Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Mightier Than the Sword"

This poem came out of the January 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] eseme. It also fills "The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword" square in my 9-4-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the Inkseer series, which you can find via my Serial Poetry page.

"Mightier Than the Sword"

When the Inkseer moves to the mountains,
she finds new challenges there.

Politics are more important inland
than in a little coastal village
concerned primarily with tides.

The baron, it must be admitted, is a problem.

While her neighbors are busy arguing
and negotiating and gathering money for bribes,
the Inkseer embarks on her own plan.

She sends her son for a glass pipette
and her daughter for slivers of steel.
She fashions a magic wand with
a fine point and fills it with kraken ink.

Then she begins to dictate a future
in which the duke is no longer so troublesome.

* * *


Fountain pens hold a reservoir of ink.

Writing reality is an established trope.
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