5:3: “Hero”, by Samantha Henderson

5:3: “Hero”, by Samantha Henderson
I’ve taken away your magic boots,
your enchanted sword,
your ring of invisibility. 

I’ve taken away your talking cat,
your princess,
and her clever maid.

Look, down in the crumbly depths
of your knapsack, there�you forgot
your grandfather’s fountain pen.
Fill it with my blood,
and write history.



Samantha Henderson lives in Southern California with assorted fauna. Her poetry has appeared in such venues as Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Star*Line, Abyss and Apex, Lone Star Stories and The Sword Review.

The inspiration for this poem? Fairy tales. Blood. Grandparents. Voyages.

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