East of Twilight Where Faeries Still Abide

Updated on May 18, 2019
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Phyllis loves to write poetry. Most of her poetry is of a spiritual or inspirational nature. She finds it can reach out to help others.

Where Faeries Still Abide

Drawing by Arthur Rackham
Drawing by Arthur Rackham | Source

East of Twilight

East of twilight where faeries still abide,
magical Little Mountain is their home,
the fae will venture out at eventide,
rarely in the day do the faeries roam.

Oft behind my cottage I fill my tome
with some happenings I have seen outside,
or occasional times of visatations
from the good folk and our conversations.

Tis often I stay out quite late at night
and pause to listen to fun merriment,
when the moon is full or the stars are bright,
in this magical time fae sing and dance.

They celebrate the celestial light,
here in their own naturl element,
from my kitchen little cakes and berries
I place on china plates for the faeries.

A soft blanket, colors of blue and white,
I put out for the plates to set upon,
and the faeries gather, to their delight,
happy to see a feast upon the lawn.

It is past time to them I bid good night,
I must sleep now and they will party long,
my little friends bade their love to keep
within my heart, then off I go to sleep.

Such sweet dreams I had and slept for hours,
I brewed coffee then sat to watch sunrise,
the faeries had returned to their bowers,
then I saw something in my chair outside.

Chair Outside

Wicker Rocking Chair
Wicker Rocking Chair | Source

If you Believe

On my folded blanket, a wreath of flowers,
I wore it all day long, with joyous pride.
So much joy and happiness to receive,
if only in the fae you do believe.

Wreath of Flowers

Wreath of Flowers
Wreath of Flowers | Source

Author's Note

This poem was inspired by my love for and belief in the fae. Often when daily stress piles up I will meditate and go beyond the veil to find peace in the land of the fae. The title for this poem, East of Twilight Where Faeries Still Abide, was inspired by the cottage I once lived in. The patio faced east and I had a lovely view of Little Mountain. Unless the weather was bad or it was really cold out, I spent the evenings out there writing in my journal which was growing huge. Since I went out after supper when it was twilight, and I faced east, hence the title came to mind and I liked it.

The poem format and rhyme scheme came from an old poem written by William B. Yeats which I came across a few years ago. I like the rhyme scheme very much, though it does get complicated at times. The last line in stanza three does not rhyme with any other line. I wonder why Yeats did that, but I faithfully adhere to his scheme. Each line has ten syllables. I use this style for poems quite often and think about Yeats, who is my favorite author of all time. Yeats also believed in faeries.

© 2019 Phyllis Doyle Burns


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    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      9 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Marie. Thank you so much for that very nice comment - I really appreciate it. You are right about maintaining rhythm and rhyme in a formal style, but I love to use formal styles. We believers have so much to enjoy. Take care.

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      Marie Flint 

      9 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      I love it. Charming!

      I wondered a little about the rhyme scheme, and you explained it so nicely in your conclusion. Formal poetry that adheres to syllable and rhyme is, perhaps, the most difficult to write but the most enjoyable to read.

      Nice job! (I believe in the fairies too.)

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Gypsy. Thank you so much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      10 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      So lovely and magical I believe too.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ruby. Thank you so much. I am so happy that more and more people believe in the fae.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Doris. How funny! Bet they are sorry they chased you away. I had a faerie ring in my front yard and left some pieces of angel food cake and blackberries for the fae - but, kept my distance. One must never step into a faerie ring, I have been told.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Sean. You are most welcome. How marvelous, another believer. I so appreciate your lovely comment which lifts my spirit. Thank you.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ann. Thank you for the very kind comment. I am pleased you relate to this article. I have always believed in the fae.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi John. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was lovely Phillis. I also believe in faeries.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      10 months ago from Beautiful South

      What a lovely poem! I can just see the fairies dancing. I believe in the fae, too, and would love to see them. My friend had a fairy ring on her little farm, and when I approached it, they sent the insects out to warn me off. The little ingrates, I might have left them some food if they'd been nicer. LOL

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      10 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am a believer, my dear Phyllis, so thank you for this magnificent "window"! I am grateful!

      Love creates infinite pure worlds!


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      Ann Carr 

      10 months ago from SW England

      I'm a great believer in fairies. This has a lovely rhythm which lends itself well to such gentle story-telling. I can picture the garden and the fairies having their feast. Beautiful!


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      John Hansen 

      10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was beautiful, Phyllis. An enjoyable read.

    • Phyllis Doyle profile imageAUTHOR

      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Lorna. I am happy to know this brought back memories for you. Thank you so much.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Will.Thank you so much. X

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      Lorna Lamon 

      10 months ago

      This is a beautiful piece which brought back memories of living in Ireland and growing up with folklore, in particular stories of the faeries. Thank you for sharing Phyllis.

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      10 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Very good Phyllis! I'm learning from you!


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