January 18th, 2012


Poem: "Fiorenza and the Sea"

This poem came out of the January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by minor_architect and sponsored by laffingkat.  The villanelle is a traditional form; its roots lie in Italian and Spanish dancing songs, and later in French literary poetry.

Fiorenza and the Sea
-- a villanelle

How Fiorenza wonders at the sea
That swallowed up her father long ago --
Is it so fine a thing, so truly free?

Her mother gave her roots, a place to be.
Would Marietta scorn, if she could know,
How Fiorenza wonders at the sea?

Her father gave her dreams, that absentee
Who never came back home to watch her grow.
Is it so fine a thing, so truly free?

Sometimes she sits and watches from the quay
The waves in Fermo's harbor, to and fro --
How Fiorenza wonders at the sea!

She leaves the sea behind, no devotee.
Her village calls her home; she's glad to go.
Is it so fine a thing, so truly free?

She loves her home too much to wish to flee.
It matters not how calling winds may blow,
How Fiorenza wonders at the sea:
It's not so fine a thing, to be too  free.

Fly Free

Freebie Poll for the January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

You get a second freebie because of new prompters moon_fox, shadows_gallery, and DW user syntaxofthings.  I'm making this a poll so folks can choose which of the available poems they want.  I'll keep it open at least until Thursday afternoon; if there's a clear winner then, I'll close it.  Otherwise I may leave it open a bit longer.  Everyone is welcome to vote in this poll.

There are two $10 poems available, both of them form poems: "Tabagnino and the Beanstalk" (sonnet) and "Three Brothers and a Bull" (terza rima).  There are six epics available, all of them free-verse: "Cups and Coins" ($43.50), "Fiorenza's New Hat" ($39.50), "The Godfather" ($53), "Marchesa Micia" ($45), "A Princely Abode" ($71.50), and "To Its Own End" ($125.50).

"Cups and Coins" features Fiorenza having her fortune told and wondering whether it's feasible to have Giacinto in her future.  "Fiorenza's New Hat" involves her and Giacinto dealing with a werewolf; a "Little Red Riding Hood" riff.  "The Godfather" shows Fiorenza and Don Candido talking about his past and their respective positions in the village; a "Godfather Death" riff.  "Marchesa Micia" shows a talking cat adopting Fiorenza; a "Puss in Boots" riff.  "A Princely Abode" has Fiorenza trying to comfort a victim of transformation; a "Frog Prince" riff.  "To Its Own End" picks up some time after "The Truth in the Tower," when the now-grown grifflets return to nest; Fiorenza and Don Candido must handle people's differing reactions to this.

Poll #1811896 Freebie Poem for January 17, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl
This poll is closed.

Which poem do you want to publish as the second freebie?

Cups and Coins
Fiorenza's New Hat
The Godfather
Marchesa Micia
A Princely Abode
Tabagnino and the Beanstalk
Three Brothers and a Bull
To Its Own End