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Poem: "Door Ajar"

I wrote this as part of the Crowdfunding Creative Jam, posted here as the freebie for this session.  It was inspired by prompts from siege, swirvel42, ankewehner, and ellenmillion.  The Schrodinger's Heroes  project has a menu post.


Door Ajar
-- a Schrodinger's Heroes  poem


Once it has been opened,
the manifold cannot be closed
like a cheap car
whose "door ajar" light
remains stubbornly on
no matter how many times
you slam the door.

The flotsam and jetsam
of the dimensions drift through --
fallen angels and changelings,
vermin from stranger worlds,
the politician fleeing the system,
the lesbian survivor,
the tentacle monster
who just wants to be friends.

The only thing you can do
is stand watch over the door,
improbable heroes steadfastly ready
to deal with whatever comes through.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: October 17th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
>>the tentacle monster
who just wants to be friends.<<

Why do I have the feeling we may have read the same comic involving a sci-fi horror vixen who is dismayed that the hideous space creature confronting her, instead of molesting her with its many tentacles, would actually just rather cuddle? :P

(And why does this seem like an awesome RPG campaign setting waiting to happen?)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>>Why do I have the feeling we may have read the same comic involving a sci-fi horror vixen who is dismayed that the hideous space creature confronting her, instead of molesting her with its many tentacles, would actually just rather cuddle? <<

*laugh* I'm not sure if we have, but it's funny regardless. Tim the Tentacle Monster began with a reference from Melannen and, in my version of Schrodinger's Heroes, practices some form of sexuality that he's never managed to explain to the humans. The cuddling is canon though.

>>(And why does this seem like an awesome RPG campaign setting waiting to happen?)<<

I think it would be. Since the characters were originally written without reference to gender (except for Tim), when I elaborated them I used a random number generator to dice up their gender and ethnicity; and I made sure that the group included the basic adventuring skills of brains, muscle, practicality, life support, social savvy, etc.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: October 19th, 2011 08:51 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 19th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

*laugh* I love it. Thank you for sharing.
paka From: paka Date: October 18th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice. I'd never thought about the "portal to where the monsters are" as an American metaphor. I wish I had the money to commission poetry, for if I did I'd hire you for a companion piece - that when something comes through, it's the work of some summoner, and those summoners are almost inevitably white and rich, who wants to have disposable creatures as cheap labor.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2011 12:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Poem

I couldn't resist playing with this idea. The result is "Insourcing," a free-verse poem about exploitation and the unfortunate things that can result from it.

26 lines, Buy It Now = $15
paka From: paka Date: October 18th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

Oof. I hadn't expected you to go do that! I am being cautious with money after losing my last day job, but I don't want to contribute nothing at all unless you're definitely okay with that. Is there a way I could pay you in installments, or trade you drawings?
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2011 03:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Poem

>>Oof. I hadn't expected you to go do that!<<

You hadn't noticed my attention to grab anything that wriggles on a prompt day?

>> I am being cautious with money after losing my last day job, but I don't want to contribute nothing at all unless you're definitely okay with that.<<

Prompting is free, including inadvertent "you said something I liked and I wrote a poem about it" prompting. There's never any obligation to buy.

>> Is there a way I could pay you in installments, or trade you drawings?<<

Installments would be fine if you decide to sponsor, as long as you specify that in the note when sending payment, so I know what it's for and the arrangements.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2011 01:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad this worked for you.

I'm often frustrated by shows where the heroes are a bunch of irresponsible loons that nobody would trust to run a car wash, let alone save the world. So I put in a quantum physicist, a computer programmer, an astronomer, a soldier, a bohemian, a good ol' boy, etc. No matter what happens, at least one person usually has some idea what to go do about it.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 18th, 2011 02:04 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thank you!

Wow. Someone once asked me what I'd do if I were drafted as President of the U.S. That was basically my plan. Hey, misery loves company.
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