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This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] eseme. It also fills "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Inkseer series, which you can find via my Serial Poetry page.


"Mightier Than the Sword"


When the Inkseer moves to the mountains,
she finds new challenges there.

Politics are more important inland
than in a little coastal village
concerned primarily with tides.

The baron, it must be admitted, is a problem.

While her neighbors are busy arguing
and negotiating and gathering money for bribes,
the Inkseer embarks on her own plan.

She sends her son for a glass pipette
and her daughter for slivers of steel.
She fashions a magic wand with
a fine point and fills it with kraken ink.

Then she begins to dictate a future
in which the duke is no longer so troublesome.

* * *

Notes:

Fountain pens hold a reservoir of ink.

Writing reality is an established trope.

LOVELY

Date: 2016-01-11 01:14 am (UTC)
dialecticdreamer: My work (Default)
From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Hmm... I wonder if writing out other forms of 'story,' from inspirational quotes to sections of meaningful prayer, could have a similar effect?

Or is it her /seer/ ability which lifts this from another common behavior in L-America to something very, very different?

heterodyning

Date: 2016-12-13 12:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] callibr8
>> It's a confluence of her seer ability and the magic in the kraken ink itself. Put the two together, and you can get potent effects. Either alone is not as powerful. <<

That was my intuitive sense about this, yes. Nice to have it confirmed.

Like rix_scaedu I'm curious, though, re the baron/duke dichotomy. The fact that both are referenced in a single work reminds me a bit of Karelia's Song - lyrics are a couple of screens down from the top of the thread.

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Date: 2016-01-11 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rix-scaedu.livejournal.com
Excuse me, may I have a clarification?

We have "The baron, it must be admitted, is a problem." and "in which the duke is no longer so troublesome."

Is part of the Inkseer's solution to promote the man, or has there been a continuity gremlin playing in the words?

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Date: 2016-01-11 03:30 am (UTC)
ext_3294: Tux (Default)
From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
Innnnnteresting, so kraken ink isn't just one-way, it can be used to affect reality instead of merely observe!

Doubly interesting that she chooses to make a fountain pen instead of using a dip pen... (triply so because I *have* a brand new fountain pen!)

Thoughts

Date: 2016-01-11 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
>> Innnnnteresting, so kraken ink isn't just one-way, it can be used to affect reality instead of merely observe! <<

If you know exactly what you're doing, yes.

>> Doubly interesting that she chooses to make a fountain pen instead of using a dip pen... (triply so because I *have* a brand new fountain pen!) <<

It needs containment, to focus the energy.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-01-11 03:35 am (UTC)
ext_3294: Tux (Default)
From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
I love it when fantasy science makes *sense*... <3

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-01-11 03:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
:D Me too. I try to aim for that. It helps, of course, that I practice both magic and science, so I know how they work.

Re: Thoughts

Date: 2016-01-11 03:46 am (UTC)
ext_3294: Tux (Default)
From: [identity profile] technoshaman.livejournal.com
LOL we've had the discussion about the "difference".... :)

But, yes, as the old saw goes, knowing is half the battle...

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Date: 2016-01-11 09:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eseme
Awesome. I love the creativity, and another glimpse of her kids. Thanks!

Thank you!

Date: 2016-01-11 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com
I'm happy to hear that. I wanted to show the family working together a bit.

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Date: 2017-06-08 04:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kengr
The noble(s) got off lucky.

One should always remember the saying:

"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards for ... *ribbit* *ribbit*"

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