Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Inkpen Poetry Day: Here Runneth the Path of Fairy Feet

You know, I don't think I ever posted the poem that won a contest over at Perfectly Sensible Nonsense blog. :) The theme was something fairy-tale-ish, and my imagination took flight. :) I have always loved the hauntingly beautiful rhythm and rhyme of Tolkein's poetry, and I think something of that sort found its way into my poem.
It was inspired by the fact that I do not believe in fairies...but there are those times of day...those trysts with the gloaming
when I can almost believe in something of the sort.
Do you know the feeling? Anyway, enjoy the poem. Oh yes, and I wanted to announce that I am choosing days of the 15-day challenge to do because some of them don't really have anything to do with writing. (Like today's question about a bucket-list.) I do believe, Carrie, that the over-flowing treasure-chest you mentioned in the comment could be remedied by less frequent posts? (Everyday might be a little much for some people.) Let me know! Perhaps you would all rather this writer do less writing about writing and focus on more writing? :P I think my sentence structure needs help, if that last one was any example. Also, I wanted to urgently remind you of the Merry Auld England Writing Challenge going on right now! I've been working on the prizes, and they are going to be pretty great! I'll try to announce them soon, but I must have entries to have winners, you know. :) Anyway, I have drabbled on long enough and you need a refresher. Please, enjoy the poem below, with my compliments.

"Here Runneth the Path of Fairy Feet"
by Rachel Heffington

Where childhood fancy and twilight meet
Here runneth the path of fairy-feet;
On shadowed road and misty bend
Here coldsome facts of "real life" end,
And the simplest thing on earth would be
To find a dryad 'neath her tree.
She'd comb her locks like shimm'ring ferns
In that hour where the daylight turns.
And you'd never stop to blink your eyes
and say, (Because you're oh, so wise)
"Dryads aren't real--they're quite a myth"
If once you'd been in comp'ny with
A creature like her--lissom fair
With willowy limbs and leafy hair.

Where childhood fancy and twilight meet
Here runneth the path of fairy-feet.
In dusking woods at evenlong
You'll chance to hear an Elven song.
Like beads of dew on honeyed string
The notes, elusive, dip and sing.
And lamps we now call fire-flies
Can one more dazzle in our eyes.
Then we shall learn, as children do,
the things we thought we surely knew.
Fair beings that we'd long forgot
May weave with us a dreamy knot
Content, within this half-light time
To feed us with their storied rhyme.

Where childhood fancy and twilight meet
Here runneth the path of fairy feet
And those who spent the day in bed
Now tip-toe with their soft wings spread
And dance within the brilliant sheen
of moonlight and the summer's green.
The grown-up cares of life must fade
When pondered in that purple glade
Once more we change to half a child
Perfumed with scent of roses wild
And honeysuckle like a crown
That we'd been used to crushing down
Until twilight and fancy met
To tread with us this minuet.


Always Narnian said...

O, I absolutely love that poem! Very whimsical, I can't help but adore it! It is so inspirational, I'd love to write something like it! Very good, Rachel!

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud said...

So beautiful! I love to read
'Where childhood fancy and twilight meet
Here runneth the path of fairy feet'

It's delicious! :)

Carilyn said...

Dear Rachel,

Don't change anything you do because of me. The subject of your posts I think is fine, and needs no change. I guess I just feel bad that I usually don't read the whole of every post you write, even though I want to know what they say. :/ I think the main problem for me is that I have so many blogs to read and so much to do on the computer! (I do hope you know, that comment on the last post was somewhat of a joke! Alas, my lack of speed-reading while still retaining comprehension! ;)


Rachel and Sarah said...

No, no, dear. I *have* been posting too often, and I don't blame you for feeling a little breathless! ;) I cherish your advice and I want to please my readers! It is almost like hogging conversation when one person takes up all the Blogger dashboard space with their posts! :P

Anonymous said...

Now, since I named you winner of my contest, you probably already know I like the poem. However, let me say it again - I love your poem! It's fantastic!

And personally, I think that your blog is great just the way it is, and with the subjects you write about. :)

I'm not sure, though, that I'd be able to write something fitting the theme of your contest, unfortunately. :( I can't wait to read the winning piece, though!