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Cerasela Dancing, A Fantasy Poem

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

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Author's Note

My writing format of choice is short short fiction, also known as flash fiction. This little story is very short fantasy fiction dressed up as a poem. Someone more familiar with poetry might describe it in other terms. I could have expanded it into a story, but I like the terse nature of the piece as it stands. I hope you enjoy it.

Cerasela Dancing

A Pyrrhic serpent spied from a craggy mount,

The young queen Cerasela dancing.

She danced throughout the kingdom,

Blessing beast, fairy, and human.

The serpent's eyes glowed green.

He vowed to end Cera's goodness,

Hounded her dancing steps,

Visited each blessed subject,

Showered them with his fiery curse.

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Cera knew naught

About the charred remains in her wake.

Each village celebrated her visit,

But mourned the devastation that followed.

Cera touched, healed, and gave hope

Through the magic of the dance.

Serpent fire consumed every blessing

Along with those who were blessed.

Scorched pixie wings overtook Cera,

And delivered the horrific news.

In the realm where giants ruled

With magnanimous virtue,

Cerasela smashed the serpent’s head

With the heel of her dancing shoe.

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© 2020 Chris Mills

Comments

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 24, 2020:

Genna, thank you. I like that..."stunning wallop".

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 24, 2020:

Hi Chris...

I love this. I think you were right to capture this in a poem rather than a story. The stunning imagery combined with the terseness delivers a beautiful and stunning wallop.

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on May 11, 2020:

I understand Chris. I'm always working on writing projects, too. I've been worse than you neglecting hubpages, but it's either quit, withdraw all the material, or take better care of what I posted. I'll try to do better. Our internet provides a place in which we can communicate better with one another during these crazy times.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 10, 2020:

Brenda, Tiyasha, Shauna, Dora, Gilbert, Pamela, I am so sorry I neglected responding to your gracious comments. In these strange days, I am going through some trying times. But that is no different from your story, is it. One of my ways of posting on HP is in my series called, Writer Without a Clause. I need to write, so I will do something along those lines. My thanks to you for reading my poem and for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 08, 2020:

This is a good poem and I really liked the ending.

Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on May 07, 2020:

Very well done poem, Chris.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 06, 2020:

An interesting fantasy tale and its poetic form adds some mystique. Good work!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 05, 2020:

I love a happy ending, Chris. Especially when good overcomes evil.

Nice job!

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on May 04, 2020:

I love the way you have arranged the story. A unique concept to dress a short fantasy story in poetic form. Loved the story and the ending. Enjoyed it a lot.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 04, 2020:

So glad Cerasela finally discovered the serpents evil wsys and stomped on his head.

Cute one.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

Ruby, fantasy is so popular, it is worth experimenting with. I'm not sure where the name came from, but it has a beautiful sound.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

Rinita, Thank you for kind evaluation of the story. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

Rinita, Thank you for kind evaluation of the story. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

Ann, Liz mentioned parallels. I can see how this could remind some people of those terrible fires. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

John, this was originally a story I wrote when I was participating on another site that focused on extremely short fiction. One of our challenges was to post a story on twitter. We were to write 11 tweets with 9 words each. It took some rewording, but it is essentially the same story.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on May 04, 2020:

Liz, thanks for stopping by and reading this odd little creation of mine. If any parallels exist, they would be purely by chance. I did not have anything in mind as I wrote.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 04, 2020:

This is definitely not you Chris, but I liked it! I also liked the name you choose. ( Cerasela )

Rinita Sen on May 04, 2020:

A story told in verse is, in my opinion, more impactful, especially when written this well and is supposed to be impulsive for the reader. Loved this.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 04, 2020:

Great! Superb imagery and a fiery ending for the serpent! It brought to mind the bush fires sweeping through beautiful scenery in Australia, now being renewed in some ways.

Love it!

Ann

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2020:

Well, Chris you certainly offered us something a little unique here with your short fantasy poem.. liked it.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 04, 2020:

This poem definitely got me thinking of what the parallels might be.