a private zoo.

The reward has never been claimed.

The pineys who say they have seen him
describe him as a kangaroo-like creature
with the face of a horse, the head of a dog,
the wings of a bat, horns, and a tail.

For all the horror and the stories,
the Jersey Devil is not so black
as he is painted: he is known
to go after braggarts and idiots,

Mother Nature's very own Devil's advocate.

* * *

Notes:

The Jersey Devil is an old legend from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

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[livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug has this idea about referring to President Pence and his puppet. Then I saw this puppet and thought it would be funny for protesters to hold them up with a sign saying, "Dear President Pence, we want a turn too."

Imagine how Dongus Taint will respond to millions of people shoving their fist up his ass in effigy.

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