The Gathering Place



Garden fairies on the prowl

Gargoyles gazing down

Lost souls looking for a claim

Remnants of a carnival’s beached clown.




A baby takes his first breath

An elderly soul finally at rest

Ghosts who wander through time and space

Demons with an unholy quest.




Brimstone from a dragon’s fire

A unicorn’s crowning spiral

Hunters seeking distant prey

Ogre brides walking down the aisle.




A place with many doors

Where all of this is found

Look between the covers

Where creative words abound.


Flip the cover if you dare,

Warlocks, wizards, stars, and space

You’ll find them there

In the gathering place.

The Studio 30+ prompts of envisage and imagine used in conjunction with Inspiration Monday’s “Beached Clown” prompt helped bring this poem to life. I hope you enjoyed it!


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Stephanie Ayers

Executive Creative Director at Our Write Side/OWS Ink, LLC
A published author with a knack for twisted tales, Stephanie Ayers is the Executive Creative Director of OWS Ink, LLC, a community for writers and readers alike. She loves a good thriller, fairies, things that go bump in the night, and sappy stories. When she is not writing, she can be found in Creative Cloud designing book covers and promotional graphics for authors.
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7 thoughts on “The Gathering Place”

  1. k~ says:

    I enjoyed the rhythm in this piece SAM. Each caption for the stanzas pulled together what you shared with us within them. The fantastical elements of the content made it fun to read thrice.

  2. Tara R. says:

    I really liked this and the way you used each single word. Makes me want to read all my fantasy novels again.

    1. SAM says:

      Good! That was the point of the poem!

  3. Stephanie Orges says:

    Cool way to weave together all the wonderful things hiding between pages. I love the “many doors” metaphor.

    1. SAM says:

      Thank you. I’m glad to be back InMon.

  4. Stacey Meservy says:

    I love the pictures it inspired and a lovely rhythm to boot.

    1. SAM says:

      Thank you.

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