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Unsold Poems from the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Unsold Poems from the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the August 6, 2013 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my LiveJournal profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods.

"Against the World" -- 21 lines, $10 SOLD
From a backchannel prompt by Anthony Barrette I got the free-verse poem "Against the World." It describes the Bedouin people.

"All These I Embrace" -- 8 lines, $5 SOLD
A DW prompt about skies led to the indriso  "All These I Embrace," about someone abandoned in a strange new land who is determined to make the best of it.

"Clay Feet" -- 150 lines, $75 SOLD
This turned into a surprisingly sweet tale about a mistreated mystical servant who escapes to find more decent company.  "Clay Feet" is written in free verse.

The Golem of Prague
was made to be a protector
and said to turn into a monster,
but neither of these things
is strictly true.

Indeed Yossele the golem
was protective of the ghetto;
it was the only home he knew.

"Cloudshadow" -- 33 lines, $15 SOLD
From this I got the free-verse poem "Cloudshadow."  It describes the rainbringer's life as an obligate nomad, and how he interacts with people along the way.

"Estrellado" -- 406 lines, $203 SOLD
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Estrellado," in which a group of Cuban people have been enslaved by crab-like aliens and are rescued by a living ship.  Because no matter how much of a galactic badass you think you are, there is always somebody bigger out there who might not like what you are doing.

Bembé never accepted the collar
the way some of his fellow captives did.
He fought the aliens every time
that they came for him,
plucking him out of the slave cage
with their long thin limbs like the claws of crabs

"The Flight from Jehuti" -- 77 lines, $38.50 (A Conflagration of Dragons) SOLD
I got the idea of burden squirrels from your prompt about unusual travel animals. They belong to the Shu, a forest-dwelling race in the series A Conflagration of Dragons. "The Flight from Jehuti" describes the immediate aftermath of Sebak's attack on the City of Trees, when the people flee. Many of them are not used to being nomads, but at least they have the burden squirrels to aid the escape. The previously mentioned greatdeer don't fare very well.

These words I write down
so that they will be remembered:

The flight from Jehuti
was a horrible thing.
Entire families died together
before they could flee;
whole herds were burned up
in the dragon's sulfurous ire.

If it weren't for the burden squirrels,
we would never have made it out of the city alive

"The Grey Nomads" -- 24 lines, $10 SOLD
Your prompt gave me the title, "The Grey Nomads," written in unrhymed quatrains.  It tells of the old wanderers who have given up a sedentary life.

"The Kindness of Strangers" -- 68 lines, $34 SOLD
From your Traveler prompt I got the free-verse poem "The Kindness of Strangers." It's an odd blend of bright and dark notes, about someone who moves through people's lives at the worst moments and makes things a little better by being there.

The Traveler does not touch money:
he is very clear about this.
He does not earn it or spend it.
He trades only in time and gifts
and the kindness of strangers

"Return to Twelve" -- 88 lines, $44 (Tripping into the Future)  SOLD
The idea of post-apocalyptic nomads led to the poem "Return to Twelve," which is written in unrhymed quatrains.  It belongs to the series Tripping into the Future, and it explores how the enemy fleet has become nomadic, rambling around the area of space where they emerged from the time warp.

This is not the first time
that they have left you.
They have done it before.
You know they will do it again.

They are, in any case,
the enemy -- surely they would
kill you if they caught you,
and a part of you would welcome it

"Roving Wings" -- 56 lines, $20 (Fledgling GraceSOLD
From a Dreamwidth prompt I got the free-verse poem "Roving Wings."  It explores how the Fledging creates ties among migratory races, among other things.

"The Space Traders" -- 41 lines, $20 (An Army of One)
From your prompt came the free-verse poem "The Space Traders."  It compares and contrasts two of the merchants, Short John and Anne Goede, who help keep the Lacuna supplied.

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