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A Monstrous Manifesto
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catvalente
For everyone who was at Strowlercon and asked for it, and all those who weren't but might want it, here is the poem I read on Friday night. It is my gift to Strowlerfolk, you may reproduce it free, forever.



If you are a monster, stand up.
If you are a monster, a trickster, a fiend,
If you’ve built a steam-powered wishing machine
If you have a secret, a dark past, a scheme,
If you kidnap maidens or dabble in dreams
Come stand by me.

If you have been broken, stand up.
If you have been broken, abandoned, alone
If you have been starving, a creature of bone
If you live in a tower, a dungeon, a throne
If you weep for wanting, to be held, to be known,
Come stand by me.

If you are a savage, stand up.
If you are a witch, a dark queen, a black knight,
If you are a mummer, a pixie, a sprite,
If you are a pirate, a tomcat, a wright,
If you swear by the moon and you fight the hard fight,
Come stand by me.

If you are a devil, stand up.
If you are a villain, a madman, a beast,
If you are a strowler, a prowler, a priest,
If you are a dragon come sit at our feast,
For we all have stripes, and we all have horns,
We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns
And here in the dark is where new worlds are born.
Come stand by me.


Thank you. For this, for the night, for all of it.

I may repost this in my LJ, then?

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That is amazing. Thanks for posting for those of us who couldn't be there.

Oh, thank you for sharing for those of us who were there in spirit but not the flesh.

So beautiful.
Still standing.

Rob Nelson

(Anonymous)
Hi!
I am a newbie to posting, comment e.t.c. on blogs but I have to start so I try here and hope you approved my comment.
It´s a very nice picture of the bird and I just wundering if it is a oil painting picture!

Stand up! up! up! Raise da roof!

In some ineffable way, this reminds me of Shel Silverstein.
That is intended as the highest compliment, in case that is unclear.

Re: Stand up! up! up! Raise da roof!

I may have nicked the rhyme scheme. ;)

I really loved that. I definitely loved the last part.
"For we all have stripes, and we all have horns,
We all have scales, tails, manes, claws and thorns
And here in the dark is where new worlds are born.
Come stand by me."
Loved it and thank you so much for sharing. :D

I have a new you-necklace! :)

Love it! Thanks for sharing :)

I love you.
You are one of those lovely people who are calling me back to myself again and due to the drive, I missed this on Friday, but I am so glad to have it now!

*HUG*

Thank you awesome Cat!