ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] natasiakith, [personal profile] zeeth_kyrah, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "make new friends" square of my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a sequel to "Coloring In."

Warning: This poem contains some touchy material. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It mentions uncontrolled use of a superpower, physical stress deriving from superpower overstrain, having to depend on a total stranger for help, nonsexual intimacy during a minor crisis, aftereffects of past head trauma, graphic description of disability coping skills, a close look at how superpowers can screw up your life, teen angst, and other sensitive material. But mostly it's a very positive look at Ansel being awesome again. If these are concerns for you, please consider your headspace before reading onward.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "primary colors" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest, and it fills the "Asked to give public safety lecture -- right after incident" square in my Superhero Bingo Card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem touches on some sensitive topics. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features bullying, vile language, discrimination against assorted groups, willing and unwilling changes in hair color, nonsexual intimacies, navigation through shifting identity, boundary issues, violation of body autonomy, canon-typical violence, emotional stress, and other challenges. On the whole, though, there's more fluff than angst, and it ends on a high note. If this is touchy territory for you, consider your headspace before clicking through.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from LJ user Ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] ellenmillion, and [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem contains canon-typical violence, hostile language, boundary violations, and other minor mayhem. No supervillains or would-be heroes were seriously injured in the making of this poem.

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This poem is from the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth.


"Habitat Foreclosure"
-- a vembletroon


Nincompoops in power cannot do the math of water shortages:
It's farms and factories at fault, not homes.
Take this to the bank: habitat foreclosure is at hand, aquifers running dry, glaciers absent without leave, and doom gathering in every empty lake.
Fracked! Cracked! Thanks to this, the water that remains is no longer potable.
Idiots.


* * *

Notes:

"Habitat foreclosure" is a phrase I coined some years ago to describe situations where environmental changes make an area unsuited for human residence. This is happening in parts of China, Russia, Africa, etc. where settlements are being abandoned due to drought, dust storms, and other problems which have exceeded feasible coping strategies.

Read about the vembletroon form.

The West Coast drought is behind the water shortages, but the highest demand is not from individual use but from industrial and agricultural uses.  Therefore the problem cannot be solved by individuals or cutting municipal supplies.  

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Anthony Barrette. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

Warning: This poem discusses natural disasters.

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ysabetwordsmith: (monster house)
This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] kelkyag. It also fills the "Jack Frost" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Monster House.

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ysabetwordsmith: Sheba with parrot wings (fledgling grace)
This poem is spillover from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "silver and gold" square in my 7-1-15 card for the Winter Fest in July. This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, and it's a direct sequel to "Shades of Morality."

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ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
This is the freebie for today's fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It belongs to the series Lacquerware, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.


"silkbag"


silk bag encloses
programs woven by fingers
of old blind women

onnagata is
equally male and female,
role and performer

sensitivity
enables both of these things
to become themselves

* * *

Notes:

Haiku verses have a 5-7-5 syllable pattern.  Learn how to write haiku.

An onnagata is a male actor who plays female roles in kabuki theatre, historically a kind of genderqueer although not as often so in modern times.

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This is the freebie for the July 2015 Crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alexconall and [personal profile] alexseanchai. It also fills the "silence" square in my 5-18-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the project [community profile] nineforthenebulasheart.

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ysabetwordsmith: (Karavai)
This is the freebie for the July 2015 Muse Fusion, inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ellenmillion. It also fills the "Wild Card: Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Creatures" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. It belongs to the Torn World project.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem is from the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon. It also fills the "positive affirmations" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "crank call to SPOON by angry ex" square in my Superhero Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user My_partner_doug. It also fills the "mutation" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

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This poem is spillover from the February 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chordatesrock. It also fills the "telepathy / mindmeld" square in my 1-3-15 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It belongs to the series Seeing Hearts, which you can find via the Serial Poetry page.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] kelkyag, an image prompt from [personal profile] curiosity, and Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "Old things (heirlooms, antiques, nostalgia)" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.

Warning: This poem is sad and references past deaths.

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "yardwork or gardening" square in my 4-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest, and the "space travel" square for my Wordsmith Bingo card. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Space Traders thread of the series An Army of One. It is the third in a triptych of poems about splicing together a trade loop from the Orion side through the Lacuna to the Carinan side; begin with "Who Is Devoid of the Power" and "Hacking Perceptions."

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This poem is spillover from the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "forgive" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Space Traders thread of the series An Army of One. It is the second in a triptych of poems about splicing together a trade loop from the Orion side through the Lacuna to the Carinan side; begin with "Who Is Devoid of the Power" or skip to "Hope and Forgiveness."

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ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "forgive" square of my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Space Traders thread of the series An Army of One.  It is the first in a triptych of poems about splicing together a trade loop from the Orion side through the Lacuna to the Carinan side; skip ahead to read "Hacking Perceptions" and "Hope and Forgiveness." 

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This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.


"(Dis)Embodiment"


Life is a scarlet robe
that encloses the spirit
in notions of mortality.

Each birth is a death
that cuts off the spirit
from what was before,
sewing it to the shadow
of what will become.

Each death is a birth
that releases the spirit
through the curtains
onto a new stage.

Beginning and ending
are all the same,
one thing destroyed
as another is created.

Which is really unmade --
the world or the observer?

It does not matter.

Embodiment and
disembodiment
are just stages.

Between them there is
only the dancing,
whether clad in robes
of leather or gossamer.

The beat remains the same.

ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "reality is illusion" square in my 6-10-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Ng_moonmoth.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the July 7, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "worrying" square in my 5-8-15 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem touches on some sensitive topics. Highlight to read the detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. Dr. Bukowski's research into longevity reveals the path to human immortality. Afraid that his supervisors would abuse the information, he tracks down Dr. Infanta, expecting that she will quite likely kill him. So that's either a consideration of suicide or murder, depending on interpretation. It doesn't happen, but his head is not in a great place because he has anxiety issues. There are also oblique references to human experimentation and other touchy things. The solution to the problem involves consensual removal of selected memories for transferral to someone else, which is a bit risky, but a lot better than the alternatives. Please consider your taste and headspace before clicking through.

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