Guest Blogger – Joely Sue Burkhart

Please welcome Joely Sue Burkhart, Drollerie Press author and poet extraordinaire!

When I got serious about writing a little over five years ago, I started following authors through their blogs.  As a reader, I found some wonderfully new–to me–authors this way:  Lynn Viehl, Holly Lisle, and Jane Yolen in Fire Withinparticular.  Now we own just about every “How Do Dinosaurs…” book, and I adore Viehl’s StarDoc and Darkyn series, which I never would have found with her Paperback Writer blog.

One entry in Ms. Yolen’s journal said she was “off to dream in rhyme.”  That phrase stuck with me.  I’ve always love poetry, ever since Mrs. Lightle’s English class in high school introduced me to Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley.  I don’t think I’m a poet–far from it.  But I love to mimic the great ones.  I love the challenge of matching meter perfectly, changing just a few key words and totally twisting the meaning of the poem to something new.  Over the

years, I’ve written many parodies, from everything to “Twas the Night Before Story” to “Story Genesis,” a different kind of creation story. 


And so in honor of “Dreaming in Rhyme,” my blog, I wrote a new parody for this blog tour.  I think you’ll recognize it, as well as learn a few things about me and what kind of stories I like to write.


I write in darkness, like the night,

Of midnight hours and pre-dawn morn,

As long as monsters cease their fights,

Three daughters rowdy I have borne;

Thus transformed to sweet cherubs bright,

Which sleep at last ere Mom’s patience worn.


One word the more, one err the less,

Had filled the page of Story’s face,

Which calls my heart, more love to bless,

Or softly cries, salt tears a trace;

For lost love angst I must confess,

How bitter, how sweet, their first embrace!


And on that page and thru that book,

So faith, so trust, yet greatest doubt;

Brave hero who wins, his heart she took,

But gave of hers, such courage to shout,

No shadowed evil their hearts shook.

So by the end, love wins throughout.


Joely Burkhart

Read a free story from Joely at Drollerie Press. Just click here!

Zombies Spotted in Texas!

Can you believe it? Me neither, but it’s a great intro.

The real story is that these geniuses broke into the roadside warning signs in Austin and hacked the computers. Monday morning commuters were greeted with warnings like “Zombies ahead! Run for your lives!”  and “Nazi Zombies! Run!!!”

I know how this probably disrupted the flow of traffic, but it’s hilarious!

Thanks, AOL. I needed this story. I couldn’t stop laughing.