Knight of the Blue Rose © 2006 Michael Warbler Finucane

O Prince
Erzebet YellowBoy

See how my briars wrap
around the gate?
This tangle of hedge
and thorn
has barred the way.
O Prince, though you fought
through the vines,
my eyes will never open.

See how the top of the tower
reaches the clouds?
My hair is shorn and
she is watching,
waiting for you to fall.
O Prince, though you heard
my singing,
I did not sing for you.

See how thick the wood
through which you pass?
My hands are still and
I am silent;
the spell is deep and wide.
O Prince, though you walked
the long road,
I am all frosted over.

O Prince,
you should have
listened to the stories,
and only dreamt of
kissing me.

Erzebet YellowBoy's short stories have appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Jabberwocky 2, and MYTHIC. More of her poetry is forthcoming in Mythic Delirium. Her first novel, Sleeping Helena, will be released by Prime Books in Spring 2007. She is the founder of Papaveria Press and co-editor of Cabinet des Fées, a journal of fairy tale fiction. In her spare time, she plays with bones.

Her favorite fruit is the Red Delicious Apple.

Michael “Warble” Finucane is an artist in the Art Nouveau tradition, but with various modern influences that span over the last century. The most powerful of these influences are the MacDonald Sisters of what was called the “Spook School” in Glasgow, Scotland. Also, the work of Alan Lee, Frank Frazetta, Jan Toorop, and the Pre-Raphaelites have been important in forging a style that is based on various medieval themes. Warble has been working with these styles to create a unique hybrid of line, color and watercolor technique that brings his own idiom of art, alongside these masters of past generations. By learning and examining art of the past, Warble presents a classic, yet endearing modern style in the fantasy art spectrum.

His favourite fruit is the strawberry.

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