April 7th, 2010


Small Enough to Fail

Howbout this: everything should be small enough to fail, including all banks and companies and other enterprises, so that taxpayers don't keep getting robbed or laid off because of some rich dude's greed or incompetence.

Break Up the Banks
Robert Reich: "A fight is brewing in Washington - or, at the least, it ought to be brewing - over whether to put limits on the size of financial entities in order that none becomes 'too big to fail' in a future financial crisis."

Poem: "cutting and folding"

This poem came out of the April 6, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi.  It also features the same protagonist as in the March fishbowl poem "folded wings."  The two morals at the end are poetic paraphrases of Buddhist sayings.

cutting and folding

kirigami mage
watches her gentle rival
and shreds green paper

origami mage
envies no glinting scissors
so keeps hands folded

kirigami mage
folds and cuts a spiderweb
to trap her rival

origami mage
folds a gold dragon and flies
over the crude trap

kirigami mage
snips a blizzard of snowflakes
and hurls them skyward

origami mage
replies with a peony
shortening the storm

kirigami mage
strikes back with cherry blossoms
of fading beauty

origami mage
lifts a chrysanthemum shield
and goes on her way

who envies others
does not obtain peace of mind
in this mortal world

be patient in one
moment of anger and you
escape a hundred


List of Unsold Poems from April 6, 2010 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 6, 2010 Poetry fishbowl are currently available:

"The Forest of Infinity" -- 25 lines, $10 SOLD to Star*Line
From "sentient trees" I got the free-verse poem "The Forest of Infinity," in which all of the World Trees grow.

"Horehound and Honey" -- 37 lines, $15
I'm working with a cold, myself, so this idea definitely grabbed me. Meet Tregarth the Herbalist, not your ordinary hero. "Horehound and Honey" is a free-verse poem about Tregarth's service to dragonkind and humankind alike.

"Misapprehensions of History" -- 20 lines, $10
From "misunderstood dragons" I got the haunting free-verse poem "Misapprehensions of History." Humans aren't always the good guys ... and the world doesn't always get saved.

"The Plowshare Sword" -- 32 lines, $15 SOLD
From your last line, I got a hauntingly beautiful poem about an unusual veteran who has a different take on saving the world. "The Plowshare Sword" is a double-ballad.

"The Reluctant Villain" -- 134 lines, $67 SOLD
I combined the villain with [info]siege's temple. The result is "The Reluctant Villain," a free-verse poem about Zenobia Ravenne and her complete inability to carry out an Evil Plan. But there's another wicked family, the Thornsteles, and that's where things get really interesting...

"Someday Saviors" -- 20 lines, $10 SOLD
I got a note from [info]zianuray posing several fascinating questions. So I put them all together ... asked by baby mages. "Someday Saviors" is written in unrhymed quatrains.

"The Treeslayers" -- 84 lines, $42
From your last prompt, I got "The Treeslayers," a double-ballad. Since the elves were wickedly killing nature, I decided to make trolls the good guys, humans and dwarves the moronic bystanders.

"The Women of Hildegaard" -- 44 lines, $20
This naturally invites the question: "Under what circumstances would being a warrior mom convey a martial advantage?" Well, dragons prefer virgins, and adding a little magic to some classic motherly idioms can pack quite a punch! The result is "The Women of Hildegaard," written in couplets. Huzzah for mommy power! They kick dragon bootie.