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Unsold Poems from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Unsold Poems from the March 4, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 4, 2014 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.

There are still some verses left in the linkback poem, "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined." You can reveal those by linking to this page

"After the Happily Ever" -- 33 lines, $15
A Dreamwidth prompt led to the free-verse poem "After the Happily Ever." Fairytales can pass down some peculiar family dynamics.

"The Antique Icebox" -- 42 lines, $20 SOLD
Here by popular acclaim is a poem about the radiator dragon and an ice box dragon. The family of Monster House encounters an interesting critter while camping in a cabin. "The Antique Icebox" is written in free verse.

"Bones of Light and Fire" -- 33 lines, $15 (A Conflagration of Dragons)
The prompt about a dragon's death led to the free-verse poem "Bones of Light and Fire." Dead dragons hold the potential for beautiful gems. This poem belongs to the series A Conflagration of Dragons.

"Clockwyrms" -- 136 lines, $136 (The Steamsmith)  SOLD
The prompt about clockwork dragons inspired the free-verse poem "Clockwyrms." Maryam Smith finds a display of tiny mechanical dragons, and has trouble picking a favorite.

"Their Deadly Names" -- 11 lines, $10
Your dragonfly prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Their Deadly Names," about different dragonfly species.

"The Dragon Nebula" -- 9 lines, $5 SOLD
I liked the picture prompt, which inspired the free-verse poem "The Dragon Nebula." A space dragon checks her egg.

"Dragon Whiskers" -- 10 lines, $5 SOLD
"Dragon Whiskers" is a free-verse poem about baby dragons.

"Dragonforge" -- 82 lines, $41
From your disability prompt I got the free-verse poem "Dragonforge." A dwarven smith has a dragon to heat her forge.

The walls glowed red
as the veteran slowly trudged
down to the smithy,
leaning heavily on his crutch.

There was only one place to go,
if you wanted something better
than a peg leg and a pension.

"Hatching into the Future" -- 80 lines, $40 (Dragonsilk)
I wrote another poem about the dragon of forgetting. "Hatching into the Future" is written in free verse, about what happens when one of the sleeping knights is ready to wake up.

The dragon wakes
when one of the cocoons
against her flank begins to rock.

Quickly she noses the others
out of the way so that
they will not be disturbed.

"The House Dragon" -- 41 lines, $20 (Walking the Beat) SOLD
A figurine prompt on Dreamwidth inspired the free-verse poem "The House Dragon." Dale is curious about a knickknack, and won't ask, but Kelly will.

"The Island Dragons" -- 23 lines, $10 SOLD
A backchannel prompt from Anthony & Shirley Barrette inspired the free-verse poem "The Island Dragons," about Komodo dragons.

"The Lair of Tomes" -- 33 lines, $15
From your librarian post, I got the free-verse poem "The Lair of Tomes." Dragons hoard knowledge in a world that's falling apart.

"Of Restful Inclination" -- 128 lines, $64 (Path of the Paladins)
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Of Restful Inclination." Shahana and Ari find a village destroyed by a dragon, and go looking for the dragon, but not for the usual reasons.

There was not much left of the village
when Shahana and Ari arrived.

A few curls of smoke rose lazily
from the embers of the buildings.
There were patches of blood here and there,
but oddly, no bodies and no scavengers.
Broken fences leaned drunkenly.
Scuffed tracks in the dirt
hinted at the past altercation.

"Opening the Dragon's Fist" -- 28 lines, $15 (Kung Fu Robots)
Your kung fu prompt led to the free-verse poem "Opening the Dragon's Fist," in which the kung fu robots contemplate dragon kung fu.

"Plush Dragons" -- 23 lines, $10 SOLD
A Dreamwidth prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Plush Dragons," about the minor but powerful dragonkind.

"Saving the Maidens" -- 48 lines, $20 SOLD
From your staking prompt came the free-verse poem "Saving the Maidens." Dragons aren't interested in young women for the reasons that everyone thinks.

"Sky Freedom" -- 21 lines, $10 SOLD
Your WWI prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sky Freedom," about dragonriders and what they fight for.

"Testing the Metal" -- 86 lines, $43 (A Conflagration of Dragons)
From the treasure prompt I got the free-verse poem "Testing the Metal." A young dragon hungers for rare elements.

Yrsa is always searching
for a safe source of minerals.
She pokes her nose into cracks
in the mountainside, seeking
a taste of sustenance.

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janetmiles From: janetmiles Date: March 7th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

FYI - broken link

The link to "Lawless, Winged, and Unconfined" is broken; it seems to be missing the opening "http://".
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 7th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: FYI - broken link

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