December 6th, 2012


Unsold Poems from the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the November 6, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems 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.

There are still a couple verses left in the perk poem "Secondary Feathers," which you can reveal by linking to the unsold poetry here.  
"Secondary Feathers" is now complete!

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

"Baby Malice and the Drama Llama" -- 46 lines, $20  SOLD
The Baby Malice prompt went to dark places in the free-verse poem "Baby Malice and the Drama Llama." Seduction, darkness, a two-timing guy, and there can never be too many creepy toy stories.

"The Best Games" -- 41 lines, $20  (The Ocracies)  SOLD
Your request for cooperative games led to the free-verse poem "The Best Games." Amongst the nations of The Ocracies, each people does well at a different aspect of gaming. But it's the children who ultimately put the pieces together.
"Blue and Pink" -- 16 lines, $10  SOLD
Madshutterbug left me an image prompt earlier. It made me think about dolls and toys often getting color-coded for gender, and some of the subtle messages sent about what we wish for when we choose our playthings. The result is "Blue and Pink," written in rhymed couplets.

"Boxtoy" -- 20 lines, $10  SOLD
The prompt about adult toys led to the free-verse poem "Boxtoy." It is a whimsical debate of terminology that is sooooo Not Safe For Work.

"Catching in the Rye" -- 75 lines, $37.50 (Hart's Farm)  SOLD
Per request, the free-verse poem "Catching in the Rye" features adult games at Hart's Farm.  After the harvest, the young farmers play blind man's bluff -- in the buff.  Totally not safe for work.

"Games and Fun" -- 30 lines, $15 (Monster House)  SOLD
Games night at Monster House came up in fishbowl spillover.  This led to the free-verse poem "Games and Fun."  It lists some of the games played and the family dynamics.

"Gaming the System" -- 32 lines, $15  SOLD
Monopoly provides a metaphor for politics and capitalism in the free-verse poem "Gaming the System."
"Gravestone Games" -- 45 lines, $20 (Whispering Sands)  SOLD
Your prompt about adult play as practice led to the free-verse poem "Gravestone Games." There are games played by elves to get ready for death and what comes after. This is eerie and beautiful. It's a little piece of life in my Whispering Sands desert that I knew nothing about until now, except that for the lullabies.

"Half of Four" -- 78 lines, $39 (Path of the Paladins)  SOLD
A comment under "Quarterboard" turned straight into the free-verse poem "Half of Four."  Gorrein is sulking in his temple, the drummer tries to cheer him up, they wind up talking about the game ... and even more unhappy history comes to light.  Ouchie.  But it lightens up toward the end.
"Hit or Missile" -- 41 lines, $20 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)  SOLD
In a comment elsewhere, Pickledginger mentioned magic-seeking missiles, which turned into the free-verse poem "Hit or Missile."  It's a game that Trobby always wanted to play, but never could.  Shaeth gives him a hand.  This poem belongs to the series One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis.
"Like Mother, Like Son" -- 9 lines, $5 (Torn World)  SOLD
I liked the prompt about a boy playing 'girl' games. In Torn World, there are almost no gendered life roles. So here is a poem about Floqu's son Jimoq playing raiser as a child, with toys including a rather adorable pretend hearthfire with felt flames.

"Nanotechnologging" -- 8 lines, $5  SOLD
Your prompt about Lincoln Logs inspired the triolet "Nanotechnologging." Imagine being able to build a house with those -- and then make it big enough to live in.
"The Necessary Bear" -- 51 lines, $20 (Monster House)  SOLD
Fishbowl overflow led to another free-verse poem, "The Necessary Bear." It's set fairly late in the Monster House sequence, when the daughter begins high school, and the monster under-the-bed is thinking about childhood and growing up.

"No Secrets" -- 107 lines, $53.50 (One God's Story of Mid-Life Crisis)  SOLD
A comment under "Hit or Missile" led to the free-verse poem "No Secrets."  Trobby has a nightmare.  Shaeth finds out more about Trobby's past and personality than is necessarily comfortable.

"Playing the Field" -- 70 lines, $35 (Torn World)
I liked the idea of Dareg in a game of bola-ball. "Playing the Field" catches him the summer of his adulthood tests, as the hot new favorite. Emphasis on hot. Come watch buff sweaty players run around with sticks and balls.

"Prestige and Power" -- 12 lines, $10  SOLD
The queen prompt inspired the poem "Prestige and Power," about the dynamics and symbolism of chess. It's written in unrhymed couplets.
"Quarterboard" -- 50 lines, $20 (Path of the Paladins)  SOLD
From games played by gods, I got the free-verse poem "Quarterboard." Gailah, Barzay, and Talaton play a game originally designed for four players and now limping along with three. Ouchie.

"Quinn's Nursery" -- 76 lines, $38 (Schrodinger's Heroes)
From your assortment of toys I got the free-verse poem "Quinn's Nursery." It's a story of transgender childhood, told through a series of gendered toys. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.

"Rigging the Game" -- 172 lines, $86 (Path of the Paladins)  SOLD
I thought about the prompt on regarding people as toys for nonconsensual amusement, and how it would gratifying to give the bad guy enough rope to hang himself creatively. That turned into the free-verse poem "Rigging the Game," a very graphic tale of murder and perversion and what happens when you piss off the wrong paladin. You said dark, so, if it's black make it black. This poem belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.
"Say Goodnight" -- 22 lines, $10  SOLD
Your teddy bear prompt reminded me of another childhood guardian, Horned Toad. "Say Goodnight" is the story of how Horned Toad winkled his way into the homes of strange new visitors to Turtle Island. This poem is written in free verse.

"Scotch Hobby" -- 64 lines, $64 (The Steamsmith)
From the prompt about hopscotch rhymes, I got the poem "Scotch Hobby." Maryam Smith goes for a walk in the park and encounters several boys playing a version of hopscotch, using two different rhymes. She decides to pose a bigger challenge for the more experienced pair of players.

"Shiny New Toys" -- 174 lines, $87 (P.I.E.)  SOLD
From fishbowl spillover comes the free-verse poem "Shiny New Toys" in P.I.E.  Brenda gets a new combat wheelchair. Darrell gets a new e-reader.  Their Saturday gets ... interesting.
"Swish" -- 45 lines, $20 (Fledgling Grace)  SOLD
After the Fledging, various games had to be modified to account for players with wings. "Swish" tells about how basketball was affected.

"Texas Foldem" -- 56 lines, $20 (Schrodinger's Heroes)  SOLD
From the prompt about unusual chess sets, I got the free-verse poem "Texas Foldem." Alex and Ash get bored with conventional chess and decide to make a tesseract chessboard. And then Chris leaves his deck of cards on the table ...


Poem: "Say Goodnight"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from the_vulture.  It has been sponsored by catsittingstill.

Say Goodnight

When the new people
came to Turtle Island,
they brought their children with them,
and Horned Toad went
to look after the little ones.

The children took one look
at the ugly little totem
and burst into tears.

That was upsetting.

So Horned Toad went to Bear,
who had the magic of transformation.
"I cannot fulfill my duty," he said to her.
"These funny pale babies are afraid of me."

Bear loaned him her fur coat.
Horned Toad went back to the little ones
in their odd square dwellings
and this time they smiled instead of screaming.

In this manner,
Toadie  became Teddy
and was able to do his job again,
keeping children safe from the nasty things ...

Say goodnight.