March 2nd, 2011

Origami Mage

Poem: "wings of paper, wings of lace"

This poem came from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by minor_architect and thesilentpoet, both of whom wanted butterflies.  Now butterflies look pretty good when folded in origami, but awesome in kirigami.  So that got me thinking of the Origami Mage and the Kirigami Mage folding butterflies together.  This poem was sponsored by marina_bonomi. To read more poems about these characters, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.


wings of paper, wings of lace


origami mage
folds a flock of butterflies
fluttering flat wings

kirigami mage
cuts butterflies from rainbow
paper and lets go

origami mage
watches sun shine through the holes
delicate beauty

kirigami mage
folds and cuts their paper wings
opening, closing

origami mage
stops folding butterflies and
starts folding flowers

kirigami mage
seeks out her rival's gaze, for
the first time smiling

origami mage
folds her hands and watches her
rival's gifts take flight

Fiorenza

Poem: "The Daughters of Befana"

This poem came from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by thesilentpoet, who wanted to see how Fiorenza would handle fairies in her village.  So I looked up Italian fairy lore and found the enticing fate, which seemed like a good match for old Befana and some family mayhem.  This poem was sponsored by marina_bonomi.  The form is an Italian sonnet. To read the other poems about Fiorenza, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.


The Daughters of Befana


Three fate  came when summertime was high --
One red as blood, one green as grass, and one
As blue as sky around the shining sun --
With hennin  hats to catch a young man's eye.
They bathed themselves in rivers, scarely shy;
They caught the priest's young cousin, and the son
Of miller-up-the-hill, and then they won
The brewer's brother's hand (and roving eye).

When Fiorenza heard what they had wrought,
She laughed and named the vices of the men.
The fate  wept and begged to be sent home.
Befana made them throw back what they'd caught,
And would not let them from her sight again,
So all the elf-struck lads were freed to roam.

Fiorenza

Poem: "The Truth in the Tower"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by thesilentpoet, who wanted griffins; and by marina_bonomi, who wanted a griffin building a nest in the belltower of Fiorenza's local church.  This turned into a long narrative poem, written in free verse, with a lot of research behind it.  I used short-toed eagles and Eurasian lynx as partial inspiration for the griffin.  I also looked up griffin symbolism, the Commedia dell'arte, and Italian gold coins.  To read other poems about Fiorenza, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  So far sponsors include: marina_bonomi, ladyqkat, tuftears, janetmiles, laffingkat, dulcinbradbury, thesilentpoet, kelkyag

FULLY FUNDED 4-8-11
140 lines, Buy It Now = $70 
Amount donated = $49
Verses posted = 13 of 23

Amount remaining to fund fully = $21
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2


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Call for Cosponsors: "The Truth in the Tower"

marina_bonomi has put $10 toward "The Truth in the Tower," which is the next Fiorenza poem.  (To read the others, see the "Serial Poetry" page.)  This poem is now being microfunded at $.50/line.  The first two verses are up.  You'll get to see more as the donations come in.  If you only have a few bucks to spend on poetry, this is a good opportunity -- it's often possible to finish funding a verse for $.50 or $1.
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Call for Cosponsors: "Paper, Scissors, Stone"

aldersprig has put $5 toward "Paper, Scissors, Stone," which is the next Monster House poem.  (To read the others, see the "Serial Poetry" page.)  This poem is now being microfunded at $.50/line.  The first two verses have been posted onlin. You'll get to see more as the donations come in.  If you only have a few bucks to spend on poetry, this is a good opportunity -- it's often possible to finish funding a verse for $.50 or $1.
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Poem: "Paper, Scissors, Stone"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from my_partner_doug and eseme.  They wanted to introduce origami and gargoyles to the Monster House.  To read previous poems in this series, visit the "Serial Poetry" page on my website.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. The rate is $.50 per line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.  So far sponsors include: ladymondegreen, aldersprig, janetmiles, laffingkat, eseme, general fund via poll

FULLY FUNDED 4-8-11
98 lines, Buy It Now = $49 
Amount donated = $43
Verses posted = 14 of 17

Amount remaining to fund fully = $6
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $3


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New Verses in "The Truth in the Tower" and "Paper, Scissors, Stone"

Woohoo!  janetmiles and laffingkat have both sponsored new verses in both of today's epics.

There are 7 (or 8, if you haven't read the one from tuftears yet) new verses of "The Truth in the Tower."  The series is historic fantasy, sometimes dark and sometimes light, set in Italy and featuring an herbalist named Fiorenza.  This poem features a griffin nesting in the belltower of the local church.

There are 6 new verses of "Paper, Scissors, Stone."  The series is urban fantasy with bits of dark comedy and horror.  This poem includes unexpected excitement with origami figures, and gargoyles; and that's life as usual at Monster House.
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Poem: "When Life Gives You Dragons"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a picture prompt from aldersprig and sponsored by janetmiles.


When Life Gives You Dragons


By the time the mage school got around
to expelling its most hopeless student,
it was already too late.

The dragonmice from a failed experiment
had already invaded the town
and the newly musophobic cats
were hiding in the basements
licking the singed stumps of their whiskers.

The dragonmice broke into the storehouses
where the cheesemakers kept their cheese.
They chewed holes in the wheels
and breathed fire
and melted the remaining cheese into puddles.

The dragonmice broke into the storehouses
where the restaurateurs kept their potatoes.
They gnawed holes in the bags
and breathed fire
and cooked the potatoes to brown crisps.

The young men sent to clean up the warehouses,
being young men and therefore hungry,
looked at the melted cheese and the crisped potatoes,
and put them together
and began to eat.

By the time the mage school got around
to sending someone down to deal with the problem,
it was already too late.

The villagers were already getting rich
from increased tourism and exports,
and the cheesemakers and restaurateurs
were in no mood to have their livelihoods threatened.
So they kicked the mages out of town,
told the school to pack up and lease property elsewhere,
and lived happily ever after.

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Poem: "Shoe Flies"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was prompted by siege and sponsored by janetmiles.


Shoe Flies


Hermes manages to avoid the Titan,
but just barely; the last grasp
rips loose six pinions
from the left wing of his right shoe.

Floundering skyward,
Hermes makes his way back to Olympus
and delivers the message.

Then he takes off his shoes,
borrows a flying horse from a hero friend,
and heads to the immortal shoe store.

There he bumps into Nike,
who is grumbling over the racks.
"Don't they have anything in gold?"
she complains.
"I shop here every century.
Is it too much to ask
for them to stock my color?"

Hermes sympathizes.
"They run out of silver too,"
he says, as he tries on a pair
of sandals with plain white wings.

The proprietor sits on his bench,
patiently tweezing the wings
off of the cherub-winged shoe flies
to make the maligned footwear.

Finally he loses his temper and snaps,
"If you don't like the selection,
you can just walk  home!"
Hermes and Nike pay up
and fly away.

Muttering, the proprietor sits back down
and fantasizes about bribing Chronos
to let him have a few time flies.

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Poem: "The Bumblebug"

This poem came from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from minor_architect, aldersprig, and siege.  It was sponsored by janetmiles.


The Bumblebug


As the new century stretched out
and Mars and other promised lands
remained stubbornly out of reach,
people began to grumble:  "Where's the future
we were supposed to see?  Where's my flying car?"

"It's all just a pipe dream,"
said the aeronautics engineer.
"There will probably never be a flying car,
unless Volkswagon somehow manages
to build a Bumblebee.

Five years later, the first Hummel  hit the line.
It had a squat black body with bright yellow wings
that buzzed noisily as it took off.  Like its namesake,
it should not have been able to fly,
but it did.

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List of Unsold Poems from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"Astronauts and Angels" -- 26 lines, $15 SOLD to Star*Line
I put your "astronauts" prompt together with "angels" (also requested by some other people) to get "Astronauts and Angels," a free-verse poem that compares the similarities between the two, and what they can teach us.

"Dealing With Dragons" -- 23 lines, $10
Earlier aldersprig offered an image prompt. "Dealing With Dragons" is a poem about shapeshifting and inner nature, and how hidden truths are revealed.

"Eggs Under Moon" -- 28 lines, $15
Another iteration of the dragon prompt from xjenavivex yielded the poem "Eggs Under Moon," about finding a nest on the beach.

"High Hunger" -- 11 lines, $10
From the winged foods I got "High Hunger," a free-verse poem that explains why humans like to eat such things.

"Lunar Moths" -- 18 lines, $10
I combined the lunar moth with the liminal time to get "Lunar Moths," a poem which compares the pupating moth to the human species preparing to colonize the Moon. This poem is written in unrhymed tercets.

"Mouseflight" -- 17 lines, $10
The photo of the owl and the mouse led to "Mouseflight," a free-verse poem that contrasts positive and negative images of death.

"The Rainbow Layers" -- 12 lines, $10 SOLD
From the green egg I got the poem "The Rainbow Layers," about the Araucana chicken and its many-colored eggs.

"Skysight" -- 20 lines, Buy It Now = $10
From your prompt about bats I got "Skysight," which describes the exquisite perception and agility of bats, contrasted against humanity's clumsier efforts. This one is written in unrhymed quatrains.

"Sound the Spring Trumpets" -- 24 lines, $10
xjenevivex responded to the advance post with "dragon dragon dragon dragon" and much excitement. So "Sound the Spring Trumpets" is a poem in which people are excited to see dragons. This poem is free verse, written in hexads.

"Stormseed" -- 30 lines, $15
From your prompt about electric rays, I got "Stormseed," which is written in unrhymed tercets. Myth and Science beget the lightning ray, and then things get interesting.

"Time Flies" -- 56 lines, $20
I combined your prompt about "flies to wanton boys" with minor_architect's prompt about winged insects and aldersprig's prompt about why humans don't have wings. "Time Flies" is a poem about how the winged creatures of Earth and the humans fought their way to an alliance, defying gods and time to achieve not just flight, but starflight. It is written in rhymed couplets.

"Twice-Winged, Half-Souled" -- 34 lines, $15
From aldersprig's early prompt "half angel and half demon" I got the poem "Twice-Winged, Half-Souled." It tells about a daeva who does not fit either heaven or hell, and what happens when a false dichotomy is broken.

"Wings of Stone" -- 17 lines, Buy It Now = $10
The prompt about flying buttresses inspired the free-verse poem "Wings of Stone," which explains all the obvious reasons why a cathedral can fly ... and why it eventually does.
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Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl

The general fund is light this month -- $2.50 -- but you have two active epics to aim it at.  "The Truth in the Tower" is $.50 away from having its next verse funded, and over halfway published.  "Paper, Scissors, Stone" is $3 away from having its next verse funded, and not yet halfway funded.  Take your pick.

Poll #1712857 Generally Sponsored Poetry Poll for March 2011 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Where would you like to direct the $2.50 in the general fund?

All $2.50 to "The Truth in the Tower"
3(18.8%)
All $2.50 to "Paper, Scissors, Stone"
9(56.2%)
$1.50 to "The Truth in the Tower" and $1 to "Paper, Scissors, Stone"
4(25.0%)