The Alchemist

It’s Fandango’s Flashback Friday again! Here’s an oldie from 2019, originally written for the dVerse Poets Pub.


It’s Games Night at the dVerse Poets Pub!

Tonight, we are  to choose 3 names from the list of computer game names below, and somehow or other wrangle them into a poem.You don’t need to know anything about the game – just let the name inspire you.



Blossom Blast

Space Invaders

Assassin’s Creed

Honey Mine




The Elder Scrolls

Candy Crush






God of War


Dark Souls

Path of Exile.

With you,

a walk to the corner

drug store

becomes a stroll down

a mystical path sprinkled

with magic and moondust


secret portals leading

to Atlantis disguised

as manhole covers


and traffic lights

— in (un)reality—

send fiber optic

love vibes

to the God of War


How is it you turn

a dime-a-dozen

into one-in-a-million?



SusanWritesPrecise/Susan Marie Shuman
Lost City of Atlantis

Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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