Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Unsold Poems for the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl

The following poems from the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl are currently available. Poems may be sponsored via PayPal -- there's a permanent donation button on my Dreamwidth profile page -- or you can write to me and discuss other methods. There are still verses left in the linkback poems "The Open Gyre," "Growing Green, Growing Gold," "Mysterious and Impermanent," "Greater Than the Sum," "Nascent Wisdom," "A Lively Feast," "Between the Normal and the Abnormal," "Always Carry Your Goodness," and "Crossroads on the Hero's Journey."

Your prompt about Pain's Gray inspired the free-verse poem "All'Ombra." Set between the time Gray gets sub-dropped and the time he gains superpowers, this is a lovely evening of kink when Ricasso takes a very inexperienced, very eager Gray to the local BDSM club. No sex, but this is frankly kinkpr0n.
1097 lines, Buy It Now = $549

Gray tried not to work himself into a lather
as he prepared to go out, but it was hard.

Ricasso had made him wait a month
after what happened with Lupê Hêdonê,
carefully discussing what kink was supposed
to be like, before agreeing to show Gray
some of his options in a safe place.

"Block Shedding"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Block Shedding." Stan, Lawrence, and Jayce enjoy a Sunday football party.
102 lines, Buy It Now = $51

Despite having made their own choices,
Stan and Jayce were a little mopey
as football season approached.

"This is ridiculous," Lawence said
as they sighed over the lunch table.
"If you miss football, go do some football.
Pick up a game in the park, throw a party,
whatever jocks enjoy doing with it."

"Made Anew in a Heartbeat"
Your prompt led to the free-verse poem "Made New in a Heartbeat." Edison thinks Shiv is sick, but Shiv is actually zoned out holding a doll -- and horribly embarrassed when caught doing that.
592 lines, Buy It Now = $296

"Mummy, Mummy, I need you!"
Edison pattered into the kitchen.

"In a minute, love, I'm doing
the dishes," Elisabeth said

"Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure"
This inspired the free-verse poem "Mr. Ian Woon and the Excellent Adventure." It explores different creative fests.
42 lines, Buy It Now = $20

Your Kenzie prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Oenikika." Kenzie takes part in a sweat lodge ceremony.
611 lines, Buy It Now = $306

Kenzie was lounging in the living room
of the Starblanket family roundhouse.

He wore one of his new open-sided tanks,
the dusky blue one, over a ribbon skirt
of dark blue fabric with brighter trim.

"Piggyback Habits"
A backchannel prompt from Anthony Barrette inspired the poem "Piggybank Habits." It follows the growth of saving money from childhood into early adulthood.
33 lines, Buy It Now = $15

"The Queen of Crows"
Your earlier prompt inspired the free-verse poem "The Queen of Crows." A girl and her crows develop rituals of interaction.
233 lines, Buy It Now = $117

Ava Stroud toddled through
Kirke Park, spilling a trail
of cake crumbs and icing.

"Quork?" said a crow,
landing on the lawn

"What You Want to Express"
Your Salvo prompt inspired the free-verse poem "What You Want to Express." Salvo chooses clothes for a beach trip, and talks Cuoio through the selection process.
167 lines, Buy It Now = $84

The beautiful spring day
beckoned them to go outside,
so they planned a trip to the beach.

Salvo went through his familiar ritual
of looking at clothes and deciding
what he wanted to wear that day

"Zhen, Shan, Ren"
Your Turq prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Zhen, Shan, Ren." Turq picks up the Falun Gong exercises that he used to do with his foster family.
236 lines, Buy It Now = $118

The early spring weather was
mild and pleasant, with clouds
fluttering through the sky but
not blocking too much of the sun.

Ansel had wanted to take care of
some business in the cluster
of amenities at the center of
the Island Resort neighborhood,
so Turq and Janie tagged along

These poems form a pair:

"Chewing Anyway"
This started out as the opening for another prompt, but got long enough that I just spun it off by itself. "Chewing Anyway" is a free-verse poem. Elisabeth doesn't want Shiv smoking in the house, so she offers him a choice of more suitable mouth toys. Although Shiv is dubious at first, he warms up to the idea.
360 lines, Buy It Now = $180

Much of January sucked for Shiv.

Chyou had gotten under his skin
so completely that even at
the Finn house he had
a hard time relaxing

"Calming and Rewarding"
Your baking prompt inspired the free-verse poem "Calming and Rewarding." When Shiv feels restless, Elisabeth Finn invites him to bake bread and teaches him some of the more complex slashing patterns.
1039 lines, Buy It Now = $520
Available for publication after "Chewing Anyway" has been sponsored and posted.

Shiv followed Elisabeth into
the kitchen, where the crocks
sat in a colorful row on the counter.

"We'll start with the sourdough bread,"
she said. "It requires some kneading
and a considerable amount of time
to rise before we can score it."
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