She sleeps in snow white death . . .
a hundred years of time
pass into nothing . . .
for who remembers her?
except for those who perished with her? (The Legend of Evermore)
I’m known to many as one of the top narrative poets in the nation. I’ve been writing narrative, or storybook poetry since the first poem I ever wrote. It just comes naturally. With rare exception, almost all my poems tell a complete story, most of them original stories in a classic fantasy mode, some more contemporary themes, and also a love of the Disney Classics, and classic stories such as my Cinderella poem, Beauty and the Beast poem, Snow White poem, Hansel and Gretel poem, and even my Rapunzel poem. More of these are to come.
Likewise, if you love “World of Warcraft”, or “Game of Thrones” you’ve definitely come to the right place, and are going to love my website. Most of my earlier narrative poetry are stories set to poetry that were inspired by the “sword and sorcery” tales of Robert E. Howard (Conan the Barbarian), “The Hobbit” series by J. R. R. Tolkien, “The Chronicles of Narnia” series by C. S. Lewis, and a host of other great books of their kind. These narrative poems and flash fiction are about great battles, brave warriors, wizards, witches, and more — all with a message — and all are complete stories even though they are in poetic form. In fact, for five consecutive years my fantasy poetry website was ranked #1 on the web for fantasy poems and fantasy poetry by Google, before the site went offline for two years due to personal reasons. Today, it is considered by many to be the best single author website for fantasy poems, and poetry in the nation, and also has a following in several other countries. Moreover, since most of the poems also tell a complete story they also qualify as both “narrative poetry”, “speculative poetry”, and “flash fiction” — all of which include an incredible background image which I use to try to project the mood of the poem.
The website contains those works that I consider not only my best fantasy poems, but many other forms of narrative poetry. For instance, my early fantasy poem, The Dream, is a haunting love story that will pull you into its center as it envelopes you. Likewise, my more recent fantasy poem and voted a “best poem”, “A British Soldier in Zululand“, takes you directly into the Zulu battlefield just like Kipling would have done two hundred years ago. It is a battle you will not forget! Then, if you want a terrific fantasy poem based on a very popular song, try The Yellow Ribbon, and take a trip on a Greyhound Bus into the past while you shed a tear. For a story almost one century old, my very popular fantasy poem, Rainbow Bridge, tells the tale of pets awaiting their master or mistress after their passing to journey together to Heavens Gate. Or, my Disney type fantasy poems such as Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, my very popular Cinderella poem, or a top ranked Disney story, my Snow White poem, a narrative poem that tells the entire Disney version of Snow White in poetic form. There’s even science fiction and metaphysical like fantasy such as Star Bender and The Seven Moons of Dargoor. You might even try my two personal favorites: The Good King and Faithful Knight, or my top personal choice of both flash fiction and fantasy poetry, The Warrior and the River,
Now, you may wonder why I sometimes mix styles together — but that’s just the way I write. As a poet, I believe I have the absolute choice to write exactly how I please, free from traditional rules. My only rules are: if the words flow – if the story is clear – that’s all that’s necessary. I also believe that each poem should normally have an image background to “set the mood” of the poem. I have taken these images from the web, and often there was no way of knowing who the artist was who created the image. I’ve done the best I can trying to find the creators, and putting that information at the end of the poem, and if you happen to see an image you recognize, and know the artist – please let me know so I can add that in. Of course, the artwork and video attachments and images (like in the Cinderella poem) are separately owned by the artist who created it.
For whatever it’s worth – I began writing fantasy poems, flash fiction, and narrative poetry back in 2010 after a serious shoulder injury. It was a way of dealing with the extreme pain, and a long period of healing. Within ten months my website was ranked with the top three “fantasy poetry” websites in the nation, and by the end of a year – it was ranked #1 in the nation for fantasy poetry and fantasy poems. it stayed as #1 in the nation for five years, but then I stopped writing for two years, and the rankings slipped dramatically. Finally, I decided to redo the website myself in September 2018. What you now see was just completed in December 2018 after taking a year of online courses on web development to figure it out.
To assist in navigating the site, you’ll find a list of poems at the very bottom of each of my poems that you can link to, and also a limited list with links, on the right side of each poem. You can also search by category.
On a completely different note, in late May of 2021, I began adding a completely new category of poems. These poems are about major news stories and current events that have deeply touched or disturbed me to the extent I’ve placed these into narrative poetry. I’ve also done a video on YouTube where I combined music, poetry, and images. Take a look if you’re so inclined on this link.
If you like any of the poems, fantasy, romance, war, Disney, or whatever — I hope you’ll take the time to send me a brief comment. These really inspire me to write, and quite frankly, without them I usually stop writing for weeks or months.
So, thanks so much for stopping by, and I hope you’ll love these poems as much as I do.
List of Poems & Flash Fiction
There was a Frog
who was once a prince
as princely as could be
but thought too much
of only himself
he would never care for you
The Death of George Floyd — The Trial of Derek Chauvincopyright 2021 by jon gutmacher Derek Chauvinthe name of a copwho killed with no reasonwho never did stop The news says this policeman sat on George Floyd’s neckinstead of doing justicehe said “what the heck” And while George Floyd struggledto…
Six year old Aiden Laos in car seat On Friday morning, May 22, 2021, six year old Aiden Leos was shot and killed while strapped into his car booster seat in the back seat of the vehicle his mother was driving on the Freeway near Los Angeles. It was a…
Christmas ever morecopyright 2020 by jon gutmacher Do you believe in winter snowlove Christmas lightsthe way they glowkiss underneath the mistletoewhile snow falls on the lawn? Do you hear reindeer in the nightplace cookies, milkwith fond delightand wait for morning thru the nightwith presents under the tree? Do you believe…
Little red riding hood lived long ago
in a village near a deep forest
Is this is something you know?
As ghost crabs meander
across its gates
I dig a moat
the ocean waits
The father came and saw the child – a tear was in his eye
and tried to smile to show his love – but sometime father’s cry
A tiger hunts in high bamboo and strikes without warning. Swift and deadly. O Tiger, Tiger, burning bright.
An adult fairy tale about a handsome prince very successful with the ladies who falls for an evil witch, and pays a heavy price.
A bold knight doubts the existence of the fairy people until his Queen makes him a bet, and shows him how wrong he is.
In this dragon fantasy poem a brave knight finds fear, and is defeated for the first time as the dragon is far more powerful and frightening than he could ever imagine.
When a Tidal Wave/Tsunami strikes one man struggles to survive its horror in this action packed fantasy poem.
This is the story of Rapunzel as a fantasy poem with a marvelous background illustration. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair”
This awesome story and fantasy poem of two brothers, both mountain men, separated by a life and death fight with injuns, and their surprise reunion.