Sunday, September 29, 2013

"The Moon Fairy"

Artwork of Catrin Welz-Stein - more artwork found HERE
The Moon Fairy

With glossy black caps and small stocky bodies
we patrol cimmerian nights,

black-crowned heron and I.

She forever seeks shallow waters for toads, insects,
I search city fountains, pocket children's wishes

and heartbreak, string them upon a midnight cord.

The fledglings chirp as with fish dangling,
mama wings their way - silhouetted -

beneath same magical crescent

I borrow stilted legs, rise up, up, up,
necklace the moon with iridescence

and hope for answered prayers.

by Margaret Bednar, September 29, 2013

black-crowned night heron
Google images
This is for dVerse - writing to the artwork of Catrin Welz-Stein.  Her blog and gallery is HERE.  Do yourself a favor and take a look at her stunning digital images of collaging old illustrations and photographs!

and for Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Sunday Mini Challenge - Secret Life of Bees.   We had several quotes from the book to choose from.  I chose "It is the peculiar nature of the world to go on spinning no matter what sort of heartbreak is happening."  I hope you see the connection of this thought in my poem.


29 comments:

Grace said...

I love the imagery of borrowing stilted legs, rise up and necklace the moon ~ Let's hope for prayers to be answered ~

Brian Miller said...

rise up and hope....what more can you ask for?

the pocketing of the wishes and heartbreaks and stringing them up on a necklace...i love that bit margaret...

pandamoniumcat said...

Gosh it's delightful, enjoyed the calmness beautiful words!

Claudia said...

i wish we had wings like those birds to rise up that high instead of having to borrow stilts...how cool would that be..loved necklacing the moon with iridescence...

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a beautiful poem Margaret. I love the ending. There are too many beautiful lines to choose just one. Thank you for taking part in the challenge.

L. Edgar Otto said...

I once saw a toad, he too on the hunt for small things in the grass and do more than aim for a moving small object... I almost laughed when it rolled its eyes around and blinked them hard... for it had swallowed a bee... I saw another that swallowed a lightning bug and its belly was full of blinking light. Thanks.

Kerry O'Connor said...

I love how you saw a black crowned heron in the painting! It is always an amazing experience to see how individuals interpret things in their own unique ways.

Kathryn said...

Such a beautiful visual you create. Love the collection of wishes and stringing them up.

seasideauthor said...

"...search city fountains,
pockets children's wishes..."
Really like your writing here!
You must be so one with nature.
Where does the money go in all the fountains? Just wondering?

sreeja harikrishnan said...

beautiful with a delightful touch...loved this...

kaykuala said...

To bid for answered prayers can be done in many ways. Borrowed stilts can be an option, true enough! Nicely Marge!

Hank

Liz Rice-Sosne said...

This is my "fav" of all - because the "Black Crowned Night Heron" and I go back a very long way. ;)

Marian said...

WOW, this poem totally blows me away, Margaret! how clever and beautiful and magical!

"I search city fountains, pocket children's wishes
and heartbreak, string them upon a midnight cord." WOW.

Sumana Roy said...


this is an absolute delight.......love that image of black-crowned heron....grand word sketch.....

johnallenrichter said...

Very captivating Margaret... Incredible imagery... Thank you so much for sharing.... I really enjoyed the lines about pocketing childrens wishes... That certainly set the hook for me... But the last three lines completely blew me out of the water... Incredibly beautiful... Keep this up!

Debi Swim said...

"necklace the moon with iridescence"
Lovely phrase.

Björn said...

What a necklace of wonderful images... loved the side-kick heron.. and those little services that the fairy does... a lot like a sweet lullaby..

Laurie Kolp said...

Yes, there's always hope... and I love this line:

necklace the moon with iridescence

ccchampagne said...

Oooohhhh... Out of practice reading poetry, but this struck a very dark and deep chord with me. Got stuck on the pocketing of children's wishes and heartbreak... Great job!

aprille said...

Yet another glamorous profile picture :-)
I had to look up cimmerian. Great word.Such fine phrases and great perception of the depths of the image.

Margaret said...

Thank you all for responding so kindly!! It really does mean a lot that you took the time to tell me.

Mark Walters said...

So she's a huntress. She does resemble a stork on the stilts. Good comparison!

LaTonya Baldwin said...

up, up, up- I felt light and happy. Love your fairy. I realize it's a simple, single word, but it rendered magic here. Fantastic.

grapeling said...

dusted with magic, Margaret ~ M

girlwiththepen1118 said...

I felt a "be watchful" feeling and, a child-like awe at your charcoal description ~ BEAUTIFUL tale told! Faithfully Debbie

Outlawyer said...

Super charming, Margaret. k. (Manicddaily)

Hannah said...

I just love your last four lines and the fact that the stilts are "borrowed," I like that, too. :)

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This is just magical--and I love this picture--the art is so evocative

Margaret said...

Thank you. Yes, the artist's work is very inspiring.