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"From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves"
A couple of backchannel prompts from Shirley and Anthony Barrette combined to inspire the free-verse poem "From the Deepest Parts of Ourselves." Ansel takes Turq on a tour of Bluehill's downtown neighborhood, Cambridge Commons, to show him where the local resources are. There's some angst, because Turq is still skittish, but it's mostly fluff, and they're at it for hours. This is one of the longest poems I've written, and there is just no breakpoint. *headdesk*
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Ansel got used to having Turq around,
even if the kid was a major pain in the tail
who skulked around and stole things and
generally made life more complicated.
The more Ansel watched, though,
the more convinced he became
that Turq did most of it for want of
better options -- either he didn't
know what else to do, or he
lacked the skills to pull it off.
Farm and snow appear in the free-verse poem "Hygge." During a blizzard, Aisling and Dýrfinna cuddle by the fire while Lia and Svanhilda romp under the covers. All my fluffy fluffness, let me show you it. (This poem is soft F/F.)
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The blizzard howls outside,
snow lashing against the windows.
A lot of people have holed up
in the common house but
Aisling, Lia, and Svanhilda
are sharing Dýrfinna's house
along with her children
Bjarni and Drífa.
"Moments When the World Is Made Whole"
Your "outside" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Moments When the World Is Made Whole." Travis takes Shiv out to the exercise yard. They have some ups and downs, but it mostly goes well.
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Despite the fact that Travis had called ahead,
Shiv was still not ready for pickup when Travis
opened the door of his cell and said, "Let's go."
Instead, Shiv was flat on his back in bed,
with his bare feet propped up on the wedge
that Dr. Bloch had given him earlier.
From your "unnatural" prompt I got the free-verse poem "Sakura Snow." Oyuki-san is lonely, which leads to cold out of season. Brenda and Darrel find a solution to both.
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It was the cold snap in cherry-blossom season
that had Brenda's phone ringing off the desk.
Then there were all the reports of ghost women
and disappearing rice and other odd phenomena.
There had even been several cases of men who
were kidnapped and found as statues of ice,
but when the ice melted, they were fine.
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Sandy Beaches." An engineer ruminates on his losses through the storms of New Orleans, and how sometimes superpowers come too little, too late. Sad poem is sad.
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Davis Amesville loved Easy City,
but she wasn't very good to him.
After Hurricane Ida flooded their house
in November of 2009, his parents and
three younger brothers moved up to
Shreveport at the end of the year.
"Like a Shag on a Rock"
Thanks to some very enthusiastic input about the challenges of Australia, I present the free-verse poem "Like a Shag on a Rock." Tanger, Blastwave, and Levinbolt have found an overseas assignment but are having trouble getting supplies. Or anything else. Won't this be fun?
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When Blastwave reached
the bungalow where his team
was staying in Australia, he was
late enough for Tanger to snap,
"What took you so long?"
"It's busy, is all, there are joggers
and dogwalkers everywhere, and lines
in all the shops," he said. "Plus everybody
walks on the left, not just drives on the left,
so I kept bumping into people all the time."
"The Tornado Blew Away"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Tornado Blew Away." Sometimes children see disasters -- and superpowers -- very differently than adults do. But they still know a hera when they see her.
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