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Unsold Poems from the April 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl
The following poems from the April 5, 2016 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.

There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Tornado Blew Away," "Knitting into Community," and "The Texture of Our Relationships." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.



"As We Have Created It"
From this came the free-verse poem "As We Have Created It." Shalmaneser the dragon muses on his disapproval of the other dragons and his dreams of making peace with the Six Races.
84 lines, Buy It Now = $42


I am a dragon, but
that does not mean
I must be a monster.

This is the truth to which I cling,
the truth that I seek to make
as my claws dig my den.



"Bring Out the Best"
Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Bring Out the Best." Stan tries to explain to Lawrence what being a good guy is all about.
204 lines, Buy It Now = $102 SOLD



"I don't understand how you do it,"
Lawrence said to Stan as they
strolled around the Mall.

"Do what?" Stan asked,
turning to look at his boyfriend.



"The Law of Life"
Your prompt about Travis inspired the free-verse poem "The Law of Life." Travis scrambles to cope with changes in himself and how he interacts with other people after the chayne incident.
396 lines, Buy It Now = $198


Travis finds himself thinking
a lot more than he has been
since he finished school.

It's not just one thing, even;
it's everything all at once.



"The Marble and the Sculptor"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Marble and the Sculptor." Shaeth wants nothing more than to escape his old life, but it's full of people who don't want to let go of him, not matter how much he tries to change.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam"
A DW prompt about tikkun olam inspired the free-verse poem "Mipnei Tikkun Ha'olam." Menachem makes a convincing argument for tolerance regarding why Yossele should be allowed to join the Channukah celebration.
60 lines, Buy It Now = $20 Free perk

"Model Landscapes"
A DW ecosystem prompt inspired the free-verse poem, "Model Landscapes." It looks at permaculture concepts in nature and society.
20 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Never Fail to Protest"
Your prompt about creepy dudes inspired the free-verse poem "Never Fail to Protest." Damask deals with a protester outside the Sanger Women's Clinic, with a little help from Mallory. But this time it's a completely different kind of confrontation.
248 lines, Buy It Now = $124


Clarity

On Tuesday, I take Mallory to
the Sanger Women's Center
for her parenting class.

I'm glad that she has something
more than her lousy parents to use
for an example in child care.



"Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather"
Your prompt about Walking the Beat inspired the free-verse poem "Some Are Silk and Some Are Leather." Dale and Kelly visit the Folsom Street Fair. They have fun, although it's more like limping the beat eventually.
200 lines, Buy It Now = $100


In September, Dale and Kelly
make plans to visit some friends
over in San Francisco.

"Are you sure you'll be okay?"
Will asks, waving a hand at
Dale's bad knee. "The streets
are pretty steep there."



"A Teacher Who Believes in You"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Teacher Who Believes in You." Danso's social studies teacher helps him think about what skills he'll need for the future, and encourages him to plan a summer project.
246 lines, Buy It Now = $123


Danso is just settling down to lunch
when his social studies teacher
catches his attention.

"Would you mind if I sat here?"
Mr. Stanner asks, waving at a seat
around the otherwise empty table.



"Through Weakness and Vulnerability"
Ansel and Ethan try to keep Turq from freaking out over being injured, indoors, and taken care of.
682 lines, Buy It Now = $341
[Available for posting after "When Someone Is Vulnerable" is finished microfunding]


Ansel and Ethan waited at
opposite ends of the couch
for Turq to wake up. He was
healing well, as far as Ethan
could tell, but hadn't roused yet.

Ansel hated seeing Turq so limp
and helpless. He couldn't help
wondering if this was how Janie
felt when Ansel had gotten hurt.



"A Way That Helps You Blossom"
Your self-care prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Way That Makes You Blossom." Lawrence talks Stan into developing a self-care badge for Activity Scouts.
190 lines, Buy It Now = $95


Lawrence notices, over time,
that Stan does a lot better at
taking care of other people
than taking care of himself.

It's not so much that Stan has
bad habits like not eating
or eating mostly junk.



"When the Frame Comes Off"
Your prompt about social media inspired the free-verse poem "When the Frame Comes Off." It explores language evolution and what happens in a period of major changes.
39 lines, Buy It Now = $15

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