The root king’s daughter had eyes before|
(apples & smoke & ash)
the autumn woods all caught flame
bloodied by wind’s quick lash.
the root king’s world of dreaming was
but the horn sounded true & the horn sounded deep
to bring his prey down low.
and the root king’s daughter luminous
but the root king’s world he did not dream
careful and wild as a doe.
the huntsman observed as she fell from the light
and the root king’s daughter said one word
but the huntsman had not heard in time
the root king opened old frost-etched eyes
for the root king saw his daughter, his child,
(and from the dream she never awoke)
the huntsman is hunted all through the woods
the root king’s daughter sleeps the hours
Jessica Paige Wick lives near Los Angeles. The huge uncontrollable wildfires one sees on the news during California’s fire season are usually burning on the nearby hills. Although she writes poetry and fiction as often as her time allows, she also co-edits Goblin Fruit with that nefarious closet evil fate, Amal El-Mohtar.
What inspired this poem? 1. Faerie – the place, not the creatures. 2. Necessity – I had to write a ballad for a creative writing class. 3. Amal—I knew what I wanted to write; I knew the title was “The ____ King’s Daughter”, but I didn’t know what the ____ was. Amal suggested “Root”.