ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the November 8, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "angst" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows "To Keep Your Balance" so read that first.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat and discussion with other characters regarding Turq and Mr. Dipper. It also fills the "betrayal" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy 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 intense material. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features sudden and (necessarily) fairly rough waking of Ansel by Turq, the first time Turq comes upstairs without direct encouragement, Turq's considerable stress over being indoors at all, reporting a major incident with Mr. Dipper and some kids who probably don't want to be with him, faginy, asking for help and getting it, but still being panicky, references to Turq backsliding after meeting his family, Turq's stumbling path back to everyday society, volunteering for hazardous activities, preliminary plans for a police raid on Mr. Dipper's place, Turq's car issues, betrayal, ethical dilemmas, feeling broken, trust issues, and other difficulties. On the whole, though, interactions between Turq and Ansel are positive. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a huge gap.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [livejournal.com profile] paantha. It also fills the "chance" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Hankie warning for personal growth and domestic situations. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It involves trying to get over things without much luck, frustration with slow progress, awkward couples therapy, boundary issues, communication issues, whole magazine racks full of issues in every color and theme, impaired bond dynamics, negotiation and compromise, mismatched stages of development, and other angst. Overall, though, the tone is hopeful. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kelkyag and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "ingenuity" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This is the freebie for the January [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "rain" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman, [personal profile] thnidu, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "powers" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Dvorak & Qwerty thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has Dvorak running rings around Qwerty, failure, self-blame, feeling useless, feeling inferior, complex discussion of moral quandaries, Dvorak running even more rings about the Primaries, and other angst. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] nsfwords. It also fills the "psychological turmoil" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

Warning: This poem contains ethical conundra and situations of (mutually) questionable consent in the context of intragalactic travel.

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This is from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "gods / goddesses" square in my 1-7-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Loopholes and Destinies"


The thread of fate is unbreakable,
but it always has loopholes.

Clotho smiles, and pushes her hook
into the burlap backing of her rug.

For every prophecy, there is
some way to avoid it and
get by on a technicality.

For every impenetrable protection,
there is a donut hole it doesn't cover.

For every curse, there is
a means of breaking it.

For every all-knowing program,
there is a glitch in the matrix.

Lachesis winks, and
her silver needle twinkles
as she crochets.

The hero's journey is not
about destiny, self-discovery,
getting the girl, or even
saving the world.

At its heart, the quest is really
about finding the loopholes in fate.

Atropos laughs, and
sharpens her scissors.

* * *

Notes:

The Three Fates are goddesses of life, death, and fortune.

Latchhooking is done by knotting short yarns through a mesh to make a rug.  Read instructions or watch a video on it.

Crochet uses a hook to loop yarn into cloth.  This site has all kinds of introductory material.  See a video or read a tutorial about this craft.

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This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] mdlbear, and [personal profile] redsixwing. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Heisenbugs"



In the febrile gap between
letters and numbers live
the Heisenbugs.

They bring the déjà vu
of things seen again and again,
a glitch in the matrix; and
the jamais vu of things
never seen before.

They perch on the tip of the tongue
and crunch numbers before
they can be summed,

words before they can be recognized.

They make the misconceptions
and the mistaken readings,
the lexical gaps and overlaps.

When is it fog, and
when is it a cloud?

Oh, wait, the word in the list
was humility, not humidity.

They live in computer programmers,
and thereby get into computers
and programs, far more fatal
than the wing of a moth.

The next thing you know,
December is January and
we're left wondering

how the glitch stole Christmas.

* * *

Notes:

Déjà vu  is an eerie sense of repetition.

Jamais vu  is an eerie sense of unfamiliarity.

Tip of the tongue is a sense of almost knowing something: the query activates the correct memory packet, but it fails to make the transit up to the conscious mind.

The first computer bug was an actual moth.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 3 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It also fills the "trust" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy 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 intense topics. HANKIE WARNING! If it makes you cry, then I wrote it right. Highlight to read more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. This poem is positive overall, as it reunites Turq with his foster parents, but inevitably that makes it an emotional roller-coaster. Turq flibbers all morning until they arrive. He has hot-and-cold running skin hunger and touch aversion. Some of his trauma complicates things he used to do with his family. His memory is a mess. Ansel provides emotional support. Dao and Mingxia handle it by using some of the first-day rules for foster children as a familiar base for interaction. They talk about possible plans for the future, which is awkward because Turq doesn't feel he deserves anything good, and doesn't know about all the options in foster care. Mingxia also has a copy of Turq's memory book. They talk about adding to that. Turq doesn't want to put all the traumatic stuff in there, so Mingxia suggests starting a trauma scrapbook instead. Turq makes a valiant effort but runs out of cope and resorts to shapeshifting. His parents are startled by the transformations, but welcoming of his abilities. Much progress is made, but the whole day is just really rough for everyone. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. However, this is a major plot point, so skipping it would destabilize much that comes afterwards.

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This poem came out of the January 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "losing" square in my 10-4-16 card for the Games and Sports Bingo fest.

Warning: This poem discusses serious diseases. If that's squicky for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "scientist" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Torn World project.

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This poem was commissioned by [personal profile] rebelsheart to fill the "dragons" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Dark Fantasy bingo fest. It belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons. It is the fourth of the Six Poems of the Fall.

Warning: Mass destruction and mayhem.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, and fills the "leaders" square in my 8-1-16 Group Dynamics card for the Group Dynamics and Character-Building Bingo. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. This is the second in the voting triptych, after "The Expression of Our Commitment."

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [livejournal.com profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "self-destruct" square in my 1-1-16 card for the Spies, Secret Agents, and Noir Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains some intense stuff. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features a weapons cache, Haboob's minions the Kitab, Dvorak's boob window in action, canon-typical violence, embarrassing nemesis dynamics, violent use of superpowers, male nudity, and other angst. 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 prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "party" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, [livejournal.com profile] book_worm5, [livejournal.com profile] kestrels_nest, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "Mr. Grenade and Hadyn practicing" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is from the June 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [livejournal.com profile] ng_moonmoth, and [livejournal.com profile] rhodielady_47. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features homophobia, stereotypes, extremely vulgar language, in front of children, attempted assault, nonconsensual minor restraint, verbal abuse, duct tape gag, which Hefty lectures Stan about and then abruptly changes his mind to agree with, stress, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.


"The Big Crunch"


Candace felt terrible.

She had agreed to consider
the publisher's new contract
because she needed the money
and it was for three whole books
which her agent said was a miracle.

The problem was ...
the story was done  already.

She had introduced a problem,
complicated it, and solved it
all in 55,000 words.

There were no loose ends;
the plot was all tied up quite neatly
with a bow around it.

The Calliope of Mars
was meant to stand alone.

Now she'd let people
talk her into sketching out
the plot of a whole new trilogy
"just to see what happens" ...

It was a disaster.

Finally Candace did
the only thing she could.

She looked at the thumb drive
which held the contracts and
and her terrible, horrible notes for
The Organ-Grinder of Uranus.

Then she brought her foot down
upon it with an almighty CRUNCH.

The Calliope of Mars
was finished, damn it, and it was
going to stay that way.
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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "quantum theory" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus and [livejournal.com profile] daisiesrockalot.

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