Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "See the Other Side"

This is the freebie for the July [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam. It was inspired by an anonymous prompt. It also fills the "snowflakes" square in my 7-1-20 card for the Winterfest in July Bingo. This poem belongs to the series Adaptive Magic and follows "A Good Imagination and a Pile of Junk."

"See the Other Side"

Vir was the granddaughter
of Saer the Supernal.

She wasn't a great and
powerful wizard the way
her grandmother had been.

Instead, Vir was subtle.

She mastered the arts of
empathy, telepathy, and
other psychic abilities.

Whether man and beast,
good and evil, or life and death,
she could always see the other side.

When rumors of war broke out,
Vir began to worry about it.

War with wizard armies
was a dark and terrible thing,
even more than ordinary war,
which was awful enough already.

The first snowflakes of winter were
beginning to fall, and it would be
too easy to take control of a storm.

So Vir used her skills at scrying
to discern the causes -- squabbling
over certain river valleys, trade, and
two families too full of themselves.

She armed herself with a handful
of books and a crystal ball.

Then she sought out the prince.

Vir was surprised to see that
Brann was quite handsome,
and he was even intrigued by
her offer to provide intelligence.

He didn't hesitate to read the books
or gaze into the crystal ball as she
pointed to things over his shoulder.

She showed him how to see the other side.

Soon the plot came clear, and Brann
easily discerned how to unravel it.

So with a soft hand, a quiet word,
and a small smile the slow march
towards open war was halted.
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