"The Changeling's Return" -- 38 lines,
Stories are how we handle the momentous changes in our lives, so I loved the idea of a transgendered person presenting their transition as part of the changeling cycle. "The Changeling's Return" is a free-verse poem of a son's speech to his father as he seeks his place in the mortal world.
"The Hunters Among Us" -- 43 lines, $20
To the traditional Cherokee story of the water cannibals I added a thread about compassion. "The Hunters Among Us" is a free-verse poem about community ties and taking care of each other.
"Mending Fence" -- prose poem,
"Mending Fence" is a poem displaying a Mother's Day card to the grandmother (from the Monster House series), trying to shore up that relationship a bit. There's a description of the card front, and then a little handwritten note inside. It's partly a prose poem, and it's short.
"The Moon's Cool Blade" -- 25 lines, $10
The prompt about ghosts of murdered women led to "The Moon's Cool Blade." This free-verse poem hints why this motif appears in so many different cultures.
"The Rock of Our Love" -- 20 lines, $10
From the shiny stone prompt I got "The Rock of Our Love," which talks about both symbolic and literal aspects of a relationship. It's written in unrhymed quatrains.
"The Whisperer" -- 20 lines,
Since you requested Whispering Sands, I looked up the rather sizable selection of folk monsters that I have in the vocabulary list. "The Whisperer" tells about a kind of wraith who speaks hateful words, raises jealousy, and incites people to acts of spite and rage. You can see how that's a problem in tight-knit cultures living in marginal territory, particularly when they tend to live in poly marriages or tent-families. It's a good cautionary tale.
"Your Friend the Stick" -- 20 lines,
Your prompt about curious children reminded me of my own childhood, for I was forever poking at things ... rather carefully, given my early awareness of an unusually wide range of dangers. The result is "Your Friend the Stick," written in couplet-rhymed quatrains just begging to be sung in a chipper tune. (It's kind of an earworm, actually. I'll probably be singing verses for days.) Both mundane and magical threats appear in the examples.
This poem appeared in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of Nature's Child ezine.