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Cracking the Genre Code

(L to R) American science fiction, fantasy, an...

(L to R) American science fiction, fantasy, and horror author William F. Nolan, American science fiction and horror author Jason V Brock, American science fiction and horror author John Shirley American science fiction author Frank M. Robinson . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you ever think of poetry as a vehicle for science fiction and fantasy? If you haven’t, don’t berate yourself. Most people haven’t.

Today’s poetry prompt, though, asks for that very thing. Poetic Asides Two-for-Tuesday Prompt Challenge: Write a science fiction poem and a fantasy poem. So without further ado, I give you my response to that challenge. (Note: For me, it can be serious and filled with drama. I can also do the twist.)

Paramis Shared

At the edge of night,

Where mottled sky and earth meet,

Dark shadows pool amid cliffs and plains.

Under stars making up Ryan’s Hope,


All my children begin their pilgrimage

Toward the annual space dome challenge,

On a search for tomorrow’s new tech,

That will ease the days of our lives


And take us through the coming cycles

Of our guiding light, with the bold

And the beautiful flashes of Earth’s last

One life to live.


I wait for their return, for their new knowledge,

Knowledge that will temper our fears,

Watching as the world turns its face once

More toward our sun, to live in constant day.

© Claudette J. Young 2012



Road traveling star lanes

Divested weather vanes,

Enter worlds before unknown

Ever searching adventure,

Many times liquid streams,

Plains, mountains, fancy dreams.

© Claudette J. Young 2012


Dream of Home

Green-lit caverns deep

Warmth-washed moisture seep,

Emerald pool crystalline

Bathers recline, eased within.

Muffled laughter ripples soft

Against pinnacle ceiling aloft,

Spending regard gentle and pure

Ever drawing me toward the lure,

Of sweetest home beyond compare

Acceptance true in the heart’s lair,

Smiling eyes open embrace here

Evaporating distant fear.

Know longing gentle breath

Inside home’s green caverns depth.

© Claudette J. Young 2012

  1. April 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Nicely done, Claudsy! I could not help but notice all the Soap Opera names embedded within Paramis Shared… Perhaps working on a Space Opera?

    • claudsy
      April 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Why, yes, I did seem to notice that. Amazing, isn’t it? Just thought I’d see if it worked in poetry as well as in prose.

      It does! Thank you, Meena, for your good words.

  2. Ann
    April 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

    Love how you incorporated soap opera names – so clever!

    I LOVE your poems – so beautiful – I read them a second time because I love the sound!!!

    • claudsy
      April 19, 2012 at 9:23 am

      That’s so sweet, Ann. Thank you. I’m so glad that you enjoy them than much. That means much to anyone who writes verse. Please come again.

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