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This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "angst" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows "To Keep Your Balance" so read that first.

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 Often it's not about education anymore.  And yet people are still pressured to attend, whether they can afford it or not.
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Looks like I forgot to post a free epic for the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. So I'm sharing this one, the sequel to "The Candle Burns Not for Us." It was spillover from the December 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "branding" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem includes content that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers and possibly triggers. It features war, serious disability, refugees, homelessness, food insecurity, survivor guilt, racism, Nazis, extremely graphic torture, hostile use of superpowers, confession of atrocities, Europe in ruins, war trauma, and other mayhem. This poem primarily concerns the relationship between Alicia and Aidan, along with their activities during WWII; it adds detail, but the gist has been mentioned elsewhere, so skipping this shouldn't leave too big a gap. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you wish to read.

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This poem came out of the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] shiori_makiba (who had a wonderful summary of how people respond to Dr. Infanta, in a comment below the prompts), [personal profile] kelkyag, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] moongoddessgirl, and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "apocalypse" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains material that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, which are spoilers and also possibly triggers. This poem features references to historic butchery, disapproval of Israel's behavior, (which is not the same as disapproval of Jews in general), references to horrible events which occurred both in Terramagne and in local-Earth but happened a bit differently in each dimension, graphic description of war crimes, canon-atypical violence, child death, mass-casualty events, Israel is a bottom-ten country because reasons, desecration of an Israeli flag, Dr. Infanta is a person of mass destruction, and so is the Undertaker, and this is why you should not piss them off, killing soldiers via superpowers, deliberate terrorizing of Israeli troops, Dr. Infanta's self-image is also bent, imprisonment of a soup, healing Israeli casualties without their consent, destruction of the Wall, graffiti as the art of rebellion, hair-trigger reflexes, and other mayhem. (If you want to read some of my positive Jewish characters, see Clay of Life.) This poem is not a major plot point, and most of its content can be understood simply from previous mentions that Dr. Infanta is a person of mass destruction and Israel is a bottom-ten country; this simply gives examples of why. So no big gap if you skip it. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you want to read.

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This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] lone_cat.

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One of the interesting quirks about humans is the degree to which tolerance of g-force varies.  Few people can take more than 8 g, and for a while that was considered the maximum.  Fighter pilots are chosen in part for their ability to last longer than average before passing out.

And then there's this guy.  Colonel John Paul Stapp liked to use himself as a human guinea pig while studying ways for pilots to withstand more g-force.  His first test more than tripled the basic 8.  Through clever application of gizmology, he devised equipment that expanded what people could tolerate.  His personal record was 46.2 g -- more than five times  the presumed human limit. This guy had big brass balls.  Not just for strapping himself to a rocket, because guys do dumb shit like that; but for admitting how far outside the envelope he really was.  Even at twice the usual, people give you a lot of hairy eyeballs.

Survey says: soup's on!  :D
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A friend had a disturbing, mostly emotional bit of farmemory crop up recently and asked me how to handle that. Farmemory is a recollection of something from another life, usually described as a past life, but can reflect the future or even a different world/race altogther. What sticks the most are two broad categories: repetition and intensity. You remember the things you did all the time, or the highs and lows. If you hit a low, that tends to suck. Even positive ones sometimes pose more distraction than is desirable. You may need to do some extra work to make that memory lie back down and stop bugging you.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "aggressive" square in my 12-1-15 card for the Defining Character fest, and the "nurture self-worth" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentine's Day Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] clockworklady and EdorFaus. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem is mostly fluff, but contains some intense emotions. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The Finns take Shiv to Pennsic War for a day. It includes anxiety over expectations, being in a totally unfamiliar place, feeling overwhelmed by people and social activities, touch aversion, (wildly inappropriate) accusations of racism, other people ignoring rules, which drives Shiv up a wall, so he starts stealing contraband off people, scavenging for supplies, performance anxiety, panic over social connections, physical exhaustion and overheating, discussion of supervillain philosophy, educational comparisons, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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Susan B. Anthony's tombstone is covered with "I Voted" stickers from women on pilgrimage there.  Notice also the stones at the base.  That's a Jewish custom, a wish for God to remember the departed, inspired by shepherds who would place stones in a pouch to count their sheep.  She helped pave the path on which we walk.
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Today we remember those who have crossed over during the past year.  You can find links to some obituaries for notable passings via my Moment of Silence tag.

*toast*  "To absent friends!"  *smash glass*
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Pop singer Bobby Vee has died

We were just talking about him the other day, because one of his songs was playing in a restaurant, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."  There are some lovely, subtle references to Indian and Middle Eastern traditions where people imagine peacocks as carrying the thousand eyes of God, always watching.
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Tom Hayden has passed away.  He was a legendary activist in the Civil Rights movement and Vietnam War protests. 
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This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the freebie for the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It's spillover from the November 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It also fills the "entheogens" square in the public card for the Science Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find on the Serial Poetry page.

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As people travel, they take their stories with them, and those stories change slowly over time.  The evolution of mythology thus parallels the paths of migration. 
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Here's a look at diversity in Star Trek. I'm particularly taken by Armin Shimerman's experience regarding perceptions of the Ferengi.

However, I must note that "having equality" is a white perspective on Lt. Uhura. Whoopi Goldberg's reaction was, ‘Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there’s a black lady on television and she ain’t no maid!’ Dr. Martin Luther King's description was, "You prove that we survive."  Those are very different values in the character.
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This poem was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Pocketnaomi. It has been sponsored by LJ user Lone_cat. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Brothers, Equals"
-- Alcaic stanzas


You cannot name a people as ignorant
Who turn your language, basketlike, whispering,
Back running over self and substance:
Listen and learn or else fall to failure.

O Best Beloved, African history
Tells tales that Europe, envying, echoing,
Brings home to ponder weighty meanings nightly:
Honor us, join with us, brothers, equals.

* * *

NOTES:

This is a poem by  Danso, rather than about him.  One of his pet peeves is people who talk down to him because of his race, his background, and whatnot.  There's a saying, "No man can call you ignorant if you can beat him in a game of chess."  Every culture has things it respects as signs of sophistication; in America, chess is one and poetry is another.  If you can write poetry in Greek forms, you have disproven the argument that you are uneducated or unintelligent.

Alcaic stanza is a Greek form of poetry which relies on syllables.  It doesn't fit well with English, but I've made a capable effort here.

The Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling relate fables about why the animals are the way they are.  "The Elephant's Child" is one that explicitly mentions Africa.  "O Best Beloved" is a phrase from there.

African history is the wellspring of humanity, so pay your respects.

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This poem came out of the August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "accident" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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This is the second freebie, courtesy of new anonymous donor. The poem was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "marshmallow world" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo.

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Here's a photo-essay showing the evolution of classic to modern cars.  Some show very little change, mostly a more streamlined form for less wind resistance.  Others are completely different.  That's a problem if you liked and could drive the earlier versions and now can't get a vehicle you can drive.  Same with the rush to electronics; people with a more mechanical approach are out of luck, as are people with low skill at computers and machines in general.  Earlier cars were much simpler. They didn't do the gee-whiz things but they were often more durable and easier to operate.  One of the few innovations I really like is automatic transmission.  Outside that, I have found that the drawbacks of new technology usually outweigh the benefits in cars.

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