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This is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "phobias" square on my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl, [personal profile] lynnoconnacht, [personal profile] kelkyag, and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "mothers and fathers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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So Obama went to Jamaica, and being a civilized person, opened a speaking event with, "Greetings massive.  Wah gwan, Jamaica?"  (I believe that says roughly, "Hello, everyone.  What's going on, Jamaica?")  Now look at all those grinning faces.  That is the "Oh hey WOW this foreigner is a PERSON!" face.  That's the face I got whenever I said so much as "Hello" in the local language.  (Well, except in Tblisi, where the Georgians were completely flabbergasted first.)  It's a way of being a polite guest, and showing respect for the local hosts.  And then they see you as a person, not just a tourist they have to put up with.

Here we have a fundamental disagreement about what it means to be Presidential.  For me, it's about leading by example, getting the job done, and part of that job is diplomacy.  You can't get other countries to go along with your ideas, or get them to pony up their good ideas for you to share, if they think you're a dick because you're acting like a dick.  Leadership requires mutual respect and cooperation.  Conversely, some people view being President as all about force.  Never giving an inch, making people do what you want whether it is good for them or not.  That way causes more problems than it solves.

*wist*  Imagine how much progress in world diplomacy could have been made if President Obama had been free to do things like this all along.
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This is the second freebie for this session, courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It also fills the "winners and losers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.


haiku in English
kitsune wags her three tails
haze of thoughts and words

* * *

Notes:

Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry, which you can learn to write.

A kitsune is a Japanese fox spirit, with power indicated by the number of tails.

haze (kasumi, all spring).

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "spring" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: haiku

Apr. 7th, 2015 02:55 pm
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This poem was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman.


shining wind whispers
enlightenment of language:
words, thoughts, yin and yang


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Notes:

Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry which is fairly simple to write.  However, for more challenge you can include things like the season words characteristic of classic haiku.  In this case, "shining wind" (kaze hikaru)  refers to the entire spring season, also blending auditory and visual imagery which I followed through with language and enlightenment.

Taijitu is the yin-yang symbol, opposites in dynamic balance.  This is how I think of linguistic relativity: language influences thought, and thought influences language, forever touching but never blending away their differences.

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Usually it's the Christian holidays that get the epic displays of brilliance.  Today, I bring you a Jewish one, courtesy of my partner Doug.  As you can tell from the title, this is a tongue-in-cheek celebration, so if you prefer solemn ones, you should probably skip it.  If you believe that play and laughter are sacraments, click through.
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Here's an interesting computer game called Flight to Freedom, based on the Underground Railroad. Things I see as positive: a black protagonist, a female protagonist, and a plot about something more constructive than killing or looting.
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Sweden has officially added the gender-neutral pronoun "hen" alongside the masculine "han" and feminine "hon" in dictionaries.  That is just so awesome.
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Here's an article about (mostly problematic) representations of Native Americans in speculative fiction. Well, yeah, that's what you get if you read only or mostly wasicu history books. If you grow up on Naya Nuki and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee ...

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Here is an illustrated discussion about racism in comics. First, it's an example of the peskiness that people of color deal with all the time. Second, it's a sharp reminder to build clear character sheets if you are working on a team, and what can go wrong if you're careless about that or change things over time. Whitewashing tends to annoy people a lot.

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 ... even if they have to learn a new language to do it.  Aww!

Yeah this would totally happen in Terramagne.  It may be that T-Turkey is looking at the likes of Iran, Iraq, Israel, etc. and wanting not to be That Guy.
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Today I got my comp copy of Stages 10, which is a Norwegian textbook for English as a second language, reprinting my poem "Origami Emotion."  Full-color, lovely layout, with multiple sensory modes engaged and different subjects woven together.  Gorgeous, spectacular, Platonic ideal of what a textbook should be.  I am all the more flattered for having been invited into it.

*sigh* But it also makes me terribly envious.  On this side of the pond, people are trying to put Noah's goddamn ark into history and science textbooks, and most experts decline to consult on textbooks due to the egregious rate of inaccuracy.  This is why we can't have nice things.  >_<
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SOLD!

I'm actually not quite the only person who makes gothic fluff.  If you like my Frankenstein's Family, you'll probably get a kick out of Hotel Transylvania.
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This poem came out of the November 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "innocent" square in my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal. It belongs to the series Starfather, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This article and video explain that police officers customarily and sensibly wear holsters designed for maximum control of their firearms.  That makes it impossible for an officer's gun to fall out of a holster or be misappropriated by someone else.  Further safety features address specific parts of the gun such as the slide and trigger, again to prevent it from firing accidentally or under hostile action.  In order to the remove and fire the gun, it is necessary to know the exact method which the holster is set to permit, in which case the officer can draw and fire quite easily.  Without the knowledge and practice of how this holster works, the gun is not coming lose, because the technology is quite well designed.  Responsible gun owners use equipment like this to avoid stupid accidents like shooting themselves in the crotch or having children fire a gun.  Concerned about your safety?  You could bolt one of these to your bed and not have to worry about shooting yourself in your sleep, yet still have your weapon ready at hand.

None of this does any good if the officer is paranoid and delusional.  By paranoid, I mean generally inclined to believe that everyone is out to get him when it is not the case.  By delusional, I mean believing something which not only did not happen, but could not  happen as claimed.  

There is equipment designed to protect officers and other people around them.  Regrettably it cannot overcome all human failings.  If officers do not understand their equipment, use it properly, and trust  that it will perform as designed -- then they can't take advantage of the safety features as intended.

Put these two factors together and the result is a loss of life which was entirely preventable.  This is just one incident in a widespread pattern of police brutality marked not just by physical violence, but by deep psychological distortions.  When one officer makes a mistake which unnecessarily kills a civilian, that person needs to find a different line of work.  And when the same problem occurs repeatedly throughout multiple departments, then it indicates a pervasive flaw in law enforcement as a whole.

Of course, another consideration is that parts of this problem are not mistakes but are desired goals of a police state.  That's a political issue and somewhat different. 
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This poem came out of the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] brushwolf. It also fills the "warning signs" square in my 12-17-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

WARNING: This poem takes place during World War II and features assorted atrocities. If these are touchy issues for you, think carefully before deciding whether you want to read further.

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