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Poem: "Fireworms in Love" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Fireworms in Love"
This poem has been sponsored by janetmiles.

Fireworms in Love

This is what science has to say:

The Bermuda Fireworm (Odontosyllis enopla) exhibits bioluminescence during its mating display. Such displays take place monthly during the three days following the full moon. Males and females exude a bright green, fluorescent substance to attract mates.

This is what poetry has to say:

Once a month, the sea catches fire.
As the moon wanes, the warm tropical water
seethes with a clear green flame.
Burning with passion,
the worms turn in tiny circles,
tracing rings of light along the waves.
Specks of life emerge and merge.
In love,
even worms can become beautiful.

These two views are equally true.

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tonithegreat From: tonithegreat Date: March 27th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! Hooray! Thank you, Ysabet! And thank you janetmiles for sponsoring it!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 27th, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm glad you're pleased. It's really fun to see what will intrigue people enough for them to buy it.

A fun bit of trivia about this poem: It has a piece of prose or prose poetry tucked in it. The line breaks on the science portion are not controlled and the language is not poetically manipulated. So ... is that section prose poetry because it's inside a poem, even though it's not written with the richness typical of prose poetry? Or is a really a prose insert, even though it's stuck inside a poem?
anamacha From: anamacha Date: March 28th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is difficult
to get the news from poems
Yet men die miserably every day
for lack
Of what is found there.

-- William Carlos Williams
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 28th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
In a historic context, though, poetry did spread the news! Many of the folk songs and poems we have were the newscasts of their time, telling about births and deaths and scandals. Among the most famous are "broadside poems," as for example the Confederate Broadsides about slavery:
anamacha From: anamacha Date: March 31st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
fair enough -- yes, you are right. There's the bards and minstrels too. But this doesn't happen too much in a more modern context, such as in WCW's time and on.
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