June 12th, 2016

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Poem: "Circles of Sound"

This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"Circles of Sound"


Crickets live inside
circles of sound,

their song reaching out
into the soft summer night

and the sound of predators
approaching to silence them,

their steady chirps counting out
the rise and fall of the temperature,

which is all to the well and good
until one gets into the house.

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Notes:

Crickets are extremely sensitive to sound and other vibrations, which is why they stop chirping if you try to track them down.  However, this makes them great practice for would-be hunters; if you can sneak up on a cricket, you can sneak up on darn near anything.

Due to a confluence of physics and biology, warmer weather makes crickets chirp faster.  You can therefore estimate the temperature by counting their chirps.

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Poem: "The Patience of a Snail"

This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette.


"The Patience of a Snail"


They live in slow time,
the world a meaningless
flicker in the background,

all focus fixed upon
the rim of a flowerpot
as they circle it

and the next leaf to eat.

In a world that has become
too fast, too bright, too loud --
just too much -- there is serenity in

the patience of a snail.

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Poem: "The Great and the Small"

This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette.


"The Great and the Small"


Shared birthdays
are a family thing,
one special day in
the year times two.

In my family, it's
Grandpa Barrette
and Uncle John with
the same one on June 7.

Dad tells stories about
those celebrations,
so much in common
within the family and yet
so different across the ages,

the great and the small together.

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Poem: "The Crickets' Song"

This poem came out of the June 7, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "privacy" square in my 5-1-16 card for the Solo Celebration Bingo fest. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.


"The Crickets' Song"


Not everyone who
develops superpowers
wants to be a superhero.

There are the crickets
who hate or fear what they
can do and therefore never use it.

There are the ones
who appreciate their power
but prefer to keep it private,
using it only on occasion or
when nobody's watching.

There are even a few
who use it freely at work
if it's a discreet kind of power,
instead of doing it openly like
the blue-plate specials do.

The crickets sing their song
only for themselves, and they
go silent if anyone approaches.

Then there are the Kauais,
whose silent song is a secret
even from themselves --

the people with Super-Immunity
or Super-Constitution or the like,

the men with Male Pregnancy
who have never made love with
anyone who could fertilize them,

the folks who don't notice that
what they see or hear is far beyond
the ordinary scope of colors or sounds.

The crickets' song is a thing of quiet beauty,
enriching the world all around them
more than they ever realize.

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Notes:

Cricket -- a person with superpowers who rarely if ever uses them, instead preferring to live a commonplace life. They are almost always "in the fuse box" or hiding their power from most or all people. The term comes from "you can hear the crickets chirping," a reference to safe and usual situations, or to a group of people who don't speak up.  

Kauai -- a person who does not recognize their own superpowers. Some abilities can be quite subtle, especially at low levels, such as Super-Intellect or Luck. The term comes from the silent crickets of Kauai.