In addition to Suzie & Jack, who I introduced as the main human characters of my novel-in-progress last week (here’s a link to that post: Meet Suzie & Jack), there are two other children. These two children are also a brother and sister, and readers will meet them in the jungle of The Tiger Kingdom. Their names are Elena & Liam. Here are their poems.
She stood by the castle door, still as its stone
small, thin – with porcelain skin, clear eyes like water
hair light and long hanging down her back
dressed in a flowing gown of white, she glowed
against the harsh, brilliant light of the sun.
She was so tiny I wondered
how she didn’t just fade away
her eyes shined with sad tears
flicking briefly to my own
she seemed to almost smile, speak
then the great beast took her hand in his paw
and she looked away without speaking
letting him guide her
inside the castle walls.
He scans, searches through dense leaves
skin dry and hot with heat
wipes his brow thick with sweat
Eyes sharp, dark and narrow
ears pricked to hear and interpret sounds
a myriad in this jungle
He knows he must protect her
he must find them a way back
to their home, their mother and father
He sees her now, her smiling eyes
deep, throaty laugh and hair bright as the sun.
He resembles his father, with almond eyes
tanned skin, hair dark as night.
Blinking away the image, he focuses on the task at hand
smells fear in the air, knowing his prey is near
and a storm hangs in low clouds
soon the stillness changing
to a forest full of motion
his long limbs flying through endless trees
his boots wet, heart squeezed in his chest with longing
hungry for home, for love –
for the family he left behind.
Copyright August 7 2016 Stacie Eirich
Elena and Liam figure prominently in the adventures of The Tiger Kingdom, and I chose names that reflect their natures and significance to the story. Elena, of Spanish, Greek & Hebrew origins — means the bright one, shining light, torch, chosen. Liam, of Irish origin — means strong-willed warrior.