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Poem: "Learning to Relax"

This poem came out of the May 11, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from zyngasvryka.  It was sponsored by laffingkat as part of the 2010 Holiday Poetry Sale.  Season's greetings to all, and many thanks!

zyngasvryka asked about getting students too tired to make mistakes.  That happens to be one of the favored teaching methods in Waterjewel, so I pounced on it.


Learning to Relax
-- a Waterjewel poem


Carry the stones up the cliff
until your hands can hardly hold them.
When you climb down again,
your tired fingers will curl perfectly
around the hilt of your sword.

Run through the desert
while the sand swallows your feet
and the sun slowly falls asleep behind you.
When you tumble to the ground,
you will fall flawlessly
as your loose muscles accept the sand's embrace.

Spill the words through your ears
and over your tongue,
hearing without listening,
speaking without meaning,
until thought spirals away into silence.
When you sleep,
your dreams will speak in tongues.

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: December 18th, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know about Waterjewel and the poem still works very well. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 18th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad this worked for you.

Waterjewel is a tribe of people (mixed humans and elves, plus the horses) living in the Whispering Sands desert, one of my favorite settings in my main fantasy world, Hallelaine. The tribe recognizes 5 genders. They have a very easygoing worldview in general, but you do not mess with these people, because if pushed into combat they are quite formidable.

I've posted about them before, as well as excerpts from the desert language; see the "Waterjewel" and "Seshaa" tags in the right sidebar.
eseme From: eseme Date: December 20th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC) (Link)
*wanders off to the Waterjewel thread*

I need to remember what the 5 genders are.

This is a means of learning that I am not sure I would be good at.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 20th, 2010 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> *wanders off to the Waterjewel thread*

I need to remember what the 5 genders are.<<

Male, female, both, neither, and I'm-not-telling.

>>This is a means of learning that I am not sure I would be good at.<<

It works better for some people than others.
eseme From: eseme Date: December 21st, 2010 03:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

Thanks! The posts tagged Waterjewel did not mention the five genders.
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