The Fanged Nasties

Today, I am inspired by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche. Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer, and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony.

He wrote, “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”

Well, this time the monsters are vanquished.

Hero

Deep,
where the wild things
creep,

where darkness
chokes the air
between trees,

and cold earth
tightens
its hold

on a wildflower’s root,
tempting it never
to bloom again,

the beasts tremble;
goblins hide their heads
behind the stout frames

of oak stumps
and giants lie
still as stone

so not to be spied
by the boy
who steps

from his bed,
wrapped
in a blue blanket,

as the wind
beats against
the windows

and cools
his heart
with fright.

Poised on the back porch,
he raises his wooden sword
against midnight’s

scary things,
and shouts
as a knight must,

Be gone
you monsters
or I shall slay

you tomorrow,
as soon as mommy
says I can.

Indeed, the fanged
nasties must quake.

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Inspired, in part, by a WordPress daily prompt.

Dragon Wind

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In the Dark of the Wood

Your wit must be sharp,
your feet quick,

if you hope to chase
the wind weaving

through the old oaks
quietly considering

the dragon sleeping
in the forest’s heart

for the wind will twist
with the beast’s

heated breath,
braid together

like a young girl’s hair
and rise upward,

through the tangled limbs
where juncos and shrikes

perch waiting
for the dragon’s

great yawn
to warm their feathers.

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If you like this poem, please consider this: http://channillo.com/series/of-dragons-trolls-and-fairytales/

Today’s WordPress prompt is titled Mix Tape. My mix tape would include bird song, much like this poem does.

You Can Do It!!

Of Dragons,You can now subscribe to my poetry series on CHANNILLO. Here’s some series information.

“Albert Einstein wrote, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world…”

S. Thomas Summers, with poetry, teaches his reader how to access the imaginary world; he teaches us all to grasp the unseen magic that dwells within each of our shadows and the light that shines within the dark places between trees. Summers teaches us the importance of dragons and trolls and reminds us to walk through the world as children once again.”

Take a look. Thanks.

Here’s a link – http://channillo.com/series/of-dragons-trolls-and-fairytales/

And please, if you feel so moved, tell your friends!

Of Dragons, Trolls, and Fairytales

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Above is the cover image for my new poetry venture at CHANNILLO, “a digital publishing platform created for writers who are interested in releasing an ongoing series of work to paying subscribers.” CHANNILLO expressed an interest in my work last week. More to follow soon.

Good News!!

CHANNILLO is a digital publishing platform created for writers who are interested in releasing an ongoing series of work to paying subscribers. Current categories include short stories, essays, columns, fiction books, journal entries, and poetry. Anyway, CHANNILLO has asked to publish an ongoing series of my poetry…ONGOING. I’ll post my first poem in a day or so. More information to follow.

Thin Braids of Night

Today, it rained. Water cracked against the earth as would thunder. As it rained, I read the following thought originally penned by Albert Einstein. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world…” Einstein was a wise man.

Fairies, Sprites, and such

On Imagination

Outside, the rain
batters the maple leaves,

sparking against
each green palm

as the sprites I know
lark on a goblin’s

scrappy hands,
moonlight cracking

against their
silken wings

weaving the air
behind them

into thin braids
of night.