In this tome…
This first edition epic…
No dust jacket
Title long since worn
From the spine
Chapter and verse
Outlined and dog-eared
feverish notes in the margins
Gold-leafed page edges
Still speak of paper cuts
Of the past
Each paragraph becomes
History, the moment it’s written
one day it will close
one day it will be placed on the shelf
in the Great Library..
But for now
and while a heart still beats at its core
the Leaves are filled with:

crossed swords
Perilous climbs
Reflections of heartache
Both yours and mine
Terrifying dragons
That roar and breathe fire
and trials of courage
Through pain and desire
Triumphant victories
Heart-wrenching falls
Times when you’re a giant
Times when you’re small
Harrowing escapes and debts repaid
Brilliant decisions and mistakes that were made
Doubt, fear, uncertainty, grief
Joy, bravery, confidence, relief
Defeat in sunshine
Victory in the rain
Salvation at nighttime
Panic in the day
Forgetting your sword
But remembering your shield
Learning to press forward
And learning to yield
So tell me a story
Skip to the part
Where the beautiful Princess
In her tower
Cold and Dark
Climbs down
And rescues…

….My heart

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29 Responses to Fable…

  1. Oh! I really loved reading this. It’s wonderful… I especially adore the last 8 lines… “So tell me a story….” to the end. Beautiful.

  2. Eric says:

    Perhaps! 😉 Thank you, Beautiful! ❤

  3. rachel says:


  4. augustmacgregor says:

    Truly, books are treasures that are filled with adventures awaiting readers. You again do a great job in describing an adventure that ignites our imaginations.

  5. Brilliantly written ❤️

  6. It’s your story! I just know your book has beautiful script and gold leaf edges. You will always defeat the dragon, I’m confident! ❤️

  7. There is too much to quote. So I won’t. I love this. The first part is brilliant. And only because it’s fantastic but also sets the second part up… #mast ❤️

  8. Rita says:

    Bravo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  9. maharedwynn says:

    So wonderful! Such a great metaphor for a life well lived! And winning the princess! 😃

  10. moonskittles says:

    What a read! The longing is palpable and strong and it is always a double treat to hear you read. ❤ !

  11. You’re kind of amazing

  12. Eric says:

    Aww…well, hopefully my appreciation for your appreciation will make you smile!? 😉

  13. mandibelle16 says:

    Enjoyed the turn around at the end. The princess climbs down and saves “his heart” and he doesn’t climb up the tower to save her. A fitting role reversal and very sweet.

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