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Poem: "Traverse and Search"

This poem came out of the July 2, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by janetmiles.  It belongs to the series Path of the Paladins.  The title comes from a targeting technique varied by width and depth.

Traverse and Search


Alva was not evil,
in the sense that she did not
set about harming other people
for amusement or personal gain.

Yet evil followed her
wherever she went,
wreaking harm and havoc
on whomever happened to be near.

She went to every temple
but none of them could tell her
more than what she already knew:
that she was cursed, that it was unbreakable.

It was the hunters
who gave her the idea,
with their talk of archery techniques,
the art of traversing and searching fire into a flock.

So Alva sought out
the worshippers of Gorrein
and then concealed herself
quietly amongst the camp followers.

If she could not banish evil,
then she could at least aim it
and enjoy the grim satisfaction
of watching Gorrein shoot Himself in the foot.

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jenny_evergreen From: jenny_evergreen Date: July 4th, 2013 04:13 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! Clever!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this.
thnidu From: thnidu Date: July 4th, 2013 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Ditto!

And speaking of dittoes, as I read chrono-backwards down my reading page, here's enfilading fire again.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 12th, 2013 08:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

That's good to hear.
meridian_rose From: meridian_rose Date: July 4th, 2013 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Poor Alva! I hope she can find a way to overcome the curse. In the meantime I love her reasoning/solution. I can think of a couple of groups that would "benefit" from a visit from her!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you liked this. Yeah, I can think of a few groups I'd like to direct her toward, too.
From: siliconshaman Date: July 4th, 2013 10:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Mwhahah! Now that's a solution I like...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 4th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yay!

I'm happy to hear that.
janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: July 5th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Well done, Alva!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2013 01:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you like this.
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