April 7th, 2009

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Poetry Fishbowl Open!

Starting now, the Poetry Fishbowl is open! I will be checking this page periodically throughout the day. When people make suggestions, I'll pick some and weave them together into a poem ... and then another ... and so on. I'm hoping to get a lot of ideas and a lot of poems.

In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is sword & sorcery. I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.

Today's donation goal is $100. We're mostly using the fishbowl funds to buy groceries, but if enough comes in, this month I get a bit for plant shopping. That starts at $50 and goes up a little more at $100, so there's the goal. Fresh herbs for cooking, mmm...

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Poem: "The Carver's Guard"

Here is the freebie poem from today's fishbowl. moosl posted this picture of a garden gnome with glowing eyes. Until I read the caption, I thought somebody had hollowed him out and stuck a light inside the creepy little guy! So then I wondered why he would be like that, and got to thinking about wyld_dandelyon's prompt about the makers of magical artifacts, and it led to this...


The Carver’s Guard


The carver’s guard stands watch all night
And then stands watch all day.
When thieves sneak up, his eyes take light
To frighten them away.

He guards the carver’s secret dreams
And singes thieves with scorn –
The fireballs and laser beams
Are merely aimed to warn.

The dogs are only there for show
Beside the carver’s home.
The one on watch – but who could know? –
Is that wee garden gnome.