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Rapunzel – the fantasy poem

This is the story of Rapunzel as a fantasy poem with a marvelous background illustration. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair”

Curtis Gray – a poem of the Old West

This awesome story of two brothers, both mountain men, separated by a life and death fight with injuns, and their surprise reunion is without doubt a best Old West poem.

The Poison – a fantasy poem

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.

The Doubting Knight and the Fairies – fantasy poem

A somewhat tongue-in-cheek fantasy poem about a knight who refuses to believe in fairies, and is taught a lesson by his queen.

A British Soldier – poem

Blended in the styles of Ruyard Kipling, and Lord Tennyson comes this incredible modern war 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 Warrior and the River – a fantasy poem

This fantasy poem tells the story of a battle wearied warrior who rests by a placid river thinking and dreaming of a time of peace, only to be brought back to the reality of war far too soon. I think it is a beautiful, contemplative fantasy poem, and although short, is one of my best fantasy poems.

Lawman – a poem of the Old West

Lawmen in the Old West were tough – or dead. This Old West fantasy poem tells the story of one of the toughest.

The Passing of the Beast – a fantasy poem akin to Beauty and the Beast

This free verse fantasy poem mirrors Beauty and the Beast, but here, the Beast perishes – and only then does the woman he has loved all his life realize that she has loved him all this time, as well. A best fantasy poem.

Cinderella – the poem

Cinderella is an ancient story told in many different countries. I have blended the Disney version with the French version from the 1600’s into a fantasy poem very close to both, and was very careful to include all the Disney characters. Like my earlier poem, Snow White, it was a task where I took an entire story, from start to finish. I think it will be an extremely popular version of the story – set to poetry, and I consider it one of my best fantasy poems.

The Battlefield Nurse – a poem

A poem dedicated to the amazing women in the nursing profession who served on the front lines risking their own lives in service of mankind and their country. While written as a war poem in honor of the nursing profession, it is also easily a best fantasy poem.

The Christmas Tree – a fantasy holiday poem

The Christmas Tree is an inspirational Holiday poem written especially for the Christmas Holiday. Not my usual poem, but it expresses the importance of family and faith, and the love of God. Bets are on that at the end – you shed a tear of joy. It’s a beautiful Holiday, and best fantasy poem.

Beauty and the Beast – the poem

The story of Beauty and the Beast in the Disney version put into fantasy poetry.

Star Bender – a metaphysical poem & story in free verse

Star Bender is a free verse metaphysical poem about a conversation that takes place in a millisecond of thought, within a dream, between an earth mortal, and a Supreme Being, the “Star Bender”, traveling between the stars. The conversation asks and answers the eternal question of who we are, and what is our future. It is not my usual poem, but I consider it a best fantasy poem, nonetheless.

The Flower – a fantasy poem in allegory

A fantasy story , in allegory, of a beautiful, but shy woman, trapped by her own loneliness, who meets a man, purely by chance, and of the relationship that builds between them. A personal favorite, and a best fantasy poem, although one of romance.

So Long Ago – a haunting fantasy poem of eternal love

A woman, lost at sea on a ship much like the Titanic, the love of her husband never wanes until he grows old and ghost-like, they are reunited. A very ghostlike feeling permeates this entire fantasy poem and love story. I consider it a best poem.

Arriella – and the Evil Magician – a fantasy poem

Arriella is a fantasy poem written in allegory about a beautiful princess kidnapped by an evil magician, and how she is rescued by a brave knight with the help of a magic cloak and magical spells. It is really a story about the evil of kidnapping set in another time and place. I consider the story a classic fairy tale, and a best poem.

The Dream – a fantasy poem

This fantasy poem is dreamlike – and tells the story of an older, but still beautiful woman who lives alone, but is guarded by the ghost of a past love. When the website was begun back in 2011, this was probably the most popular poem on the original site. I still love the story, and consider it a best fantasy poem.

Dwarf King – a fantasy poem

A knight travels out into a thick forest and spots a lone dwarf who he is about to kill with an arrow, when the dwarf asks the knight to spare him. He obliges, and is repaid a hundred times over when the dwarf, a king of his kind, saves the knight and his queen years later. A very popular fantasy poem on this site, a great story, and in my opinion, a best fantasy poem.

The Seven Moons of Dargoor

As the two dominant races of a planet prepare to come together in total war, the metaphysical guardian of the planet, the Time Lord, intervenes and saves the planet from destruction. A fantasy poem with deep metaphysical meaning written in free verse that spans a hundred years, and one of my favorites. A best fantasy poem.

The Good Witch and Errant King

A king is convinced all witches are evil and slays them, after which the kingdom is nearly destroyed. Realizing his mistake, he seeks the help of a good witch who accepts his apology, and instantly cures the land “in a stroke of light”. Written in allegory, easily a best fantasy poem.

The Good King and Faithful Knight

A powerful fantasy poem of a brave knight who in battle had saved the king, but then falls on hard times. The king, on a ride, spots the knight, is shocked at his condition, and corrects it as he should. My personal top fantasy poem of all. A best fantasy poem.

Rainbow Bridge – a poem

The story of Rainbow Bridge originated in Norse Mythology of a bridge between earth and the gods. Since then it has morphed into a story of a place where deceased pets wait for their master or mistress, and on their passing are reunited, and journey together to Heaven’s Gate. My tribute to the many poems and stories about this amazing fantasy story. A best fantasy poem.

The Yellow Ribbon – the poem & story

The Yellow Ribbon is a story originating in Civil War that has morphed many times since. My version is close to a popular song, and tells the story of a man on a bus, just released from a long jail sentence, who does not know if his family wants or will accept him back. If they want him – he has instructed them to tie a yellow ribbon around the big oak tree that stands beside the road just before the village. If he doesn’t see it – he will just ride on. A best fantasy poem.

Snow White — The Poem

A Disney classic fairy tale put into fantasy poetry, and perhaps the most popular Snow White poem on the web. I tried to be as true to the story as I could, from start to finish. I think it’s about as good as it can get, and is certainly one of my best fantasy poems.

Tasmerelda — A Fairytale? — the poem

Tasmerelda is a classic fairy tale poem much like the beginning portions of the Sleeping Beauty, but tells the story of a princess kept prisoner by an evil magician who thereby lures a brave knight to the castle to rescue Tasmerelda. In my version the evil magician is more powerful than the knight, and is only toying with him. Once the knight is defeated, the magician puts the castle and all its inhabitants into a spell and deep sleep – forevermore. A best fantasy poem.

The Legend of Evermore – poem and story

This best fantasy poem answers the question what happened to Tasmerelda? It combines several forms of poetry all into one poem, all flowing easily. A personal favorite.

Ghost Island – the poem

A very eerie, and ghost like fantasy poem about an island – far from anywhere – inhabited by only the long departed. A mysterious island of ghosts. Actually, kind of spooky, and best fantasy poem.

Alone – a poem about love lost

A fantasy poem in allegory of a beautiful woman who makes a choice to reject her love, and pays for it in lifelong isolation. “She sits on a mountain surrounded by snow, it is a place where only she can go”. A best fantasy poem.

The Lobsters – the fantasy poem

My fantasy has always been to purchase a lobster or two, and set them free, far in the deep sea – as a gesture of thanks for all nature has given us. This is a fantasy poem and story where such a thing happens, and the gratitude the lobsters show every year when the woman who freed them visits them far on the Azure Sea. A best fantasy poem.