ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
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This poem is spillover from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "luck" square on my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

"The House Dragon"

There's a knickknack sitting
on the windowsill of Will's home,
visible from the street --

a drab little brown dragon
wrapped around a quaint cottage,
a few flecks of gold still showing
where his claws and horns
were gilded once, the color
long since flaked away.

Dale and Kelly can see it
whenever they walk past,
framed by the plain curtains.

Dale is curious about it,
but it's none of her business,
so she never asks.

Kelly is curious too,
and more outgoing,
so she is the one
who finally says something.

"My sister gave it to me,"
Will explains. "She got it
when we were kids, on vacation.
When I moved away to college,
she sent it along with me
as a good luck charm,
for protection."

"Does it work?" Dale asks
with a lazy smirk,
because she doesn't
believe in that sort of thing.

Will just shrugs. "I don't know,"
he said, "but nothing really bad
has ever happened to me at home."

Nothing changes,
but Dale watches
for the little dragon
as she makes her rounds
of the neighborhood,
one more touchstone
holding down the corners
of her life.

Settling in

Date: 2014-05-27 05:05 pm (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
And I think she's "settling in" with more than just the neighborhood; she seems calmer, and more at ease in general. I'ts so nice to see her with /multiple/ things going on in her life that one /could/ write about, making none of them /the/ definitive, distinctive thing about her.

LOVED it. Thanks for posting.

Yes indeed

Date: 2014-05-27 06:38 pm (UTC)
thnidu: warm red heart on orange streaked background (heart)
From: [personal profile] thnidu
What [personal profile] d'dreamer said.

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Date: 2014-05-28 12:06 am (UTC)
chanter_greenie: an image of a green dragon (green dragon)
From: [personal profile] chanter_greenie
Warm fuzzies. :) Benevolent leetle dragony protector figures for the win. <3

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Date: 2014-06-03 02:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] johnpalmer.livejournal.com
I don't really believe in charms either - but I recognize their value and potency and have a bit of admiration for those who *do* believe.


Date: 2014-06-03 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
Such things work for some people, not others.

Since this is my one solidly ordinary-world series, I tried to tilt the magical prompt in a direction of plausible deniability.


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