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This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] callibr8.

WARNING: This poem relates a historic murder that readers may find disturbing.

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Here is today's freebie, prompted by SlytherClaw Kid via [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "guests" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This is today's freebie, inspired by several folks including [personal profile] beasts_of_homeworld. It also fills the "Crazy" square in my 2-1-17 (Love Songs) card for the Valentines Bingo fest.

Warning: This poem incorporates concepts and descriptions from people with various mental issues. Not everyone may feel comfortable with the same terms or choices.

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Here is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu.


"Pyg(gy-bank)malion"



Once there was a rabbi
who wished to keep his money
as safe as it could be.

He had heard the tale of
Pygmalion (and got it all wrong)
so he crafted a golem of pygg and
made a slit in the cheap orange clay
that he could put the coins through.

Pyg(gy-bank)malion jingled
when he walked, but no matter
how hard the thieves and bandits tried,
they never could get it out of him,
for he was still a golem and
therefore very strong.

When at last the golem
became so full that the coins
no longer chimed inside him,
the rabbi went to smash him and
thereby retrieve his cache.

But Pyg(gy-bank)malion
pushed him down and ran away
(no longer jingling) into the night,
whereupon the rabbi sadly realized that
he had indeed made his money completely safe --

even from himself.

* * *

Notes:

This is not part of the Clay of Life series proper, but it was a solitary prompt and a funny idea, so I wrote it anyway.

Pygmalion is a mythological figure who carved a statue and then fell in love with it.  The statue's name is Galatea, but because the sculptor's name is more famous, people often confuse the two.

A piggy bank is a hollow receptacle for money, traditionally made out of ceramic and shaped like a swine.  It probably got its name from a cheap clay called pygg.


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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, spliced from prompts by [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] redsixwing.  It also fills the "Internet Friends" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo Fest.

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We Voted

Oct. 28th, 2016 06:35 pm
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We went to early voting today. \o/  So now I don't have to hack an hour out of fishbowl morning.

Have you voted? Are you planning to vote? When you have voted, you may claim a verse in any open perk poem.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "Thinking River Thoughts" and "È Meglio Star Solo."  Linking to this page will also reveal a new verses in whichever poem you request.  "Unfamiliar Feelings," "Tour Guides for All of Knowledge," and "The Tornado Blew Away" are now complete!


As a private citizen, I often argue for things I believe in. As a journalist, when I'm promoting the election as a democratic process, I just encourage people to make informed decisions and to vote their conscience. Since I'm good at compiling information, here are some resources:

Register to Vote

Election Dates & Deadlines

Directory of U.S. Political Parties

2016 Presidential Candidates
U.S. Senate Candidates
Congressional Candidates
Governor Candidates

Federal / State / Local Elections

How to Form Your Political Stances
How to Research Candidates
How to Vote

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This is the freebie for the October 18, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug, who is originally from Detroit.


"Like the Back of Your Hand"


If you live in Michigan, then
you know it like the back of your hand,
because you can always hold up
your left hand and point to where
you live in the Mitten.

Then there are the Yoopers,
who turn both palms up to map
the whole state, and have
nothing left to point with.

* * *

Notes:

This is a standard map of Michigan, and this is an outline of what they call "the hand map," because the lower peninsula looks like the back of a left hand.  It has some variations.

Yoopers are people from the upper peninsula, and their hand map looks like this.  The rivalry between upper and lower peninsula is a key feature of the state, and since the prompt came from a Detroit native, I put in a little tweak at the UP which riffs on some things people have said in articles about the hand map.

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This is the linkback perk poem for the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer. It came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] heartsinger. It also fills the "vivid" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingofest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One. All 14 verses have been posted. Linkers include DW user Dialecticdreamer, [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, DW user Librarygeek, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, [livejournal.com profile] mdlbear, Anonymous on DW, [livejournal.com profile] lone_cat, DW user Fyreharper, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot, and DW user Librarygeek.
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Here is today's freebie, courtesy of a prompt from Zelofheda. It belongs to the series Love Is For Children.

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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "greedy / desperate" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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Here is today's freebie, based on prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user My_partner_doug.


"The Curse of the Red Baron"


It is the nature of humanity
to combat horror with humor.

Thus Charles Schulz took
Manfred von Richthofen and
pitted him against a flying beagle.

Even when the Bloody Red Baron
shot him down, Snoopy just
shook his fist at the sky and cried,
"Curse you, Red Baron!" or
"Curses, foiled again!"

Comic strips led to movies
and a series of pop songs,
continuing the adventures of
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.

The catchy melodies spoke of
conflict and persistence and even,
in the Christmas special,
the strange chivalry of
"the knights of the air."

In the end, Snoopy finally
got his revenge and shot down
the Red Baron, only to see him
standing atop a hill, swearing
ferociously in German.

Long after World War I
has faded into history's
relentless march of battles,
the Red Baron stands out
as a vivid personage and
the curse of the skies ...

exeunt, pursued by a beagle.

* * *

Notes:

Snoopy is a cartoon beagle drawn by Charles Schulz.

The historic figure Manfred von Richthofen appeared as Snoopy's nemesis, the Red Baron.

Their combat began in comic strips such as this, followed by songs.  The Royal Guardsmen started with the lyrics for "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" and later "The Return of the Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas."

Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an entertainment trope with its roots in the Shakespeare line "Exeunt, pursued by a bear."  It is a traditional way of indicating defeat or death without actually showing dismemberment onstage.  It also belongs to the comic tradition due to the sheer incongruity, and has often been played for laughs.
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The May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl met 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 Wednesday afternoon.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.

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Thanks to new prompter [personal profile] liliane, you get a second freebie!  This also fills the "Breathing Exercises" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest.

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This is the freebie for the April 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "sensual pleasures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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The January 6, 2015 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 Wednesday afternoon.  If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a little longer.



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Meant for a 3D printer, this free universal construction kit consists of connectors for interfacing 10 popular children's toys such as Legos and Tinker Toys.  SO MUCH WIN.
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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] marina_bonomi who linked to an article about a stray cat befriending a lynx.


Transcendent Friendships


In the Leningrad Zoo,
a stray cat slipped through the bars
into the enclosure of a European Lynx
in search of something to eat.

Instead of attacking the interloper,
the lynx delicately sniffed noses,
greeting in the universal language of felines
this tiny stranger from afar.

From that moment they were inseparable.

Sometimes it is possible to find
such transcendent friendships
as can surpass the bounds
of size, shape, species
or expectation.

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