November 7th, 2012

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Poem: "Her Burgundy Robe"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by marina_bonomi, who wanted to read about Adelaide of Italy, also known as Adelaide of Burgundy.


Her Burgundy Robe


Adelaide of Italy was the second wife
of Otto the Great, Holy Roman Emperor,
and perhaps the most prominent woman
in tenth-century Europe.

After her first husband's assassination,
she escaped from his killer
and Otto the Great sent an army
to finish off the rescue.

During her time as Empress
of the Holy Roman Empire,
she focused on charity and prayer
as well as politics.

She later served as regent
of the Holy Roman Empire
as the guardian of her grandson
from 991 A.D. to 995 A.D.

After her death she became the patron saint
of empresses and exiles, princesses and prisoners,
second marriages, step-parents, and in-law problems,
brides, widows, and abuse victims.

One can only surmise that she got to Heaven
and said, "Yes, I've been there and done that,
yes, I'll take over that one too, and those,"
and spread her burgundy robe over all.

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Poem: "The Four Maras"

This is the linkback perk poem from the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was originally hosted by dreamwriters.  Linkers include dreamwriters, siliconshaman, janetmiles, siege, the_vulture, technoshaman, and mdlbear.  This poem came out of the October 2-3 Poetry Fishbowl, inspired by marina_bonomi.  It belongs to the series Kung Fu Robots, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Counting Their Contributions"

This poem came out of the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by prompts from janetmiles and Dreamwidth user primeideal.  It has been sponsored by janetmiles.  Read more about Theano, Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Ada Byron, Sofia Vasilyevna Kovalevskaya, Lulu Hofmann Bechtolsheim, and Lisa Randall online.

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