Faeries, Elves, and Trolls

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

The true story of how the stars came to be . . .

The town was bustling, fair and free,

With happy country folk;

The leaves were green on every tree,

A living, blooming cloak.

When suddenly, a cry rang out, 

Thro' echoing hills and knolls.

What is it that the townsfolk shout?

'Tis, "Faeries, elves, and trolls!"

 

The air's lit with a thousand lights,

The magic lights of fey;

For here come trolls from mountain heights

To chase the joy away.

The townsfolk shout, "They'll start a fire!

Our town will burn like coal!

We dread the awful, raging ire

Of faeries, elves, and trolls!"

 

The trolls all hold their lights on high,

And one begins to sing.

They raise their voices to the sky,

And forth their torches fling.

The townsfolk tremble with their fear,

With dread their hearts are full -- 

Oh, that these trolls would disappear,

These faeries, elves, and trolls!

 

And yet, the lights do not come down;

They fast stick to the sky.

The heavens wear a diamond crown

Thro' which the planets fly.

And thus the stars first came to be;

As on the years will roll,

The townsfolk still cry joyfully,

"Bless faeries, elves, and trolls!"

 


Submitted: April 23, 2012

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Dozy

Loved it, Harper. If I can use an Australianism, you're a bloody inspiration.

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 5:40am

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Many thanks, and so are you, Mr. Dozy. ;)

Mon, April 23rd, 2012 7:28am

brucek

i like how the story progresses with each stanza. nice easy rhyming scheme. seems effortless. and now i know where the stars came from!

Tue, April 24th, 2012 1:51pm

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Thanks! :)

Tue, April 24th, 2012 11:24am

Wilbur

Oh, how finely wrought in my imagination. What fun! From childhood, I have loved fairies, elves and trolls. And now to have them become the stars?! I cannot think of a better treat. And I know from now on star gazing for me will never be without this mythology. Thank you. Oh, I truly like your writing!
Many regards, Connie

Sun, July 8th, 2012 12:52am

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You have made this writer's day -- thanks for reading. :)

Mon, July 9th, 2012 7:44am

Kelly Marino

Your poetry truly soars higher than most I've ever read. My favorite line: The heavens wear a diamond crown
thro' which the planets fly. That is sublimely beautiful, and I'm jealous of your talent. (I think I've told you that before.) I wouldn't even be able to manage writing AWFUL verse if my life depended on it--I'd be doomed.
My dad's a retired aerospace engineer and I grew up LOVING the night skies, but I'll have to call him tonight and tell him that TODAY, I learned the real truth behind the stars! :)

Fri, July 20th, 2012 4:54pm

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Thank you! :) [Also -- I went through three years of writing bad poetry every-single-day, until I finally came up with my first acceptable one. Not talent, practise. :) ]

Fri, July 20th, 2012 8:45pm

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