ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the September 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "group dynamics" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "parent(s)" square on my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This is a horror poem. It is nightmare fuel. It is about things that can go wrong when superpowers manifest in infancy or early childhood. If you are a parent or work with small children, think three times before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It has been sponsored by an anonymous donor. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.


"Heroes Still Living"


Hail heroes still living,
Heroes in each lineage!
Roundly we remember
Rare tales told of valor.
Wound-wands and words rally,
Wielded with all honor.
Might beyond men granted,
Makes some feed the ravens.

Hail too, fine foes, fiercest
Fighters gifted greatly!
Without you, no worthy
Warrior knows purpose.
Bring your wood-bane fingers;
Breathe airs of tree-breaking.
Power that passed mortals
Pours forth at your saying.

God-given gifts linger,
Growing great in story!
Be as in old battles,
Bid good against evil.
Spear-din speaks our summons:
Speed onward in answer.
Tell a tale of talents
Taut against each other.

* * *

Notes:

The requested form was a drottkvaett, a type of alliterative verse.  This isn't quite perfect, but it comes close.

Lineage is a form of family reckoning.  Some superpowers run in families.

Kennings are metaphors used in Celtic and Norse tradition.

ysabetwordsmith: Two smiling women; Kelly is blonde and Dale is brunette (walking the beat)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LiveJournal user Westrider. It also fills the "Recycle / recycling" square on the Spring and Autumn Bingo public card over in [community profile] allbingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Sheba with parrot wings (fledgling grace)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "color" square of my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "ice" square on the public card for the Spring and Autumn Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is the second freebie for the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. You have new prompters [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [personal profile] helgatwb, and LiveJournal user Ng_moonmoth to thank for this perk. It was inspired by [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "genderswap" square in my 12-8-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "holding hands" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem belongs to The Ocracies series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for today's session. It was prompted by [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "Seeking / Finding love" square in my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo  fest.

Torn World is a science fantasy shared world.  This is the character sheet for Tetefii (who is adoptable, by the way).  One interesting thing about Northern culture is they don't have rigidly defined professions or dress codes according to gender, although there are a few gender-specific rules.  They're also pretty loose about sexual orientation, although of course some people have strong preferences.  Far more important in most people's lives is their occupation role: domestic (working in the village) or ranger (working in the wilderness).  But there are always some people who blur the lines ...


"Outdoor Men and Indoor Men"


Tetefii likes men.
She likes them tall and short,
old and young, funny and solemn.

In particular, she likes
indoor men and outdoor men.

During the long winters,
she cuddles up with domestics,
their soft hands finding
all the right places.

During the brief summers,
she runs wild with rangers
who show her hidden grottoes
where nobody will notice
if they are not, for a few minutes,
actually gathering food and craft materials.

Tetefii likes men,
but not just  men --

she enjoys the company
of men who wear dresses and raise children,
who are not so loud and fierce
and always concerned about
putting a bead on somebody's necklace

and, sometimes, she looks to
the women who wear breeches
and take snow-unicorns on long journeys,
their arms full of adventure instead of infants.

The thing about middle work is this:
you're never only a domestic or only a ranger.
You're always a little of both,
a bridge binding the two halves together,
a rocker between age-mates.

The thing about flexibility in love is this:
you find a lot more of it that way.
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This is the perk for voting in the primary election. It came out of the January 2013 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It belongs to the series The Bat Vampires, which you can find on the Serial Poetry page.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.  It has been sponsored by the general fund, based on an audience poll.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] thnidu. It also fills the "traveling" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest.


"Plush Dragons"


Most people think of dragons
as gold or silver, metallic visions
of magic and mystery.

Some think of chromatic dragons,
red and blue and green, black and white.

It is the plush dragons
who go everywhere,
hiding in plain sight,
riding on shoulders.

They are alive without life,
speaking without breath,
able to flit from one body to another.

They are always traveling,
clinging to a self-mobile perch,
peeking out from under someone's hair
at a bardic circle or a joust.

They are familiars, muses,
assistants, associates,
slipping between the cracks
of assumption and myth --

invulnerable and ubiquitous
in ways the great wyrms
could never be.

ysabetwordsmith: Jump gate showing diamond ring of light (blueshift)
This poem fills the "soul bonding / soulmates" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the project The Blueshift Troupers.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "hurt/comfort" square in my 1/2/14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, prompted by [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "presumed dead" square in my 1-2-14 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. Read about the curse of Fáfnir.

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This poem came out of the January 21, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] rhodielady_47.  It also fills the "waxplay" square in my 10-6-13 card for the Origfic Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the series Walking the Beat.

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ysabetwordsmith: Jump gate showing diamond ring of light (blueshift)
This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers, introducing Zasha. It fills the "prosperity" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This is also for the Bingo Valentines fest over on [community profile] allbingo, exploring love of family and of humanity as a whole.

Title: "You Should Go"
Fandom: The Blueshift Troupers
Prompt: Prosperity
Medium: Poetry
Size: 675
Rating: PG
Warnings: Family tension. Searching for one's purpose.
Summary/Preview: Zasha makes a personal discovery that causes him to question what he's doing with his life.
Notes: Love begins at home, but it can stretch across a galaxy.

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