This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from ng_moonmoth
. It also fills the "body alteration / injury" square in my 4-3-17 card
for the origfic_bingo
fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with ng_moonmoth
, and EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics
This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. It features an intertribal biker gang, Native American spirituality and superpowers, cultural dissonance, gaybashing, a young man tangled in a barbed wire fence, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details while hours away from expert care, which includes a substantial amount of pain that's only partially controllable with resources at hand, panic, trust issues due to previously violations of hair and other body parts, references to the Sun Dance, difficult decisions, risky motorcycle stunts, gender issues, two spirits, and other challenges. However, the overall tone is positive and people take good care of each other.
If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.( Read more... )