Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "The Rainbow Sails"

This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from the Duchess via [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "weather" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to The Ocracies series.


"The Rainbow Sails"


In the waters beyond the mainland,
primarily among the Free Islands of Lisande
but extending all along the coast, traveled
the people of the Rainbow Sails.

They lived in beautiful boats,
carved of exotic woods and painted
in bright colors, with multicolored sails
rising above their elegant decks.

They described their government
as anemocracy, which meant they were
rule by the wind, or by whim, depending
on who you asked and whether they
liked or disliked the Rainbows.

If you watched, though, you could
see that these things were equally true:
they followed the wind where it took them,
and like the wind they could be a driving force
of trade or a devastating hurricane of destruction,
even a playful breeze turning a child's pinwheel.

The one thing everyone agreed on was this:
you didn't turn your back on the wind, and
you didn't provoke the Rainbow Sails.

* * *

Notes:

The Rainbow Sails (anemocracy, government by the wind or by whim) live primarily among the Free Islands of Lisande but travel all along the coast.
-- The Phrontistery

Ships with two or more sails frequently use different solid colors such as orange and yellow or green and blue. Single sails are often multicolored.
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