October 23rd, 2014

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Children's Books on Death

Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Poem: "Nancy's Kids"

This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

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Poem: "Bending Forks"

This poem was written outside the prompt calls, based on discussion with [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "enlightenment" square in my 9-29-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo  fest.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  This poem belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series, and is a direct sequel to "Sanitation Engineers."

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Poem: "Shifting Perceptions without a Clutch"

This poem came out of the October 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] alexseanchai, who wanted the 'click' moment of seeing The Matrix. It also fills the "extra-sensory perception" square in my 9-11-14 card for the Halloween Bingo Fest.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.  It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics setting, and is a direct sequel to "Look Both Ways."

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics, and it doesn't have a happy ending.  Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. There is prejudice, sexist and racist language, nausea and vomiting, a superpower misinterpreted as anything else, serious rupture of reality tunnel, extreme disorientation, and unfocused suicidal ideation.  Sadists who enjoy watching obnoxious characters writhe in torment may enjoy this.  Sensitive readers may wish to skip it.

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