This poem came out of the January 17, 2012 bonus fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siliconshaman and marina_bonomi, and also touches on Italian renditions of "Puss in Boots." It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman; you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.
This poem is posted here as the linkback perk for the March 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. All 20 verses are now posted.
You can reveal extra verses by linking to a specific poem you enjoy, or the unsold poetry list when it goes live. So far participants include: wyld_dandelyon, moon_fox, the_vulture, janetmiles, marina_bonomi, meeksp, kelkyag, red_trillium, cat_sanctuary, jjhunter, mdlbear, shadows_gallery, rix_scaedu
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"Call to Duty" -- 86 lines,
"Call to Duty" falls later in the storyline, when someone tries to summon minions and hooks heroes instead. Nib and Brod may kind of miss their old Master, but they still have standards. This poem is also free verse.
"A Catalog of Flaws" -- 97 lines,
"Catalog of Flaws" is a free-verse poem from the perspective of a clerk, whose service to a would-be overlord proves less than satisfying. Just because he notices things, doesn't necessarily mean he'll mention them. But he is intrigued by our heroes.
"Crossing the Line" -- 152 lines,
Per your prompt, goblins come to Gloryroad Crossing. Clearly they have picked the wroooong town to attack. The tale is told from the perspective of Hob the beggar, who gets swept into the action when an exhausted highway patroller collapses in his arms. Dron the barkeeper and Brilla the baker reappear, but much of the cast is filled by characters suggested by other prompters. "Crossing the Line" is free verse.
"Fool's Game" -- 37 lines,
Anthony Barrette left a prompt of "The Lone Ranger and Tonto" elsewhere. From this I got the free-verse poem "Fool's Game," which explores the cultural implications of the two main characters from my own quirky perspective.
"The Hansom Knight" -- 74 lines, $37
Based on a prompt with the same phrasing, "The Hansom Knight" is a free-verse poem about a cabbie who finds a dead knight in his cab when he arrives at the dragon-infested manor house. Bit not good.
"Lending a Hand" -- 36 lines,
The prompt about a Monster House repairman led to "Lending a Hand." This free-verse poem features a roof repair and some agitated residents causing unexpected complications.
"Painting Faces on the Wind" -- 52 lines,
I liked the prompt about military chaplains, which led me to the Hagiocracy of Gyronny and revealed a lot of new information about religions in The Ocracies. "Painting Faces on the Wind" is a free-verse poem about Staulos, a chaplain who serves across many different faiths and comes to see their similarities.
"Signs Along the Way" -- 108 lines,
"Signs Along the Way" is a free-verse poem that I had partly finished, and finally polished up. It's early in the storyline, when Nib and Brod visit a village to trade for equipment and consider what to do next.
"Starfather" -- 172 lines,
You hooked me with the adoptive parent, although it went in a weird direction. Adjo Mubarak is a soldier, desperately trying to defend an alien colony against marauders. He finds a baby clinging to the fresh corpse of its parent, and picks it up. Some babies, once you've picked them up, aren't so easy to put down again -- and there's still a battle going on. "Starfather" is a free-verse poem set in my main science fiction universe.
"Tales of the Righteous" -- 52 lines,
In honor of Professor Liviu Librescu, "Tales of the Righteous" is a free-verse poem about the hidden saints who keep the world on its course, revealed only in rare moments.
"The Talk of Faggiola" -- 49 lines,
From the prompt about the witch-son, I got the free-verse poem "The Talk of Faggiola," about the villagers gossiping with Giacinto.
"The Tommyrocker" -- 73 lines,
The prompt about a tommy saving a life led to the free-verse poem "The Tommyrocker," in which a charlady saves the day and a nursery automaton does something quite unexpected.
"Vigil Ante" -- 29 lines,
The prompt about avoiding recognition led to the free-verse poem "Vigil Ante." It's a direct sequel to "Not Mine" and touches on how risky it is for monsters to get involved in human affairs, and why some of them do it anyway.