This poem came out of the November 21, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from kyleri
. It also fills the "bones" square in my 10-1-17 card
for the Fall Festival Bingo. This poem has been sponsored by janetmiles
. It belongs to the series Feathered Nests, which you can find via my Serial Poetry
WARNING: This poem contains some disturbing scenes. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes domestic violence among the Fifers, other Fifers ganging up on the abuser to drive him out, a victim showing signs of past maltreatment, angst, social anxiety, the challenges of interspecies relations, messy medical details, and other challenges.
If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward. This poem sets the stage for "The Purest Love," so skipping it would leave a gap.( Collapse )