The following poems from the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," and "Always Carry Your Goodness.""Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors"
A Schrodinger's Heroes prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Crazy Fun in the House of Mirrors." Several team members get sucked into another dimension, but help is not quite where they expect to find it.
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"It's Sunday in July, and you're"Crossroads on the Hero's Journey"
still working?" Kay said, shaking
her head. "You need more practice
managing your free time, folks!"
Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey." Magical realms have a meeting point.
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Tolli and Simon put Shiv's needs ahead of their own, which throws Shiv into a major meltdown.
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Shiv was setting up tables"Not the Opposite of Life"
when Tolli and Simon came in.
He had learned that he was
actually rather good at this:
his ability let him sense when
the silverware was lined up or not.
A backchannel prompt from inspired the free-verse poem "Not the Opposite of Life." When the winter migration brings new whales south, Steel gets into a nasty fight about religion.
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Aquariana was fascinated
by the movements of whales.
Most of the great whales migrated
toward the poles in summer and
toward the equator in winter, except
for a few species that stayed primarily
in colder or warmer water all the time.
"The Perfection That Eludes Us"
In "The Perfection That Eludes Us," Shannalyn defends her son Eric against kidnappers from another realm.
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Shannalyn hiked through the woods in "The Shadows on the Wall"
the Norfork Shoals State Park, heading for
the archery field to do a lesson for new members
of the Ozarcane Live-Action Role-Playing Association.
Your history prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Shadows on the Wall." In summer school, the children of Monster House learn history through maskmaking and playwriting. Then at night, they get different lessons from the shadowfolk.
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It's July, and the kids"The Ramifications of That State of Mind"
have both signed up for
Masks of the Past, a program
that teaches theatrical arts
and history together.
Your prompt inspired a sequel, "The Ramifications of That State of Mind." Raymond and Gideon examine their situation and make some preliminary plans.
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Available for posting after "Cruel Intentions and Difficult Truths" has been sponsored and published.
In the interests of avoiding"The Reality of Cruelty"
any further weirdness, Gideon
replaced their chalk symbols with
fresh ones drawn in ink on skin.
These inspired the free-verse poem "The Reality of Cruelty." Ansel and Turq meet some new centaurs and find out more details about the mad science going on, this time with disturbing ethnic overtones.
WARNING: Includes very touchy topics in African-American, Jewish, and Vietnamese groups.
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The front camp held dozens of "Unseen, the Yellow Woods"
support personnel busily organizing
tools and supplies after the raid.
Centaurs and a few other victims
milled around on the green grass,
blinking in the unfamiliar sunshine.
A couple of Dreamdwidth prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Unseen, the Yellow Woods." We don't necessarily see the opportunities all around us.
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These three poems form a set:"Cut With Our Own Dust"
Shiv crosses paths with Stalwart Stan and Antimatter, and carries through a plan he made back in prison. This is a terrible idea.
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Lawrence enjoyed patrolling"How We Correct Them"
the Gene Leahy Mall with Stan,
even on a raw spring day when
the damp breeze whipped his hair in
his face and chilled the back of his neck.
Realizing he fucked up, Shiv calls Rosie for advice.
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"I fucked up, Rosie,"The Courage to Admit Them"
I really really fucked up
this time," Shiv said, clutching
his phone in a sweaty hand.
"I don't know what to do."
Shiv goes to speak with Stan and Lawrence after their encounter.
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Shiv slunk through the Gene Leahy Mall,
looking for the orange Serenity bench where
he had agreed to meet Stan and Lawrence.