Saturday, November 13, 2010

Don’t Worry, They’ll Be Back Again Soon

A wee poem this evening, which I hope will bring you a little cheer as the darkness sets in for the season. It’s really feeling like winter now and while I’m sad to leave autumn behind for another year there’s certainly something to be said for sitting indoors, wrapped up in a warm woolly blanket, listening to the wind beat the rain off your windows. I’m even a little disappointed that our electricity workers have become so efficient lately. We had a storm reaching hurricane force the other night and there was me waiting all eagerly with my books and candles and flask of tea. But nope, hardly a flicker all night. Maybe I should’ve just turned out the lights and pretended. Or maybe not… 

Anyway, I’m not that big a fan of winter. Especially if I have to go outside in it, which is far too often for my liking. The next time I’m off struggling against a gale while being suffocated by my scarf with my nose about to break off like an icicle, though, I’ll try my best to remember our mischievous little fae friends below. (Also, the image is the latest of my gimpy creations. It’s not actually finished, but I’m thinking this year’s Christmas cards perhaps?) 

About the Fairies
By Jean Ingelow

Pray, where are the little bluebells gone,
That lately bloomed in the wood?
Why, the fairies have each taken one,
And put it on for a hood.

And where are the pretty grass-stalks gone,
That waved in the summer breeze?
Oh, the fairies have taken them, every one,
To plant in their gardens like trees.

And where are the great big blue-bottles gone,
That buzzed in their busy pride?
Oh, the fairies have caught them, every one,
And have broken them in to ride.

And they’ve taken the glow-worms to light their halls,
And the cricket to sing them a song,
And the great red rose leaves to paper their walls,
And they’re feasting the whole night long.

And when Spring comes back, with its mild soft ray,
And the ripple of gentle rain,
The fairies bring what they’ve taken away,
And give it us all again.


Gypsea Tree {Steam Spectre} said...

Lovely image. That would make for wonderful Christmas cards. I attempted to do my own last year, but let's just say it was one of those things that looked way better in my head...
I'm sad to see fall ending as well. Except for the few weeks surrounding the holidays, I would be happy to skip winter all together. The hours at my new job will have my in a windowless office for every moment of sunshine the day can offer. Oh dear...
Well, I plan to soak up whats left and then just read and knit the winter away. (I sound like an old lady...)

TheBlakkDuchess said...

I think that your image will make lovely holiday cards! =D

And what a wonderful poem. Made me smile.

If you're hungry, you can always come over & I'll feed you whatever I'm cooking! ^-^


Sandie said...

I like autumn too, but the shortest day will be here soon enough, and then spring can't be that far away (can it?). I too love your image, and the poem is so sweet!

Null, and Void said...

I love autumn, and winter as well personally, but have to agree about it changing things when you have to actually be out in it. Stay warm.

..and kill the lights next time! Gotta love the ambiance for reading & what not.

Kathy said...

Oh, oh, oh!! I love this. Just LOVE it. You need to make it a Christmas Card and print off that poem to insert. Then send one to me!! :O)
Truly, this is lovely. And, it's only 126 more days until Spring. If you care...


Jeanne said...

Gorgeous image! Would make beautiful cards or even a print to frame.
And what a sweet poem. Gives me hope for Spring....

faerwillow said...

~a beautifully sweet poem you haev shared an di think it would be a divine christmas yule card!! here winter comes and we hardly get a bit of snow...we are aways keeping our fingers crossed to wake to a blanket of white...hehehe...usually it packed up and trips to the mountains to see such weather...wishing you well and brightest blessings always be with you~

Róisín said...

Aw, thanks for all your lovely words folks!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

Ahh... catching up with this dream world is the light I need. Friend, do you know that? Read the drunken posts and others, and know what you are going through in a way. You see, my friends and I, we are dream drifters, as well. Balloons with strings and once in awhile someone pulls us back to Earth, sometimes when we need it, sometimes when we don't. The best part about these friends, and now my friendship with you, is that we never lose our flight, our wings, and when we aren't grounded enough, at times all our ribbons intertwine and we at least float together. And maybe land among the roses and lavender for a bit, snagged even, but with such potential for more flights and exploration. Is this making sense? Ahh... well. Know I get it. Thank goodness for faerytales and breezes and friends, new and old. Blessings dear.

D.Suplicki said...

I've been meaning to catch up, it's been a bit hectic over here! I can relate to the mourning of Autumn, I'm wishing it would stay and play for a wee bit longer myself. I dislike the cold, constant sniffles and icy cars that winter brings. My birthday falls in February, in the dead of winter and often I am gifted with a blizzard or at least enough snow to spoil my plans.

But, it's not all bad. Once I'm wearing enough clothed, I enjoy going outside and being surrounded by icy trees and complete silence. Plus, Yule time is always so infectiously festive! And, it's fun to send and receive cards. :)

Speaking of which, yours is lovely! I like all of the layering of textures and borders as well as the colors you're chosen, the darker red and green really make the fairy seem ethereal. It's much nicer than any cards I've seen in the shops in a long time.

Róisín said...

Hello there ladies and thanks so much for your lovely comments.

Amy- I totally get what you are saying! And your friends sound wonderful; I think if my gang met up with yours many a magical night would be had :)

Danni- Ah, a fellow February girl! Are you an Aquarius too? That would explain a lot, like why I absolutely love everything you post! And yes, it is such a shame about autumn passing. At least you get proper snow where you are, all we get is icy sleet and rain most of the time. And wind. Lots of wind.

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