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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”

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.

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.

Dragon Killer – the 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.

The Captive Wizard – a fantasy poem in allegory

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.

The Viking Princess – a fantasy poem

No ordinary princess here, this is a fantasy poem of a Viking princess battle ready, and battle hardened. A “shield maiden” as often called, and just itching for battle.

Chivalry is Never Dead – a fantasy poem of a knight’s honor

“Chivalry is never dead!
hand on hilt to varlet said
“Chivalry will never die
but certainly you will!”
A fantasy poem of a knight without a sense of humor.

The Creature – a fantasy poem

This fantasy poem about a mythical creature, part dog, part dragon — the last of its kind, slain by a knight, without need, without thought, without consideration. As the creature passes, cruelly slain, it realizes its fate, and sadly understands it is the last of its kind. And, in the end, is taken into the Great Light of God’s embrace, to be remembered only as legend.

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.

Battle of the Coastal Raiders – a fantasy poem of battle & survival

A fantasy poem of how a surprise Viking raid turns out to be a complete rout and defeat when the ships are spied early, and the king of the raided kingdom has time to set an ambush where the blood of the Vikings runs deep. The poem is based on three primary ancient battles and their tactics. It is a poem of courage, battle, and survival.

Das Valkyrie — a fantasy poem of Norse mythology

A fantasy poem written of the Norse Valkyrie who flew thru the sky seeking dead heroes to fight beside the Gods in Valhalla.

Hansel and Gretel — the poem

The story of Hansel and Gretel and how they get lost in the woods, and are taken prisoner by an evil witch, and finally escape — are placed into fantasy poetry. One of the most popular poems on my website.

Beauty and the Beast – the poem

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

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.

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.

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.