The poll to select series
for the free poems is now complete. There was only one poem available for Hart's Farm, so "After Dark
" has been posted. Now you need to decide which Path of the Paladins poem you wish to publish. Here are your options, in approximate chronological order:
"Star of Gailah" -- $10
This is a hymn rather than a narrative, invoking various qualities associated with the goddess Gailah. It's written in ballad format.
"The Weight of the Day" -- $50
When Gailah has a bad day, it spills over onto her followers. Shahana and Ari strive to find a way of lightening the mood. (This poem completes the triad begun with "A Night More Full" and "So Like a River" mapping the ups and downs of how each character deals with the aftermath of their horrible experiences.) Free verse.
"This Beaten Drum" -- $96.50
Shahana and Ari come to a battlefield laden with ghosts which they must lay to rest. Free verse.
"Garden of Shards" -- $56
While trading for supplies, Johan comes to a shop that sells pottery and metalwork. The shopkeeper gives him a lesson in usefulness and beauty. Not everyone who is wise is necessarily a priest. Free verse.
Everyone is eligible to vote. I will keep this poll open until at least Monday morning. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open a while longer.
Which Path of the Paladins poem would you like to publish?
The Weight of the Day
This Beaten Drum
Garden of Shards