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Poem: "The Archivist's Eye" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Archivist's Eye"

This poem came from the February 8, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from thesilentpoet and ellenmillion, then cosponsored between them.  This is a Torn World poem about Unafari; some of you may have read her stories "The Shades of Yesterday" and "The Gaudy Eye."  (Those are locked to supporters only.)  The verses span the previous two stories and ultimately hint at events just beginning to ripple through the Empire now. 

This poem hasn't been submitted to the canon board yet, so please consider it potentially canon rather than solid for now.  Pending approval, it will eventually be posted on Torn World for public viewing, as it has been sponsored.  thesilentpoet, are you registered on the Torn World site?  If so, please let me know your TW username so I can list you as a patron when I submit the poem.  Thanks!

The Archivist's Eye
-- a Torn World poem

The archivist's eye
rolls the colored pencils in a mental grip,
viewing not just their spectral hues but their symbolism.

The archivist's eye
sees the pin holes that are not there
and discerns the meaning of their absence.

The archivist's eye
reads the card in the catalog
and wonders at the glaring inconsistencies.

The archivist's eye
imagines flicking dust away from the feathers
to reveal the indeterminable truth of their provenance.

The archivist's eye
spots the wine rings on the license paper,
a study in pink revealing someone's secret vices.

The archivist's eye
lingers on a man's hands,
their smudge of ink telling his hidden passions.

The archivist's eye
overlays the past onto the present
and looks away, unable to watch the coming collision.

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kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: February 12th, 2011 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 12th, 2011 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like it.
laffingkat From: laffingkat Date: February 12th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, neat, I'm glad this was sponsored!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 12th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad too. It gives an interesting perspective of the world. I like seeing Torn World stuff get sponsored -- that encourages me to write more, and it puts more items in public view rather than supporters only.
thesilentpoet From: thesilentpoet Date: February 12th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Alas, I'm not. I really do need to, however. I'll let you know my username once I do.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 12th, 2011 04:52 pm (UTC) (Link)


>>Alas, I'm not. I really do need to, however. I'll let you know my username once I do.<<

Okay. So far I have you listed as a nonmember patron, under your LJ username.

Registering on Torn World is free; it lets you do things like swap karma, leave comments on stories, and use the forum. Contributors go into the smaller database that gives us a pulldown menu to name patrons when submitting a piece. For people who want to be listed as patrons without being contributors, talk to ellenmillion -- she can add you manually.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: February 13th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well done! It reminds me of people I know who worked in preservation & restoration at the Frick (funniest name for a serious place evAR)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: February 14th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad that I captured the personality well.
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