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The fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral was probably caused by an electrical short.  France has already announced a design contest for a new spire.
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This poem is spillover from the September 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fill the "helping a stranger" square in my 9-1-18 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics and follows "In the Light of Creative Altruism."

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This poem is spillover from the August 7, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from Jessica on Dreamwidth. It also fill the "errand" square in my 8-7-18 card for the Fairy Tales Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek in memory of the fires today at BOTH Notre Dame Cathedral and Al-Aqsa Mosque. What is remembered, lives. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. and leads into "Becoming, Evolving, Ascending."

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls, inspired by a discussion with [personal profile] siliconshaman.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Warning: This poem deals with the aftermath of a major earthquake and tsunami.

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Based on an audience poll, this is the free epic for the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. It came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ravan asking for a square from my 2-28-19 Situations card for the Meet Ugly Bingo fest: "You were shopping and mistook me for someone who works in this store. I decide to mess with you instead of telling the truth." This poem belongs to the Shiv thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem is spillover from the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] pantha, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, and [personal profile] readera. It also fills the "language" square in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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This poem came out of the April 2, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] satsuma. It also fills the "Waldorf school" prompt in my 4-1-19 card for the School Days Bingo Fest. This poem belongs to the Arts and Crafts America series introduced in "A Country of Craftsmen."

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From Jewish tradition, a prayer for transformation:

תפילה להפך – מאבן בֹחן | Prayer for Transformation, from the poem Even Boḥan (“Touchstone”) by Rabbi Qalonymus ben Qalonymus ben Meir (1322 C.E.)

---8<---
Father in heaven
who did miracles for our ancestors with fire and water
You transformed the fire of Ur Kasdim so it would not burn [Avraham]
You transformed Dinah in the womb of her mother [Leah, to a girl]
You transformed the staff [of Moshe] to a snake before a million eyes
You transformed (Moshe’s) hand to (leprous) white
and the Sea of Reeds to dry land.
and the sea floor into solid and dried-up earth
You transformed the rock into water,
hard flint to a fountain.[15]
Who would then transform me from a man to woman?
---8<---
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This poem came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "historical" square in my 1-3-18 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest.

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 I've said this myself, but this rendition is nearly liturgical in its elegance.  Look at the lovely parallels.  Such a graceful way of saying, "Bend over and kiss your ass goodbye."
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A wide variety of Travelers, Romani, and other nomadic folks face deepening discrimination.  If you don't pay money to occupy a parcel of land on at least a semi-permanent basis, you don't count as a real person.  Although nomadism is the original state of humanity, and residence only developed in the last few thousand years, most societies today are viciously intolerant of anyone who is unable or unwilling to stay in one place.
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Here is a diagram showing a lovely array of indigenous words for forest and related land types, distinguished by natural features and usage.  It's much easier to discuss land management with such a nice vocabulary, instead of just "forest."
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 Pluto now has official names for some of its places.  I'm thrilled with how multicultural they are.  There's only one female, but that's better than nothing.
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Canada has a problem with overcrowding of humans in national parks. So does America. It's not just national parks, although the most famous places are suffering the worst. Anywhere with a bit of green is getting more crowded, and thus less useful.

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This poem is spillover from the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and[personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "sunshine" square in my 12-1-18 card for the Summer in December Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool run by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows "Those Who Have Suffered," so read that first or this won't make much sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some disturbing topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features spooked centaurs, racial issues, keloid scars, self-harm scars and numeric tattoos on a Jewish centaur, reference to running away from junkie parents, human trafficking, vindictiveness toward abusers, reference to human trafficking via allegedly-therapeutic camp, exhibitionism regarding personal trauma, Holocaust references, history of slavery in America, past chemical warfare with accusations of genocide, probable infertility, use of magic in mad science, existential angst, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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This is the free epic for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl reaching its $200 goal. Most of the poetry is currently tied up in the half-price sale, but I just wrote this one yesterday. I finally figured out why Terramagne-America has such a better housing situation compared to here. This poem fills the "complex" square in my 2-1-19 You Are card for the Valentines Bingo fest. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Yes, some refugees today are in exactly the position of Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.  They leave or they die, because some countries are killing Muslims or Christians or whatever else they've decided to hate; others are killing gays and transfolk and women who wear pants; quite a few are targeting doctors, scientists, journalists, and other intellectuals; and several just seem to be shooting anything that moves.  It's the same.  It's people fleeing genocide because they don't want to die.  

And countries are responding now just as they did to Jews: turning them away.  Oh sure, after  WWII everyone was "shocked" and "sorry" that Jews sent back to Germany were executed en masse.  After most of the Jews were safely dead and not in need of food, shelter, or any other assistance anymore.  People will turn back desperate masses and then be "shocked" and "saddened" when a toddler winds up drowned on their beach.  Well, when people are in dire situations, they will escape as best they can, and if nobody helps them do that safely then quite a lot of them will die along the way.  So everyone who supports  refugee-hostile polices becomes guilty of refoulement and shares part of the moral burden for those deaths, because their choices lead to actions that lead to dead refugees.  Those who fight for human rights are not at fault for the errors of others.

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