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Poem: "The Daughters of Befana"

This poem came from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by thesilentpoet, who wanted to see how Fiorenza would handle fairies in her village.  So I looked up Italian fairy lore and found the enticing fate, which seemed like a good match for old Befana and some family mayhem.  This poem was sponsored by marina_bonomi.  The form is an Italian sonnet. To read the other poems about Fiorenza, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.


The Daughters of Befana


Three fate  came when summertime was high --
One red as blood, one green as grass, and one
As blue as sky around the shining sun --
With hennin  hats to catch a young man's eye.
They bathed themselves in rivers, scarely shy;
They caught the priest's young cousin, and the son
Of miller-up-the-hill, and then they won
The brewer's brother's hand (and roving eye).

When Fiorenza heard what they had wrought,
She laughed and named the vices of the men.
The fate  wept and begged to be sent home.
Befana made them throw back what they'd caught,
And would not let them from her sight again,
So all the elf-struck lads were freed to roam.

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eseme From: eseme Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
This is another clever heroine. Ah, what a good solution - so simple!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

Fiorenza is definitely quick on her wits. She has her share of wisdom and compassion, but there is a ferocity in her that the Origami Mage does not have. Fiorenza often takes the direct route, both in speech and in action. She won't spare someone's blushes if embarrassing them gets the job done with no serious injuries. I rather admire that rustic, practical charm.
eseme From: eseme Date: March 4th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Yes. She was not worried about the mens' feelings.

She is very practical and down to earth. The poem styles often reflect that - she would not work in haiku.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 4th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

>>Yes. She was not worried about the mens' feelings. <<

After you've seen a man with his pants off, it's hard to take him completely seriously.

>>She is very practical and down to earth. The poem styles often reflect that - she would not work in haiku.<<

Sooth. Much of a culture's flavor comes through its poetic forms. I love matching the topic to a form when I am dealing with something set in a particular culture. So I use haiku and tanka verses to capture the serenity and moment-to-moment flow of the Origami Mage storyline. Fiorenza has varied between free verse, which can do anything; and the stately grace of formal Italian poetry, the terza rima and the sonnet so far. I may well explore others later; there are many fine Italian forms.
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