February 9th, 2012


Poem: "Cute in Tooth and Claw"

This poem came from the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from the_vulture.  It was sponsored by rix_scaedu.  You might also enjoy some of the references I found on pandas, koalas, and platypi.

Cute in Tooth and Claw

The giant panda
with its dapper black-and-white coat
is still a bear under all that fluff,
equipped with sharp fangs
in powerful crushing jaws.

The koala,
with its leathery nose
and big round ears,
has teeth and claws capable
of cutting through eucalyptus bark ...
and is stoned pretty much all the time.

The platypus,
with its adorable duckbill
and its plump fuzzy body,
also has venomous spurs on its feet.

Remember that wild animals,
however cute in tooth and claw,
will not hesitate to tear you apart
if you annoy them.


Poem: "Fiorenza and the Forest Wild"

This poem came out of the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from zianuray and wyld_dandelyon.  It has been sponsored by marina_bonomi.  Among the articles I used for the animals and plants were "Fauna of Italy," "Wild Animals in Italy: The Central Regions," and "Andar per Campi."   This poem belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "A Keen Eye for Alchemy"

This poem came from the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from marina_bonomi, ellenmillion, janetmiles, and puffbird.  It belongs to the Steamsmith series, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.  Special thanks to djinni for the new icon of Maryam!

White spotting is indeed a sign of domestication, appearing across many types of animals.

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, tuftearsjanetmiles, westrider

169 lines, Buy It Now = $84.50
Amount donated = $63.50
Verses posted = 23 of 29

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Unsold Poetry from the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl


The following poems from the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. They may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. 

The Poetry Fishbowl also has a landing page with full details about the project.

"The Bear Spectacle" -- 16 lines, $10 SOLD
From your bear prompt came the free-verse poem "The Bear Spectacle," about people watching a spectacled bear build a platform nest.

"Birthquake" -- 33 lines, $15 SOLD
Your prompt about animals in spring led to the free-verse poem "Birthquake," which looks at the realms of land (bears), sky (birds), and water (salmon) as they awaken to the new season.

"Changing Nature" -- 30 lines, $15 SOLD
From the prompt about rabbits and intervention came "Changing Nature," a free-verse poem about conscious and subconscious forces in evolution, the choices people make and the effects those have.

"Conversations Over the Fence" -- 57 lines, $20 SOLD
Several folks asked for animal pairs, including this one about Cat and Dodo. The result is "Conversations Over the Fence," a free-verse poem in which wild and domestic animals discuss their respective situations.

"The Earthborn" -- 30 lines, $15 SOLD
The "otherkin" prompt combined with many others to describe some of the gifts enjoyed by those who are not solely human. "The Earthborn" is written in free verse.

"Hymn to Nekhbet" -- 8 lines, $5 SOLD
You asked for deities with animals forms, and the_vulture and I have been discussing sacred vultures. So that reminded me of an Egyptian goddess, and the result is "Hymn to Nekhbet," written in unrhymed couplets.

"Island in a Sea of Fire" -- 41 lines, $20 SOLD
I liked the idea of recolonizing disrupted areas. "Island in a Sea of Fire" is a free-verse poem telling the succession of plant and animal life following a volcanic eruption.

"Tinned Kitties" -- 12 lines, $10 SOLD
Anthony Barrette prompted backchannel for a poem about wildly complaining cats in a carrier. The result is "Tinned Kitties."

"Truth in Theory and Practice" -- 16 lines, $10 SOLD
From the prompt about animal adaptations came "Truth in Theory and Practice" which describes three examples of a common process. This poem is written in unrhymed quatrains.

"The Wolves of Yellowstone" -- 27 lines, $15 SOLD
Two people asked for wolves, so the "keystone species" turned into the free-verse poem "The Wolves of Yellowstone" detailing changes to the ecosystem. It's written in unrhymed tercets.

In Which a Cardinal is a Clinging Bird After All

I've watched one of the lady cardinals try to eat out of the sock feeder with no success, falling off immediately.  But one of the males has absolutely no trouble hanging sideways, for as long as he wants, pecking out thistle seeds.  Why a cardinal would want to eat something as tiny as thistle seed is beyond me, but he's welcome to it.

My yard is filled with determined and ingenious creatures.

Poem: "Hymn to Nekhbet"

This poem came from the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from morrigans_eve and the_vulture.  It was sponsored by the_vulture for l_rosefeather.  You can read more about Nekhbet in "Animal Gods" and "Nekhbet."

Hymn to Nekhbet

Nekhbet of the wide wings, hear us,
where you soar above the Black Land.

Vulture goddess, wearer of the atef,
the white crown of the Upper Nile, bless us.

Nekhbet, who carries the shen  symbol,
the circlet of eternity in certain claws, hear us.

Vulture goddess, guardian of queens and mothers,
spread your mantle over our temple and bless us.


Read "Courtship Displays" and "Grapejelly"

If you are a Torn World supporter, you can now read my poem "Courtship Displays."
Karavai and Luulan display their mutual interest in a dance.
23 lines, Buy It Now = $5 or 5 Torn World credits

Visible to the public as a Muse Fusion freebie is the article "Grapejelly."
The grapejelly is a tiny edible sea jelly, distantly related to the much larger jellyriggers.

If you like these items and want to see more like them, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options.  Not a Torn World member, but still want to support the work? I have a permanent PayPal button on my LJ profile page.

Poem: "The Bear Spectacle"

This poem came out of the February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from mdlbear.  It was sponsored by westrider.  You can read more about spectacled bears online.

The Bear Spectacle

High above the canopy,
a black-furred bear with golden markings
is building a platform nest.

The remains of palm nuts and orchid bulbs
rain down from time to time
as she roots through her food supply --
odd foods that are tough to open and to digest,
favored by few competitors.

The other animals of the Andes swing wide
in respect, and even the cougars and jaguars
dare to threaten only small cubs.

The spectacled bear expands her home
while the scientists, far below,
stare slack-jawed through binoculars

wishing that the construction crew they hired
for their observatory would do half so good a job.

calvin and hobbes

Homicidal Psycho Jungle GoH (Part 1 of 4)

This piece of Calvin & Hobbes  fanfic is part of the Asexy Valentines Fest over on the Dreamwidth community asexual-fandom.  It's posted here because I can't get the DW cut-function to work.  I've also done an art swap, so you can see the adorable illustration by Erin Ptah (DW user sailorptah) on my LJ scrapbook.

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Homicidal Psycho Jungle GoH

 "Remind me again why I agreed to this," Calvin grumbled to Hobbes as Susie collected their convention packets.

 "Because at 26, you still suck at math, and money is math," Susie interrupted. 

 "Calvin, you and your girlfriend are blocking the line," one of the gophers complained.

 "Business manager!" Calvin and Susie chorused.

 As they moved out of the way, Susie looked at the envelopes in her hand. "Huh, they gave us an extra packet." 

 "No, that one belongs to Hobbes," said Calvin.  He fished out the badge and lanyard to help Hobbes into them, then assembled his own. 

 Meanwhile Susie was pinning her own badge to the lapel of her suit.  "Calvin, why does your stuffed tiger  have a Guest of Honor ribbon, when mine just says Entourage?"

 "Tigers are noted for their oratory skills," Hobbes explained.  "I have some of Shere Khan's speeches memorized."

 "Oh, you should do one of those for our Open Mic performance," Calvin said.

 Susie glared at Calvin.  "The badges?" she insisted.

 "The convention chairman invited me and Hobbes together.  Come on, everyone knows that he co-writes Spaceman Spiff  and
Stupendous Man  with me," Calvin said.

 "That was cute when you were six, Calvin, it's getting a bit ridiculous now," said Susie.

 "Omigod, look, it's Hobbes!"  squealed a fangirl wearing an Annoying Girl costume.  "And Calvin too.  Can I have your autographs?"

 "I would be honored, miss," said Hobbes with a dapper bow and flourish of his paw.

 "Sure," said Calvin.  He pulled out a pen and helped Hobbes juggle the girl's convention booklet so they could both sign it.  "You should get Susie's too -- she's the original inspiration for Annoying Girl."

 "Wow!" said the fangirl, pushing her booklet at Susie.

 "You are so dead," Susie grumbled as she herded Calvin and Hobbes into an elevator.

[Continued in part 2, part 3, and part 4 ...]