On the top of a tower, guarded by dragons, the Watcher gazes out into the horizon. While the rest of his tribe work and toil, The Watcher questions what is beyond the walls. Determined to find out, he escapes his captors trying to find out just what is out there.
An imaginative and engaging story, The Watcher will help you see poetry in a whole new way. Escape into the world of a slave boy who dreams of something more and journey with him as he discovers what mysteries the world holds.
There is more. The Watcher proves it. Discover it for yourself.
Young Adult, Science Fiction, Poetry, Graphic Art, 88 Pages
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alive and aware as the light comes in rising to the sound of the morning drum it’s plantation time
all of us working extra hard
they said we’d have bigger shares this year
if we did good
we wanted to try
I look to my mom and dad still sleeping
their hands calloused
their skins toughened
catching that last extra minute of shut eye
before they come
the light darkens
their snouts silhouette the shadows
scaly reptilian eyes and angel wings gaze down on them
he (she/it?) knows
for just a second there was mercy
then justice reared its ugly dragon head
time to get to work
my job is on top the watchtower
I watch the skies for weather
we cannot work in rain and hail
if I see a cloud I clang the bell
easy peasy and important
two dragons guard me from below
wielding their sticks of flame they look up
making sure I do what I’m told
I would’ve anyway
I wanted that extra bit of honey
I wanted to feel the crunch of blackberries
I would be good until harvest time
About the Author:
Joshua Pantalleresco writes fiction, poetry and comics. He also loves to do interviews. He has written columns for comicbloc and allpulp and currently does so for comicmix. The Watcher is his second book of poetry. He resides in Calgary.