This poem belongs to the Path of the Paladins series, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page. It has been sponsored by laffingkat as part of the half-price poetry sale. It didn't come out of a fishbowl, just popped into my head one day while I was riding in the car. It's a hymn that Gailah's paladins often use for invoking her power, sometimes the whole thing, other times just one relevant verse. In my head it sounds kind of like Gregorian chant, although it's polyphonic rather than monophonic. But still gorgeous choral church music.
Shine on, star of hope and mercy
Shine on, star of guiding grace
Shine on, star of peace, compassion
Winging to us in this place
Shine on, star of pure bright virtue
White as snowfall, light as lace
Shine on, star of truth and freedom
Show to us our Lady's face
Shine on, star of might and valor
Evil vanquished without trace
Shine on, star of strength, protection
Armor us with honor's brace
Shine on, star against the darkness
Shine on, star of steady pace
Shine on, star of holy sanction
Light up all this sacred space
Shine on, star of health and healing
Soothe us with a soft embrace
Shine on, star of dear redemption
Capturing without a chase
This poem came out of the October 4, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from siege, ravan, and aldersprig. It belongs to the Path of the Paladins series, and you can read more about that on the Serial Poetry page.
This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them. Because it's part of the half-price poetry sale, the rate is $.25/line, so $5 will reveal 20 new lines, and so forth. (This rate will hold until the poem is complete, even if that takes longer than the sale lasts.) 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: laffingkat, general fund
193 lines, Sale Price = $48.25
Amount donated = $13.25
Verses posted = 11 of 39
Amount remaining to fund fully = $35
Amount needed to fund next verse = $.75
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.25
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My vision is odd. I have no trouble tracking those concepts. Japanese Maple leaves, for instance, are reddish green ... also purplish bronze. I can track all those colors in them. It's why I like staring at those leaves.
On the other hoof, I can't see 3-D when it's red/green or red/blue; my brain disassembles what is supposed to overlap. Evidently my visual wetware is a nonstandard model.