Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Unsold Poems from the March 1, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the March 1, 2016 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 verses left in the linkback poems "The Tornado Blew Away" and "Knitting into Community."  Linking to this page will reveal new verses in whichever poem you request.

"Baroque Motives"
Your "seize the day" prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Baroque Motives." We finally get to see Contretemps in full display as the magnificent bastard that he is, manipulating everyone to create the future that he desires.
180 lines, Buy It Now = $90

Contretemps stepped out of his limousine
and then handed his boy-toy out of the car.
The gala was already in full swing, promising
no end of opportunities from the sound of it
shushing out of the elegant building
like the song of distant surf.

"Buoni Frutti"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Buoni Frutti." Fiorenza speaks with her students about whether they would like to become wisewomen.
70 lines, Buy It Now = $35 SOLD

When the strawberries began
to bloom on the south-facing slopes,
Fiorenza took Abelie and Margherita
out for a hike in the morning.

"Capes and Credos"
Continuing the hive idea from DW, "Capes and Credos" is a free-verse poem about someone trying to kidnap Adalina. Just because the first part of the plan works, doesn't necessarily mean the rest of it will continue to go as expected.
232 lines, Buy It Now = $116
This poem is a prequel to a poem by DW user Shiori_makiba and a story by siliconshaman. Sponsoring this will make it possible to post those.

"Want to go out for ice cream?"
Facet asked without warning,
which startled Adalina into
dropping her textbook.

"What?" she said.

"We need to start getting out
more than we have been,"
said Facet. "We're not sick
anymore, and it's not good
to stay cooped up at SPOON."

"Friendships Are Like Clothes"
Your third prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Friendships Are Like Clothes." After Eric rips his old shirt, Uncle Chris takes him and TeJay into town for new clothes. Eric realizes that he's outgrown more than just his shirt.
178 lines, Buy It Now = $89

Eric and TeJay were stacking firewood
when Eric's shirt split wide open.

"Gosh darn it!" Eric said as he
fingered the seam where it had
torn open along his shoulder.

Several DW prompts contributed to the free-verse poem "Huposkhesis." When someone robs the secure safe at All Creatures Great and Small, Dr. Althea Melas calls for help from her cape contacts. What follows is a very different perspective on tracking down the bad guys and solving problems.
444 lines, Buy It Now = $222

Dr. Althea Melas stared at the remnants
of her pharmaceutical safe. Its thick steel doors
had somehow been peeled away, one hanging
crazily by a hinge, the other crumpled on the floor.

The safe itself stood empty, although most of
its small shelves and larger file drawers remained
intact. All of the controlled substances along with
the unlisted but exotic things needed for treating
superpowered clients were gone -- and worse,
so were the most confidential medical files
that she kept in the safe for extra security.

"More Admirable Than Conquest"
This inspired the free-verse poem "More Admirable Than Conquest." Cassandra has volunteered for babysitting when Yona is ready to give birth, and she gets a little more family action than she was expecting because of how everyone pulls together.
500 lines, Buy It Now = $250

Cassandra and Groundhog were helping
Yona fold clothes in the laundromat when
the pregnant man suddenly clutched
his enormous belly and said, "Whoo!
I think that was the big one. Would
somebody please call my spice and
the midwife, and help me get upstairs?"

"Of Fairies and Futures"
A DW prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Of Fairies and Futures." It's a bittersweet exploration of what happens as little girls grow up.
28 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"Passport to the Future"
Your second prompt contributed to the free-verse poem "The Passport to the future." The prison wants Shiv to come up with a plan for his education. Having no idea where to start, he asks Dr. G for help.
404 lines, Buy It Now = $202

Shiv stared glumly at the forms
on his tablet computer, and realized
that he was in over his head.

Sure, his early release was in progress,
but they kept nagging him to make plans,
and what the hell did he know about that?

A Fledgling Grace prompt on DW inspired the free-verse poem "Pinfeathers." People respond in different ways to children who are born with wings, as the feathers emerge.
50 lines, Buy It Now = $20 SOLD

"The Second Law Has No Mercy"
Your prompt about hope and reality contributed to the free-verse poem "The Second Law Has No Mercy." It's about how the Republic of the Maldives begins to shift its focus from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
106 lines, Buy It Now = $53

President Mamadou Latheef
is painfully aware of the fact that
the Republic of the Maldives depends
entirely too much on energy sources
imported from foreign markets.

"This Penetrating Intimacy"
The hope prompt inspired the free-verse poem "This Penetrating Intimacy." We get to see Cuoio in action as a fighter boss, how he finds a new bodyguard, and his slow adjustment to building a team to replace the people he lost. This is action-adventure followed by heavy-duty hurt/comfort, but it's actually very sweet and uplifting at heart.
574 lines, Buy It Now = $287

The assignment was straightforward --
reception and protection -- and Cuoio
felt quite proud to have gotten it.

He wasn't in the business
for the glitter and glamour;
he left that to other men.

"Who Rekindle the Inner Spirit"
A DW hive prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Who Rekindle the Inner Spirit." It spans Week 2 of the berettaflies situation, as Adalina struggles to cope with her changed circumstances by reaching out to other people similarly affected by recent events.
150 lines, Buy It Now = $75
This poem precedes "Capes and Credos."  While not required as a prerequisite, it is recommended to read this one first.

Adalina did her best to deal with
the strangeness suddenly thrust
into her life, blotting out her future.

She dealt with her skin changing
to white with dramatic stripes of
black, yellow, and orange framing
some kind of stylized bee or wasp
imprinted right over her boobs

"Your Pain, Your Greatest Ally"
Alas, Keane is not yet able to use his skills without aggravating his headmates. "Your Pain, Your Greatest Ally" details his latest attempt, which works wonders for him. But who knew that Clarity had a temper?
474 lines, Buy It Now = $237

I know that my headmates
have a point about self-harm;
it's risky and messy and there
has to be a better way of
getting the job done.

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