September 7th, 2016


Seeking Cosponsors

[personal profile] alatefeline is seeking cosponsors for "Spotted Dick."  FULLY FUNDED!

Broadcasting on general address:

I can do a third of the price total. A quarter would be better. Are
there one or two (or more) people out there who'd like to team up?

I mean, c'mon, KITTY! And it's Maryam, Maryam is awesome, I miss her.

The poem costs $119, so 1/4 would be $29.75 and 1/3 would be ~$39.67.

Poem: "Brothers, Equals"

This poem was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Pocketnaomi. It has been sponsored by LJ user Lone_cat. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

"Brothers, Equals"
-- Alcaic stanzas

You cannot name a people as ignorant
Who turn your language, basketlike, whispering,
Back running over self and substance:
Listen and learn or else fall to failure.

O Best Beloved, African history
Tells tales that Europe, envying, echoing,
Brings home to ponder weighty meanings nightly:
Honor us, join with us, brothers, equals.

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This is a poem by  Danso, rather than about him.  One of his pet peeves is people who talk down to him because of his race, his background, and whatnot.  There's a saying, "No man can call you ignorant if you can beat him in a game of chess."  Every culture has things it respects as signs of sophistication; in America, chess is one and poetry is another.  If you can write poetry in Greek forms, you have disproven the argument that you are uneducated or unintelligent.

Alcaic stanza is a Greek form of poetry which relies on syllables.  It doesn't fit well with English, but I've made a capable effort here.

The Just-So Stories by Rudyard Kipling relate fables about why the animals are the way they are.  "The Elephant's Child" is one that explicitly mentions Africa.  "O Best Beloved" is a phrase from there.

African history is the wellspring of humanity, so pay your respects.


Poem: "Tales Out of School"

This poem came out of the September 6, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] librarygeek, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] rix_scaedu, and cflute. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] librarygeek. This poem belongs to the Berettaflies thread of the Polychrome Heroics series. It follows the demifiction "Letter to a Super Hurrah" by [personal profile] alatefeline and "A Letter to a Young Fan from a Super Hurrah" by [personal profile] siliconshaman so read those first to understand the character dynamics.

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