September 16th, 2011


Poem: "The Shadow of His Passage"

This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.  It was not based on prompts, but rather on exploring the setting and the sources of conflict there.  I felt that it was important to take a closer look at some topics that have been hinted but not tackled directly in earlier poems, and it sets the stage for more of that later.  This also shows a little more of what Shahana can do, and furthers the relationship between her and Ari.  It currently falls between "To the Five Roads" and "A Night More Full."  You can find the other published poems in this series on the Serial Poetry page of my website.  "The Shadow of His Passage" has been sponsored by the_vulture.

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Poem: "Husband by Hand"

This is your free serial poem, selected by the audience in a poll, since the September 6, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl met the $150 goal.  It was prompted by laffingkat and jenny_evergreen.  minor_architect also wanted to see another Fiorenza poem with magical aspects, and marina_bonomi and I have been discussing Italian fairytales.  One of my favorite fairytales has been written down with such names as "Sir Marzipan" or "Mr. Semolina," and an Italian version is "Pintosmalto."  However, Fiorenza takes a rather more practical approach.  If you look closely, you can see multiple motifs that are traditional to European fairytales.

Sfogliatelle  are Italian pastries that resemble seashells and may contain various types of filling.  Filone  is an everyday yeast bread.

See a lovely illustration of "Husband by Hand" drawn by meeksp.

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Muse Fusion is open!

The September 2011 Muse Fusion is open over on torn_world.  Please drop by and leave us prompts, talk with other Torn World fans, and watch for the cool stuff to show up.  We do art, poetry, fiction, all kinds of different things.  You don't have to be a Torn World member to leave prompts -- everyone can play.  Come ask for what you'd like to see more of.

What I have Written

"Pull Your Ropes" -- free poem
This is a Duurludirj sea chantey.

The prompt "Jugglers" turned into a poem of the same name, about a group of Entertainers performing where people can see them.
25 lines, Buy It Now = $5 OR 5 Torn World credits

"The Bones of Need"
"The Bones of Need" features Dlameda giving a health lesson to Kalitelm's age-set, and Kalitelm wanting to learn even more. Dlameda has doubts as to whether or not that would be a good idea.
1,025 words, Buy It Now = $10.25 OR 10 Torn World credits

"The Majestic View"
"The Majestic View" is written in rhymed couplets, extolling a scenic attraction at the City of Lights.
10 lines, Buy It Now = $2.50 or 3 Torn World Credits

Poem: "Will Not"

This poem came out of the September 13, 2011 call for prompts.  It was inspired by prompts from haikujaguar, aldersprig, laffingkat, and minor_architect, plus a previous conversation with the_vulture.  People wanted to know more about the world and its background, particularly how others view the paladins of Gailah; and there were requests to explore the character of Johan in more depth.  You can find the other Path of the Paladins poems via 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: the_vulture, idhren24, general fund, Shirley Barrette, Anthony Barrette

168 lines, Buy It Now = $84
Amount donated = $36
Verses posted = 9 of 28

Amount remaining to fund fully = $48
Amount needed to fund next verse = $3.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $4

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Fly Free

Poem: "Pull Your Ropes"

This is the freebie for the September 2011 Muse Fusion over on torn_world.  The driving rhythm is typical of working songs, which are designed to coordinate large groups.  They often play fast and loose with near-rhymes and true-rhymes, and some popular songs have many verses or versions.

Pull Your Ropes
-- a Duurludirj sea chantey

Clouds on the horizon --
Women, pull your ropes!
Now the wind is risin' --
Seamen, pull your ropes!

There's a storm a-coming --
Women, pull your ropes!
Hear the sails a-drumming --
Seamen, pull your ropes!

Batten down the hatches --
Women, pull your ropes!
Fasten all the latches --
Seamen, pull your ropes!

Rush and make her ready --
Women, pull your ropes!
We will hold her steady --
Seamen, pull your ropes!