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Poetry and Discussion About Fairies: Inspired by a One-Word Prompt

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Ann loves to write poetry and also enjoys responding to prompts. A challenge is always interesting!

Fairy

Prompt: 'Fairy'

Brenda has set another single word prompt to fire our imagination. 'Fairy' conjures up all sorts of images in my mind, most of all in connection with children and children's stories. So here is my contribution.

Do you Believe in Fairies?

There are thousands of stories about fairies. Myths and legends since time immemorial have been told and retold in various guises and styles, to entertain, delight, enchant or even frighten (though that’s less often). Fairies should be harbingers of wonder, laughter and salvation.

In my experience children, especially little girls, love fairies. Maybe boys like them too, for the sheer mystery of them, but they don’t seem to be so mesmerised by them.

Of course, Peter Pan had his Tinkerbell in J M Barrie’s play of 1904, subsequently to become a novel and a film. She was a bit of a nuisance to him though!

I love the idea of a fairy. They are supposed to be benign, though sometimes mischievous. They bring fun, joy, excitement and they are small, thereby appealing to younger children.

My poem is meant to reflect that appeal and the enchantment of fairies.


Fairies

Fairy-light sparkles behind a three-year-old’s eyes

as you read the story.

A forest full of rainbow dainties flutter from the page

and she flashes a glance from deep pools of enquiry,

begging for it to be true.


You nod, ‘I believe in them. We’ll look in the woods

as we walk tomorrow.’

A forest full of excitement flitters in her heart –

and yours – as you think of the fairies of the wood,

begging for recognition.


Her new dawn awakes, she is early to rise

as her dream remains.

A forest full of sparkling raindrops window-patter, each

alive within, gossamer-winged dainties confined,

begging to be freed.


She walks with you into the woods, daring to hope,

as her search begins.

A forest full of branches holds the bubble drops

and one by one, pop! pop! she lets them loose,

begging for her reward -


to see her fairies dance in the air, glittering

before a three-year-old’s eyes,

a forest full of deep pools of belief cascading with joy,

begging to hold the magic,

a magic in her heart, and yours, forever.


Conan Doyle

Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes stories, was taken in by a series of five photos of The Cottingley Fairies, as they became known. They were supposed to have been seen in a garden and subsequently photographed by two girl cousins who lived near Bradford in Yorkshire, England.

Conan Doyle was a spiritualist and took them to be genuine evidence that fairies existed. He thought that if he could convince people that fairies did exist, they would be more likely to accept other spiritual beliefs.

As adults, the girls acknowledged that the photographs were fakes, though one remained adamant that the final photo was genuine. In 1978 a magician concluded that they were fakes as strings could be seen to be supporting the figures. Both girls finally admitted that the whole thing was a ruse but that they didn’t want to expose Conan Doyle to ridicule.


Fairy Rings

Fairy Rings - the darker, longer grass

Fairy Rings - the darker, longer grass

Fairy rings fascinate me. I’ve often seen those rings of darker grass within a field or even garden, sometimes more than one together. I didn’t know what produced them, so looked it up, and good old wikipedia informed me that:

“A fairy ring, also known as fairy circle, elf circle, elf ring or pixie ring, is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms. They are found mainly in forested areas, but also appear in grasslands or rangelands. Fairy rings are detectable by sporocarps (fungal spore pods) in rings or arcs, as well as by a necrotic zone (dead grass), or a ring of dark green grass. Fungus mycelium is present in the ring or arc underneath. The rings may grow to over 10 metres (33 ft) in diameter, and they become stable over time as the fungus grows and seeks food underground.”

Also the subject of folklore and myths around the world, but particularly in Western Europe, they are linked with good and bad.


Tooth Fairy

When children are young and their first replacement tooth is about to come through, they are often distressed at the fact that the original wobbles and they might become frightened when they’re told it will fall out and be replaced by a new one growing from underneath.

The perfect way to allay their fears, or at least to give the child an incentive to be more optimistic and calm, is to tell them about the tooth fairy. When the ejected ‘baby’ tooth has been put under the child’s pillow that night, the tooth fairy will visit, take away the tooth and replace it with a coin, to be found by the child in the morning.

I once explained that to my godson who was crying at the prospect of his tooth coming out and maybe bleeding. As soon as money was mentioned, the tears miraculously disappeared. He received his money the next morning and couldn’t wait for the next one to fall out!


Fairy Lights on the Christmas Tree

Twinkling Fairy Lights on the Christmas Tree

Twinkling Fairy Lights on the Christmas Tree

Dainty little lights on a long wire are wrapped around the branches of a Christmas tree and switched on. They are varied in colour and flash or twinkle, or follow some predetermined pattern of light. I believe that no Christmas tree is complete without fairy lights.

I’m just a big kid, and yes, I do believe in fairies.


Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cottingley_Fairies

© 2021 Ann Carr

Comments

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 12, 2021:

Ann, I love that you give history and many perspectives when you respond to Brenda's word prompts.

When I think of fairies, my mind goes back to when I was in grade school catching lightning bugs when the sun went down. That was one of my favorite things to do.

I love your poem, my friend!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 10, 2021:

Wow! Lora, thanks for such a wonderful comment. I'm delighted you liked this so much and you've summed up exactly what I wanted to convey, which means a lot to me. It was aimed particularly at one of my granddaughters who has large enquiring eyes and loves stories, particularly of fairies and unicorns!

I hope you're keeping safe and well.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 10, 2021:

Vanita: Thanks for the lovely comment. So many fairy tales to enjoy!

Yes, we're all big kids at heart, thank goodness!

Ann

Lora Hollings on April 10, 2021:

Ann, this is a wonderful article in response to Brenda’s prompt. You covered some very interesting history on fairies and a famous author who was, obviously, smitten with these lovely creatures who bring such delight to children with their magical powers! Your poem was beautiful. I could just see your grandchild’s eyes lit with wonder as I read each line, so hopeful that she would find them in the forest and she did! A lovely tribute to not only these whimsical creatures but to the magic of childhood too. A sheer delight!

Vanita Thakkar on April 10, 2021:

Dear Ann,

Beautiful response to Brenda's lovely word prompt on Fairy. The word itself arouses delight and innocent childhood memories. Reminds me of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and all those beautiful stories. In Russian Fairy Tales, there was Vasalisa the Beautiful :-) :-) ....

Nice elaborations. Did not know about the Arthur Conan Doyle incident or the fairy ring. Interesting.

All big kids like us believe in fairies :-) :-)

Thanks for sharing.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2021:

Thank you Chrish. I like to think that each poem is directed straight at the person reading. I'm glad you enjoyed it all.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2021:

Jamie: Thank you very much for your generous comments. Glad you liked this.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2021:

gyanendra mocktan: Thank you for your kind words and for your information on PARI.

I appreciate your visit.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 09, 2021:

Thank you, Alyssa, for your lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed this.

Ann

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 09, 2021:

A magical day to you Ms Ann, I was trying to imagine your poem as if you were reading it for me, beautiful! Thanks a lot for letting us know about Sir Conan. I too believe in what he believes after all the evidence he gathered. Amazing amazing ... I enjoyed the entire article, so much of the the poem thanks for the shared knowledge (wink) blessings and much much love ....

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 08, 2021:

What an incredibly interesting hub. So much information. I especially liked the Sir Conan Doyle section and the picture of the Fairy Ring and the poetry is beautiful. Jamie

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 08, 2021:

This is simply wonderful to read your article about fairies. I think stories of fairies are everywhere in the world in every language. In Nepali we call PARI. They enchant the young children to their hearts delight and they enrich the mind. Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts.

Alyssa from Ohio on April 08, 2021:

You captured the innocent magic of belief with your beautiful poem! I love how you include history, facts, and stories with every prompt.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Chitrangada, for your lovely comment. You're very kind.

I'm lucky to have had a wonderful childhood, with lots of stories and about fairies, magic and literary places, all of which gives me an insight into a child's world today. Now my grandchildren are travelling through those worlds, and I love that I can contribute to that too.

I hope you're safe and well.

Ann

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 08, 2021:

Beautiful response to Brenda's word prompt challenge!

The word fairy, brings back memories of the childhood! What a lovely time it was, and how magically you have woven words to paint the beautiful World of the fairies!

I enjoyed reading and knowing the associated stories with the fairies!

Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of writing!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for such a wonderful compliment! I'm so glad you see the images I paint. It's so worthwhile when my work has an effect on someone. Thanks for the visit; much appreciated.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Aw, bill, you're too kind. You have me smiling at your lovely words. I'm honoured that you're a fan.

Poetry was never my thing until relatively recently but now I'm hooked! It goes in phases but if an idea comes it already has a rhythm with it, which surprises me more than anybody!

Great to see you here. I hope you have a wonderful week. Off to see the kids again tomorrow so there's a spring in my step - away with the fairies!

Ann

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 08, 2021:

Ann this is a great poem. One of the best things I like about your poetry is that they evoke imagery within my mind that is so true to life. Thanks for writing about such beautiful fairies Ann.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 08, 2021:

Ann, I would know one of your articles without your name attached. Your style is unique. Your use of the English language impeccable. There is always a sprinkling of facts tossed in for added spice, and enough poetry to make me wish I had your talent.

Plus, they are just damned good reading.

Keep on keeping on, my friend. You have a big fan in billybuc. :)

bill

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thanks, manatita. I guess we see as much as we want to, anything is possible! I appreciate you stopping by.

Ann

manatita44 from london on April 08, 2021:

Ann, you made this one a lovely tale, as indeed we should, considering that fairies are so loved by children. Some can even see them, if it's the Will of the Supreme. Woven well!

Lorna Byrne is an international traveller, who gives talks about fairies, as she is one of the gifted ones. She still sees them in her adult life and gets messages. Look her up. She's an Irish woman.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Misbah, for your kind comment and contributions.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. I appreciate your kind comments. Thanks, too, for putting a link into your article.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Linda, for your kind words. I had fun writing this.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Hi, Peggy! Thanks for your kind comments. I too remember the excitement of waking and wondering if there was a coin under my pillow.

I find it strange that a man like Conan Doyle who wrote such amazing detective stories could be fooled by such a caper. It says a lot about people wanting something to believe in.

Glad you enjoyed this.

Ann

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. Yes, I gather that baby teeth are more expensive these days! Thanks for the visit and comments.

Ann

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 07, 2021:

Ann, it was a fun read, I remember very well about the tooth fairy. Those tooth fairies are actually our mothers- who put money under the pillow to see a smile on our faces- how lovely. About Fairy rings, I have never heard but yes I have seen something similar like this in many gardens. Thanks for sharing it. In the end, you remind me of Peter Pan saying, "I do Believe in fairies, I do, I do" a very famous line from Peter Pan. Very Interesting and superb response to Brenda's prompt challenge.

Blessings

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 07, 2021:

Ann,

You did a wonderful job on this one!

Your poem catches the excitement of being young. Seeing & believing.

It definitely captures that feeling from a youngsters set of eyes.

I enjoyed reading all the information too.

I didn't know about the fake photos.

I remember Tinker Bell & Peter Pan.

The tooth fairy was quite big when I was young. We were excited to get a coin. Now days kids expect dollar bills or higher.

I'm still a big kid too. I believe in magic.

I'll post a link in the article.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 07, 2021:

Your poem is lovely, Ann. I love the way in which you’ve expanded the article by adding other information about fairies. You’ve created a great response to Brenda’s challenge.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 07, 2021:

You did great with this fairy challenge, Ann. I enjoyed your poem and remember getting rewarded for baby teeth with finding coins under our pillow in the morning. I had never heard that story about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thanks for a fun article.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 07, 2021:

This is a wonderful article about fairies. I understand the tooth fairy is more generous these day.

I didn't know the story about the sister's photographs. Everything you wrote is very interesting as fairies are so much fun. This is a great article in response to Brenda's prompt, Ann.

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