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Poem: "Catching in the Rye" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Catching in the Rye"

This poem came out of the December 4, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from wyld_dandelyon.  It has been opened for microfunding via the general fund, as selected in an audience poll.  This poem belongs to the series Hart's Farm.

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: general fund

75 lines, Buy It Now = $37.50
Amount donated = $24
Verses posted = 14 of 22

Amount remaining to fund fully = $13.50
Amount needed to fund next verse = $1.50
Amount needed to fund the verse after that = $2

Note: The following poem features a sexy game played by consenting adults.  It is intended for mature readers.  If this is not to your taste or you're not supposed to read such things, no clicky.

Catching in the Rye

The crop was in,
long stalks of grain
cut close to the ground
and bound in tidy sheaves.

Dýrfinna loved this time of year,
when everything was ripe and ready
and everyone got to celebrate
the best things in life.

The little bowls of butter and honey
were set out for the Hidden Folk
who helped make the harvest good.

The tall bundles of rye stood proudly,
the last one -- the Harvest Bride --
bound with a bright red ribbon.

Now the women
stripped off their garments
and tied red ribbons around their waists,
then giggled as they blindfolded the willing men.

Svanhilda kept watch over the game
as Arnvid was pushed into the center
and spun around by the laughing women.

They dashed around as he groped for them,
grinning, a sudden dodge putting him
right in Aisling's path.

"Catch!" Svanhilda cried.
Off came the blindfold, and
off went Aisling over Arnvid's shoulder.

Bergren went into the center next
and Borga taunted him, her long legs
keeping her out of easy reach.

Dýrfinna could not help but remember
a similar game played in a warm loft
one autumn equinox, all bare bodies
and snickering scuffle.

Her daughter Drífa had come of that night,
dark-eyed and fey and strange
but beloved all the same.

Bergren made a lunge for Borga,
who darted between Dýrfinna and Inge.
Bergren's fingers slipped along Dýrfinna's hip
as she twisted away, squealing.

Inge tried to push Lia into Bergren's way,
but Lia was too quick for her,
and Bergren barely brushed
the tail of her braid.

Borga tripped, running to fast
over the uneven stubble,
but Svanhilda caught her
before she could fall.

"Slow down," Svanhilda murmured.
"Anyone would think
you didn't want  him to catch you."

Borga gave a saucy wink
and slowed down as bidden,
but it was Dýrfinna whom Bergren caught
with a sudden duck and sweep of his strong arms.

"Catch!" Svanhilda cried,
while Borga grumbled
and the other women teased her
about being a bit too elusive.

Then Kelsig went into the circle,
so Borga and Lia had to step out
since they were all three farmborn.
Svanhilda took their place in the chase.

"Let's go find some blankets,"
Bergren said to Dýrfinna,
his breath warm against her ear.

She went with him gladly,
cuddled against the huge heat of his body,
and wondered if anything would come of this.

It didn't matter, for here on the farm,
there were always new babies
and people to raise them.
Husbands and wives
were not required,

only love.

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3 comments or Leave a comment
From: technoshaman Date: January 15th, 2013 04:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Endings. Very satisfying.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: January 15th, 2013 06:43 pm (UTC) (Link)


*wink* A very ... "happy ending" ... I'm sure.
From: technoshaman Date: January 15th, 2013 06:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

Well, I should hope so! otherwise it wouldn't be... satisfying! :)
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