Jun. 29th, 2017

ysabetwordsmith: (moment of silence)
Michael Bond has passed away.  He created the famous Paddington Bear.  :(  While it wasn't my favorite childhood series, I did read some Paddington and I'm familiar with the character.
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Today is mostly sunny, warm, and breezy.  

I watered plants and then rearranged some of them.  I moved two of the long planters from the porch to the picnic table.  They will get more sun on the picnic table, and hopefully the long shape of the pots will make them less prone to tipping over in the wind, a serious problem I've had this year.  The first pepper is pretty much ripe now.  If I grow peppers again next year, I am going to look for more long planters or wide shallow ones for better stability.  It's not like peppers have deep roots anyhow. 

EDIT 6-29-17: I cut some brush.

EDIT 6-29-17: More brush cutting.

EDIT 6-29-17: Even more brush cutting!  

As  it is getting dark, I am now done for the night.

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The following poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "
Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox," "Lead Us in Peace," and "We Will Fade into You." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Beatdown." When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion. Boss Batir is about to learn what a mistake he made.
412 lines, Buy It Now = $206

Shiv relished his newfound freedom,
but he tried to resist the temptation
to go out and make trouble from scratch.

Boss White frowned on that kind of thing,
and besides, just because Shiv had
made it six months didn't mean that
he wanted to get arrested again.

"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Big Brother and the Cyberbully." The strength of internet trolls is that they strike from hiding and are hard to reach in person. The weakness is that they're very dependent on the internet. When a cyberbully does grievous damage, a supervillain makes a calculated counterattack.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

(The above poem is about the aftermath of a suicide, so I don't want to post just an excerpt of that. If you want to see a free sample before sponsoring it, contact me and I'll send that backchannel.)

"Changes Over Time"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Changes Over Time." Ansel and Turq talk about mascots, tribal culture, and how communities evolve.
272 lines, Buy It Now = $136 SOLD

Turq was out collecting
some broken glass bottles --
you couldn't get a deposit back
from them, but you could take them
to the recycling center and get a dollar
for a five-gallon bucket of glass bits

"A Disease of Ignorance"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Disease of Ignorance." Some things are universal, others unique, and one of the things that hasn't changed over time is bigotry. But the Blueshift Troupers know how to handle it.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "No Power Like the Power of Youth." When racist protesters try to invade a largely black neighborhood, they meet with some serious opposition.
142 lines, Buy It Now = $71

Nykee was studying civics in grade school,
learning all about activism and protests and
what made them a good idea or a bad one.

"Only If It Is Embraced"
A backchannel prompt about Damask inspired the free-verse poem "Only If It Is Embraced." Damask and Farce help to capture the Scream. Other headmates finally begin to get a little clue about Keane.
1083 lines, Buy It Now = $542


"You want me to do what?!"
I exclaim, staring at Savoir Faire.
"And why do you want Farce?"

"We're assembling a special team,"
says Savoir Faire. "We need people
who can handle a high level of pain.
Medical and combat skills will also
be helpful. You've stood up to
Subwoofer and Mindflare, and
she has luck on her side."

"Seeing from a Different Perspective"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Seeing from a Different Perspective." Shaeth finds out what some of his former followers have been up to, and he doesn't like it.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

"We have a problem," Belfegar announced.
"Zargon has talked Volac into making
the drunken orgies more ... traditional."

"We Must Bear Witness"
Many prompts combined to inspired "We Must Bear Witness." It's a litany about part of Dr. Infanta's intelligence network during WWII, and how they fight back. Curbstomp ALL the facists!
303 lines, Buy It Now = $152

Alicia of all people
knew this was coming,
for she who lit the spark
of the first world war
foresaw the second.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nurse back to health" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and directly follows "The Place Where the Journey Begins," so read that first or this will make no sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. By this point the worst is over, but Kenzie has still been beaten up badly and is a mess. There are resource challenges, some difficulties connecting with a doctor/healer, identity confusion, reference to past mistreatment, privacy discussions, cultural entanglements, intimate shamanic discussions, Kenzie beginning to run out of patience with Ben, exploration of the difference between hallucinations and visions, issues surrounding body image and scarring, detailed description of the buffalo skull version of a Sun Dance, necessary minor hair cutting, statement of intent for vigilante justice, intimate description of healing and some messy medical details, homelessness, issues of medical certifications, exhaustion, and other challenges. However, the overall tone is positive and Kenzie is getting good care, so he feels a lot better now than before. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )


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