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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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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.

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For about three years now, my partner Doug has been hankering after Mister Softee, a soft-serve ice cream truck that he fondly remembers from his childhood. Mister Softee of Central Illinois has a Facebook page so you can find the truck. Today they were parked all day at the Warrensburg Corn Festival. So we went, and drove an hour to get ice cream ... and it was the best street fair we've been to. Tiny little thing -- no more than 5-6 vendors, maybe 6-8 food and beverage places, a midway with a handful of rides, and miscellaneous entertainment. But I give them 10 out of 10 points. Let me explain why...

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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read the rest of "Essential for Human Survival."  Cassandra and Groundhog enjoy some crafts and cuddles.
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After writing the post about coping with grief, I got to thinking about how Terramagne-America handles this sort of thing. As with many social aspects, they do it better. One thing I had spotted in passing earlier was the use of followup calls after bereavement, and questionnaires to identify people who would welcome such contact. That sounded really useful, so I found one and wrote it down. This is typical of handouts available at funeral parlors, hospitals, counseling centers, and other places where people may interact with death and mourning. It can also be used for self-assessment; although that approach doesn't provide the same level of support, it can still illuminate what is happening in your grief process.

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Here is the freebie for the [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam, prompted by [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "curiosity" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.


"Goldilocks and the Three Planets"


Once upon a time,
there was a little girl
with short blonde curls
who wanted to explore space.

So Goldilocks got into her spaceship,
and she traveled a long, long way
in search of planets to explore.

The first planet she found was too hot!
It snuggled up right next to its sun,
and even the rocks melted.

The next planet she found was too cold!
It was far, far away from its sun,
and even the air was frozen.

So Goldilocks went home to her library.
She turned on her computer and
took out her books and studied.
She read all about stars and planets
and something called physics.

Then next time Goldilocks
went exploring in her spaceship,
she looked for suns with planets that
were not too close and not too far.

These were much better planets.
Some were a little warm, or a little cold,
so she kept looking for more middle ones.

Soon Goldilocks found a planet that was just right!
It was not too hot or too cold, too big or too small,
and it had soft soil for growing yummy things.

Goldilocks got out of her starship
and put up a habitat dome and
began to plant a garden.

She was very happy in
her new home, and people
began to say that such planets
were in "The Goldilocks Zone."

And she's still there!

Eventually the aliens came home,
but that's another story.

* * *

Notes:

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a fairytale about boundaries and moderation.  Read a version online, or enjoy a video.

"The Goldilocks Zone" is the area of space around a star where planets are likely to have liquid water on the surface, and therefore may be habitable for life as we know it.  (Life not as we know it may prefer other environments.)

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] technoshaman, there are 22 new verses in "To Know After Absence."  Shiv explores his new apartment over Blues Moon, and Boss White helps him figure out what he needs from the storage building.
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Poke ALL the bigots in the eye." I'll be soliciting ideas for bigots, victims, upstanders, the misunderstood, outcasts, nemeses, bullies, abusers, oppressors, slavers, psycho bosses, troubled relationships, supervillains, superheroes, activists, poking a bigot in the eye, fleeing in terror, picking on people, resisting oppression, facing your demons, feeding the right wolf, protesting, lunch counters, bars, schools, government buildings, the Oval Office, dark alleys, oceans, liminal zones, mad science labs, The Tower, battlegrounds, graveyards, other places of power, internalized oppression, bigotry, racism, other isms that should be wasms, manifestos, identity literature, picket signs, unusual vulnerabilities, radical transformation, the unspeakable, the inescapable, the indestructable, the nature of humanity (or lack thereof), hubris, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "We Will Fade into You" (11 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "Poke ALL the bigots in the eye." I'll be soliciting ideas for bigots, victims, upstanders, ordinary people, the women that men don't see, QUILTBAG folks, people of color, the misunderstood, outcasts, nemeses, bullies, abusers, oppressors, slavers, psycho bosses, troubled relationships, supervillains, superheroes, activists, poking a bigot in the eye, fleeing in terror, picking on people, resisting oppression, speaking truth to power, upsetting applecarts, facing your demons, feeding the right wolf, punching up, protesting, lunch counters, bars, reservations, slums, schools, playgrounds, counseling offices, government buildings, the Oval Office, dark alleys, oceans, liminal zones, mad science labs, The Tower, battlegrounds, graveyards, other places of power, internalized oppression, bigotry, racism, other isms that should be wasms, manifestos, identity literature, picket signs, disruptions, unusual vulnerabilities, minority languages, history written by the losers, radical transformation, the unspeakable, the inescapable, the indestructible, the nature of humanity (or lack thereof), hubris, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "We Will Fade into You" (11 verses, standalone). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 
 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

 

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The poem "To Know After Absence" is now open for microfunding, and locked at the sale price.  Boss White introduces Shiv to the apartment above Blues Moon.
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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from DW user Technoshaman.  It also fills the "white" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest.  This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The SALE rate is $.25/line, so $5 will reveal 20 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: [livejournal.com profile] zianuray, [livejournal.com profile] janetmiles, DW user Technoshaman, Shirley Barrette

FULLY FUNDED
372 lines, Buy It Now = $93
Amount donated = $46.50
Verses posted = 54 of 106

Amount remaining to fund fully = $46.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.75
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1


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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "Cedar Chest" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is another commercial from Terramagne. Comfort food appears in many of the poems from Polychrome Heroics. So what do you do if you grew up with junk for comfort food? They've got a patch for that ...

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Here's another commercial from Terramagne-America, this one for an anger management program that uses vigorous activity.   This idea is replicable with local resources.

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While writing Polychrome Heroics, I've noticed that the commercials in Terramagne-America are often more entertaining than the shows are in local-America. So I've started writing them down. Since I can't actually do video clips or even slideshows, I have instead pasted suitable images into the text. Also worth noting: this concept is replicable with local resources.

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This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kyleri. It also fills the "sleeplessness" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_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 contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Despite being in a much better situation now than he was recently, Nebuly is stressing out over the changes. There is insomnia, depression, awkward personal history, guilt, fatigue, and other angst. On the whole, though, Nebuly is making great progress and has awesome family-of-choice. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Shock can take physical or emotional form. Both can pose significant dangers. Although physical shock tends to be more serious in the short term, emotional shock can easily turn into chronic conditions such as PTSD or depression which can kill later. Also, either version can feed into the other. Responses to trauma vary along a spectrum of severity. Acute stress reaction is a normal response to abnormal situations which exceed the victim's coping capacity. Symptoms typically subside within a few hours or days. This is best treated by Emotional First Aid unless symptoms pose a threat to self or others, or interfere with everyday life, in which case professional care may help. Acute stress disorder spans a period approximately two days to one month after trauma, with symptoms serious enough to upset ordinary functions that aren't healing or seem to be healing slower than expected. Treatment at this stage may reduce the chance of developing post-traumatic stress disorder, a chronic form of trauma reaction. It is important to distinguish between normal response (which heals on its own), disordered response (which may need a little extra support), and a disorder (which typically requires professional care). Just like physical injuries, mental injuries can be mild, moderate, or severe and need different levels of attention.

Local-American advice is not to seek hospital treatment for emotional shock; the facility is not equipped to provide the soothing atmosphere needed for trauma survivors or people with a loved one in the hospital. In many situations, little or no treatment is available for mental issues at mild or moderate levels. People can only get help for severe problems. Unfortunately this has much the same effect on mental injuries as on physical ones: ignoring them increases the chance they will not heal cleanly and that serious complications could develop.

Terramagne does have a Shock Room alongside the Emergency Room at most hospitals. The SR provides a clinical setting for Emotional Trauma Care, just as the ER treats physical trauma. They have an assortment of private and ward therapy rooms for techniques that help traumatized people feel safe or let them burn off excess energy after a trauma. Some are like industrial-strength quiet rooms; others are padded rumpus rooms. Therapeutic video games such as Tetris help process experiences into new memories in a healthy way. A small hospital might have only a few treatment options, while a large one has many, just as they expand support for more types of physical complaints. Specially trained therapists provide immediate comfort care, followed by assessment and then arrangements for long-term care if needed. (Doing the assessment first, while the person is still overwrought, can make matters worse.) They can also teach people about self-care following a trauma. This helps tremendously in preventing the initial upset from crystallizing into long-term damage. Sometimes it works amazingly fast, although most of the time it takes longer.

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Emotional First Aid (also called Psychological First Aid) minimizes the lasting harm from traumatic events by treating it immediately. This is greatly preferable to ignoring the harm until it festers into a serious problem. Basic EFA may be taught in schools and community classes, with more advanced versions covering things like bereavement, sexual assault survivor assistance, etc. In Terramagne-America, an Emotional First Aide is roughly equivalent to an Emergency Medical Technician and they are often deployed in an ambulance, firetruck, or other first response vehicle. Many instutitions such as schools or malls also keep someone trained in EFA along with a nurse at the first aid station.

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Bad things can cause the brain to start looping, endlessly repeating the same thought or memory. This is fundamentally a failure of the sorting-filing function of the memory processes. When it gets stuck long term, that's post-traumatic stress. So the way to fix that problem is to get the memory filed properly. Some things that people have found useful include...

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] johnpalmer. It also fills the "angst" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem is the free epic for the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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