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Poem: "Pegasus Takes Flight"

Here is today's second freebie poem, courtesy of first-time prompter poeticknowledge.  It was inspired by prompts from marina_bonomi, my_partner_doug, and wyld_dandelyon.


Pegasus Takes Flight


The mythology book
is falling apart;
the crumbling glue
has gone to dust and
the pages have
fallen free of the spine.

The paper is still good,
though, creamy and fine,
smooth under the
seeking fingertips.

Smiling, a student
folds an origami horse,
then playfully makes two fans
and attaches them
to its shoulders.

Pegasus stretches
his paper wings, and
whinnies at the startled student,
then flies out the open window
to play tag with the pigeons.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: March 2nd, 2011 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
I know in mythology that Pegasus was a specific winged horse. But in my main fantasy storyverse, "pegasus" is a generic term for winged horse. Just like horses, people breed pegasi (pegasuses?) and ride them about. They're a lot faster than normal horses, and easier to ride than gryphons or dragons. Lyria rides one in one story. And her enemy Jarnion rides one in a different story. Pegasi come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, just like horses.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 11:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

I'm familiar with the breadth of the meme.

My main fantasy world, Hallelaine, has skyponies. Regrettably it also has pony-raptors, someone's idea of a hippogriff having gone horribly wrong. Imagine a flock of dog-sized hippogriffs, no two alike, all behaving like a school of airborne piranha.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: March 3rd, 2011 12:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Oooh.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Awwwww ...

Any relationship to the origami mage?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)

No...

"Art comes to life" is a ubiquitous meme, around the world. This is a western version.

I wrote two Origami Mage poems this month, though. One is already up, the other be nabbed later.
kelkyag From: kelkyag Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's certainly modern where the origami mage feels long-ago, but 'origami' says Eastern while 'pegasus' says Western, at least to me, the rest isn't specific to either. Some magics are passed down through generations, to children or students -- thus the curiosity. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

This poem is certainly a patchwork of motifs.
lupagreenwolf From: lupagreenwolf Date: March 2nd, 2011 07:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I love it! I had a great "movie" of it happening in my head as I read it.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm happy to hear that. I think this could actually make a nice movie, an animated short using stop-motion to bring Pegasus to life. Beyond my skill, alas, but a cool idea.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 2nd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I really like the playfulness of the narrative. *wishes he could play tag with the pidgeons, too*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.

Yes, the desire for flight was a pervasive motif in this month's poems.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 2nd, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Aaaw, well done.

*giggles and smiles*

I like this style of verse,
although I can't seem
to imitate it.

It carries one along
with the tale.
Nice.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

Thank you!

This one is light and quick. It does take practice.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

I can do poetic form, but it seem to take more thought and focus by far than prose.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

Poetry definitely takes more concentration than prose. Every word, even every space has meaning. So all the contents must be carefully chosen. Free verse is fairly easy, but you still have to include enough poetic techniques that it doesn't read like hacked-up prose; I like to use lots of alliteration and assonance in mine, metaphors and similes, sometimes allusions. Poetry with more rigorous forms is more challenging because you have to fit all the rules. I hate it when people write form poetry and then botch the form.
aldersprig From: aldersprig Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

me too!

I took an independent study in poetry in college (from a nun, no less), and still dabble on occasion, but most of my writing is a lot more off-the-cuff.

You're inspiring my to play with poetry more, though.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 2nd, 2011 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

I'm glad to inspire people. That always makes me happy.

Poetry doesn't have to be hard, though it does require attention to detail. Actually, if you find my input helpful, I recommend that you pick up Composing Magic. You can ignore the Pagan stuff if you're not Pagan; the instructions on spiritual writing will work for any religion, and the generic advice for any writing. There's a lot about how to write effective poetry.
http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/composing-magic.html
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

Every choice and placement has to be carefully chosen to achieve the intended result. Sounds kinda like origami. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

Yes, I see the similarities.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Aaaw, well done.

I thought you might. :)
eseme From: eseme Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, how fun!

Since origami comes up in your work a lot, I can heartily recommend the documentary Between the Folds which aired on Independent Lens on my local PBS station in January.

You can see some video snippets here:

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/between-the-folds/film.html

Follow the blue-green links near the top for more cool stuff. The film looks at origami as an art, a discipline of math, and as a science (including one used to save lives).

Your PBS station may air it at a different time, and since the DVD is out your local library may be able to get it for you.
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