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Poem: "The Poi Bird" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "The Poi Bird"
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 25th, 2012 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Thoughts

>> Heh, I'd probably come out similarly. I've ancestry from most of northern and western Europe. <<

That's possible.

>> The German is more prevalent than any other, tho, so maybe that would come to the top. <<

Maybe eagle wings as the base, then, rather than the dove wings that the poi bird had as a base? I suspect that for the rare mixed wings, the largest portion or strongest affinity would determine the base to which excerpts of other wings get added.

>> On yet another hand, I've had people tell me I have a Nordic Soul, so maybe it would just be the wings of the Glaucus Gull. <<

The Vikings sowed their wild oats far enough for that to be possible, too. Actually jumping outside one's genetic background to pick up someone else's heritage wings seems to be very rare: the only one identified for certain is the Japanese girl with kookaburra wings in "Like a Cocky on a Biscuit Tin." It's probably happened more than once, but not a lot more.

It's fun to imagine how different people's wings might manifest. I've gotten a lot of poems out of such speculation!
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 25th, 2012 03:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>> I do actually have some Norwegian and Swedish heritage way back in there along with the German, Scottish, English, Irish, Belgian, Flemish, and French, so the gullwings wouldn't actually be outside my genetic background, just a "lesser" element coming out over a more prevalent one. <<

That is such an awesome collection of ancestors! In this setting, any trace can be enough to bequeath wings. Sometimes it seems based on a person's affinity for a given culture or tradition. Other times it's a sharp reminder, for people who are trying to deny it.

>> It's all just fun and games until we actually start fledging, tho ;) <<

The wings of spirit are how we move when we are not embodied -- all the flavors of love, attraction, affinity. The connections are what allow people to move through the space of the other realm, as wings through air. What we pay attention to becomes more powerful. So if people are thinking of wings and connection and spirit, it's a way of strengthening something which is true ... just not physically manifest in this life.

You never know what will suddenly turn out to be useful.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: November 27th, 2012 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Thoughts

>>Thank you! I've actually managed to visit about half of those countries, and really felt like there was some kind of connection there, particularly in Germany and Scotland.<<

That's nice to know.

>>Also, I've been greatly enjoying this series, but as you said when you started posting them, they're pretty heavy, and often after I've finished one, I just don't have the spoons to respond.<<

It's okay. You can always come back later if you think of something you really want to share. Some poems require more processing time.

>> But I want you to know that I have been reading and...well, "enjoying" isn't the right word for all of them, but it is for most, and "appreciating" works for the rest. <<

Thank you! Yes, I often use "appreciating" for works that are bittersharp in tone but well made.
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