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)
This website contains a portion of the fantasy poems, speculative poetry, and flash fiction of Jon Gutmacher that I consider among my best fantasy poems and work. If you like very short stories, akin to flash fiction, especially in poetic form – you’ve found the right place. 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 into the Zulu battlefield just like Kipling would have done two hundred years ago. 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, that tells the tale of pets awaiting their master or mistress after their passing. Or, my Disney type fantasy poems Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, my very popular Cinderella poem, or a favorite Disney type story, my Snow White poem. There’s even science fiction and metaphysical like 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 choice, The Warrior and the River.
All of these, and more – are fantasy poems as a complete story. Again, most being both fantasy poems, speculative poetry, and flash fiction, all rolled into one. However, to me, the critical element in everything is “the story”. I write a mix of many different types of fantasy poems, and other work – everything from free verse, to traditional rhyme, to a mix of everything in one place. This is intentional. Likewise, I write as I please. 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 primarily 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 for almost five years straight. I then 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.
Last, the subjects of my poems are varied, and certainly not all fantasy poems. While my first love is definitely fantasy — I write on many subjects, some very contemporary. However, all of them normally contain a complete story, and almost all will be in poetic form — in the way I like to write it — and often have a moral at the end. So, that’s the story. You’ll find a list of poems at the very bottom of any poem, and also a limited list on the right side of each poem. You can also search by category.
List of Poems & Flash Fiction
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.
The Poison is a fantasy poem of the poisonous lies spread by the court of a queen to protect their influence by breaking up the romance of the queen and a brave knight, leaving the queen romantically alone for the rest of her days.
Blended in the styles of Ruyard Kipling, and Lord Tennyson comes this incredible modern fantasy poem about a British Colonial Soldier in the late 1800’s, and his experience in the Zulu Wars. I consider it one of my best fantasy poems.
The story of a battle wearied warrior resting by a placid river who dreams of a time of peace, only to be brought back to the reality of war too soon. A beautiful, contemplative fantasy poem.
This fantasy poem tells the story of a knight who tries to steal a powerful book of magic guarded by a dragon. Unfortunately, the spells that guard the book are more powerful than his.
Few people fly American flags – even on holidays, although you’ll see a school or fantasy flag, and I think that’s sad. This patriotic poem is dedicated to Old Glory, and the need to fly her.
Lawmen in the Old West were tough – or dead. This Old West fantasy poem tells the story of one of the toughest.
A stark poem about the way justice was handed out in the Old West — by a public hanging. It’s not a poem for everyone.
A fantasy poem about a wizard who is unfairly accosted while traveling thru the realm of an evil queen, and gets more than even for the harm done him. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have your own fire breathing dragon around when you need him.