A poem written years ago I mentioned the other night at my writing group when we were discussing ‘technique’. This poem was dictated pretty much on the fly as a stream of consciousness into my MP3 recorder while walking in the park. The same process produced a number of similar ‘snapshots’, so I really should get back into the habit of carrying my recorder. On the topic of technique, a recorder is much more user-friendly in the wee hours than a notepad and pencil by the side of the bed…



I watched two faeries chase a squirrel.
They laughed as he fled their flying feet.
Stardust swirled around their ankles,
Stirred from the damp grass, sunlight sparkled,
As fragile wings whispered in the warm breeze. 

I smiled to their father, Oberon, and he smiled back;

A shared joy watching their shared joy.
It’s a tough gig raising faeries, but not without rewards.
He looked tired, but happy.

The only one not smiling was the squirrel.



4 thoughts on “Faeries.”

  1. This takes me back – I once played one of Oberon’s faeries in a school play! I think I was called Moss. Or Berry. Or something. Oberon was played by one of the teachers. He was tired but happy too. Anyway, I digress. I’m very impressed that you wrote this ‘on the fly’ (very appropriate as it’s about faeries). I love the alliteration in the first verse. Very magical. #ifyoudon’tknowmebynow (kidding, I mean #prose4T)

    1. Never played a faerie, but I was Father Christmas once and also ‘urchin-who-runs-to-shop-to-get-turkey’ in a Christmas Carol after failing to learn my lines as Jacob Marley… I digress too… thanks for comment 🙂

  2. I really like this. It sounds like you and Oberon are both proud fathers and you share a knowing look with him – a really lovely sentiment. I use the voice recorder on my phone – I don’t know what I would do without it! Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought 🙂

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