ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba. It also fills the "experiments by evil scientists" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and fills the "mad scientist" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters 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 more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Turq has a horrifying past, and thus, horrifying nightmares. This batch of nightmares features child abuse and neglect, medical torture, and related mayhem. He wakes up terrified and miserable, very much in need of comfort, but unable to seek out human contact. So he finds something else which is sort of soothing. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "caroling" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Android holding out a palm; text says Kung Fu Robots (kung fu)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots. It also fills the "robots" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 2016 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "begging" square in my 7-16-16 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.

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ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem is from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"Ice Fishing"


In summer, the lake
is blue and fluid,
traversible only by boat.

In winter, the lake
is white and solid
enough to hike on.

So you walk on water,
and you cut a little hole
in the pale floor of the world.

You build a hut there,
with a brazier of coals
to help keep you warm.

For hours you may sit
on the little wooden stool,
dangling a hook into cold water.

But when the fish come,
they are stupid with cold,
and the biggest ones bite hard.

You can catch enough in a day
to clean and cook for a week,
for the Christmas feast.

* * *

Notes:

Fishing is a fun hobby with many benefits.

Ice fishing involves cutting a hole in a frozen body of water to catch fish in winter.  Here are some basic instructions.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
Here is today's freebie. It has been inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and LJ user Moonwolf1988.  It takes place in Quiar, a setting that I designed for K.A. Webb.


"Kin to the Shadows"


I am one who goes between
the night and the day,
the shape and the soul.

Kin to the shadows am I,
like tree-stripes in tall grass.

I wear my power as a cloak of dusk,
hiding my true form from hostile eyes.

When I take up arms, my enemies
see only what I would have them see:
I become large, elephantine, and
then they give me respect.

In that shape I can protect those
who are unable to protect themselves,
lift up burdens beyond my normal strength.

Death is lighter than a feather,
duty heavier than a mountain;
this is the secret of my endurance.

No one needs to know my hidden nature,
my hame of origin, that I am a tiger in truth,

for me to do a tiger's duty to the world.

* * *

Notes:

In Quiar, tigers are anthropomorphic thylacines.  Most of them possess a lot of magic, and many are shapeshifters.  They use cryptic abilities to survive in a world where two whole continents have tried to wipe them out.


ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "social gathering" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
This is the linkback perk from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It's spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "yes" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This is the freebie for the July 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] shiori_makiba.


"Where All Tears End"


Evil is an action, not an object.

It has no substance unto itself,
only direction once set in motion.

Evil is what you do, not who you are.

No one is born evil, only becomes
that way through a series of choices.

It is like pure water falling from the sky,
to turn muddy running over dry earth,
and then to become bitter salt when
it joins the ocean where all tears end.

For evil does not begin in hostility,
but in sorrow, and it flows from grief
to rage to hate like a flood picking up
flotsam and jetsam along the way,
ravaging down slopes into the ocean.

So evil ends as it begins,
in tears.



ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, [personal profile] fred_mouse, [personal profile] janetmiles, and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills "The Lovers" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "abuse (physical or emotional)" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_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 centers on a violation of body autonomy which was nonsexual but very disturbing, so it's pretty deep hurt/comfort. If that's sensitive stuff for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem belongs to the Aquariana 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 rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 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] ng_moonmoth

WARNING: This poem includes graphic descriptions which may be disturbing to many readers.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  This is the trial of the Japanese whalers.  Accordingly it contains legal stress, the challenges of accommodating nonhuman citizens, interspecies diplomatic incidents, body consciousness, religious and political differences, traumatic stress, rough telepathic contact, alarming use of superpowers; graphic descriptions and telepathic re-experiencing of past attempts to murder and eat sapient persons, violence and injuries, miserable medical memories, really stupid provocation of the flashbacking whale, followed by relaying the whaler's memories to everyone else, Steel broadcasting his even worse memories of being hunted and seeing his family murdered twice, which includes child death, and lots of gore; current environment is safe; mass vomiting because the inside of Steel's head is a cookie-tossing horror show, rude people snapping photos of play therapy, references to possible mental injury due to telepathy, public shaming and banishment, schadenfreud, and other mayhem.  There is also a lot of emotional support, and justice is certainly done, but it's still very stressful throughout.  If these are sensitive issues for you, then please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this.  It's plot-heavy, however, so skipping it would leave a big gap.  WARN ALL THE THINGS!

613 lines, Buy It Now = $306.50
Amount donated = $30
Verses posted = 16 of 168

Amount remaining to fund fully = $276
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "finding home/family" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest, and the "happy ending" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the May 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "random act of kindness" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics setting.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] technoshaman, and LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "being helped" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo Fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "unhappy ending" square in my 7-1-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug.


"FARBLONDJET"
-- an acrostic poem


For a traveler out and about, it's
Another unexpected twist in the route,
Road curving out of reach and
Beyond all reason:
Lost, and not
Only lost but
Desperately lost,
Journey wrenched awry in
Every way, past recovery, a failure
Total and complete in its trajectory.

* * *

Notes:

Acrostic poetry uses initial letters to spell a hidden message.  Learn to write acrostics, they're easy.

"Farblondjet" is a Yiddish word for lost.  It can be spelled a lot of different ways.  I like to define it as, "Not only lost, but so far lost that you not only don't know where you are or how to get where you're going, you don't even know how to get back to where you were when you did know those things."  I actually learned this from a Jewish character long before finding it in The Joy of Yiddish.  In our defense, we had just accidentally flung a space station halfway across the galaxy.

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