ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the October 4, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "personal growth" square in my 8-1-16 card for the Survival Bingo fest.  Based on an audience poll, this poem is the free epic for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This is the freebie for the February Creative Jam, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "such a gentleman" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series Gloryroad Crossing.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] siliconshaman. It also fills the "Friends in Low Places" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Music Shuffle Fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] zianuray and [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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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 a prompt from [personal profile] lone_cat. It also fills the "strategy" square in my 10-4-17 card for the Games and Sports 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 some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Turq and Ansel go to the police station to plan a raid on Mr. Dipper's place, and being there makes Turq anxious. There are awkward interpersonal complications, food insecurity, hypervigilance, stage fright, references to faginy and child abuse, poor self-image, and other challenges. If these are difficult issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. Understand that this is a major plot point, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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This poem is spillover from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] callibr8 and [personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "be here now" square in my 2-1-17 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the LIFC series. You have new prompter [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke to thank for the second freebie.


ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot, [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, [livejournal.com profile] wyld_dandelyon, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "You've Got a Friend" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This is the linkback perk for the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and now complete. \o/ It's spillover from the January 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "dark" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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This poem is from the February 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "demisexual / demiromantic" square in my 2-1-17 Romantic card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem belongs to An Army of One series.

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This is the freebie for today's fishbowl, spliced from prompts by [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] redsixwing.  It also fills the "Internet Friends" square in my 2-1-17 Love Songs card for the Valentines Bingo Fest.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"Not So Black"



The Jersey Devil is said to live
in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

The legends go all the way back to the 1700s
when Mrs. Leeds, mother of twelve children,
who found herself expecting another
and said, "May it be a devil!"

The stories have continued ever since,
and in 1960 some Camden merchants offered
a reward for his capture, intending to put
the Jersey Devil into a private zoo.

The reward has never been claimed.

The pineys who say they have seen him
describe him as a kangaroo-like creature
with the face of a horse, the head of a dog,
the wings of a bat, horns, and a tail.

For all the horror and the stories,
the Jersey Devil is not so black
as he is painted: he is known
to go after braggarts and idiots,

Mother Nature's very own Devil's advocate.

* * *

Notes:

The Jersey Devil is an old legend from the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] stardreamer and Readera. It has been sponsored by the general fund.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] stardreamer. It has been sponsored by the general fund.


"The Smell of Purple"


Lilacs bloom in the spring,
spreading the smell of purple
all over the evening breeze.

They range from the darkest shades
of eggplant and indigo to a purple
so pale that it approaches
the shade of angel wings.

The sensation of plum
with white edges rolls
over nose and tongue.

The stems of the bushes
are as dense and intricate as
the bureaucracy of old Byzantium.

In the language of flowers,
the purple lilacs evoke first love,
while those nearing white
speak of innocence.

The blossoms open in spring,
the maiden's time, but they wear
the colors of wisdom and wild old women,
their scent reminiscent of temple prostitutes.

The smell of purple is
nothing if not mysterious.

* * *

Notes:

Lilacs have their own symbolic meaning, and so does the color purple.

See some shades of purple.

'Sensation' is a bicolored lilac.  'Angel White' is a white lilac.

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It has been sponsored out of the general fund.


owl feathers


night comes on velvet wings

pale feathers ghosting through the air
dark feathers shadowing their prey

death comes in forests, in cornfields
death comes in silence, unseen

until it strikes

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This poem came out of the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and [personal profile] redsixwing.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth.

Note: This poem uses lascivious metaphors in several places. No likie, no readie.

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[personal profile] callibr8 asked me to modify a song as an elegy for Mike Briggs.

EDIT 1/29/17:  [personal profile] callibr8 performed this at a convention, and it was translated by [livejournal.com profile] judifilksign.  Wow.  I have long admired her work in translating the songs of Tom Smith and other filkers.  *GLEE*

HANKIE WARNING!

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This poem is from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] capriuni.


"Lost and Never Looked For"


The Great Dismal Swamp
spans the coastal plains of
Virginia and North Carolina.

It consists of murky water
and mud, bald cypress and
dense, endless thickets.

Before the Civil War, it gave
refuge to escaped slaves,
a place where one could get
lost and never looked for.

Some say it is named for
the way that tannins in
the shed leaves of oak trees
have dyed the water
the color of dark tea,

others for the tense clouds
of vicious, biting insects.

Few people want to go there
and see for themselves.

* * *

Notes:

The Great Dismal Swamp is one of a few places which sheltered a civilization of escaped slaves.  Part of the area has since become a National Wildlife Refuge.

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This poem is from the January 24, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and [personal profile] nsfwords.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kyleri.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
LiveJournal still  has not got its shit together.  Since I can't edit the original post, I am reposting the full poem here and will update the original whenever the blogware gets fixed.  To avoid spreading out the discussions, I have turned off comments on this post.  Please comment on the original post of "The Sharpest Dose of Reality."


This poem is from the December 6.2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "breathe" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest, and the "WILD CARD: taking care of someone" square in my 7-16-16 card for the Hurt/Comfort Bingo fest.

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: [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] nsfwords, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] clockworklady, [livejournal.com profile] starcat_jewel

FULLY FUNDED
732 lines, Buy It Now = $366
Amount donated = $248.50
Verses posted = 135 of 219

Amount remaining to fund fully = $117.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1


Warning: This poem is intense and intimate, containing some things that may not be to everyone's taste. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features Shiv's iffy self-image, consensual and effective sparring via superpowers, questionable consent and consequently much less pleasant sparring via superpowers because Shiv's head is a mess, showing off with sharp knives, patchy negotiation prior to kinky activities, unexpected nosedive into subspace, state-dependent memory impairment, abrupt discovery of past self-harm, but Pain's Gray is cool about it, recall of Shiv and a foster-sister self-harming together, bloodplay, with insufficient precautions because Shiv has a lousy background and also supervillains aren't the most cautious folks, graphic hardcore painplay using superpowers, breathwork, intimacy exercises, superpower orgasm, post-orgasmic semiconsciousness and paralysis for several minutes, graphic hardcore hurt/comfort, being taken care of is a serious squick for Shiv, confusion, worry, upper-body male nudity, which also makes Shiv uncomfortable, intimacy scares him too, smoking, Shiv being a rude little bitch, and his sexual experiences have mostly sucked, awkward discussions of sexual orientation, which he doesn't want to do either, serious subdrop is not helping, ECR Boy has mixed feelings about all the things, hand-feeding, awkward discussion of relationship status, body-shyness, simultaneous skin hunger and touch aversion, angst, and other challenges. Also, this poem is probably Not Safe For Work; although it doesn't feature any genital action, the hardcore BDSM and amount of pleasure going on will put it beyond appropriate for most professional contexts. Despite that laundry list, most of it is because Shiv is a mess; Pain's Gray handles him about as well as anyone could in this context. So the overall tone is pretty sweet. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before clicking through.

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