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This poem was sponsored by LJ user Je_reviens based on "the little things" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Veteran" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."


Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It was sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles some time ago and is now unlocked since "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and posted. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are major spoilers. It contains unexpected travelers arriving at Sargasso Base, Bottleneck learning that he has a wife and daughter who survived the Massacre of Cascabel and now plan to stay with him, discussion of how everyone else in their families is dead, enormously awkward interpersonal dynamics, Bottleneck not knowing what to do with a crying woman, and other emotional whump. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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This is the freebie for the June 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline (who sent a picture of Quinn in feline form) and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "body image" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "A Mystery to Investigate" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, and follows the poem "When We Get the Rough Times."

Warning: This poem contains some unpleasantries. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is a disruption on an airplane, a call for passenger assistance, in-flight misery due to flickering superpowers, additional stress caused by people who want to help but totally don't understand the problem, discussion of disabilities and other intimate information including superpowers, fatalistic thought patterns, and other challenges. However, Ansel manages to figure out viable solutions, so it turns out fine in the end. If these are sensitive subjects for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This poem is spillover from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "victory / success" square in my 6-1-16 card for the fest. This poem was 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 came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "embracing imperfection" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains scenes that readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is "the infamous kitten scene" that Groundhog has mentioned a time or two. It features a failure of capacity -- although not courage -- in a crisis, graphic description of animal injury, graphic description of mental issues, self-blame, and other unpleasantry. This is a significant event in Groundhog's life, where he's struggling with what he can do and what he can't. It's about fear and courage, ability and disability. He's made enormous progress in coping with his superpower and what it did to him; he's mostly functional; but hit him in the wrong place and he still goes down. The ending is not so much happy as full of dogged determination. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "privacy" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"The Crickets' Song"


Not everyone who
develops superpowers
wants to be a superhero.

There are the crickets
who hate or fear what they
can do and therefore never use it.

There are the ones
who appreciate their power
but prefer to keep it private,
using it only on occasion or
when nobody's watching.

There are even a few
who use it freely at work
if it's a discreet kind of power,
instead of doing it openly like
the blue-plate specials do.

The crickets sing their song
only for themselves, and they
go silent if anyone approaches.

Then there are the Kauais,
whose silent song is a secret
even from themselves --

the people with Super-Immunity
or Super-Constitution or the like,

the men with Male Pregnancy
who have never made love with
anyone who could fertilize them,

the folks who don't notice that
what they see or hear is far beyond
the ordinary scope of colors or sounds.

The crickets' song is a thing of quiet beauty,
enriching the world all around them
more than they ever realize.

* * *

Notes:

Cricket -- a person with superpowers who rarely if ever uses them, instead preferring to live a commonplace life. They are almost always "in the fuse box" or hiding their power from most or all people. The term comes from "you can hear the crickets chirping," a reference to safe and usual situations, or to a group of people who don't speak up.  

Kauai -- a person who does not recognize their own superpowers. Some abilities can be quite subtle, especially at low levels, such as Super-Intellect or Luck. The term comes from the silent crickets of Kauai.

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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"The Great and the Small"


Shared birthdays
are a family thing,
one special day in
the year times two.

In my family, it's
Grandpa Barrette
and Uncle John with
the same one on June 7.

Dad tells stories about
those celebrations,
so much in common
within the family and yet
so different across the ages,

the great and the small together.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"The Patience of a Snail"


They live in slow time,
the world a meaningless
flicker in the background,

all focus fixed upon
the rim of a flowerpot
as they circle it

and the next leaf to eat.

In a world that has become
too fast, too bright, too loud --
just too much -- there is serenity in

the patience of a snail.

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This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"Circles of Sound"


Crickets live inside
circles of sound,

their song reaching out
into the soft summer night

and the sound of predators
approaching to silence them,

their steady chirps counting out
the rise and fall of the temperature,

which is all to the well and good
until one gets into the house.

* * *

Notes:

Crickets are extremely sensitive to sound and other vibrations, which is why they stop chirping if you try to track them down.  However, this makes them great practice for would-be hunters; if you can sneak up on a cricket, you can sneak up on darn near anything.

Due to a confluence of physics and biology, warmer weather makes crickets chirp faster.  You can therefore estimate the temperature by counting their chirps.

ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] janetmiles, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] lone_cat, and LJ user Moonwolf1988. It also fills the "playing with hair" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "person of mass destruction" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features discussions of legal action, traumatic stress, emotional first aid, references to past incidents of extreme violence, mental incompetence, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This poem is a significant plot point, though, so skipping it would leave a gap.

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This is today's freebie. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "greedy / desperate" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the January 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] shiori_makiba and [personal profile] dreamwriters. It also fills the "day at the beach" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Cassandra thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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