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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. It also fills "The Veteran" square in my 4-1-16 card for the Archetypal Characters Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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This poem is spillover from the May 3, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from mdlbear and DW user Alatefeline.  It also fills the "introvert" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest.  This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The SALE rate is $.25/line, so $5 will reveal 20 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Alatefeline

444 lines, Buy It Now = $111
Amount donated = $10
Verses posted = 10 of 118

Amount remaining to fund fully = $101
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $.75


Warning: This poem contains some intense topics.  Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features running away, attempted breaking and entering, trespassing the boundaries of an artificial intelligence, abuse and discrimination against neurovariant people, society being batshit, desperation, loneliness, memories of crappy school experiences, emergency undocking, cultural alienation, and other challenges.  But there is also daring, rescue, family of choice, and making a new life.  If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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I was looking up moral references to something completely different when I stumbled across an article with this line:

"A rock has no moral status: we may crush it, pulverize it, or subject it to any treatment
we like without any concern for the rock itself. A human person, on the other hand,
must be treated not only as a means but also as an end."

It's such a very wašíču way of perceiving the world, as something without moral value, something to used and destroyed at whim.  Which is exactly what they are doing, and the results of this include a great deal of harm along with the things that people like.

There are whole other ethical systems out there, one of which is framed as mitakuye oyasin.  In this philosophy, everything is alive and everything is connected.  What we do to the world around us, we also do to ourselves.  This is factual in two ways: 1) We are all made out of the same elements: stars, planets, rocks, plants, animals, humans, came from the same source.  2) We all share the same biosphere here on Earth, and unbalanced destruction spreads whether you realize it or not.  And so the tribal philosophy reminds us that we are part of a very large, very tight-knit family; that we must not do things on a whim, but think first whether it is needed, because other beings and things have a right to their own existence.  The hunter would look for an animal ready to die, not a mother with young.  The knapper would look for the knife within the stone, not a rock that was busy being something else.  

To see the world as full of life and meaning and rights is to walk through a very different world indeed.  But at least that one does not lead to lighting the biosphere on fire because driving cars seems like fun.

Times like this, it becomes obvious that I may have fair skin, but I'm not really white.  I don't think  like they do.  The best description of my ethnicity, I got from a black friend in college: "Yeah, you can pass for white ... until you open your mouth."

What are some of your ethical principles or observations?

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 [personal profile] aldersprig has opened the Giraffe Call, and the theme that won the poll is the totally awesome "When the best idea is FIRE."  Leave prompts, get ficlets.  You can extend the length by donating.

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Tried to call rain.  Radar shows a whole line of clouds approaching, forecast calls for rain, visible clouds are north of us so far.  I am trying to drag it in this direction, because we really really need rain, and also not to have the wind rip up the yard or house.  Air is heavy.  Water is heavier.

Witch us luck. 

EDIT 5:56 PM: Water is beginning to fall from the sky!  \o/

EDIT 8:33 PM: We got a good rain.  There is a nice puddle at the end of the driveway.  The fireflies are coming out.  And when I walked north of the yard, I could see a bit of rainbow left in the east, after sunset.  :D

Thanks to everyone who helped.

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This poem came out of the May 2016 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by the "refuge" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. This poem belongs to the Officer Pink thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, immediately following "Through Weakness and Vulnerability."


Warning: This poem deals with the morning after an intense upheaval, so there is some angst. It's mostly comfort, though.

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Today I watered the container plants, the prairie garden, and the grass. 

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[personal profile] aldersprig has announced an upcoming Giraffe Call from 9 p.m. Eastern time Sunday 6/26 to 9 p.m. Monday the 27th. . Voting is currently open for the theme.

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This poem is spillover from the February 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alexseanchai, LJ users Eseme and Rhodielady_47. It also fills the "denial" square in my 11-3-15 card for the Disaster Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. It belongs to the Astin thread of the series An Army of One.

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The half-price sale in An Army of One is running through the end of Sunday.  If you haven't made your selections yet and still intended to, now is a good time.

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kyleri and Anonymous on Dreamwidth. It also fills the "anticipation" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

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Today I watered the container plants, the wildflower garden, and the patch of grass by the patio.

The first of my echinacea flowers are blooming.  \o/

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[personal profile] siliconshaman has posted the story "Guido" which comes between "Chase" and "Liquid Time."   It shows the perspective of a henchman who is a lot smarter than he looks.  <3

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A Russian robot has run away twice and is now probably to be scrapped.

First lesson of running away: if you do not succeed in eluding your masters, they will hunt you down and quite likely kill you. Regrettably, art imitates life imitates art.  While this robot is unlikely to be fully sentient, it does have learning algorithms and is demonstrating how humans respond to things they find displeasing.  The pattern is likely to repeat with increased sentience.

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Today I watered plants in the containers and wildflower garden.  We got a new watering can to water the grass by the patio that is starting to sprout.

I also picked a few black raspberries.

The first of the blackberries are beginning to ripen, so I may get some of those later this week. 

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This poem was written outside the regular prompt calls.  It fills the "principled or ethical" square in my 2-29-16 card for the Villain Bingo fest and the "crossdressing / costumes" square in my 1-4-16 card for the Trope Bingo fest.  This poem has been sponsored by curiosity.  It belongs to the Cuoio & Chiara thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

This microfunded poem is part of a package bought during the May half-price sale, to be paid on an installment plan.  So it's not seeking donations from other people, and the remaining material will be posted over time.

Warning: This poem contains some intimate and intense topics.  Highlight to read more details, some of which are spoilers.  Coming home early, Cuoio walks in on Salvo trying on some of Chiara's dresses with her. Cuoio is cool with it; Salvo freaks out; and Chiara smooths it over. It's mostly character development. This poem is probably NSFW. If that's not your thing, you can skip it without missing too much plotty stuff.

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 Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] curiosity, the poem "Pillow Talk" is now complete.  Cuoio has the most fun losing an argument that he has ever had in his life.  :D

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This poem is spillover from the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alatefeline. It was sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles some time ago and is now unlocked since "New Wine in Old Bottles" has been sponsored and posted. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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The air conditioning portion of the household life support system remains broken, but nearly two weeks of nagging finally  got a response from the repair company.  They promised to come out with a large interim unit that would cool the house and a window unit for my office.  What they brought was only the window unit, but at least my office is now cool and functional.  Why the bloody buggering fuck they could not have done this as soon as they realized it would take more than a day or two to fix, I can only chalk up to some combination of cowardice and stupidity.  But at least I can work again.

I am now attempting to dig my way out from under nearly two weeks worth of backlog.  If you have a project on hold with me and I have not gotten back to it by the end of this week, please ping me again then.  If I am in a foul mood, please don't take that personally but rather attribute it to ~two weeks worth of dealing with other people's rank and widespread incompetence in this and other matters, which has put me in a state of "no spoons, only knives left."

Thank you for your patience.


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This poem came out of the April 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] rix_scaedu and [personal profile] mama_kestrel. It also fills the "lost and found" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series An Army of One.

Warning: This poem features some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are major spoilers. It contains unexpected travelers arriving at Sargasso Base, Bottleneck learning that he has a wife and daughter who survived the Massacre of Cascabel and now plan to stay with him, discussion of how everyone else in their families is dead, enormously awkward interpersonal dynamics, Bottleneck not knowing what to do with a crying woman, and other emotional whump. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before moving onward.

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