Poetry Friday ~ Fantasy

10 Jul

Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all coping well with this pandemic and everything else that’s going on. I invite you to come into my world and relax, forget about your problems, even if it’s only for a few minutes. ❤

Colleen’s 2020 Weekly Poetry Challenge No. 185, Poet’s Choice!

I’m participating in the Fantasy Challenge July on Instagram. Today is day 10 and we’re supposed to answer what it is about writing fantasy that we love.

One of the things I love about writing fantasy is the creative freedom we’re given as authors. We can let our imaginations go wild! I especially love the world building. To create a whole new world where readers can get lost in, excites me beyond belief. We can also create languages, religions, and even other beings. How fantastic is that?

That being said, I do an enormous amount of research when writing a fantasy, because although it’s all make believe I still like to ground the story in reality. I want my readers to believe, at least while they’re reading. This reminds me of a quote by Tom Clancy.

“The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.”

Photo by Trevor Cole – Armoy, United Kingdom

Today I’m sharing a fantasy poem. I hope you enjoy it.

Castle Of Poets by Mike Qyinn

The castle is a place where poets dwell,
Where each can cast their wondrous spell.
From the turrets high to the dungeons deep
From each portcullis to the central keep.

Its powerful walls keep foes at bay.
They keep us safe from day to day.
The knights are brave and fight with zeal.
In armored suits and swords of steel…

The poets live as all men should.
Side by side in brotherhood.
The magic of rhyme is all they seek
From modern tongue to ancient Greek.

The castle echoes with the sound of joy,
And haunting words from man and boy.
The maidens fair who live within
Pen words of love and carnal sin.

For each one here there is a place
To release the soul from its inner space.
With words of mirth and sorrow both.
And witches spells of evil oath.

The castle grows from day to day
And people come from far away.
But once inside these walls of grey,
They know that they are here to stay.

Their words are all that leave this place,
Their souls the castle shall embrace.
So in our quest for perfect poem
We call this place our sonnets home.

Source: https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/where-poets-life

Photo by Cederic X – Eltz Castle, Wierschem, Germany

Do you enjoy reading fantasy? What excites you about writing fantasy?

43 Responses to “Poetry Friday ~ Fantasy”

  1. Sidharth July 10, 2020 at 3:44 pm #

    I really enjoyed the imagery that you depicted through your words. Thank you for sharing such a lovely post! According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them. 🙂

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 5:33 pm #

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Sure. Thanks again. 😀


  2. Annette Rochelle Aben July 10, 2020 at 4:06 pm #

    Beautiful poem! Makes me proud to be a poet. ❤

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

      Doesn’t it? It’s a magnificent poem. I was compelled to share it with my friends. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. John W. Howell July 10, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

    Thank you, Vashti. Have a great weekend

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Soooz July 10, 2020 at 5:23 pm #

    I love that quote from the late Tom Clancy. The poem was wonderful. I have enjoyed all your fantasy books. The world’s you create take us on a wonderful journey, the perfect escape from the angst and fear of our current environment. Great post, my friend. 🤗

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

      Hi, Soooz! I’ve always loved that quote too. Thank you for the kind and encouraging words. They mean so much. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • Soooz July 11, 2020 at 4:48 pm #

        It’s Sunday and I’ll have the pleasure of indulging my muse for the remainder of the day. Color me happy. ❤ Enjoy your weekend as well.

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    • Vashti Q July 12, 2020 at 9:22 pm #

      Happy writing❣️


  5. Priscilla Bettis July 10, 2020 at 5:55 pm #

    Wonderful poem! I’m not usually a fantasy reader, but sometimes I really like an escapist read, and fantasy is perfect for that.

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:24 pm #

      Hi, Priscilla! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. There are so many subgenres within the fantasy genre that I’m sure you would be able to find something you love. 😀 xo


  6. Colleen M. Chesebro July 10, 2020 at 6:22 pm #

    I loved this poem, Sis. You know I love fantasy. Looking forward to your newest book release. ❤

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:27 pm #

      Hi, Sis! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. Yes, I know you love fantasy and you write it too. Thank you so much! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  7. yvettemcalleiro July 11, 2020 at 12:03 am #

    What a beautiful poem! I am enjoying your Instagram posts for the July challenge. 😊

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm #

      Hi, Yvette! I love everything about Mike’s poem, including the title. I’m so happy you’re enjoying my Instagram posts. It’s the first time I’ve ever joined one of these challenges. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

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  8. D.L. Finn, Author July 11, 2020 at 1:41 am #

    It is so true, Vashti, fiction does have to make sense. Wonderful poem that dives into the world of poets. Have a great weekend xo

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:35 pm #

      This poem beautifully combines the fantasy world with the world of poets. I love it and I’m glad you enjoyed it. You have a great weekend too, my friend! ❤ xo


  9. judeitakali July 11, 2020 at 3:50 am #

    Beautiful post Vashti, glad to see your post. I absolutely love reading fantasy. Being free and creating whatever I can think of is what excites me about writing fantasy, not to mention delving into the archives of myth and childhood stories

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:38 pm #

      Hi, Jude! It’s exciting to let your mind take you where it wants. Poetry and fantasy have a lot in common that way. I’m happy to see you! Thank you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend! 😀 xo

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  10. Miriam Hurdle July 11, 2020 at 4:25 am #

    I love this poem, Vashti! I want to live in this castle with all the wonderful poets. We all fantasize, young or old, especially the old ones. Fantasy makes us young again.

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:44 pm #

      What a lovely comment, Miriam! I would love to visit this castle, maybe stay a few days. Ha, ha. I agree, everyone fantasizes and it does make us younger in our hearts and minds. When I read a good fantasy book it feels like a trip to Disney World. 😉 ❤

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      • Miriam Hurdle July 11, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

        Exactly, Vashti! We need to take vacation for the reality to relax our mind and spirit! ❤ ❤

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  11. karenringalls July 11, 2020 at 6:50 am #

    Vashti, I am not always a fan of fantasy but sometimes it is just the right thing for me to read. Your poem was wonderful.

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi, Karen! It’s always lovely to see you. This poem combines the magic of fantasy and poetry. That’s why I love it so much. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and stay well and safe. ❤


  12. Natalie Ducey July 11, 2020 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks for sharing, Vashti. 🙂 I hope you and your family are staying safe and doing well. Hugs across the miles. xo

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:52 pm #

      Hi, Natalie! It was my pleasure to share this poem. My family and I are doing well despite the rising numbers in Florida. We’re taking every precaution to stay healthy. Thank you very much. 😀 Enjoy the rest of the weekend! Hugs & kisses! ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  13. coldhandboyack July 11, 2020 at 10:53 am #

    Cool poem, but it reminded me of the Hotel California. Only their words can leave…

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:55 pm #

      Ha, ha. You took me back with Hotel California. I’ll have to think on that. Thank you, Craig! 😀

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  14. Linda Mims July 11, 2020 at 11:23 am #

    Love the Clancy quote. The poem was beautiful. Have a fun and productive weekend, my friend!

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 1:59 pm #

      That’s such a cool quote and very true. I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. You do the same, Linda! ❤


  15. Jan Sikes July 11, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

    What a beautiful poem, Vashti! Wow! Yes, I do love reading fantasy. I love worlds where anything can happen and where common logic doesn’t reside. 🙂 My novella, “Jonah” is the closest I’ve gotten to writing fantasy and I loved it! I am especially drawn to Wizards and Magic!

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 2:05 pm #

      Yay! I’m happy you enjoyed the poem, Jan! Once you begin to write fantasy you become addicted to the freedom it gives you. Jonah reads very interesting, and I’m going to read it soon. I love stories involving magic too! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ❤

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  16. balroop2013 July 11, 2020 at 1:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing a fabulous poem Vashti, I liked those images too, the first one reminds me of some scenes from The Fall of Lilith, the forest in which the angels feel trapped.. such is the effect of your fantasy! A good fantasy is the one that keeps the connection with the readers and reality.

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    • Vashti Q July 11, 2020 at 2:08 pm #

      It was a pleasure to share this poem. It combines poetry and fantasy so well. Balroop, you just made my weekend with this amazing comment. Thank you so much! ❤ xo


  17. D. Wallace Peach July 12, 2020 at 2:57 pm #

    I enjoy writing fantasy for the exact same reason as you do, Vashti. That world-building is a blast. And a great quote from Clancy, Lol. That research is vital to making our worlds real. And thanks for sharing the beautiful poem by Qyinn. Lovely.

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    • Vashti Q July 12, 2020 at 9:29 pm #

      That Clancy quote is funny but so true.😅 Hey! Great minds think alike!😘 I’m happy you enjoyed the poem. Thank you❣️

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  18. dgkaye July 12, 2020 at 7:57 pm #

    What a gorgeous tribute to poetry Vashti. And Clancy nailed it with that apropos quote LOL. Please stay safe my friend, I know it’s getting bad in Fla. ❤

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    • Vashti Q July 12, 2020 at 9:45 pm #

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post❣️I love that quote!😁 My family and I are taking every precaution to stay safe and healthy. Thank you, my sweet friend.❤️

      Liked by 1 person

      • dgkaye July 13, 2020 at 10:42 am #

        Well, I’ll keep check on you! Hugs xxx ❤

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    • Vashti Q July 24, 2020 at 3:18 pm #

      Awww. Thank you so much, Debby! I appreciate you. ❤ xo

      Liked by 1 person

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