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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "feast" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, and [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "therapy" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon). It also fills the "Big Brother" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains controversial topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features suicide, cyberbullying, failed therapy, an internet troll, revenge by ostracizing someone from electronics, and other mayhem. If there are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon), [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy, and [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "I" becomes "we" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $250 goal, so that's a third tally. There will be a bonus fishbowl on Tuesday, August 15 with a theme of "anything goes." You can ask for anything you want! Now is a good time to think about your favorite settings, characters, plotlines, etc. and take notes on what you'd like to see more of.  Have you been wondering what happens next to someone?  Intrigued by something that I mentioned would come up?  Do you have anything you've been wishing I would write that hasn't fit a theme? Prompt for it! You can ask for new things as well as old things. Please mark the date on your calendars, and I hope to see you then.
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The August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic.  Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll.  I will keep it open until at least Tuesday midday.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

Poll #18667 Free Epic for August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 25


Which of these should be the free epic?

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"The Things That Money Can't Buy"
8 (32.0%)

"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
13 (52.0%)

"So Closely Allied"
4 (16.0%)

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This was the linkback perk for the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It came out of the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It also fill the "change" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest.


"The Four Gates"


There are four gates
that people pass through
on life's journey --

birth,
the beginning of the quest
and the introduction to family;

puberty,
the transition from childhood to adulthood
and the awakening of desire;

marriage,
the shift from "I" to "we"
and nest of the next generation;

death,
the end of the quest
and the return to Spirit from whence we came;

and all of these passages
we undertake together
in love and fellowship

except for the last.

* * *

Notes:

Rites of passage mark the major transitions of life.  Most cultures have some way of observing birth, puberty, marriage, and death.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] elf. It also fills the "taking care of somebody" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Rook from Antisocialites. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Rook from Antisocialites has sponsored "Taking Care of Things" in Kenzie's storyline.  I will get that posted when I can.  Other sponsored stuff has been posted, except the bundle that is on hold for my parents. 
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This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"The Speakers"


Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *

Notes:

Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction.  Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness.  Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication.  You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication.  Read about how to develop your listening skills.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr.  This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.


"Rooted in Place"



Perseverance is no beauty;
her body is slim and attenuated,
her breasts barely formed
and arms altogether absent.

She can hear what people say about her:
there is nothing whatsoever wrong with her ears.

She leans back, leans away,
turns her face to the side
in a thorough show of rejection.

Skin the color of cottage cheese
ends just above the ankles;
her feet are huge and human
and they never want to go anywhere.

It is almost as if she has roots
instead of heel and sole and toes.

Yes, that is it:
Perseverance is rooted in the past,
she is what her body has made of her,
and for all of her resistance

she cannot escape herself.

* * *

Notes:

Perseverance is the ability to keep going in the face of obstacles.  Learn how to persevere.

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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has opened "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" for microfunding.  Jules discovers that even supervillains worry about their friends.
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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a ring of mushrooms sprouting in our yard.  It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles as a gift for Dreamwidth user We_are_spc.

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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by an image from Artcarnage on Minds that I stumbled across, and by the "WILD CARD: death" square in my 11-1-16 card for the Fall Festival Bingo. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.

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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.

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This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.


"The Fool at the Threshold"


It's right there at the beginning
of the quest that is to come:

the Fool is the first card of the Tarot,
dancing fearlessly-ignorantly
at the edge of the cliff.

The white dog of motivation
yips close at his heels,
urging him onward.

To take up the Tarot cards is
to take your own fate in your hands,

and to meditate upon the first
is to begin the Fool's journey.

* * *

Notes:

The Fool is the first card in the Tarot.  He is accompanied by the white dog of motivation.

Meditation is one way of learning how to read Tarot cards.  Understand that when you interact with a card, its energy tends to manifest in your life, both the positive and the negative.  If you're not prepared to handle it, the results can be upsetting, which causes some people to think that Tarot is dangerous.  So is a bicycle if you don't know what you're doing.  A very good piece of advice is to study the cards, at least the Major Arcana, one at a time, preferably one a week but you can go as fast as one a day if you think you can handle that ride.  If you're still interested, then follow the steps and explore an exercise in Tarot.

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