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Unsold Poetry from the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the January 22, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"Aguana" -- 51 lines, $20 SOLD
From your prompt about Fiorenza's garden came the free-verse poem "Aguane." Fiorenza discovers that something is eating her herbs and her peas, so she sets out to snare it.

"Buon Natale" -- 79 lines, $39.50 SOLD
I combined your prompt about winter with one from Cadenzamuse on Dreamwidth about celebrations to get the free-verse poem "Buon Natale." It's a sweet, somewhat awkward family Christmas.

"A Comedy of Craft" -- 156 lines, $78 SOLD
An inexperienced wisewoman, the use of comedy, and a mask as a souvenir ... these prompts combined in the free-verse poem "A Comedy of Craft." It tells of Fiorenza learning how to wrap truth in humor by playing a role in the Commedia dell'arte.

Fiorenza discovered
that it was one thing to have
the craft of a wisewoman
in the growing and using of herbs,
and quite another to have
the authority of a wisewoman
in the eyes of the village people.

They would come to her
with their coughs and sprains,
with their complaints of malocchio
or the fate making the milk sour.

"Di Mezzo il Mare" -- 222 lines, $111 SOLD
The prompt "news from across the sea" combined with a whole bunch of others. "Di Mezzo il Mare" is the story of what happens when Fiorenza's father returns. It's written in free verse.

In Fiorenza's nineteenth year
came news from the sea:
her father Giordano had returned
from his long voyaging and
would soon arrive in Nocciolaia.

To the ordinary hustle and bustle of harvest
was added the need for a celebration,
for the lost husband of Marietta
and the missing father of Fiorenza
must be welcomed home in proper style.

"Faith as a Grain" -- 96 lines, $48 SOLD
From the prompt about Baba Yaga comes the free-verse poem "Faith as a Grain." Fiorenza and her friends deal with a foreign witch by exploiting a bit of folklore common to Russia and Italy.
When Fiorenza noticed that
Margherita and Abelie were lonely
because they could no longer speak in words,
she introduced them to some of her cousins.

Elene and Margherita became friends,
and on days when Margherita studied with Don Candido,
Elene would gather up the falling jewels
as Margherita read aloud.

"Fagioli del Papa" -- 57 lines, $20 SOLD
I combined a prompt about Don Candido's past with one about the Pope's beans, and I got the free-verse poem "Fajioli del Papa." Fiorenza and Don Candido discuss why he got assigned to Nocciolaia in particular and what makes this village special.

"Her Crystalline Voice" -- 113 lines, $56.50
A comment from [personal profile] chordatesrock turned into a free-verse poem, "Her Crystalline Voice." Fiorenza and Don Candido discuss ways of distributing Margherita's jewels to maximize benefits while minimizing problems.

Fiorenza and Don Candido
looked at each other over the poorbox,
which held handfuls of quartz --
that could mean so many different things --
confident garnet and calm jasper,
maternal moonstone and truthful lapis,
and a single deep red ruby
of courage and devotion.

"I do not think we can hide her here forever,"
Don Candido said quietly. "Margherita's gift
will get her noticed sooner or later."
He turned to watch the little girl
silently reading from his Bible.

"The Mystery of the Worn-Out Slippers" -- 151 lines, $75.50 SOLD
I combined a prompt about Giacinto with the twelve dancing princesses, and sent them off to solve "The Mystery of the Worn-Out Slippers." Diplomacy gets a little more tricky when you can't just marriage-trade out of it because everyone has kind of already decided who they want.

Fiorenza and Giacinto were chatting together
in the Fermo market when a cobbler came up
to them and said, "Have you any madder left?
I've bought out the suppliers in the city."

"I have some," Fiorenza said, and brought it out.
"Why do you need so much of it?" asked Giacinto.

"I work for a Prince with twelve daughters,"
said the cobbler, "who all want red dancing slippers.
I make excellent slippers, but they last no time at all!
Within a night or two, they are worn to ribbons.
Even with my apprentices helping, I cannot keep up,
and I am running the entire Marche out of madder."

"The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars" -- 19 lines, $10 SOLD
Your prompt became the title of a villanelle, "The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars." In fairy tales, people are always stealing the lights from the sky for one reason or another. Fiorenza comes up with a novel way of handling that.

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siege From: siege Date: January 24th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I got very interested in the phrase "the Pope's beans". There are beans claimed by the Pope? Are they used for divination or something? So I did a quick web search.

I didn't get any mysticism in the first page or so of results, but this recipe for Sopes of Potato, Pope's Beans and Roasted Green Chiles did catch my eye, and the article gives a decent explanation of where Pope's beans come from. They're a variety of Lima bean (literally from Lima, Peru) which is red, not green, and has a nuttier flavor; they're also called Christmas beans because of their red and white color.

I still wonder why they're called Pope's beans, though...
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