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2017-07-18 12:43 pm

July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, Session 2

The July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is once again open.  We're reusing the original post with its donation button and ticker. However, please place new prompts below THIS post, because the other one is already so full that comments are collapsing, which makes them harder to read or search.  You may prompt in this session IF 1) you did not prompt in the July 4 session OR 2) you donated to the July 4 session.

I will do the best I can to fill new prompts and pick up some from the previous session.  I have no idea how long it'll take.  My body is being kind of cranky after last week's adventures, and the internet is a bit iffy although nowhere near as bad as it was earlier this month.  Witch me luck, eh?
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-07-17 07:42 pm

Poem: "And Thunder Calls in the Distance"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] across_space_and_time, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It directly follows "We Are All Related," so read that first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. You-all wanted to see the gaybashers who attacked Kenzie curbstomped by the Iron Horses, so here it is. Watch out for conspiracy to commit assault, religious issues, conflicting obligations, bloody souvenirs, desire for vengeance, magical/spiritual stalking of culpable parties, Thunderbird is fucking scary and so is his follower, rude language, using superpowers against ordinary opponents, gaybashers stalking around a gay bar, oblique references to pony play, references to poaching and hazardous equipment, graphic violence, vigilante justice, use of barbed wire as a rumble weapon, probable permanent injury, brutal application of inconvenient truth, temporary hearing impairment, explanation of internalized oppression and repression of identity, complicated transgender issues, and other mayhem. This is a major plot development, so skipping it would leave a big gap, but the main thing you need to know is simply that the Iron Horses hunt down the gaybashers and beat the shit out of them. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-07-10 10:16 pm

Magpie Monday

 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "moments of courage."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!
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2017-07-10 01:50 am

"Essential for Human Survival" is now complete!

Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read the rest of "Essential for Human Survival."  Cassandra and Groundhog enjoy some crafts and cuddles.
ysabetwordsmith: (Schrodinger's Heroes)
2017-07-09 11:36 pm

Poem: "Missing"

This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "asexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.


"Missing"


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life:

two fuzzy lumps under his tail,

the special deliciousness
in the scent of a queen in heat,

yowling romance in the moonlight
and getting his black ears bitten
to shreds by his rivals,

litter after litter of kittens
that he brought into being.


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life,
but his identity is not one of them.

It is something he found,
instead of something he lost,
as when a sculptor removes
everything that is not the statue.

He is asexual but still affectionate;
his humans are the center of his world,
and even without a common language
they know this as well as he does,
because they call themselves

Schrodinger's Heroes.


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life,

but he doesn't miss them a bit.

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2017-07-09 09:56 pm

Poem: "The Women Who Live in Themselves"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "nonphysical passions" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.

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2017-07-09 02:14 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Update

I have completed the first batch of poems for this fishbowl. \o/  I am still working through other prompts I want to cover.

Today is the last day to put in donations that count on this ticker and will get you prompting rights for the mid-month session. If you send money, or pledge a specific amount, it counts; if it's just an expression of interest, it doesn't.  For all the folks who contributed prompts toward Kenzie's storyline, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth is running a pool to fund "And Thunder Calls in the Distance" with further options for "The Order of Their Stars" and "Mosaic Identities." 

Poems sent to my parents: "Missing," "Beneath the Willow Tree," and the remainder of "Essential for Human Survival."  But I'm not going to bust my hump trying to get those all posted ahead of the busyweek.  I just want folks to know what sold.
ysabetwordsmith: (Fly Free)
2017-07-06 05:14 pm

Poem: "Clutching at Pearls"

This is the second freebie for the July 4, 2017 fishbowl courtesy of several new prompters.  It was inspired by [livejournal.com profile] zia_nuray. It also fills the "queer" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.

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2017-07-06 02:05 pm

Poem: "Dejection"

This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings. It features artistic nudity and extreme sadness. Also the series in general is dystopic. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.


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2017-07-06 01:44 pm

Poem: "The Lamentation of the Women"

This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

Warning: This poem contains some intense material. Highlight to read the warnings. It features artistic nudes and extreme sadness. Also the series in general is dystopic. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-07-04 08:31 pm

Poem: "Alpha Bets"

Here is today's freebie, prompted by SlytherClaw Kid via [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "guests" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo. It belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

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2017-07-04 12:23 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Open!

The Poetry Fishbowl is now CLOSED.  Thank you for your time and attention.  Keep an eye on this post, as I'm still writing.

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open!  Today's theme is "gender, orientation, and identity."  I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

Click to read the linkback poem "The Emulsification of Humankind" (14 verses, Torn World).


What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?

Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "gender, orientation, and identity."  I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.


Cyberfunded Creativity

I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:

1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.


2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.  There are multiple perks, the top one being a half-price poetry sale on one series when donations reach $300.



3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).

0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.

4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here.  See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"

5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network.  Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall.  Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl.  If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published.  If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.

Linkback perk: I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of the poem.  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.  Comment with a link to where you posted.  "The Emulsification of Humankind" has 14 verses and belongs to Torn World.
 

Additional Notes

1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."

2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function.  (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.)  These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.

3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity.  While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category.  Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those.  I've also posted a list of other donor perks there.  I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.

4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.

5) If donations total $100 by Friday evening then you get a free $15 poem; $150 gets you a free $20 poem; and $200 gets you a free epic, posted after the Poetry Fishbowl.  These will usually be series poems if I have them; otherwise I may offer non-series poems or series poems in a different size.  If donations reach $250, you get one step toward a bonus fishbowl; three of these activates the perk, and they don't have to be three months in a row.  Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it may be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $300, there will be a half-price sale.


Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "gender, orientation, and identity."  I'll be soliciting ideas for QUILTBAG folks, queer allies, homophobes and other identity bigots, boomerang bigots, gender scholars, the oppressed, the misunderstood, ordinary people, outcasts, abuse survivors, the women that men don't see, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, looking in the window, taking people for granted, surviving oppression, hiding in the closet, coming out, upstanding, speaking truth to power, punching up, protesting, telling your own story, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, libraries, cities, alleys, bars, parades, liminal zones, self-discovery, self-awareness, QUILTBAG pride, pride flags, other symbols of identity, birth control, reproductive freedom, sex toys, assumed male gaze, same-sex marriage, alien sex/gender dynamics, unpaid labor, self-sacrifice, emotional labor, disruptions, subversive education, humility, humiliation, social evolution, appreciation, identity literature, and poetic forms in particular. But anything is welcome, really. If you manage to recommend a form that I don't recognize, I will probably pounce on it and ask you for its rules. I do have The New Book of Forms by Lewis Turco which covers most common and many obscure forms.

I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation, and additional perks at $100-$300 in donations.  Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Emulsification of Humankind."  The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission.
ysabetwordsmith: Shaeth is drunk (one god)
2017-07-03 03:12 am

Poem: "Seeing from a Different Perspective"

This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] antisocialite_forum. It also fills the "seeing from a different perspective" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] society_of_antisocialites. It belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features clingy evil cultists, drunken orgies, rape, reputation, references to prostitution, confusion and anxiety, alcohol-induced impotence, vaguely described injuries from sexual assault, indifference, and other mayhem. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-07-02 01:39 pm

Poem: "As We Have Created It"

This poem came out of the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] technoshaman for The Magp'cat Duchess of Filkhaven, [personal profile] capriuni, and [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It also fills the "gentle monster" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Bingo fest. This poem has been selected in an audience poll as the free epic for the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl reaching the $200 goal. It belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.

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ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-07-01 10:55 pm

Poem: "Changes Over Time"

This poem is spillover from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] gingicat. It also fills the "lifestyle changes" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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2017-07-01 12:32 am

Winterfest in July Bingo Card 7-1-17

Here is my card for Winterfest in July.  Bingo will run from July 1st through July 31.  This month we will be celebrating all winter holidays.  (See all my 2017 bingo cards.)

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out.  I've had a few requests for this and the results have been awesome so far.  This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


WINTERFEST IN JULY BINGO CARD

ChristmasSpecial DeliveryHomelessnessFishChinese New Year
Shoveling SnowSnowmageddonActs of KindnessMake a ListBlue and White
PartyRed and GreenWILD CARDTreeStars
AntlersBaby It's Cold OutsideShoppingLightsBaking/Cooking
GingerbreadGuestsFeastPretend to Be a Time Traveler Day - December 8Wise Men
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2017-06-30 09:16 pm

Poetry Fishbowl Report for June 6, 2017

Our theme this month was "Poke ALL the Bigots in the Eye." I worked from 12 PM to 5:30 AM, so about 14 hours 30 minutes allowing for breaks. I wrote 8 poems on Tuesday and another 11 later on.

Participation was enthusiastic this time, with 23 comments on LiveJournal and 108 on Dreamwidth. Woohoo! :D There were 7 new prompters this time: [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke (Bonny), ZB on Dreamwidth, tC on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] beasts_of_homeworld (including Ray and jackie), [personal profile] djbluejay, and [personal profile] antisocialite_forum.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Bienvenue"
"A Branching Path"
"Differently Abled Heroes"
"Grapes of Thorns"
"The Health of the People"
"The Knight of Time"
"The Problem with Pence"
"Serpentooth"
"Some Achieve Madness"
"Without Having to Voice It"

"We Will Fade into You" (standalone, May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl)
"As We Have Created It" (pending)
"The Face of Ruin and Despair" (Officer Pink, April 25, 2017 outside fishbowl)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 6, 2017. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

Currently sponsored poems poems from June 6 have all been posted.  (I have another poem to post.) Donors this time include: [personal profile] ng_moonmoth[personal profile] janetmiles, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so "As We Have Created It" will be the free epic. We also made the $250 goal, so that's two tallies toward a bonus session.


The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-06-29 08:58 pm

Poem: "We Are All Related"

This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "nurse back to health" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and directly follows "The Place Where the Journey Begins," so read that first or this will make no sense.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. By this point the worst is over, but Kenzie has still been beaten up badly and is a mess. There are resource challenges, some difficulties connecting with a doctor/healer, identity confusion, reference to past mistreatment, privacy discussions, cultural entanglements, intimate shamanic discussions, Kenzie beginning to run out of patience with Ben, exploration of the difference between hallucinations and visions, issues surrounding body image and scarring, detailed description of the buffalo skull version of a Sun Dance, necessary minor hair cutting, statement of intent for vigilante justice, intimate description of healing and some messy medical details, homelessness, issues of medical certifications, exhaustion, and other challenges. However, the overall tone is positive and Kenzie is getting good care, so he feels a lot better now than before. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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2017-06-29 04:08 pm

Unsold Poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "
Testing the Metal," "Dangerous Refuges," "The Marble and the Sculptor," "Picking Up the Litter," "The Golden Peaches of Peace," "Leaves Upon the Water," "The Quick Brown Fox," "Lead Us in Peace," and "We Will Fade into You." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.


"Beatdown"
A couple of DW prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Beatdown." When his old gang from Lincoln starts stirring up trouble, Shiv pushes back in an artistic fashion. Boss Batir is about to learn what a mistake he made.
412 lines, Buy It Now = $206

Shiv relished his newfound freedom,
but he tried to resist the temptation
to go out and make trouble from scratch.

Boss White frowned on that kind of thing,
and besides, just because Shiv had
made it six months didn't mean that
he wanted to get arrested again.


"Big Brother and the Cyberbully"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Big Brother and the Cyberbully." The strength of internet trolls is that they strike from hiding and are hard to reach in person. The weakness is that they're very dependent on the internet. When a cyberbully does grievous damage, a supervillain makes a calculated counterattack.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

(The above poem is about the aftermath of a suicide, so I don't want to post just an excerpt of that. If you want to see a free sample before sponsoring it, contact me and I'll send that backchannel.)

"Changes Over Time"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Changes Over Time." Ansel and Turq talk about mascots, tribal culture, and how communities evolve.
272 lines, Buy It Now = $136 SOLD

Turq was out collecting
some broken glass bottles --
you couldn't get a deposit back
from them, but you could take them
to the recycling center and get a dollar
for a five-gallon bucket of glass bits
.


"A Disease of Ignorance"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Disease of Ignorance." Some things are universal, others unique, and one of the things that hasn't changed over time is bigotry. But the Blueshift Troupers know how to handle it.
57 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"No Power Like the Power of Youth"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "No Power Like the Power of Youth." When racist protesters try to invade a largely black neighborhood, they meet with some serious opposition.
142 lines, Buy It Now = $71

Nykee was studying civics in grade school,
learning all about activism and protests and
what made them a good idea or a bad one.


"Only If It Is Embraced"
A backchannel prompt about Damask inspired the free-verse poem "Only If It Is Embraced." Damask and Farce help to capture the Scream. Other headmates finally begin to get a little clue about Keane.
1083 lines, Buy It Now = $542

Maze

"You want me to do what?!"
I exclaim, staring at Savoir Faire.
"And why do you want Farce?"

"We're assembling a special team,"
says Savoir Faire. "We need people
who can handle a high level of pain.
Medical and combat skills will also
be helpful. You've stood up to
Subwoofer and Mindflare, and
she has luck on her side."


"Seeing from a Different Perspective"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Seeing from a Different Perspective." Shaeth finds out what some of his former followers have been up to, and he doesn't like it.
109 lines, Buy It Now = $55

"We have a problem," Belfegar announced.
"Zargon has talked Volac into making
the drunken orgies more ... traditional."


"We Must Bear Witness"
Many prompts combined to inspired "We Must Bear Witness." It's a litany about part of Dr. Infanta's intelligence network during WWII, and how they fight back. Curbstomp ALL the facists!
303 lines, Buy It Now = $152

Alicia of all people
knew this was coming,
for she who lit the spark
of the first world war
foresaw the second.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
2017-06-28 09:23 pm

Poem: "The Place Where the Journey Begins"

This poem is spillover from the May 2, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "body alteration / injury" square in my 4-3-17 card for the  [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool with [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] janetmiles, and EdorFaus. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem includes some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. This is hardcore hurt/comfort. It features an intertribal biker gang, Native American spirituality and superpowers, cultural dissonance, gaybashing, a young man tangled in a barbed wire fence, graphic description of injuries, messy medical details while hours away from expert care, which includes a substantial amount of pain that's only partially controllable with resources at hand, panic, trust issues due to previously violations of hair and other body parts, references to the Sun Dance, difficult decisions, risky motorcycle stunts, gender issues, two spirits, and other challenges. However, the overall tone is positive and people take good care of each other. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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