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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 came out of the March 6, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek and [personal profile] bairnsidhe. It also fills the square "The Pursuit of Happiness" in my 9-2-18 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo 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.

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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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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] janetmiles, there are 33 new verses in "Learning the Vocation."  Ari and company play Hexes and Blessings with other folks in the common room of the inn.
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] satsuma, you can now read the beginning of "Learning the Vocation."  Shahana and Ari encounter some old acquaintances in Three-Town Fork.
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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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Pagan author Edain McCoy has crossed to the Summerlands. Although she wrote in various fields, she is best known for her work in Paganism.  My favorites include Lady of the Night: A Handbook of Moon Magick & Rituals and Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods and Goddesses.  I will miss seeing her work alongside mine in the Llewellyn annuals.
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This poem is spillover from the February5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] mashfanficchick. It also fills the "nurture self-worth" square in my 2-1-19 Platonic card for the Valentines Bingo. This poem was sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Tonight I am painting rocks for tomorrow's Ostara ritual.  Rock painting is our craft this sabbat.  I wanted to have some with the backgrounds already done, so I left half the rocks natural (in case someone wants a different background) then painted equal batches of white and green. 
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A hate crime has killed dozens of Muslims in New Zealand. My kiwi friends are all upset about this, and so are a lot of other folks. So here are some practical things you can do ...

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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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This month's theme was "personal or public ritual." I wrote from 12:45 PM to 6 AM, or about 15 hours 15 minutes allowing for breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 9 later.

Participation was much higher, with 17 comments on LiveJournal and another 87 on Dreamwidth. There were no new prompters.


Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"Herbs for the Service of Men"
"If We Had No Winter"
"The Rituals of the Moon"
"Sunday Dinner"
"Unless You Happen to Be a Bottle of Wine"

"Unseen, the Yellow Woods" (December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl, standalone) (linkback perk)
"Decent, Safe, and Affordable" (outside fishbowl, Polychrome Heroics) (free epic)


Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list from February 5. That includes the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems have been posted. Donors this time include: [personal profile] fuzzyred, [personal profile] janetmiles, and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. There were no new donors.


The Poetry Fishbowl also has a permanent landing page.
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This poem is spillover from the December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "fighting" square in my 6-4-18 Mixed card for the Winteriron Bingo Adventure fest. This poem has been sponsored by a pool organized by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the Aquariana thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains scenes that may be disturbing to some readers. It includes a nasty fight over cetacean religions, consensual whale-hunting, characterization of boneworms as demons, graphic subjective description of death, aquatic roughhousing, and other challenges. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider whether this is something you want to read before clicking through.

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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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