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2017-09-19 02:34 am

Poem: "So Closely Allied"

This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [livejournal.com profile] my_partner_doug, [personal profile] wyld_dandelyon, and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "separation and reunion" square in my 1-23-16 card for the Valentines Bingo fest. This poem has been posted as a birthday present for [personal profile] callibr8. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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2017-09-18 11:14 pm

Poem: "Learning and Growing"

This poem is spillover from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] gingicat, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "vampires" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

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2017-09-18 10:44 pm

Poem: "Reasons Not to Hurl the Planet into the Sun"

This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "chocolate" square of my 4-1-17 card for the Month of Rainbows bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] bairnsidhe. This poem belongs to the Mallory thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-09-18 06:13 pm

Poem: "Can't It Just Be What It Is?"

This poem is spillover from the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "food" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-09-15 08:37 pm

New verses in "The Inner Transition"

The general fund sent $20 and [personal profile] mama_kestrel added $25, so there are 25 new verses in "The Inner Transition."  Stylet gets a much-needed shower.
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2017-09-15 03:02 pm

Poem: "Downtime"

This poem was commissioned by Rachel Sommer. It also fills the "Take It Easy" square in my 12-1-16 card for the iPod Shuffle Music Fest bingo. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and the threads Calliope, Officer Pink, and Antimatter & Stalwart Stan.

The Youth Villages Continuum Program provides in-home support for troubled youth and their relatives, with the goal of keeping families together while improving behavior. They use growth-oriented approaches such as Collaborate Problem-Solving rather than Applied Behavior Analysis or brute force. Similarly, Lives in the Balance focuses on teaching collaboration to defuse power struggles. This poem was commissioned in honor of an outreach specialist who used to do this work, and is now moving to a desk job in another caretaking context. It's important to cycle out of rewarding but high-stress jobs to something less stressful, so as to avoid burnout. This is like seeing a little slice of Terramagne. Even superheroes need a break sometimes.

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2017-09-14 11:12 pm

Poem: "For Whose Sake"

This poem came out of the August 15, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lone_cat, [personal profile] bairnsidhe, [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] we_are_spc. It also fills the "safe" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been chosen in an audience poll as the free epic for the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl meeting its $200 goal. It belongs to the Kraken thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-09-13 10:27 pm

"A Haven in a Heartless World" is now complete!

Thanks to a donation from Shirley Barrette, you can now read "A Haven in a Heartless World" in full.  Families form even in the unlikeliest situations.
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2017-09-13 09:26 pm

General Fund Poll for the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The general fund currently contains $20. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open until at least Thursday night. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may keep it open longer.

There are three open epics. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies and needs $288 to be complete. "The Higher a Monkey Climbs" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $141 to be complete. "Two Foxes" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and needs $95 to be complete.

Poll #18815 General Fund for September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Which of these should get the $20?

View Answers

"The Inner Transition"
11 (52.4%)

"The Higher a Monkey Climbs"
0 (0.0%)

"Two Foxes"
10 (47.6%)

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2017-09-13 01:28 pm

Free Epic Poll

The September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get to vote on a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I will keep it open at least until Thursday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

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2017-09-12 09:55 pm

Read "QRM" by Chanter_greenie

 You can now read "QRM" by [personal profile] chanter_greenie.  I sponsored this to share some glimpses of people in a safehouse, fighting back against a repressive government.
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2017-09-12 04:36 pm

Magpie Monday

The Magpie Monday on "stumbling blocks" got off to a late start yesterday, so it's still open today.  If you missed it earlier, go leave some prompts now, and get ficlets.
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2017-09-12 12:58 am

Half-Price Sale in Orange!Verse

[personal profile] chanter_greenie is holding a half-price sale for the Orange!verse stories in Schrodinger's Heroes, along with a few other items.  Prices range from $5.25 to $23, and the sale runs through September 19.  There is a PayPal button on the profile page.  It would be really great to see more of these posted.  Some are dark, others lighter, but they're all good examples of how people right against an oppressive culture.
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2017-09-11 07:55 pm

Magpie Monday

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has Magpie Monday running with a theme of "stumbling blocks."  Developments of ongoing storylines are encouraged, but new ones are welcome too.  Boost the signal and get more words in your ficlet.  There is a button for donations.
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2017-09-10 02:57 pm

Poem: "The Gifts That Move"

This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "give to charity" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-09-10 12:37 am

New Verses in "Two Foxes"

Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth , there are now 2 new verses in "Two Foxes."  Blair starts introducing Kenzie to two-spirit gender expression.  

This was the first batch of international coins we received.  \o/  If you have been meaning to participate in this project, now's a good time to mail a batch to Doug.
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2017-09-09 02:06 am

Poem: "The Choices That Make Families"

This poem came out of the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from Shirley Barrette and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "anchor" square in my 9-1-17 card for the Pirate Fest Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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2017-09-08 03:00 pm

Poem: "Even for an Old Soul"

This poem was inspired by the Great American Eclipse. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.


"Even for an Old Soul"


I remember walking the earth when
the Sun was a god whose departure
terrified the screaming masses, and
watching the shadows change with
a vague sense of familiarity, how I
held a ball in front of the fire and
tried to explain half-recalled physics.

I remember floating above it all
and watching the moon's shadow
race across the face of the planet,
so different from the view below,
yet no less mysterious, no less lovely.

In between, I stand among a crowd,
now awestruck rather than fearful,
the air smoked with barbecue
instead of sacrificial fires,
thinking how nice it is that
nobody is panicking for me
to clean up after; and this, too,
is wonderful in its own way.

It is a moment matched
with other moments in
a long necklace of lives,
a bright connection that
helps me to remember who
I have been and ever will be.

No matter how many times
I've seen a solar eclipse, it never fails
to take my breath away and close my throat
with the sweet ache of its fierce beauty.

Some things never get old,
even for an old soul.

* * *

Notes:

Read about eclipses.

An old soul is someone whose many prior incarnations influence how they move through their current one.

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2017-09-07 12:12 pm

Giraffe Call

[personal profile] aldersprig is holding a Giraffe Call -- actually more of a zebra call, as the goal is financing the renovation of a black-white-gray bathroom.  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  Send money, support a writer, because everyone deserves to live in a nice place.
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2017-09-06 10:19 pm

New Verses in "Two Foxes"

Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth , there are 28 new verses in "Two Foxes."  The Iron Horses return and tell Kenzie what happened to the gaybashers.