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October 11 (or 12 in some parts of the world) is National Coming Out Day.  If you're in a closet you don't want to be in ... come out, come out, wherever you are!  I try to maintain this as safe space. 
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. It belongs to the Origami Mage series.

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[personal profile] callibr8 has finished updating the landing page for Path of the Paladins.  All of the newly sponsored poems are linked accordingly.  So if you want to go back and read this series from the beginning, now is a good time.  If you want more, you'll need to prompt for it, because all the previously written stuff is now published.  \o/
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Ray Buckland has passed away.  He contributed a great deal to contemporary Witchcraft. 

And the Summerland goes wild!
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[personal profile] daisiesrockalot has generously sponsored all outstanding poems in the series Path of the Paladins. \o/ Many thanks! I have also finished posting the linkback poem "The Golden Peaches of Peace." The newly sponsored poems are:

"The Power of Perseverance"
"Circuits and Cycles"
"Something You Feel"
"Sprouts"
"Say Words of Healing"
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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls. It fills the "Shahana and Ari" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Finish It Bingo fest and the "healing" square in my 6-1-16 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem came out of the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by the "sports" square in my 5-2-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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This poem is spillover from the May 19, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "meditation" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.

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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, the  poem "Two Foxes" is now complete!  Blair and Ron return with an assortment of clothes for Kenzie to choose from, and help him think through gender-variant clothing options.

With this poem completed, we're down to two open epics, both in Polychrome Heroics.  That leaves a slot open for the Tuesday fishbowl.  Also, "Come Closer in Kinship" ($206) is now available for posting whenever it gets sponsored.  That will introduce Blair's parents to Kenzie.  \o/
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This is the linkback poem from the September 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] peoriapeoriawhereart.

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This poem came out of the June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from ZB on Dreamwidth, [personal profile] mirrorofsmoke, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron, [personal profile] alexseanchai, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, and [personal profile] serpentine. It also fills the "punishment" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains imagery which may disturb some readers. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It takes place during and after World War II. Thus it features genocide, discrimination, extreme violence, death and destruction, killing captive Nazis via superpower, jailbreaking, erotic art, orphaning, traumatic rage, war trials, extrajudicial execution, and other mayhem. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding if this is something you want to read.

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Scientists have discovered a geometric shape at the center of reality, whose form defines the behavior of particles.  It's a lot simpler than trying to calculate by hand the way those things move.  It goes from hundreds of pages of math to one. 

Meanwhile I'm laughing my ass off because, well, om mani padme hum.  Not the sound of the chant, but it's literal meaning: the jewel in the heart of the lotus.  Mystical people have been staring at this thing forever, because A) it's inspiring, B) it's really pretty, and C) when you're out of your body on a lot of other dimensions it tends to be right in front of your face and kind of hard to ignore.  Which is okay because A and B.  :D  Anyhow, quantum mechanics might like to take a look at the prismatic branch of sacred art.  Perhaps it will prove inspiring.  Because quantum physics is where magic and science meet, which is why it's cool.  I may not be able to hack the math, but quantum physics still makes my existential intelligence sit up and go squee.

On the downside, this means people are getting reeeeeaaaalllly close to figuring out graviton technology.  This is about as relaxing as realizing that the toddler has just about figured out how to turn on the blowtorch.  O_O  
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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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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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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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This is the first example I've seen locally of emotional trauma care, rather than just emotional first aid. There's a Psychotrauma Unit out of Israel coming to help Houston in the wake of hurricane flooding. It's a volunteer service, but working at professional level: "The unit’s 200 or so members include medics, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers who are trained by some of Israel’s leading experts on the psychology of crises."  

That's a useful distinction between emotional first aid, which most people can learn; and emotional trauma care, which requires more advanced training.  The idea is to provide support that reduces the risk of permanent injury, teach coping skills to help people through a crisis, and let them know what symptoms mean trouble and it would be advisable to seek further help.  I suspect that a good listener and some practical resources will knock down the rate of PTSD just because the keystone risk factor is feeling helpless; if you can stop that, it's like cooling a burn, it slows or halts the damage rate.

Tikkun olam, Israel, today you're doing it right.
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In return for a beautiful day and a truly stellar performance from the Sun God and Moon Goddess, I am posting one of my eclipse poems for free.  You can see some of my eclipse photos here.


"Only in the Gift"


I have seen the moon-shielded sun
and the Father God winking
as he turns his one wide eye
back toward the waiting world 

a reminder that we live,
moment by moment, 
only in the gift of
his infinite light.
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This poem is from the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] siliconshaman and [personal profile] librarygeek. It also fills the "family portraits" square in my 7-1-16 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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[personal profile] bairnsidhe has opened "Two Foxes" for microfunding. Kenzie hears that the Iron Horses are going out to deal with the gaybashers, and is uneasy with his own response.
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
This poem came out of the August 1, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] readera, [personal profile] we_are_spc (Fallon), [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] dreamwriteremmy, and [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It also fills the "I" becomes "we" square in my 7-31-17 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

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