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Poem: "Stonewings" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Stonewings"

Inspired by kelkyag's request for gargoyles, this is today's first freebie poem.  No matter how much of a badass you think you are, somewhere out there is a predator who considers you defenseless prey.

-- a triolet

Gargoyles guard the city streets,
Silent hunters from above.
Final foe the mugger meets,
Gargoyles guard the city streets.
Down one swoops with swift wingbeats,
Hawk on unsuspecting dove.
Gargoyles guard the city streets,
Silent hunters from above.

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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: January 4th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
And what does the police department do about that, I wonder?
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 4th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, assuming this sequence of events:
  1. Mugger accosts intended victim
  2. Gargoyle swoops down and carries off mugger
  3. Intended victim reports to cops,

then the cops probably put the intended victim in the drunk tank or file for an involuntary commitment, because zie is obviously hallucinating.

At least until someone considered to be reliable catches it on video. Then all hell breaks loose.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 4th, 2011 11:27 pm (UTC) (Link)


From the discussion under the "Stonewings" post, I got a sequel. "All Hell Breaks Loose" is a free-verse poem about what happens when cell phone cameras start catching gargoyles in the act.

35 lines, Buy It Now = $15
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: January 5th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

I am so sponsoring that one!

Edited at 2011-01-05 01:11 am (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 02:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: January 4th, 2011 11:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Vigilante gargoyles! Love it!

Also? Love triolets.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 5th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC) (Link)


So this pinged off another of your prompts, and I wrote you another triolet. "Suburban Bogeymen" is freakin' creepy. It shows how fairytale monsters can adapt to modern life, mixing magic with vice; and it touches on a motif shared by both fairytale monsters and suburbs, where surface beauty can conceal danger.

8 lines, Buy It Now = $5
eseme From: eseme Date: January 5th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC) (Link)
I also love Triolets, and even if I did not remember the form, I remembered the type of poem from my seventh grade English class. Those are good memories.

Plus, I love gargoyles.

The repeats particularly work with the subject - it is as though they are sweeping through the air in arcs while you recite the poem.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: January 5th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This is awesome. I used to love the cartoon "Gargoyles." I loved the title creatures, those beings made of stone during the day and flesh during the night. They were the inspiration for a whole classification of beings in my Playground of the Gods/Lyria fantasy storyverse: Daemons. Not to be confused with Demons, Daemons are a classification of beings who have both a flesh form and at least one non-flesh form. "Non flesh form" definition can include radically different kind of flesh, like plant flesh as opposed to animal flesh. Gargoyles, in that universe, are Stone Daemons. (Well, not all gargoyles. But in that storyverse, "gargoyle" comes from the Stone Daemons' name for themselves.) A major difference between my Gargoyles and the cartoon's gargoyles is that mine can switch back and forth at will. They can be stone at night and flesh at day or can be stone for 30 seconds and back to flesh, etc.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 6th, 2011 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)


Doug has some of the "Gargoyles" cartoon too. Much fun. I like the dark, edgy tone.
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