ysabetwordsmith: Sheba with parrot wings (fledgling grace)
This poem is from the December 3, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chanter_greenie and [personal profile] primeideal. It also fills the "flirting" square of my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Fledgling Grace.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came from the October 7, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "vandals" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is from the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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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 prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] jjhunter, [personal profile] redsixwing, and [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "teaching or learning" square in my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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ysabetwordsmith: (monster house)
This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Monster House.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "myth / fable" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "usual suspects" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.


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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the November 4, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] madgastronomer. It also fills the "hypoglycemia / low blood sugar" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the FORK thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "face to face" square on my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. This poem belongs to the FORK thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, following the events of the story "Keeping Warm" and demifiction "Corporation Sues Man."

WARNING: This poem features bigotry and hateful slurs.  If these are sensitive topics for you, please consider your mindstate before deciding whether you want to read further.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the November 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "ritual marks and body decorations" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Backdraft thread of the series Polychrome Heroics.

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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 a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the square in the Science Bingo Fest Public Card 10-31-14. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] stardreamer. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexseanchai and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "bluffing" square in my 9-29-14 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.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy. It also fills the "hugs" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. 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 is spillover from the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] siliconshaman, and LJ user Westrider. It also fills the "difficult / unexpected pregnancy" square on my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Damask thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: (paladins)
This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] chordatesrock and [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "opposite sides of the track" square in my 9-1-14 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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ysabetwordsmith: Jump gate showing diamond ring of light (blueshift)
This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and LJ user Kelkyag. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to The Blueshift Troupers project.

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the December 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.


"Fun Weighs Nothing"


Modern entertainment is all based
on expensive computer consoles
or board games that cost $50 a box

but there was a time when
fun weighed nothing
and didn't cost either.

Kids ran around outside
playing tag and red rover
and blind man's bluff.

They made snowball forts
and fought epic battles,
built sand castles and mud slides.

There were no cell phones then,
no helicopter parents, and
neighbors actually knew each other.

Today most of the kids are fixated
on toys that blink and beep
and run out of batteries

but some of them still remember
that fun weighs nothing and
twilight isn't really dark

until Mom drags you indoors by the wrist.

* * *

Notes:

The title is a riff on the premise that "Knowledge Weighs Nothing" and refers to games that can be played without special equipment, as long as you have someone who knows the rules.

These are some traditional games.

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