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The Woods of Erin . . . (revised repost for Arctic Wind's Fairy Tale Challenge)

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Artist: Consuelo Gamboa

The Woods of Erin
by Linda L. Dowd

'Twas in the Woods of Erin,
so many years ago,
Some children gathered in a ring,
~ or so the story goes.

The forest was a mystical place,
where fairies did abide,
But never one, had they ever seen
because they'd always hide.

They waited 'til the sun went down,
bright stars shone in the sky,
Then suddenly, the night grew still,
and they heard a plaintiff cry.

A little girl did venture
to the spot from whence it came,
She found the tiny leprechaun
who'd called out her name.

The other children gathered 'round
in total disbelief,
They saw the tiny leprechaun
peek out from yonder leaf.

One of the boys did ask him,
"Where are all of the others?"
"I've lost them all ~ my friends and folks,
my sisters and my brothers!"

"I was gathering dew from buttercups
to make a spritely brew,
When I realized I was all alone
and knew not what to do."

"I searched the woods from dawn to dusk,
but nary a fairy did see.
I fear Grimiltzkin has eaten them all
and the only one left is me!"

"Years ago the woods would ring
with the joyous songs of elves,
With sprites and fairies flitting about
our kingdom's coral bells."

"You are so big and brave I see,
please carry me to yon' vale.
By the light of the moon we'll find our way
down Grimiltzkin's trail.``

As the night wore on, they finally came
to the evil ogre's cave.
They heard the cries of wee wailing folk
whom they were about to save.

They were all locked up, in a cage, you see,
~ `twas of a monstrous scale,
Hundreds of fairies imprisoned within,
filling Grimiltzkin Vale.

Quietly they ventured forth,
Grimiltzkin lay there snorin'.
They rolled a rock to block the cave,
he roused and then he was roarin'!

"Let me out and quick I say,
~ I want my morning meal!
I'll share with you my tasty treat,
~ now that's my only deal!"

"Oh, no!" cried they, "You can't come out,
there forevever you shall stay!
We're freeing the fairies, elves and sprites,
~ Erin Woods is their's today!"

The leprechaun rejoined his friends,
and his beloved family,
They all joined in to sing a song,
of thanks, eternally.

Once in the fairy kingdom,
the children were in awe,
Of the music and the gaiety
and beauty that they saw.

In this land of revelry,
they wished to stay forever.
The fairies, elves and sprites rejoiced,
~ Their friends would leave them never!

Years ago on a summer's eve,
some children followed their dream.
And ventured into the woods at night,
and since have not been seen!

But when the moon is bright and full,
the town's folk swear 'tis true,
Their singing voices fill the woods
until the morning dew.

'Twas in the Woods of Erin,
So many years ago,
Some children gathered in a ring,
~ Or so the story goes.


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© Copyright 2007 Linda L. Dowd - All Rights Reserved
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you got me smiling today!! I love a good ol' Faerie tale.   I can hear you reciting this.  Trips off the tongue it does!

Love,
Tinkerbell

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Hi, Tinkerbell!

Perhaps the words roll off of your tongue because they are the lyrics of a song that I wrote for my youngest daughter when she was just a little girl.

She loved to hear me sing it accompanied by my trusty ole guitar! ~ No, it wasn't a 'harp'! lol

Love & Fairy Light,

Linda
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Oh Linda how do you do it. That poem is so

cute, I read it and reread it, it really was so good. Have a great day dear Linda

And a big hug. Lindsay
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Hi, LP! Thank you! Actually, they are the lyrics to a song that I wrote for my youngest daughter Erin. She loved to hear me sing it along with my guitar playing. My music can put an audience to sleep! ~ In her case, that was a good thing! lol

Loving hug,
Linda
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Totally bewitched, I hear the thrum of gossamer wings.  Your daughter must have loved this.  What a creative and lovely imagination you have to write her such enchantment!  Just a wonderful story.  ~ Karen  


  
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A fine fairy tale...james
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awwwwww that was beautiful. I loved it dearly.

-Kate


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I think him so, because I think him so."

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I was gathering dew from buttercups
to make a spritely brew,
When I realized I was all alone
and knew not what to do."


Dearest Angelo Terrestre e Maga (Fairy) Linda, either I will have to translate this into French or Italian for my grandsons or they will have to learn English, because this is really so magical!!

Zauberfee! (magic fairy) it sounds nice also in German you hear?!

THANK YOU!

Love and hugs.
Margherita
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a wee bit of the Irish is showin my dear...
what a tremendous flowing poem...
me thinks this is my favorite of yours...
How lovely, charming, kind, and most of all happy

which is you....

thank you for sharing...
Love
Lee J.
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I know at least two young ladies sitting right here that have declared you the winner!  Well done and you do "our fairies" proud.

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Klassy Karen ~

Thank you very much! I believe that if we create a world of wonder for our children, they will grow up to be creative and imaginative adults. This seems to have been the case with my daughters.

Love & Fairy Light,

Linda
:hugs;
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Hawaii Man ~

Hi, James! I'd love to read a fairy tale from the Islands! hint hint


Linda
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RRR ~

Hi, Kate! Thanks for dropping by! I'm pleased the you enjoyed my tale of fairies! lol

Love 'n fairy magic!

EA
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Margherita ~

"Dearest Angelo Terrestre e Maga (Fairy) Linda,  either I will have to translate this into French or Italian for my grandsons or they will have to learn English, because this is really so magical!!"

~ My smile is so wide that I look like the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland! lol

Love & Zauberfee to you and your grandsons!



Angelo Terrestre e Maga Linda

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Lovely Lee J ~

One of my grandfathers was half Irish and half Swiss. My wasband is half Irish and half Scottish. I, myself, am mostly of Scottish dissent ~ I mean "descent"! lol. Ah, Celtic blood is alive and well in my family.

Love and Fairy Magic

Linda
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Mysterious One ~

What a pleasant surprise that you have gifted me with! Your two gorgeous, smiling little fairy granddaughters ~ Victoria and Natasha!

Thanks, girls, for your vote of confidence! I am extremely pleased that you enjoyed my fairy tale!

Here is one of my special pictures of Erin Woods. Perhaps your grandmother would allow you to visit with the fairies! There will be laughter, and music, lots of flowers, and fairy food ~ and all the dew that you can drink!



With love & fairy magic,

Earth Angel
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I am at a loss to tell you how much I
loved this. I have read it several times
this morning and each time it brings a
huge smile to my face. You are crowned
the 'Mistress of Poetry,' Linda.

Here's wishing you and your family a
beautiful and Merry Christmas. May it
be filled with love and joy, peace and
good health.

hugs always, Marti
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good read
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yanno, I read through all these lovely posts, and couldn't help but think, look at Linda, all you've brought out here...and then, thought, hmmm, the love between a man and women is indeed a marvelous gift, but the bond between women, is priceless....

Merry Christmas to all....


Love
Lee J.
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Misty Lilacs ~

Marti, your mots moved me beyond measure! ~ and I thank you for them.

I recall all the beautiful poems about fairies that you used to post. Could you possibly repost one of them for Arctic Wind's challenge? Yours were of the finest fairy order!
http://piptalk.com/pip/Forum7/HTML/000745.html

I humbly do not feel I merit such a title ~ but it certainly was an exceptionally fine compliment ~ and I THANK YOU!!!

With much love to you, my friend,

Linda
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vandana ~

"Good" is good ~ especially coming from such a good poetess!

Loving hug 'n a smile,
EA
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Lee J ~

Yes, I do so know what you mean. There is something so special about being a part of a sisterhood of girlfriends! All for one ~ and one for all!

Love to you all!

Linda


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This is a lovely poem, and song!!!!

your words in this poem are so cute!!!!!

thank you for choosing my challenge

ARCTIC WIND
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Linda

You weave magic.
And I am spellbound.

Love,
Alison
 
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