In my junior year of High School I wrote a poem called the Five Realms. When I arose in class to recite it, I introduced it with deep skepticism, judging the piece pretentious. I spoke, and the teacher didn’t listen. The audience was ambivalent. Here it is:
Over yonder mountains and across the vast ocean
stands the realm of serenity
where you may discover truths never spoken
or a soft flower of knowledge.
Upon the dusty grassland and rugged hills
vigils the realm of strife
a place of choice and decision
and consequences of actions.
Amidst nightfall and the starlit lands
sits the realm of darkness
a place to make peace with self
and acceptance of eternity.
Atop the highest peak among the clouds
lies the realm of balance
where worlds tremble
in their battles for chaos and order.
High up in the stars and deep within the secret caves
waits the realm of curiosity
where dreams are chased
and wishes come true.
Eight years after the fact, I’m not intent on criticizing the artistic merit of this piece in this post. I merely wish to understand and convey what my thought-process behind it was, which was simply this: I am deeply in love with Medieval Fantasy.
Science Fiction and Fantasy both hold something I greatly admire, the concept of infinite possibility, or as represented in a single word: Magic. Sci-fi relays this through science. The power of mathematical ingenuity and understanding of physics bend reality and create magic. Fantasy on the other hand tends to be more spiritual and less logical, where magic comes from the abstract reality around us or from within us, our “spirit”. Though the latter is more dogmatic and unrealistic, I tend to prefer it because of how the universe is laid out in a fantasy world. With sci-fi most of the exploration is in space, a void. In Fantasy, the journey takes place across lands under blue skies, where people discover the most wondrous of things in a world that is like ours but not ours.
One day, I hope to discover an enchanted forest, or a cave with a crystal of great power hidden inside. One day, I hope to find one of the five realms.