Idle Fairy Thoughts


Walking through the woods this fall, I’ve discovered multitudes of mushrooms in all shapes and sizes. This particularly delicate one, the only one of its kind I’ve seen, caught my fancy and sent my thoughts swirling to the world of fairies.dscn7877After the festivities end
and dawn’s light fringes the sky,
who tucks away
the fairy paraphernalia
so no discerning human eye
casts a canny glance
at petalled paths
and circled stones?

Flush with late night revelry,
trailing dew-laden feet and
drooping wings,
might the sleepy wee folk
a wayward blossom
or other tell-tale sign-
perhaps this fairy parasol,
a dainty moonshine shield,
now illuminated
in sunshine’s glow
above an oddly tidy
bed of moss?

Molly Hogan (c) 2016

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23 thoughts on “Idle Fairy Thoughts

  1. Irene Latham says:

    Oh, that fairy parasol, that moonshine shield! It doesn’t even look REAL. Lovely. Thank you, Molly. Happy Poetry Friday!

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  2. This is wonderful, Molly! You’ve got my imagination running wild thinking about all the late night fairy revelry. Such a dainty pearlescent parasol!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Michelle. I’ve often thought of fairy frolics when I see milkweed silk strewn across plants. This is my first flight of fancy brought on by a mushroom 🙂


  3. lindabaie says:

    I’ve read of elves today, and now your beautifully imagined fairies, Molly. Wow, this is wonderful. I see many mushrooms in our mountains, but have never seen such “a dainty moonshine shield” as this. This calls for more fairy tales!

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  4. jama says:

    Charming and enchanting. Love the fairy parasol (gorgeous photo as well)!

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  5. A lovely escape into an enchanting scene.

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  6. Love it! I could reblog if you like. My thoughts tiptoed to the fairies, too.

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  7. Reblogged this on Friendly Fairy Tales and commented:
    I hope you enjoy Molly Hogan’s lovely fairy poem. I love her petalled paths, wayward blossoms and moonshine shield. Have a great weekend!

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  8. Sally Murphy says:

    Lovely! I was especially pleased that you used the word ‘paraphernalia’ which is a favourite word and the title of a poem I recently had published.

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  9. maryleehahn says:

    It’s so beautiful! And your poem is, too!

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  10. This is wonderful, Molly! So many beautiful images. I especially like “dawn’s light fringes the sky” as well as that “dainty moonshine shield”. Isn’t it amazing what treasures we find in the woods?

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  11. Laura Shovan says:

    (My dad would say, “There’s a fungus among us.”) What a great photo and I love the poem. My mother used to delight in showing us fairy rings when we were small.

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  12. mbhmaine says:

    Thanks, Laura! Lucky you to visit fairy rings in your youth!


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