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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] corvi, and [personal profile] lynnoconnacht. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the Valor's Widow thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, after the introductory events of "Valor's Widow."

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht and further discussion with the person who drafted the character of Sintonizao. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Some movies don't need a plot.  They just need dinosaurs.  This is one of those movies.  I would happily have watched it just for the FX.

And then they added a dinosaur whisperer.  Also a hawt redhead.

Shut up and TAKE MAH MONEY!
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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 is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. Based on an audience poll, it has been sponsored from the general fund.


"The Seeds of Meaning"


What the old books call
the language of flowers
is what most linguists
would call a code.

Yet it has nouns
(wintergreen for harmony)
and verbs
(pink camellia for longing)
and adjectives
(red columbine for anxious).

It even has grammar
(a flower representing
the main sentiment
in the center, to be read
spiraling outward from there).

It is what we turn to
when speech deserts us,
a language of emotion written
in blossoms and leaves
each bearing

the seeds of meaning.

* * *

Notes:

Read about the language of flowers.

A tussie-mussie is a small bouquet of flowers.  Learn how to make one.

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Here, courtesy of the Open University, is a sample of Shakespeare in the original pronunciation with detailed attention to puns and other features that work in the original but not in the contemporary. 

Education wants to be free.  :D  I have to admit, I'm not a big fan of Shakespeare but I'd be more inclined to listen like this.  I had a couple of teachers who were and they were worth listening just because they had so much fun with it -- including things like this, reading the original language and pointing out subtleties.
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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem was selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It belongs to The Time Towers series, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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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 prompts from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah and LJ user The_vulture. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Beneath the Family Tree, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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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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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Reality Is Illusion" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"(Un)Truths"


It began with

War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength

and grew into a movement
that extends beyond fiction into fact.

Doublespeak is the matter-antimatter collision
of thought in which opposing ideas
react to obliterate logic.

It defines a world in which

Hate is love
Hope is despair
Reality is illusion

so that truths and untruths swirl
together and all things are subject to
interpretation, reinterpretation, subjugation.

It is a ship of fools ultimately destined
to runaground on one inescapable rock:

facts do not cease to be true just
because someone is refusing
to acknowledge their truth,

and reality is what remains
even if you disbelieve it.

* * *

Notes:

The three italicized lines come from the novel 1984.  The term doublespeak also derives from there, via the word doublethink used in the novel.

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This poem came out of the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Company of Strangers" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek for April being Autism Awareness Month. It belongs to the series An Army of One: The Autistic Secession in Space.

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This is from the April 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Marina_bonomi.  You can read more about realia online.


"Realia"


Realia is the realm of things
which are real but not true
or true but not real.

In education it moves
the practical into the abstract,
with items from real life
used for education.

In library science it concerns
three-dimensional objects
from the outside world
which do not fit neatly into
the categories of printed material.

In translation it relates
to concepts which can be explained
but are not explicitly encoded
outside their source culture.

Reality is analog,
language is digital,
and realia is the term
for things that fall through
the crack between them.

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


* * *

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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