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From ariestess' prompt:

Rainbow's End
A Torn World poem by Deirdre Murphy

The storm blew in like the monsoons he had known as a child
The water drops warm, the winds wild and unruly
The young tattooed ”soldiers” who had never truly seen war
Came to carry Rijorl and his belongings from his high tree house
Deep into the rainforest, away from his beloved ocean
Everyone huddled together on the rainforest floor
Children chattering excitedly, grownups worried, babies crying
While the water fell in ropes, filled with tatters of rainbow blossoms.
He sang a lulabye from his homeland while the eye moved through
His adopted clan nodded to the strange, “wordless” sounds
His beloved, tall home tree toppled during the storm,
The house-platform pulled down vines and three young reed-trees,
Bits of walls he’d carved with the flowers of his homeland lay scattered.
He lifted a broken pottery windchime out of the mud.
“We’ll rebuild” the young man offered, but he shook his head
“I’ve been thinking of seeing the Empire,” he offered,
For his balance was unsteady and he felt too old to live in the sky.
He patted the pouch that held his collection of counterfeit licenses
“I’ll watch for the monitors while you rebuild your own homes first,
But I want to ride a steam train, and see the deserts and the mountains.”
They gathered the storm-tossed bodies of lizards and squatty geese
And fried fruits and breaded blossoms for his farewell feast.
He sang once again, songs he’d learned from an Empire soldier—
They’d run together, to find a life far from the war so long ago.
Then he set out inland, trading his rainbow life for one on the road.


And just in time too!  To my surprise, my co-creators voted that we should hold the September Muse Fusion this weekend!  That means starting tomorrow.  Eeep!

I hope you'll stop by and leave us some prompts, or even just encouragement.  I could use some, about now.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 16th, 2011 03:59 pm (UTC)
It's a good little story, and it comes through clearly in just a few words.
Sep. 17th, 2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Thank you.
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:13 am (UTC)
This is a good poem. I like the images of Rijorl decorating his walls with the carved flowers & the windchimes. The "storm-tossed bodies of lizards and squatty geese" line makes me smile, I can imagine stunned lizards and geese among broken twigs and leaves.
Sep. 18th, 2011 08:19 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Hey--why don't you stop by torn_world and give us some prompts? You can leave verbal prompts and/or photo prompts. (I know you have some really cool photos!)

Sep. 18th, 2011 09:44 am (UTC)
Done, here. :)
Sep. 18th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's always fun to have lots of prompts to pick from--and I love that dragon boat!
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