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East of Twilight Where Faeries Still Abide

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

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

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

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


Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on August 02, 2020:

Hi Peggy. I also picture faeries like that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 02, 2020:

What a sweet tale this was! I like the idea of the faeries giving thanks for the gift of the little cakes and berries. In my mind, I can picture faeries sitting on toadstools, and also, dancing around fires.

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on June 29, 2019:

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.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on June 17, 2019:

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 Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 31, 2019:

Hi Gypsy. Thank you so much.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on May 25, 2019:

So lovely and magical I believe too.

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 23, 2019:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 23, 2019:

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.

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 23, 2019:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 23, 2019:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 23, 2019:

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

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 21, 2019:

This was lovely Phillis. I also believe in faeries.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 20, 2019:

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

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 19, 2019:

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

Love creates infinite pure worlds!


Ann Carr from SW England on May 19, 2019:

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!


John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 19, 2019:

This was beautiful, Phyllis. An enjoyable read.

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 19, 2019:

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

Phyllis Doyle Burns (author) from High desert of Nevada. on May 19, 2019:

Hi Will.Thank you so much. X

Lorna Lamon on May 19, 2019:

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.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on May 18, 2019:

Very good Phyllis! I'm learning from you!

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