August 3rd, 2017


Poem: "The Higher a Monkey Climbs"

This poem was commissioned by Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It also fills the "acts of kindness" square in my 7-1-17 card for the Winter Fest in July Bingo.  This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It follows the day after events in the stories "Butterfly Effect" and "Keeping It Together" by Dialecticdreamer.  Read those first, so this will make more sense.

This microfunded poem is being posted one verse at a time, as donations come in to cover them.  The rate is $.50/line, so $5 will reveal 10 new lines, and so forth. There is a permanent donation button on my profile page, or you can contact me for other arrangements. You can also ask me about the number of lines per verse, if you want to fund a certain number of verses.
So far sponsors include: DW user Dialecticdreamer, general fund, janetmiles, DW user Ng_moonmoth, DW user Technoshaman, DW user Mama_kestrel

401 lines, Buy It Now = $201
Amount donated = $149
Verses posted = 87 of 120

Amount remaining to fund fully = $52
Amount needed to fund next verse = $2
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $1.50

Warning: This poem contains some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers.  It features unfounded accusations, unhappiness, reluctance to interact with people, worried supervillains, references to a recent house fire, unusual attractions, awkward interactions, momentary misapprehensions, verbal abuse, thinly veiled threats, epic snubs, vulgar language, and other challenges. However, the level of support makes the overall tone more positive. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Poem: "Rooted in Place"

This poem is spillover from the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang.  It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr.  This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

"Rooted in Place"

Perseverance is no beauty;
her body is slim and attenuated,
her breasts barely formed
and arms altogether absent.

She can hear what people say about her:
there is nothing whatsoever wrong with her ears.

She leans back, leans away,
turns her face to the side
in a thorough show of rejection.

Skin the color of cottage cheese
ends just above the ankles;
her feet are huge and human
and they never want to go anywhere.

It is almost as if she has roots
instead of heel and sole and toes.

Yes, that is it:
Perseverance is rooted in the past,
she is what her body has made of her,
and for all of her resistance

she cannot escape herself.

* * *


Perseverance is the ability to keep going in the face of obstacles.  Learn how to persevere.


Poem: "The Speakers"

This poem came out of the September 2013 [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by a sculpture from Choi Xoo Ang. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] kengr. This poem belongs to the series Diminished Expectations.

"The Speakers"

Their bodies are blanched
pale as bone, flesh crudely formed
like lines and lumps left in clay;
they have small high breasts,
legs but no arms, and
neither noses nor eyes.

There are two speakers,
each with a mouth
lined by thick red lips
around white teeth,
tongues wagging.

Eaten alive by frustration,
they hiss and screech
at each other,
but they cannot hear
for they have no ears.

The only one
who can hear them
is the listener

who has a single fleshy ear
but no mouth of her own.

* * *


Communication is an essential human need and the means of social interaction. Poor communication skills lead to poor relationships and other unhappiness. Explore how to improve your communication skills.

Speaking is the active half of verbal communication. You can learn better speaking skills.

Listening is the receptive half of verbal communication. Read about how to develop your listening skills.


Poem: "Taking Care of Things"

This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] redsixwing, Deacon, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] callibr8, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, [personal profile] helgatwb, and [personal profile] elf. It also fills the "taking care of somebody" square in my 6-16-17 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Rook from Antisocialites. It belongs to the Iron Horses thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

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