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A Forest Fairy Tale

by maryanns

A restless spirit scampers here, among the streams of fallen leaves
that whisper past a lonely path, her voice I hear keeps calling me
pick up the pace, you’re losing faith in all your scarce abilities.

Oh no I’m not, I whisper back! I skip and prance, I run and dance
amid the patient willow trees who wait and watch. I may get lost
and pay the cost of listening too much to whispered thoughts.

But I don’t care, her voice is fair; I’ll never fear her presence here
among the fragrant forest scent of hemlock, spruce and silver fir
where holly berries bow and wave hooray to me! I follow her.

I skip across a cheerful brook and laughter drowns her out, I think
but no, her whisper’s quickly back beneath a copse of alder trees
and there I found her sparkling gown spread out in front of me!





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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by misty678 on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (16:09:32)
Good write.
All the very best to you and your family for the holidays.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (22:41:29)
    I had so much fun with this, thank you for reading and commenting, Helen-Lee. Have a very Merry Christmas, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by vexations on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (16:17:01)
A wispy piece with some nice use of sound.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (22:43:42)
    Thank you, William - So kind of you to read and comment, truly appreciated. Happy holidays to you and your family, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Pujakins on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (18:18:11)
Oh this is just lovely!!! Thanks for sharing. I so enjoyed the images and the tinkling rhythm, not to menion the neat rhymes too! A ten and a heart from me. Love, Tasha

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (22:50:36)
    Wheee... Oh Tasha, it literally kept me smiling for hours, to say the least. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Best wishes of the season and warm hugs back! Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Essex68 on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (19:46:11)
Very colourful, quite lovely. Makes me want to go down the forest and look for this faery princess

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Sunday, December 18, 2011 (22:53:41)
    Our weather person promised "no snow for Christmas"... although that's a little far out! Tee-hee, she's likely out there somewhere, perhaps waiting for you. Thank you so much, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by dav.smith on Monday, December 19, 2011 (02:03:30)
And so the seasons dance with-in our realms, Beautiful my dear friend. Hugs for this season of good will, dAVE.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:31:56)
    Ah Dave...sometimes one lives only for those all too brief moments of whimsy... me, at least. Thank you so much, mate. Cheers, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by alana on Monday, December 19, 2011 (06:38:09)
where is she hiding MAry Anns?

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:35:05)
    Tee-hee... excellent question, Alana - I love it! Perhaps deep inside all of us - at least I hope so! Thank you 'lil Tiger - Cheers, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by MoZark on Monday, December 19, 2011 (07:51:27)
Those places in the mind or physical are getting father away as the years creep on but your light is bright for us all to enjoy. Have a grand tomorrow…Jack

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:44:21)
    I can very well imagine her in your woods as well, Jack - thanks again for sharing your wonderful poem of nostalgia with all of us.

    Happy holidays to you, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Glen on Monday, December 19, 2011 (09:19:27)
very nice maryann ,have a good christmas

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:47:38)
    Oh Glen, thank you so much and I'm wishing you a very Merry Christmas, too! Here we are still enjoying poetry together after all this time... what a wonderful place to be among friends.

    Smiles and cheers, my friend. Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by rondo on Monday, December 19, 2011 (09:48:55)
Pick up the pace your losing faith in all your scarce ability..
a great muse and motivator this spirit...but sells you short on skills as this piece proves...great stuff MA

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:50:22)
    Ha-ha, thank you for your confidence in me - but you should see me sometimes slipping and tripping on slimy roots and moss... whee! Laughing
    I pay close attention to my footing out there, wouldn't want a wet behind, now would we? Giggles of Joy, Ron. Hugs, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by starstruck13 on Monday, December 19, 2011 (11:54:07)
a magical piece loved the tone in this poem

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (12:52:23)
    Thank you so much, Starstruck! - I'm wishing you a very Merry Christmas and lots of poetry enjoyment. Have fun, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by floatingpoet on Monday, December 19, 2011 (13:49:10)
hello from your winter poetry buddy! I like it

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (14:19:27)
    Tee-hee, there I was reading your poem while you were reading mine... how cool is that? So glad your mother in law had errands to run, otherwise we'd both be sunk, eh? Merry Christmas, sailor - tip one up on me! LOL! Giggles and cheers, Mary Ann Very Happy

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      Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
      by floatingpoet on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (17:52:00)
      Always a friend!

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by themaze on Monday, December 19, 2011 (14:45:52)
These words feel as though they are seeping out of the earth. You are singing a lost vision of the world.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (19:15:40)
    One doesn't have to go far from home to be alone in the forest here... just out the back gate. Then one has the choice to be comfortable or wary ... This time of year it's much easier to find my way back, though. Thanks so much for reading and commenting - truly appreciated. Happy holidays, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Zbird on Monday, December 19, 2011 (15:38:58)
I love the whimsical tone of this one and the pacing of the rhythm. Fun to read Smile

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (19:19:54)
    Thanks so much, Bonnie... so glad you enjoyed it. I've been working on small poems and teaching myself to write Haiku... oh my oh my, I can't even reply succinctly - absorbing to say the least! Cheers, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by sedubah on Monday, December 19, 2011 (17:17:14)
very good and pleasant write
the gait fof the verses and stanzas
splendedly moves the piece along.

i'm impressed!

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 19, 2011 (19:34:13)
    Thank you, Ken! - To achieve a sense of movement, wonderful feedback very much appreciated. I get into the sound thing, hoping it'll work... way cool. Very best wishes, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Arsaces on Monday, December 19, 2011 (20:26:44)
A very whimsical poem with lots of beautiful joy. So feminine and full of grace. Heart lifting and very visual. You're the best. Arsaces

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (02:21:38)
    Longing for the outdoors, my friend; sometimes writing can make it seem as if I'm there even when I'm not. It felt joyful and entirely whimsical. Thank you for feeling it too. Best wishes, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by WordLover on Monday, December 19, 2011 (21:43:26)
ahhhhh, a lovely piece of wimsey you've penned my friend! Congratulations on this well-deserved 1st place today!

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (02:38:00)
    Ahhhh I'm always so happy to see you, Sandy - and where is your newest posting, may I ask? I'm missing your poetry as well as you, rattling around in gp as I am. Hoping all is well, I'm thanking you and wishing you and your family happy holidays. Cheers, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by deepali on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (04:33:16)
spell bound!
D.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (16:12:43)
    Tee... Thanks so much!
    Cheers, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by lologerad on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (12:28:13)
I love your rhythm of rhymes. It's flows so nicely.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Tuesday, December 20, 2011 (16:28:35)
    Thanks, L ... really appreciated! Especially nice since I finally found your poetry to read, as well. Love your sense of energy and flair!

    Happy holidays, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by badmalthus on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (01:42:48)
Like an ol' Irish tale Mary Ann...beautiful.
Merry Xmas and Peace.
Harry

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (18:43:20)
    Ah, now I'm picturing myself in a long, flowing skirt...
    a white silk blouse and a plaid, tight fitting bodice.
    Thank you, Harry - for the momentary reverie.
    Merry Christmas and Peace it is, my friend
    Very Happy Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by omegapaf on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (14:19:15)
hey. where did my comment go???
must have been restless spirits that stole it.
i'm gonna skip across a cheerful brook with the hound shortly....i'm sure one of us will get wet ha ha - your mate paul.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 (20:45:59)
    Ah, such a pleasant walk with your best'est girl.... mind you two don't slip on mossy rocks and get your feet all wet. Wink Thank you, Paul. Gp's computer loves us both, eh? Hugs and jingle bells, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by blankholes on Thursday, December 22, 2011 (10:01:06)
Very pretty - you paint a picture and a mood with the content and the way the words fit together - true artistry!

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Thursday, December 22, 2011 (11:53:20)
    Smiles and thank you's, Donna; so glad you enjoyed it!
    Very best wishes for a Merry Christmas, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by FuchsiaFestival! on Thursday, December 22, 2011 (19:45:17)
I love this. This is definitely whimsical. I agree with Sandy and everybody else here, too.

! Very Happy

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, December 23, 2011 (12:40:31)
    Ah, thank you, Sammi - so glad you enjoyed it!
    Is it snowy where you are? Tee, Merry-Merry...
    Hugs 'n Cheers, Mary Ann

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      Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
      by FuchsiaFestival! on Friday, December 23, 2011 (12:42:33)
      unfortunately NOT. Rolling Eyes

      Laughing I think it should start snowing; it is winter. Embarassed Laughing

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        Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
        by maryanns on Friday, December 23, 2011 (12:48:16)
        Ha-ha, none here either; although our spirits are high and we can imagine! Laughing

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          Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
          by FuchsiaFestival! on Friday, December 23, 2011 (12:50:05)
          Laughing Laughing Laughing but our spirits are high. Wink

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by kenmoorecowboypoet on Friday, December 23, 2011 (00:21:11)
I haven't yet been afforded ratin' this piece of magnificence but if I git the chance .... First read after 'bout six years absence 'n' I got a home run with a knock out punch in the first round. Thanks fer the journey.
wabl
KenMoore
cowboypoet

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, December 23, 2011 (12:45:13)
    Welcome back, KenMoore; home for the holidays! Poetic cowboy stories gratefully anticipated, you may have to rebuild from scratch!
    Thank you for your kindness, Ken - I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Pete on Friday, December 23, 2011 (20:36:30)
What a beauty Ms Anns, come
camping to Aussie we have forests
and bush and it's a beauty

Aussie Pete

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Friday, December 23, 2011 (21:33:54)
    Tee-hee, thank you for the invite, Pete! I would love to dance in your forests, but it's such a long swim from here. Smiles of welcome, I can already tell you're going to have great fun here.

    Cheers, mate - Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by Dreaming-Demon on Saturday, December 24, 2011 (14:17:46)
wow this is an excellent piece my friend, i enjoyed it and thank you for posting it Smile have a good holiday

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 26, 2011 (14:11:05)
    Thanks so much, Ray - so glad you enjoyed it.
    Very best wishes, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by electrictiger on Sunday, December 25, 2011 (14:47:04)
What a wonderful description of the forest, and the joyful time spent there! Merry Christmas.

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 26, 2011 (14:22:14)
    I had so much fun writing it... Thank you, Chris; so glad you enjoyed it. Cheers, Mary Ann

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by K13739 on Sunday, December 25, 2011 (19:52:45)
This is lovely, Maryanns! The rhythm, the images, the entire poems is lovely. I felt as if I were really watching a fairy tale. Have a wonderful New Year!

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Monday, December 26, 2011 (14:25:41)
    Thank you, Paula - so glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays to you, too!
    Cheers, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by BrokenWordsPoet on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 (09:44:31)
Maryann... I have had a hard time reading poetry lately. I have come to your page many times over the last few days. This morning caught my mind clear. It seems that I have been trying to read poetry to fast, the words were blinding me and I needed to slow down.

This poem reminds me of my yellow tom making me follow him with his calls I want you to bring me in but just not now. Why do cats like to stop short of where one is standing and not come to you or run away? When Johnny is hungry this does not happen and that seems to be all day long.

There is a question I would like to ask about the use of the word And in the last stanza. I try not to over use the word And not saying you overused it here. I only have a fifty grade education,but remember being told the word is to be used once in a sentence and yet this is a stanza in poetry which is a work of art. I hope this comment is also. Do you think that the first use of the word And in the last stanza could have been another word? I fight the word And all the time.

These are two ways I would have written the first line of that last stanza leaving And out:

I skip across a cheerful brook where laughter drowns her out,

I skip across a cheerful brook as laughter drowns her out,

Mary I thank you for standing by me when I needed a friend with understanding...

BWP... I hope you enjoyed my heart felt comment. James... I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2012..........

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 (14:38:15)
    Awww, hey there and and and (of course you're right, James, usually I try to, too!). Maybe laziness on my part, taking the easy way out to complete the rhythm right to the end. I quite enjoyed "being there" as I wrote and fussed over it; I was in such sheer enjoyment nothing could intrude. Wish it was possible to go there any time I want to...

    Good to hear from you, my buddy my friend - and absolutely, Yes - I enjoyed your heartfelt comments and pertinent advice very, very much! So glad to hear your cheerful voice and see you writing poetry once again.

    Cheers, happy 2012 and xoxoxo's - Your bud, Mary Ann Very Happy

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Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
by liarbird on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 (23:12:10)
G'day maryann...
This poem is like a canter on a horse maryann. Nice and bouncy lines. Ah yes, those fairies in a forest always provide a colouful and welcome scene.
Thanks again maryann.
Lindsay

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    Re: A Forest Fairy Tale (Score: 1 )
    by maryanns on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 (13:58:16)
    Ah, I had to stop and re-read it, Lindsay - try to recapture the sense of excitement. The Holidays are coming... we had a nice big tree which the kitties enjoyed thoroughly and the neighborhood was all lit up in beautiful colored lights. Thank you so much for stopping by this joyful poem! Cheers, Mary Ann

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