The Lantern Girl (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Based on an old tale I heard that seems to have come from Japan, of a kindly soul who seeks to help anyone who is in trouble just off the coast of her hometown.] A young fisherman was lost at sea   somewhere off the coast of Japan   amidContinue reading “The Lantern Girl (A Poem)”

The Storyteller (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Does anyone remember Jim Henson’s The Storyteller? It was a wonderful show that shared a variety of fairy tales in the first season, and then some ancient legends in the second.] Let me tell you              of a wrinkly old gentleman     adorned in the battered cloak given to him                                    Continue reading “The Storyteller (A Poem)”

The Reverse Carbuncle

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: This is a flash fiction inspired by an earlier drabble, entitled “Teleportation: The First Flounders,” about a crew on a space station where peculiar things happen. It’s mostly meant for fun, although I may or may not create more flash fictions with these same characters.] “What in spaceports is aContinue reading “The Reverse Carbuncle”

The First Last Unicorn (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Dedicated to Peter S. Beagle. This poem is based on an account I heard of his writing process for The Last Unicorn, which is a shining example of the different turns a story can take on the road to its completion.] A lesson known very well     by Peter S.Continue reading “The First Last Unicorn (A Poem)”

The Ghost Soldier

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Another ghost tale, and this one based on experiences my mother had while in the Air Force.] My mother used to work as a nurse in the Air Force, many years ago, and early on in her career she got stationed at a base hospital overseas. Although the hospital hadContinue reading “The Ghost Soldier”

Mountain Tales (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Mountains surround the place where I live, filled with interesting folktales and historical notes from the past.] Folks have talked about the trails        which weave like unraveled yarn   through the mountains yonder         …. just folks from around these parts                          like those grizzly old men who                              Continue reading “Mountain Tales (A Poem)”

A Graduation Confession (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Another true story from when my brother graduated from undergraduate school. All I can say is that the world is filled with amazing coincidences. Still, I’m blown away that a gentleman whom I had never met before would share such a sweet story with me.] I was at the graduationContinue reading “A Graduation Confession (A Poem)”

Childhood Literary Visions (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: In tribute to childhood stories everywhere.] Within the hallowed pages      of certain curious volumes        childhood visions are always at play             like lullabies that echo in the mind long                   after the lights have given way                                     to darkened         starry restfulness They call to mind stories told at bedsidesContinue reading “Childhood Literary Visions (A Poem)”

A Forest Resting Place (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo [Author’s Note: Robin Hood has lived on in legends and retellings of his stories over the years, but it always surprised me as to how he passed away–and where he now rests forever.] Have you ever heard . . .    like an echo along wooden pathways       of the aged yewContinue reading “A Forest Resting Place (A Poem)”

A Short Look at Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More

Roald Dahl has become famed for his seemingly boundless imagination and whimsical tales, which have led to children’s classics such as Matilda, The Witches, BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Peculiar but wondrous occurrences are at the heart of his works, drawing in children and adults alike with reminders that anything can happen inContinue reading “A Short Look at Roald Dahl’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More”

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