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The dragons are coming.

Each tiny sound echoed through her mind;
The clatters like chattering birds waiting for food.

The dragons.

Shadows darting across the walls
       Light catching their gaping maws,
              Eyes glinting with ravenous fervour.

They're here.

She pulled at her skin, trying to rid herself of their scales!
The cold, sharp scales that revealed the fire she'd worked to dampen.

The dragons are home.

They never left.
The Dragons
Flashlit prompted by WolvenNight "Dragon".
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“You’re playing a very dangerous game here, Sergeant. I never asked for your input” the dark man scowled and furrowed his brow.

“And I never asked for you to destroy my life. “ quipped the slender women, golden hair catching the breeze from a nearby window.

“He focused on you, that’s your doing not mine”

“Yes and now I’m stuck, aren’t I?” she fired back.

Lily peered at the crumpled note, its yellowing edges dating it at a century old but its message very clearly recent.

The flower of death has awakened
And now is the time for a test
Will you leave your dear family forsaken
For a man who could really care less?



Her hand steadying, Lily gripped the paper with rage-fueled purpose.

“I will play your game, Calligrapher, and I will win”
Lily and The Calligrapher
Just a little flash lit prose prompted by WolvenNight "Game".
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Rants in Bed

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 25, 2015, 5:14 PM

As I sit in bed, trying not to feel guilty about not being at work because I feel like ass, I want to say something to all of you.

As human beings with minds, souls and bodies, we have been given an immense gift. We have been given the opportunity to not only exist in this beautiful world, but to transform it into something we can truly be proud of. For too long there have been greedy, callous and despicable people who have focussed so much on their profits and too little on what they lose.

When we focus on what we are receiving and not on what we are giving, we forget that we are all connected to one another. We are one giant gene pool of electrically charged spirits who all need the same things. As a social creature, we need love and companionship. We need to be able to connect and to trust. We need money to survive but not to divide us from one another. Our talents and special gifts allow us to contribute something entirely unique to the global community and so it's our job not to let others taint who we are and who we project out into the world.

It's time to be authentic and to value this authenticity as a strength and mark of courageous objection to the paralysing apathy that has cradled this planet of ours. Indifference is a virus and every time you wear your grey clothes and your colourless mask, you are being a coward.

Embrace the life you have and live it with you all you have. There's no point pretending, you're only losing time.



JJJ 2015! Join the Renga-lution!

Journal Entry: Tue Jun 9, 2015, 6:23 PM
I thought I should post this here too. 

Welcome to Jubilant Japanese June (JJJ). JJJ is essentially a celebration of the beauty of Japanese poetry and all that it brings us. There are many forms created and cherished by the Japanese culture and I believe that we should explore them all. This month. RIGHT NOW :O.

There are three challenges this June.


:bulletgreen: The first challenge  of Jubilant Japanese June is a dA-wide Renga challenge . I will gather a list of people who would like to participate and we each write a small piece of one large continuous Japanese poem.

The renga means 'linked poem' and it comprises of little links written by different authors. It features alternating syllabic line counts of 5-7-5 (hokku) and 7-7. The 3-line stanza is an idea to be explored and the 2-line stanza succeeding starts a new thought but is somewhat linked to the stanza before it.

It is an amazing journey of writing and I think it would bring a lot of joy to us all to at least create a 20 stanza renga. If more people want to join in, I will open it up to being larger. Please note ProjectDFC if you want to participate.

1. kiwi-damnation
2. johnthesavage8
3. Nichrysalis
4.PaperDart
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Renga

"Watch the dalliance
A sultry samba of souls                           kiwi-damnation
Caught in moonlit kiss

Two, snuck away from party,                  johnthesavage8
Hear a single frog croaking"



The second is merely to complete at least one of the following forms:


:bulletpurple: :peace: Choka

A choka literally means ‘long poem’ and features alternating syllabic lines of 5 and 7 where the last two lines are both 7. The minimum amount of lines is seven and this form allows for infinite amounts of lines. The minimum (7 lines) sequence is: 5 - 7 - 5 - 7 - 5 - 7 - 7

Example Choka by kiwi-damnation

Her breath, a soft breeze,
A spirit of peace, tranquil,
Still and silently,
A small touch enveloping,
The world of closets
Fears amassed thus dissipate
Revealing worlds - her domain.



:bulletpurple: :peace: Dodoitsu

The Dodoitsu is a folk song form and it is primarily about love or humour. It features 4 lines of 7,7,7,5 syllables respectively.

DFC Day 6 Dodoitsu by MaiSala

Music softens hardened hearts;
emotions run swiftly through
the soul, uplifted by joy
and deepest sorrow.


:bulletpurple: :peace: Haiku

A haiku is a Japanese style of poetry that has 3 lines with syllabic counts 5, 7,5 and are usually seasonal or about nature.

Below is an example about winter.

White Winter  by Deathscythe1991

Ice smothers the earth,
purifying the landscape,
white flakes of the sky.


:bulletpurple: :peace: Sedoka

The Sedoka centres around the idea of Questions and Answers. The syllabic count is that of haiku (5,7,5) and there are 6 lines, 3 in each stanza. The content can be of any theme but one must question or mention something in the first, and then either contradict or answer in the second. It's all about leaving you guessing and making people think.

The Medal by kiwi-damnation

What is a struggle?
But an old tarnished medal,
Of times that are past.

Yet though they have passed,
Who would you be without them?
Life would mean nothing


:bulletpurple: :peace: Senryu

This form is quite similar to the haiku. The main difference is thesubject matter. A senryu is written about human nature and the human world in general whereas haikus refer to nature and are completely removed from the human experience. Classically, the senryu features 3 lines of 5,7,5 syllables respectively.

Pathetique  by Parsat

love's third movement plays
memories in c minor
Pathétique romance


:bulletpurple: :peace: Tanka

The tanka is a form meaning 'short poem' and it is made up of five lines with the syllabic count 5-7-5-7-7. They are usually written with great emotional depth.

DFC: The Dance  by Lacklusterious

The lovers entombed
Waltz over the earthbound stars
There shines most graceful
The absence of warmth one finds
In the land of the living.



:bulletblue: The last challenge is a Mondo challenge. This is separate as the Mondo, whilst similar to the Sedoka, has to be written by two different authors. It features 2 stanzas of katuata (5,7,5) with the first asking a question and the second answering it. Pick a partner and create!

Example (Nichrysalis and TwilightPoetess)

'When are dandelions in
focus if not on
the blur of the wind?

When the sunlight—breaking free—
falls on the dandelions
growing around your heart'.


(taken from this journal )




:bulletpink: JJJ runs from June 3rd 12am GMT to July 1st 12am GMT.

:bulletpink: We request that you do send us a note of any entries you create so that we can put them in our
super special folder :D. That way, you can be part of a group creating rather than a solo artist.  

:bulletpink: Submit your part of the renga (once it begins) by note to ProjectDFC. It will be placed in this journal as it progresses.

:bulletpink: With the Mondo challenge, both authors please submit it as a piece to our folder for equal and fair credit.

There are no prizes, just a fun little challenge to complete. I hope you get on board because there is nothing like working with a form to both inspire and incense you.

Rants in Bed

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 25, 2015, 5:14 PM

As I sit in bed, trying not to feel guilty about not being at work because I feel like ass, I want to say something to all of you.

As human beings with minds, souls and bodies, we have been given an immense gift. We have been given the opportunity to not only exist in this beautiful world, but to transform it into something we can truly be proud of. For too long there have been greedy, callous and despicable people who have focussed so much on their profits and too little on what they lose.

When we focus on what we are receiving and not on what we are giving, we forget that we are all connected to one another. We are one giant gene pool of electrically charged spirits who all need the same things. As a social creature, we need love and companionship. We need to be able to connect and to trust. We need money to survive but not to divide us from one another. Our talents and special gifts allow us to contribute something entirely unique to the global community and so it's our job not to let others taint who we are and who we project out into the world.

It's time to be authentic and to value this authenticity as a strength and mark of courageous objection to the paralysing apathy that has cradled this planet of ours. Indifference is a virus and every time you wear your grey clothes and your colourless mask, you are being a coward.

Embrace the life you have and live it with you all you have. There's no point pretending, you're only losing time.



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Hey guys! I'm Sam a.k.a kiwi-damnation.

I am a massage therapist by day and artist by night. I love to create in many different ways and especially enjoy the incredible world of fixed form poetry. I run a group ProjectDFC devoted to preserving the art of fixed form poetry and bringing you all along for the ride.

Seriously though, I love dA and all it represents and I look forward to reading/gazing upon all of your art. You all amaze me. Thank you for the privilege of sharing this journey with you.

Aaaaand you can find my photography on kiwi-damnation-stock

Adios amigos!
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Parsat Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the sub, and for all you do with ProjectDFC. :) Looking forward to May Mixup Madness, AAA always got the better of me. Could never really get used to those alphabetic forms...
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015   Writer
You're welcome mate. You should try more then. Tackle what challenges you.
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murasakiriyu Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wow, thank you for the :+fav: :)
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015   Writer
No worries :)
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KatherineJohnston Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the favorite!
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015   Writer
You're welcome :)
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Goodbye-to-you Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for the watch (in return). I think your fractal work is quite brilliant and I find it inspiring to make my own.
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Writer
:) Thanks so much.  I used weavesilk and Apophysis. :huggle:
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classic-poet Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
:huggle: Thanks for the favourite, Sam! (Though I don't think I deserve it...) :heart:
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015   Writer
You do :heart:
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classic-poet Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
You flatter me. :aww:
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Dorkmaestro Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love you :heart:
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015   Writer
I love you too :heart:
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tanafeyroyale Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for the fave
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kiwi-damnation Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014   Writer
You're very welcome.
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