Poetry & Flash Fiction, World-building

Serarkini, The White Phoenix at the End of the World- A fictional poem

The poem below is written from the perspective of a fictional character for the purpose of worldbuilding in a larger story. I often write poetry to practice perspective taking with my characters, and to help build my understanding of their personalities, inner thoughts, and struggles.

 

Will fire reign upon us?

Will fire reign upon us?

When black skies break

And earth core shatters

Will fire reign upon us?

 

When war horns cry,

And bodies beat upon

The ground like drums

Whose rhythm reaps

Ancestors’ last breath

 

Will fire reign upon us?

When old clans fall

And blood fields besieged

With corpses even

scavengers won’t touch

 

The fire reigns upon us

When black wolf bares

His fangs, forgetting

All he once stood for

The fire reigns upon us

 

At cold day’s end

As silence descends

Upon this broken world

Across the field I see her then

As fire rains upon us.

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