April 26th, 2018



Today is sunny and warm.  I fed the birds.  They're all over the place today.  Cardinals are arguing.

The pear trees are blooming.  In addition to the original, we now have two sizable volunteers.  I believe these are where I saw the ping-pong size wild pears last fall.  :D  Cherry trees have buds but aren't open yet.

Unsold Poems from the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the April 3, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.
There are still verses left in the linkback poems
"We Will Fade into You," "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "The Attack of the Dragon Shrimp," "Greater Than the Sum," and "Cleaning Achnai's Oven." Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever linkback poem you request.

"Above All Else, a Variable"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Above All, a Variable." A technomancer puts on a display at a trade show.
195 lines, Buy It Now = $98

Ainsley Boole had started out as
a computer programmer, studying
the interactions between humans
and machines in hopes of designing
more user-friendly computer programs.

"Art, Not Magic"
Your prompt about time crystals inspired the free-verse poem "Art, Not Magic." Superstitious tourists may think that smoke sculptures are magic, but it's not so.
17 lines, Buy It Now = $10

"Casting Badges"
A couple of your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Casting Badges." It's about a smith who makes talismans for pilgrims and priests.
44 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"The Currency of Leadership"
This inspired the free-verse poem "The Currency of Leadership." It follows further developments of the new Maldivian currency made with superpowers, and the effects it starts to have on other countries.
122 lines, Buy It Now = $61

It doesn't take long
after the introduction
of the new currency for
people to notice its appeal.

"Done for the First Time"
In regard to your sculpture prompt, it's from Fledgling Grace. ;) "Done for the First Time" is a poem about a young sculptor accidentally summoning an incubus.
50 lines, Buy It Now = $20

"Energy, Made Visible"
Your prompts inspired the free-verse poem "Energy Made Visible." Dr. G capitalizes on Shiv's love of colors and artwork to get through some actual therapy questions.
816 lines, Buy It Now = $408  IN MICROFUNDING NOW

The craft room was quiet and familiar.
Shiv watched as Dr. G brought out
the creme pastels. Then he frowned --
something looked different today.

"What happened to the bigger set?"
Shiv said, eyeing the small carton.

"A Healing Force"
Your Iron Horses prompt inspired the free-verse poem "A Healing Force." Kenzie is mostly recovered on a physical level, then starts showing symptoms of mental stress now that he has enough energy to start processing what happened to him. His new family provides support.
562 lines, Buy It Now = $281

Two weeks after the incident,
Kenzie was mostly recovered,
at least on the physical side.

His skin was still snug and tender
in a few places, but all the scabs had
fallen off. He had to be a bit careful with
bending and stretching, or he got twinges,
but it no longer hurt just to move around.
He had most of his energy back, and
only felt tired after doing some work.

"In the Garden of Eternal Spring"
This inspired the free-verse poem "In the Garden of Eternal Spring." Sometimes the doors of a nursery open into a magical place.
32 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains"
Your prompt about white and black capes inspired the free-verse poem "An Infinite Capacity for Taking Pains." Ansel comes to Turq with news about the hunt for the mad scientist.
341 lines, Buy It Now = $171

The wild plums were in full bloom,
thickets festooned with white flowers
spreading perfume on the spring breeze.

Ansel allowed himself a moment to savor
the sweet, faintly salty smell and the spatter
of pale green leaves on the forest slopes
above his cabin, before he headed
to the gazebo to talk with Turq.

"Skin Up"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Skin Up." Fleeing into a wasteland leads to an unexpected disccovery.
136 lines, Buy It Now = $68

A shove from the guard
sent Derin stumbling
out of the city.

"The Sugar Witch"
Your prompt about blown sugar inspired the poem "The Sugar Witch," which is written in unrhymed pentads. It's about a woman who makes magic with candy. It starts out sweet, then turns darker toward the end.
35 lines, Buy It Now = $15  SOLD

"Though Fashioned of Dreams"
This contributed to the free-verse poem "Though Fashioned of Dreams." It describes an awakening of spirit through music.
23 lines, Buy It Now = $10

Read "A Well of Sorrows"

[personal profile] dialecticdreamer has posted all nine parts of "A Well of Sorrows" due to Feathered Nests meeting its $25 goal.  \o/  Following the mayhem of "Accidents in the Home," Graham attempts to put Shiv back together.  If you want to see how to handle someone who has gone nonverbal and age regressed due to stress, this is it.