Polly

Writings and Witterings

Faery Folk

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A poem updated in 2017 from the original written in 2012.

Faery Folk

They steal babies, issue changelings,
whisk the breath from the weak and the dying,
suck on cowslips, nectar and wine,
live in magical hedges divine,
worry farmers, worry swine,
worry sheep and creatures bovine.
Green-stained teeth, sharp, pinlike, pointy,
bright waxed blond hair stands up dainty,
knuckled hands and fingers thin,
spikey nails and whiskery chins,
spite in faces, malice in eyes,
nothing can stop them, they’re from the dark side.

Polly Stretton © 2017

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35 thoughts on “Faery Folk

  1. Like this Polly…

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  2. Love this, a great take on what are usually depicted as very benign little beings – especially liked the pointy, green stained teeth, I’ll be careful next time I go walking in the countryside 😉

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    • Ah, Cherry, they’re evil little blighters – there will be more about them, they have me hooked!

      And you’re right to be careful when out walking, they’re only a breath away – medieval Brits thought that holly warded them off, that’s why there used to be holly bushes in everyone’s garden, but nope, wrong! It may work on hags, but not on faeries (!)

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  3. I’m sure I’ve seen a few of these lurking round Foregate Street on a Saturday night… 😉 It’s not just hte sheep and swine getting worried, I can tell you…
    Nice poem Polly

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  4. I’m really whisked away~ Lovely! Sincerely Deborah

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  5. Wow, I kinda wish I hadn’t read this lol. We had fairy rings in our garden this year :-O. Good news is that I mowed them lol… So, fingers crossed no more fairies!

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    • heh-heh – wonderful to have fairy rings in your garden – thanks for your comments, for some reason they landed in my spam folder and I’ve only just found and retrieved them! heh-heh 🙂

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  6. Fabulous – I too have a bit of a downer on faeries at the moment! 🙂

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  7. I did make the deadline, but didn’t get anywhere with it – I rushed it – never a good plan …

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  8. eep….nice rhyme scheme in this…and you characterize them very well bringing them to life in your descriptions and almost a warning there in the end….

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  9. Ooo…I would not like to meet them in the daytime let alone on a dark night. Nasty!
    A good read, thanks 🙂

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  10. This is my favorite other-worldly poem so far. Great job. 🙂 Love the opening line. It really grabbed me.

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  11. uuuhhh…you know…hope i never gonna meet one of them…the green stained teeth gave me shivers..ha..nicely penned

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  12. You pretty much describe them as I’d always imagined them. Like the verse very much.

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  13. ooh… scary-

    Green-stained teeth, sharp, pinlike, pointy,
    Bright waxed blond hair stands up dainty,
    Knuckled hands and fingers thin,
    Spikey nails and whiskery chins

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  14. This is very tightly crafted and quite enjoyable for that. I did not know some of this about fairies, so it was educational too! Not Tinker-bell by any means, my childhood fave. In the process of giving us this lore, I think you do indeed open up that strange realm where these beings have their life. That humans long ago believed in their existence does not for sure mean they don’t exist, at least in some realm of our selves. Thank you for coming by and participating in the prompt. I enjoyed this immensely.

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  15. heh-heh … they are for real, Chazinator, how could you doubt? Just watch this blog and you will discover more … heh-heh … thanks for the prompt, brilliant 🙂

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  16. “Faerie Folk”, rhythm & rhyme in 4/4 time. Thanks for this one…

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  17. Aw, thanks for noticing, Lindy, *delighted*, though it’s not perfect 😉

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  18. i’m wondering why you think they are from the dark side

    Astrophotographer Seeks Stellar Bodies

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