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This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "creative solutions to limits" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has emotional upheavals, Vagary's continued stress over Calliope not wanting to do things with him, Calliope's continued stress over his closeness, tornado formation, interrupted therapy session, which triggers Vagary's abandonment issues, unexpected changes in superpowers, Calliope looming over Vagary, emotional suppression during an emergency, an emergency dispatcher doing a shitty job, negotiating with supervillains, stormchasing, exhaustion, crashing with friends at a weather station, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "money" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, "The Whip of His Own Remorse" is now complete.  Read about Stylet's crushing discovery of what his precious berettaflies have been up to.

This unlocks the next poem in the Berettaflies thread, "The Inner Transition," which can be posted as soon as it gets sponsored.  That will feature Stylet approaching Valor's Widow.
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls and fills the "I'm on Fire" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material that many readers may find disturbing. It also contains a hefty serving of poetic justice. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is mad science, Carl Bernhardt is always a warning, graphic description of medical torture and experimentation on sapient people, centaurs produced by mad science, a distorted response that could be learned helplessness or Stockholm syndrome, references to sapient trafficking and sexual exploitation, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details, unethical employees, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read. It does advance the plot a bit, but a lot of the general trajectory is already established, so it's only a minor gap if you choose to skip this one.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Rosa Parks Day -- December 1" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "first library card" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rowyn. It also fills the "mystery to investigate" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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 The half-price sale is up on LiveJournal if you want to shop for Schrodinger's Heroes.
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted "A Tide of Grief and Melancholy" which deals with Steel having a nightmare.  Heavy reading, but it's fascinating stuff, and it has sparked some good conversations about safety vs. consent during an emergency. 
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This is the freebie for the March [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Nobody Knows" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest.


"The Enigmatic Egg in the Hidden Land"


George Dowling went to Egypt
expecting to dig up statues of dogs
and instead dug up a god.

To be sure, Anubis was
wearing the statue of a dog
when George dug him up,
but he was still a god.

Anubis yawned and stretched
and said, "That was a nice little nap,"

and George dropped his shovel on his foot.

"This is impossible," George said.
"I am an atheist. Gods don't exist.
"Nobody knows that better than me."

"Learn to rise up out of the enigmatic egg
in the hidden land," Anubis advised him,
then trotted away into the desert.

George wanted to wave it all away
as a symptom of sunstroke, but
Anubis remained stubbornly visible
and verbose on the survey video.

Grudgingly, George put it up
for peer review as part of his report
on the progress of the dig.

Plenty of people tried
to replicate his results, but
Anubis remained just out of reach
and nobody was able to confirm
or disprove the existence of deities

until Catherine Carmichael
came running out of the dunes
swearing that a statue of a cat

had turned into Bastet.

* * *

Notes:

"Learn to rise up out of the enigmatic egg in the hidden land."
-- Egyptian proverb

In case you're curious, that's a recommendation for spiritual enlightenment.  It refers to the cosmic egg popular in many world religions, and a nickname for Egypt, home of many gods.  I don't know if anyone has mentioned that in modern times, though.

The ancient Egyptians made many statues of dogs and cats.

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 Alex Conall has posted the poem "Tolerance" which examines different meanings of the word and how they overlap.  It's a brilliant explanation of why tolerance has limits.
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This weekend the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is running on Dreamwidth and LiveJournal.  The theme is "skeptical, not blind."  Come give us prompts, or claim prompts for your own inspiration.


From My Prompts
"Tolerance" by [personal profile] alexconall  looks at different meanings of the word.


What I Have Written 

These two free-verse poems are a matched set in the Berettaflies thread:

"Until It Hears Something Better" spans part of Week 4 and Week 5, after Stylet surrenders and begins making amends to the citizens of Easy City. It's a bumpy ride, but he has some support.
182 lines, Buy It Now = $91

"A Little from the Heart" shows the meeting between Stylet and Ashley, in which he attempts to apologize and she expresses her extreme displeasure.
481 lines, Buy It Now = $241
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug. It also fills the "magic" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu and[personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem is very intense. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is the big raid on Mr. Dipper's place, which is stressful for everyone, although it's well planned and largely effective. He lives in a squalid little shack, so expect to see scenes of extreme poverty and moderate filth. There's also general angst, child endangerment, assorted fears, crying, body language of extreme distress, hostile use of superpowers, gunfire, gang activity, canon-typical violence, a forest full of hazardous trash, panic and brief abandonment, minor to serious injuries, messy medical details, some sexually inappropriate behavior by a teen girl, Missouri Family Services has dropped the ball again, post-adrenaline crash, self-blame, perfectionism, out of cope, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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New Verses

Mar. 15th, 2017 11:36 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
Based on an audience poll, there are new verses!

"A Hope and a Promise" has 2 new verses.  Aidan and Saraphina talk with the new teacher.

"Essential for Human Survival" has 4 new verses.  Cassandra and Groundhog find out about a craft class.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "get enough sleep" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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The free epic poll is now running in LiveJournal.

"So Closely Allied"
Twins Phoebe and Floyd have an unusual connection and superpowers enhanced through touch.
164 lines, $82

"Spooked"

Be careful what you wish for, especially if it might involve superpowers.
111 lines, $56
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
 I have posted the general fund poll in LiveJournal.  It has $15 to be directed into open epics.

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