From Fantasist to Son

by Adam B. Shaeffer

I have seen the ice dragon rise
glistening and glittering
from the depths of the western sea.

I have seen the rusting hulks
our forefathers left us
power still thrumming through metal limbs.

I have seen the wolfman shift
and slide from man to beast
and from beast to nightmare crowned as king.

I have seen man’s mangled body
made whole
sewn and bound with threads of light.

I have seen you, my son,
nuzzling your head into my chest,
content to let me hold you as you sleep.

And that is the magic that stirs my soul,
no less powerful for being common,
no less beautiful for being simple,
no less wondrous for being true.


Until 7th grade Adam B. Shaeffer hated reading, but in 7th grade he discovered R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt books. His novels were a gateway drug of sorts and he’s been devouring fantasy and science fiction ever since. He’s been writing regularly for about 3 years and has completed one novel, a half dozen short stories (one of which was published in the June edition of Residential Aliens), and a handful of poems. He lives in Southern California with his wife and 8 month‐old son.


5 Responses to "From Fantasist to Son"

  • Strong work! We all wish we could write like that…

    1 Nate said this (February 28, 2011 at 8:48 pm)


  • Sweet work Adam. The truth of it reminds me of God’s grace towards us:
    no less powerful for being common,
    no less beautiful for being simple,
    no less wondrous for being true.

    2 Patrick said this (February 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm)


  • I agree with Patrick’s reply.….my heart is still beating fast with the imagery that Adam’s poem invoked after I read it!

    Great work Adam S.

    3 Coffee said this (February 28, 2011 at 10:16 pm)


  • Love the imagery in this poem, specifically the image of the ice dragon rising. Nice.

    4 Natalie D. said this (February 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm)


  • I agree with the comments about your imagery…especially when they are placed in contrast to the simple wonder of holding your son. Blessings and congratulations

    5 Speckinyoureye said this (February 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm)