November 23rd, 2012

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Update on Half-Price Poetry Sale: Fledgling Grace

The half-price poetry sale in Fledgling Grace has SOLD OUT.  I'll be posting the big stack of poems today, but it's going to take me a while to work through them.

Be aware that while some of these poems are light-hearted, others are darker, and some are just intense regardless of tone.  I recommend reading them while in a steady frame of mind, and it might not be a great idea to chug the whole series all at once.
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Poem: "After the Departure"

This poem came out of the October 2, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a text prompt from siege and this lovely picture by ellenmillion.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, which you can explore further on the Serial Poetry page.


After the Departure


"He is truly gone, then?"
the archdemon asked.
"You are certain of it --
you have some proof?"

"Yes, my lord, I have,"
said the demoness.
She unwrapped a gray feather,
and a faint halo crowned her horns.

"Alas," he said.  "Then it is so.
I will miss him -- a fine interrogator.
He always got answers."  Restless,
the archdemon fanned his bat wings.

"What should I do with this?"
the demoness asked, waving the feather.
"Throw it into the fires of the Pit,"
he replied, and they watched it burn.

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Poem: "Redemption" by Kestrels_nest

This poem was written by kestrels_nest after reading "Moulting" and "After the Departure."  It is posted here as a freebie.  This does a wonderful job of exploring why that particular  devil moulted into an angel.  One of the fun things about this series is that God is primarily showing, not telling, so nobody knows for sure what's going on -- they have to try and figure it out based on observation of what happens.

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Poem: "Merlin's Return"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions, inspired by a comment from kestrels_nest.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  Read about the Manx shearwater, merlin, red grouse, and whooper swan. I also researched the Welsh triple harp.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page. 

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Poem: "Dark Triangles"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions, inspired by a prompt from rhodielady_47.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page.  Read about the glaucous gull, the saker falcon, and the white-tailed eagle.  I also researched the German eagle, the Mongol Empire, and Mongolia's national bird.  See an example of the sacral triangle.

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Poem: "A Stranger Message"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by the story of Humboldt's parrot, which is also told in the song "Strange Messenger" by Vixy and Tony.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  Read about the blue-fronted Amazon parrot and the Iberian Imperial Eagle.  I also researched the conquistadores, Don Quixote, Emplumada, and feather-picking.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series through the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Cardinal Feathers"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  For this poem, I researched northern cardinal birds and Catholic cardinal clergy.  This poem belongs to the series Fledgling Grace, which you can explore further via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Like a Cocky on a Biscuit Tin"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions in response to comments by siliconshaman and rix_scaedu under "Winged Destiny" by kestrels_nest.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page.

Browse the birds: blue-winged kookaburra, glossy black cockatoo, green rosella, purple crowned lorikeet, and sulphur crested cockatoo.  Browse the cultural aspects: Aboriginal Australian language map, Aboriginal Tasmanian (Parlevar), Australian musical instruments, bimli music sticks, Bundjalung tribe, Kurrama tribelike a cocky on a biscuit tin, Pindjarup tribe, and Yolngu tribe.  Browse the geography: Ballina, Devonport, Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory Map, Perth, and Port Hedland.

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Poem: "Cohanim"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a comment from kestrels_nest.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  For this poem, I looked up sacred birds along with the Egyptian goose, glossy ibis, and pallid swift.  You can also read about the DNA study of the Cohanim.

Cohanim


A tribe in Africa had a tradition
claiming Jewish descent.
Who would have thought it plausible?
They were black people;
they did not look like Jews,
but like the other Africans around them.

Then the Fledging brought out
the iridescent bottle-green wings
of the glossy ibis, known only
among the Cohanim.

Other Jews rustled wings
the deep brown of pallid swifts
or the light brown of Egyptian geese
as they pondered the meaning
of the riddle of Africa.

They knew, of course,
that the Jewish people had been
wandering for millennia --

but other people seemed to have,
mostly, the plumage of resident birds
while the Jews and the Gypsies
overwhelmingly had
the wings of migrant species,
now appearing in unexpected places
all around the world.

"Perhaps," said an old man
who had survived Auschwitz,
"we have always  been wanderers."

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Poem: "Hen-Feathered"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  The title terminology refers to a trait in a few chicken breeds where roosters have the same tailfeathers as hens.  See also the feather-picking page.  You can read the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "Brothers and Cousins"

This poem was written outside the Poetry fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a conversation with saavik about Central European ethnicity.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  Browse the Eastern Imperial Eagle, lesser spotted eagle, and white-tailed eagle.  Visit the Serial Poetry page to find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series.

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Poem: "Like the Vapor-Ghosts of Hiroshima"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can find the other Fledgling Grace poems via the Serial Poetry page.

Browse the extinct bird species: Carolina parakeet, dodo, and upland moa.  Browse the Carolina languages, Carolina tribes, and Chicora.  Browse the Maori iwi, Ngāi Tahu, and Tākitimu.  Read about the shadows of Hiroshima and see some pictures.

WARNING:  This poem touches on extinction and other atrocities.  Some of the imagery is sublime and some is harsh.  If those issues are triggery for you, then you might want to skip it.

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Poem: "Fledermäuse"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a comment from siliconshaman under the poem "Winged Destiny" by kestrels_nest.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can read the rest of the Fledgling Grace poems by visiting the Serial Poetry page. 

WARNING:  This poem delves into some serious moral issues and controversial topics.  If you are touchy about the reputation of the Church and its scandals, this may ruffle your feathers.

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Poem: "Dancing Down the Sky"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a comment from siliconshaman under the poem "Winged Destiny" by kestrels_nest.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page.

Browse the birds: American crow, broad-billed hummingbird, chickadee, condor, great northern loon, and red-winged blackbird. Browse the tribes: Cherokee and their birds, Chitimacha, Crow, Hopi, and Ojibwe.  Read about the Eagle Dance with picture and hummingbird mythology.



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Poem: "The Poi Bird"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a comment that rhodielady_47 left under my poem "The Wingdresser's Kitchen."  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  Visit the Serial Poetry page to find more poems in the Fledgling Grace series.

Browse the birds: 'i'iwi  bird, blue bird-of-paradise, dove, indigo macawJardine's parrotonagadori, peacock, and red-winged blackbird.  You can also read about the Hawai'ian phrase "poi dog," the Yazidi and their peacock angel.

The Poi Bird


For a while it seemed that the Fledging
gave each person the wings and tail
of a single bird, most often based
on their ancestry, but more occasionally
based on religion or other subtle factors.

Then came word of a young man
who lived in Hawai'i and was
what the locals called a "poi dog" --
someone of mixed heritage with
ancestors from at least four different sources.

He had white dove wings from England,
with green Jardine's parrot secondaries from Africa on the left
capped in the scarlet coverts of a 'i'iwi  from Hawai'i,
and indigo macaw primaries from Brazil on the right
capped like a red-winged blackbird from America.

He had the long, curling tail feathers
of a black-breasted golden onagadori  from Japan,
bracketed by the twin plumes
of a blue bird-of-paradise from New Guinea,
and in the center a few peacock eyes from Iraq.

No one knew why this had happened,
so they speculated --
perhaps it required an equal mix,
perhaps there was some minimum threshold
of contributing ancestors.

The young man flared his flamboyant wings,
their colors as jumbled as Joseph's coat,
and offered his own opinion:
"I've always been proud of being a poi dog.
Maybe that's what it takes."

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Poem: "Through the Valley of the Shadow"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It was inspired by a comment from rix_scaedu pinpointing one of the main themes of the series, under the poem "Wild Hearts Can't Be Spoken."  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  Read about turkey vultures and Uriel.  You can find the other poems in the Fledgling Grace series via the Serial Poetry page.

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Poem: "On a Wing and a Prayer"

This poem was written outside the fishbowl sessions.  It is a direct sequel to "The Wingdresser's Kitchen," so read that first if you haven't already.  It has been sponsored by Shirley Barrette.  You can find the other poems in the series Fledgling Grace via the Serial Poetry page.

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