THE  AMAZING FANTASY POETRY & FLASH FICTION OF JON GUTMACHER

Fantasy Poems and Flash Fiction

A British Soldier – a tribute poem

In the style of Kipling, Tennyson, and Byron comes this poem dedicated to the British Colonial Soldier of the late 1800’s, and the campaign in Zululand. If you can hear the cadence of the drums in your mind as you read this poem – you understand.

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.

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 Stars and Stripes – a patriotic poem

If you look around you’ll likely not see too many American flags on display – even on holidays. More likely you’ll see a school flag, or even a fantasy flag. To me, especially on a holiday like the Fourth of July, that’s just sad. This patriotic poem is dedicated to Old Glory, and the need to fly her – with pride.

Lawman – a poem of the Old West

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

The Hanging – a poem of the Old West

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.

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 Monolith – a science fiction poem

A single monolith stands guard on a far moon to guard a planet from invasion, left by who? This science fiction poem tells the story.

The Warrior of Stamford Bridge — a true poem of great bravery

A poem describing the actual epic battle in England in 1066 when a large viking force led by King Harald Hardrada of Norway tried to usurp English King Harold Godwinson, and take over the English throne. Godwinson’s army caught the vikings unprepared, and completely routed them. Attempting to retreat back, a lone viking warrior volunteered to block the only crossing at Stamford Bridge, and held the English force off for almost an hour before being killed. This poem is dedicated to his bravery as a warrior.

The Dog That Wouldn’t Leave – a true story poem

“Bobby” was a Skye Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his master, John Gray (Old Jock), in Scotland, until the loyal terrier also passed away on 14 January 1872. Several books and films have been based on Bobby’s life, and now this poem to honor “man’s best friend”.

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.

The Woman and the cat – a fantasy poem of loneliness cured

This fantasy poem about finding a stray kitten on the street saves a lonely woman from her isolation, and brings the cat and her together as a family sharing their mutual love.

The Dance – a fantasy poem of romance

“The Dance” is a poem of romance almost like a short love story. Written in free verse, it is a fantasy or reality we all have wished for — here symbolized by a romantic dance to a Sinatra tune, between an older, but still very much in love couple. And as they dance, it seems to bring all of that together. So, this fantasy poem, and poem of a long and close romance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Enon Bo Sheeki — a fantasy poem in allegory

This somewhat tongue-in-cheek fantasy is really an allegory of a young man finding his manhood and confidence as he journeys the river of life, and finds himself.

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.

The Last Mountain Gorilla – a true life poem

Virunga National Park is the last refuge of the Great Mountain Gorilla. These gentle creatures are hunted and slaughtered by poachers for their body parts, which are then sold in mostly Asian markets. Rangers paid by donations from individuals like you and I are their only sources of protection. This poem is about their daily struggle for survival.

An American Hero – a poem to fallen heroes

A somber poem to honor Chris Kyle, an American Hero, who served four tours in Iraq, and all other fallen American Heroes, who gave their all in service of their Nation.

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.

The Trapped Whale – a true story poem

A poem and true story of a whale trapped in fishing netting off the coast of San Francisco that was rescued by the crew of a small fishing boat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 great good witch who accepts his apology, and instantly cures the land “in a stroke of light”. A fantasy poem written in allegory that tells an important story.

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 and recognizes him, is shocked at his condition, and corrects it as he should. “And lifts the knight eye to eye – and stopped a tear for king’s don’t cry” I guarantee you’ll shed a tear at the end.

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.

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. This modern fantasy poem is written in free verse, and every time I read it a feeling of well being comes over me.

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.

Tasmerelda — A Fairytale? — the poem

Tasmerelda is the first of my fantasy poems, and is the poem that eventually led to the creation of this (and two previous) fantasy poetry websites. It is a classic fairy tale poem that feels much like the beginning portions of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, but instead tells the story of a beautiful princess kept prisoner by an evil magician who thereby lures a brave knight to the castle to rescue Tasmerelda. Of course, in my version the evil magician is more powerful than the knight, and is only playing with him. Once the knight is defeated, the magician puts the castle and all its inhabitants into a spell and deep sleep – forevermore.

The Legend of Evermore – poem and story

“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 is a fantasy poem that answers the question of what happened to Tasmerelda, and whether she was just a story, or a legend that was based on truth. The poem is unusual as I combined several completely different styles in writing it, blending them all together to emphasize the story. In many ways, it touches on the very edges and ending of the Sleeping Beauty legend, but with a very definite twist.

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.

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”.

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.