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Poem: "Dangerous Refuges" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Dangerous Refuges"

This is the linkback perk poem from the May 5, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl, originally hosted by DW user Dialecticdreamer.  It came out of the June 2014 Creative Jam, inspired by DW user Thebonesofferalletters.  It also fills the "Comings & Goings Freestyle" square in my 6-10-14 card for the Fanbingo fest.  So far, 12 out of 14 verses have been posted.   Linkers include: DW user Dialecticdreamer, Anonymous, janetmiles, DW user Curiosity, DW user Librarygeek, wyld_dandelyon, and DW user Nsfwords.  This poem belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.


Dangerous Refuges


The Madhusudana are peaceful folks,
but nobody's easy victims -- they know
the shoals and the safe channels,
both under the water and on the surface.

Ships or sharks that chase them
are flirting with destruction.

The Shu are gentle and scholarly,
people of field and forest,
but they too have their tricks
in the high thin branches of the woods.

To follow them is to court a fall
as they leap free and glide away.

The Beneberak are a
study in contradictions,
fire and water making them
prone to letting off steam.

Only they know which placid springs
are cold or warm or boiling.

The Hachi are placid people,
averse to conflict,
as quiet as the swamps
in which they dwell.

They leap from hummock to hummock,
avoiding quicksand that swallows their enemies.

The Imran love to fight,
gleefully turning to face their foes --
but if outnumbered,
they too have their tricks.

The trackless desert is their home, and
it's so, so easy for them to lose pursuers there.

The Eofor are stubborn as the stone
that makes up their mountain homes,
quick to reach for war-wrench or axe,
but they also have methods of mass destruction.

There are places in the deep-delving tunnels
where one tap of a hammer will bring down the ceiling.

[To be continued ...]


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thnidu From: thnidu Date: May 31st, 2015 03:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looking forward to more. Don't mess with these folk!

Reminds me of a bit in RAH's Job. Our Protagonist, in Heaven, is talking with a fellow he knew in life, a chef who was set on by crooks. WTTEO:

He laughed. “Crazy fools! Try ’n’ jump a cook in his own kitchen!”

Knives, hatchets, skewers, ..., all as sharp as can be, and he knows exactly where they are and how to use them.

Edited at 2015-05-31 03:43 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: May 31st, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>Looking forward to more. Don't mess with these folk!<<

Yay! Of course, the dragons have the advantages of size and firepower, but each of the Six Races has its own assets.

>> He laughed. “Crazy fools! Try ’n’ jump a cook in his own kitchen!” <<

Now I'm thinking of that scene in Beauty and the Beast where the invaders reached the kitchen and all the knives jumped out of the drawers and the stove fired up. :D
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