ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the January 3, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "sensory" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Note: This poem features detailed description of beginning sensory therapy for a toddler. It's almost entirely a positive experience for Nathaniel, but readers with sensory issues and/or crappy experiences of therapy may wish to consider their tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by the "abuse" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It 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 detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. While trying to process past abuse, Turq has a graphic meltdown. Ansel does his best to comfort him. There is angst, overwhelm, flashback and intrusive thoughts, stabbing a worksheet with a pencil, trivial damage to an already beat-up rug, vigorous crying, guilt, difficult conversation, 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 April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "magical / mythological creatures" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu.


"Pyg(gy-bank)malion"



Once there was a rabbi
who wished to keep his money
as safe as it could be.

He had heard the tale of
Pygmalion (and got it all wrong)
so he crafted a golem of pygg and
made a slit in the cheap orange clay
that he could put the coins through.

Pyg(gy-bank)malion jingled
when he walked, but no matter
how hard the thieves and bandits tried,
they never could get it out of him,
for he was still a golem and
therefore very strong.

When at last the golem
became so full that the coins
no longer chimed inside him,
the rabbi went to smash him and
thereby retrieve his cache.

But Pyg(gy-bank)malion
pushed him down and ran away
(no longer jingling) into the night,
whereupon the rabbi sadly realized that
he had indeed made his money completely safe --

even from himself.

* * *

Notes:

This is not part of the Clay of Life series proper, but it was a solitary prompt and a funny idea, so I wrote it anyway.

Pygmalion is a mythological figure who carved a statue and then fell in love with it.  The statue's name is Galatea, but because the sculptor's name is more famous, people often confuse the two.

A piggy bank is a hollow receptacle for money, traditionally made out of ceramic and shaped like a swine.  It probably got its name from a cheap clay called pygg.


ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is the freebie for the April 2017 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "lightning" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows Bingo fest.


"Twisted Wind"


A storm rolls in,
dark clouds heavy
with water and ice
and electricity.

Rain buckets down,
hail hammers the ground,
and lightning flashes.

The sky turns on itself,
and the twisted wind
reaches downward.

A tornado dances
across the hapless land,
picking up a skirt of dust
as it twirls around,

a tall spiral fountain of doom.

* * *

Notes:

A tornado is a violent weather phenomenon caused by rotating air.  Learn about tornado safety.

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] alatefeline, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] johnpalmer. It also fills the "angst" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem is the free epic for the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, based on an audience poll. It belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] we_are_spc. It also fills the "flesh" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] moongoddessgirl. It also fills the "vulnerability" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Fresh Air" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows 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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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It is posted as the second freebie, courtesy of new prompter [personal profile] we_are_spc.


"Discovering the Rose Garden"


While looking for lava vents,
scientists found black smokers,
jets of hot water and minerals
spewing from the ocean floor.

All around them there lived
huge tube worms, giant clams,
and other animals supported by
bacteria feasting on the rich waters:

a whole ecosystem living in the cracks.

They named it the Rose Garden
for the red tube worms, and went on
to search for more hydrothermal vents
in oceans around the world.

The vents lay down layers of
minerals, but more importantly,
they remind us that life

always finds a way.

* * *

Notes:

Read more about the black smokers.



ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lone_cat and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "reunion" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and it follows the events of "Victory Conditions" several months later.

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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "Too Close" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "Outer Space" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows 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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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from Siliconshaman and conversations with various readers.  It also fills the "surrender" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.  Once it's complete, "The Willingness to Surrender Ideas" ($411) will become available.

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] daisiesrockalot

684 lines, Buy It Now = $342
Amount donated = $20
Verses posted = 12 of 179

Amount remaining to fund fully = $322
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1


WARNING: This poem contains controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow. This includes exposure to the elements, emotional shock, poor self-preservation, extreme self-blame, live berettaflies in a souped-up pet carrier, gentle handling of a supervillain, suspicion, hunger, impaired thought, reference to unintended genetic modification of puppies, Stylet crying, preliminary negotiations, surrendering proprietary information, 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)
Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, "The Inner Transition" is now open for microfunding.  Stylet turns himself in to Valor's Widow and asks her to mediate for him.
ysabetwordsmith: (monster house)
This poem is from the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] k_a_webb and [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "shadow" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Monster House series.

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This poem came out of the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "bittersweet" square in my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot.

Warning: This poem is all about sizeism, so it that's iffy territory for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem came out of the April 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] mama_kestrel, and [personal profile] kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] redsixwing.

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