ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "war" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem is from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and LJ user The_vulture. It also fills the "prostitution" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains references to prostitution and to past sexual assault. If these are touchy topics for you, consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] eseme, and [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "getting a tattoo or piercing" square in my 12-20-14 card for the Rites of Passage Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

Warning: This poem contains detailed descriptions of body modification and altered states of awareness.  Consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "outnumbered" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.


"Who Gives of Himself"
-- a ghazal


Shahana explains to Ari as they gather with others to pray,
"To be a saint of Gailah requires one who gives of himself."

Along with Gailah's old Tevorn is Diawn's younger Madralay,
Who says, "I ain't fancy, but I'm someone who gives of himself."

The middle-aged man who serves Syvera has gone as gray
as the paint horse he rides, yet still stands to give of himself.

The service of Zyweet the Trickster is not so easy a play,
But one woman turns aside the plaint and gives of herself.

Ligia's seer is light of tongue as the birds that wing by the way,
Twittering of the taint she has seen, so she gives of herself.

The scholar who looks to Plumere soon holds them all in sway,
Weaving complaint on complaint to reveal how he gives of himself.

Talaton's own nods her head at the news, tilts the balance away,
and says, "How quaint. Who will dance with me as I give of myself?"

A smith of Barzay holds out her hand. "I'll take that roundelay,"
she says, "and acquaint you with the steps I give of myself."

Yasun has sent a healer to join the row of talents upon display,
who frowns at violence, but shows restraint, and gives of himself.

But one is outnumbered, uncounted by the officiant on this day --
There is in their company no saint of Gorrein who gives of himself.

* * *

Notes:

You can read more about the ghazal form online.

A saint is someone who epitomizes the tenets of their religion, so the qualifications vary somewhat from one tradition to another.  For all the fuss and bother some religions make of them, saints actually tend to lead rather quiet lives.  The Jewish concept of tzadikim  reflects this.
ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem is from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "desperate" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins, and is a direct sequel to "Grit and Grace" so you'll need to read that one first. For Nahum's perspective of the aftermath, see "Its Very Existence."

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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This is today's freebie, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.


"Dreams of Ink"
-- a decastich


It is a dream that does not fade,
When dawn's light overtakes the glade,
Of thorns and blossoms, berries too,
All decked about in morning dew.
Already he's bestowed his heart,
And not upon the God of Art,
So why this vision that won't go?
It's nettlesome, it breaks the flow,
And Johan knows not what to think.
He sleeps again, and dreams of ink.

* * * 

Notes:

A decastich is any poem of exactly 10 lines.  It is often free verse, but it can use rhyme/meter, as this one does.


ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This is the freebie for the May 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "watch television" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart project.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Origami Mage)
This poem is spillover from the April 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah. It also fills the "enjoy nature" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, the "summertime (and the livin' is easy)" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and the "Wild Card: Asia" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored out of the general fund based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Maryam Smith in a tophat (steamsmith)
This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and LJ user Marina_bonomi. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to The Steamsmith series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the April 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills "the sky at night" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll for the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It belongs to the series The Clay of Life.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] thnidu and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "talk with a friend" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem deals with some intense personal topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. The two main characters are dealing with very difficult issues around gender identity and sexual orientation. They are at the stage where they're realizing their current circumstances are untenable, but they are not yet ready to make the major changes required for happiness. However! They do get there, because this is actually a prequel for Hyperspaceman and Professor Nigel Bonneville, both of whom we've seen in much better circumstances farther down the timeline. If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "best friends" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. 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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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This poem came out of the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "volunteering" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Torn World project.

Note: This poem has not yet been submitted for Canon Board approval, so it's not canonical yet.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"A Gentleman in Distress"


Love is

being a sixteen-year-old boy
and saying, "Not tonight, sweetie,
I'm all out of condoms.

I'll buy more tomorrow."

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and LJ user Starcat_jewel. It also fills the "Asked to publically support cause X -- on camera" space on my Superhero Bingo Card. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Starcat_jewel. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. There is peer pressure, quite a lot of foul language, misogyny, misandry, accidental gunshot injury, messy medical details, ideological angst over saving someone who turned out to be a bad guy, poor responses to a supervillain, robbery, justified but rudely phrased browbeating of a minion, and other mayhem. 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 from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "good nutrition" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and is a direct sequel to "A Reflection of Your Energy," so read that one first or this won't make much sense.

Special thanks to [personal profile] kyleri for providing local color details about Plymouth and surrounding areas. Any time I'm writing about a specific place, I welcome input from people who have or are living there. It really helps me put the boots on the ground.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Fayanora. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] gingicat. This poem belongs to the series Glimpses of Minoa, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus. This poem belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it's a direct sequel to "The Inheritor of Our Fear" so read that one first or this one will make no sense.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
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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ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This is today's freebie for the Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] curiosity. It also fills the "Set Attainable Goals" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo. This poem belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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