May 6th, 2011

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List of Unsold Poems from the May 3, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the May 3, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal, or you can write to me and discuss other methods.


"The Changeling's Return" -- 38 lines, $15 SOLD
Stories are how we handle the momentous changes in our lives, so I loved the idea of a transgendered person presenting their transition as part of the changeling cycle. "The Changeling's Return" is a free-verse poem of a son's speech to his father as he seeks his place in the mortal world.

"The Hunters Among Us" -- 43 lines, $20
To the traditional Cherokee story of the water cannibals I added a thread about compassion. "The Hunters Among Us" is a free-verse poem about community ties and taking care of each other.

"Mending Fence" -- prose poem, $5 SOLD
"Mending Fence" is a poem displaying a Mother's Day card to the grandmother (from the Monster House series), trying to shore up that relationship a bit. There's a description of the card front, and then a little handwritten note inside. It's partly a prose poem, and it's short.

"The Moon's Cool Blade" -- 25 lines, $10
The prompt about ghosts of murdered women led to "The Moon's Cool Blade." This free-verse poem hints why this motif appears in so many different cultures.

"The Rock of Our Love" -- 20 lines, $10
From the shiny stone prompt I got "The Rock of Our Love," which talks about both symbolic and literal aspects of a relationship. It's written in unrhymed quatrains.

"The Whisperer" -- 20 lines, $10 Published in Horror Writers Association Newsletter
Since you requested Whispering Sands, I looked up the rather sizable selection of folk monsters that I have in the vocabulary list. "The Whisperer" tells about a kind of wraith who speaks hateful words, raises jealousy, and incites people to acts of spite and rage. You can see how that's a problem in tight-knit cultures living in marginal territory, particularly when they tend to live in poly marriages or tent-families. It's a good cautionary tale.

"Your Friend the Stick" -- 20 lines, $10
Your prompt about curious children reminded me of my own childhood, for I was forever poking at things ... rather carefully, given my early awareness of an unusually wide range of dangers. The result is "Your Friend the Stick," written in couplet-rhymed quatrains just begging to be sung in a chipper tune. (It's kind of an earworm, actually. I'll probably be singing verses for days.) Both mundane and magical threats appear in the examples.

This poem appeared in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Nature's Child ezine.
Karavai

Torn World: Dreamskates

Today's new content on Torn World is my non-fiction article "Dreamskates" with an illustration by Peggy Benisch.

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Poem Sold: "Mending Fence"

SOLD! You can now read "Mending Fence" online.

This month's poetry fishbowl has generated a lot of subsequent discussions, plus there were some good prompts that I didn't get to and may double back for later.  What I have today is "Mending Fence," a Monster House poem, inspired in large part by a thread under "Until the Cows Come Home," especially this comment from kelkyag:

I was thinking there might be *quite* a bit of bumpiness after the time machine incident, given that before that the mother thought the grandmother was senile. How do you bring up a topic like that twenty or thirty years overdue, with all the misunderstandings they've been dancing around or tripping over all that time?

So "Mending Fence" is a poem displaying a Mother's Day card to the grandmother, trying to shore up that relationship a bit.  There's a description of the card front, and then a little handwritten note inside.  It's partly a prose poem, and it's short, so I'm calling it $5.  I'll add the entry to the May "Unsold Poems" page.  You can buy it now, or if nobody picks it up, it will appear on the generally sponsored poetry poll on Monday. 
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Poem: "Mending Fence"

This poem belongs to the "Monster House" series, and you can read the related poems on the "Serial Poetry" page of my website.  It was inspired in large part by a thread under "Until the Cows Come Home," especially this comment from [info]kelkyag:

I was thinking there might be *quite* a bit of bumpiness after the time machine incident, given that before that the mother thought the grandmother was senile. How do you bring up a topic like that twenty or thirty years overdue, with all the misunderstandings they've been dancing around or tripping over all that time?

It was sponsored by eseme.

Mending Fence


The card says "Happy Mother's Day" above a picture
of pink peonies and purple lilacs blooming over
a white picket fence with one slat missing.  Inside ...

     Dear Mama,

      I love you and I wish we could see each other more often.  Maybe we could get together for coffee next Sunday?  I think we have a lot to talk about.  Thank you for helping your granddaughter with her science project, though it would have been nice to know about that in advance.  I'm happy to see that your hobby is working out better these days.  I'd like to hear more about that too.

     Love,
     Your Little Princess