ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by discussions with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "evening" 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 Damask & Farce thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense interpersonal and intrapersonal conflicts. The warnings include spoilers; highlight to read. Lingering worry about Mindflare sets up the tension. There is a lot of angst about secrecy and disclosure as it gets harder for Damask to maintain cover about their multiplicity. The headmates also have a hard time resolving conflicts gracefully, because Maisie's original skills got split up unevenly when Mindflare cut her apart into several new people. So there is hostile language, emotional mistreatment, and internal physical scuffling. On the outside there are conflicts over territory, guests, and personal dynamics involving Mallory and Heron -- with other housemates like Walden getting involved. It is just a big ugly mess of college-typical challenges complicated by super issues, where young people are trying valiantly to handle these big issues with not quite enough resources. More hurt than comfort, this time. If these are sensitive topics for you, consider your headspace before deciding whether or when to read this poem.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "small vices" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This story mentions censorship in the context of several children's books which can be interpreted in different ways, some of which are distasteful to certain readers.  If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by this video. It also fills "The Heart of the Jungle/Forest" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem contains more violence than typical for this setting. The warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. Some Kraken supervillains on an illegal mission are taken completely by surprise. Out of a five-person team, three are killed, one has unknown injuries, and one escapes with emotional rather than physical injuries. This is what can happen when a critter has superpowers and doesn't realize how much damage it's doing. Support from surrounding characters varies. The PTSD on Hoon's character sheet below the poem is from this incident. Consider your headspace and tolerance for violence before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "obedience" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by EdorFaus. It belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It was inspired by this sign, some charming development from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer in her story "Salvaging" Part 2 and by the "hunger / starvation" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] helgatwb and [personal profile] janetmiles. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] rix_scaedu. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is from the January 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ellenmillion and [personal profile] alexseanchai.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] chordatesrock. This poem 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 is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "choosing a gift" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask & Farce storyline of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and LJ user Kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is the freebie for the January 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "Warming / Cooling Drinks" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] curiosity and LJ user Wyld_Dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] curiosity.  This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "toys" square in my 12-17-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Danso & Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "accepting responsibility" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and is a direct sequel to "In Dublin's Fair City."

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ysabetwordsmith: Victor Frankenstein in his fancy clothes (Frankenstein)
Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl making its $200 goal. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It fills the "voyeurism" square on my 6-11-14 card for the [community profile] fanbingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

WARNING: This poem deals with some unusual people and creatures, which is stressful for Igor, along with some other carnival-typical shenanigans. If these are touchy topics for you too, please consider your headspace before clicking through.


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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem is from the November 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It also fills the "wandering" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] mdlbear. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] stardreamer, and [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "frenemy" square in my 12-30-14 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, and it's a direct sequel to "In Dublin's Fair City."

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ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
This poem came from the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie, LJ user Kelkyag, and Ross Edwin Rochat. It also fills the "priceless" 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 series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "elderhood" square in my 12-30-15 card for the Rites of Passage fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Fireside Rights"


There are earned benefits
to becoming an elder --

the seat closest to the hearth
on a cold winter's night,

the chance to tell the first story
at the beginning of a long evening,

the luxury of sleeping late
after the sun crests the horizon.

These graces are bequeathed by
the long years of labor that precede them --

splitting logs and carrying wood
to stoke the fire all winter,

going on grand adventures
as a wild young thing,

getting up to tend small children
and to go to work.

Then it is time to retire with dignity
and rest secure in what has been stored away --

time to let others do the chopping and hoeing,
the trading of goods and services,

time to let someone else run after the children
and bring them over for visits,

time to slow the swift steps
to keep pace with the seasons.

Though the work be hard and the waiting long,
think of the fireside rights to come of them.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the January 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi, Martha Rochat and Andrea Rochat. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. The form is a Mongol world-triad.


"Three Precious Necklaces"


A girl weaves a garland of flowers.
A bride shows off jewels from her groom.
A mother wears her children's arms.


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