by Lorraine Schein
A king dissolving in water,
A dragon embracing a woman in a grave,
Two animals fighting.
I am the king, long drowned, dissolving in his watery kingdom-‑
I am the water dissolving you.
I am the dragon, embracing the lovely one in her grave, desired ingredient for his magic‑‑
I am the rotting corpse of the fair lady, finally loved.
I am the bloody animal, fangs bared, on top, winning the battle--
I am the animal below, haunches torn ‑‑ but ecstatic,
finding my own kind at last.
All love is linked incongruity,
Oddness and conflict.
True uniting: apparent disparity.
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What inspires you to write and keep writing?
I have written poetry since childhood, so it’s always come from a natural inner need to do so. I keep writing to continue to express that inner self and in the hope I can contribute something original to the world.
What do you think is the most important aspect of a fantasy story?
For me as a poet, it’s the imagery, even in stories. The images in fantasy stories are what stay in my mind even many years later, and can become the basis for a new retelling.