Fairy King in the Court of Fools
I was a Fairy!
A member of Elven Court
though never by birth.
I leaped through a gate of woven dreams like mirror's glass
into a dry forest of towering grasses
taller than sight and twisted
like tunneled mazes
through which I explored
Searching for nothing but the intoxication of
and stumbled upon the Palace of the Fair Folk.
In disguise I entered
Boldly to mingle among the strutting Elves in their frippery
Their flamboyance a mockery
of Human aristocracy
Made even more so by their own ignorance of this farce.
You are more human than I, I marveled
with amazed abhorrence, observing rapt conversations
concerning the slaying
of the Unicorn
for the feast's main dish.
Why have we wondered and sung through all the ages
about these base and posing fools?
But my new sense of contempt withers
and my confident bearing wilts
as the Court is graced with the entrance of its King.
No mere trickster is he
stealing children from beds
or souring fresh milk.
Wise as the Bard Taliesin
Authority like proud Oberon
A true King with dignity, and no man's fool
with his eyes like black stars
brimming with mischief and delight,
I felt a child
caught playing in its parent's clothes
by those regal eyes so bright.
Would that I could have heard him speak!
If only my fear of my mask being shattered
had not my thoughts scattered on panicked wings,
if only that stray shaft of morning Sun
had not brushed my bowing eyelids.
For during that brief rousing from the realm of sleep
some foreign will seized and moved me with sword
in hand to strike at that majestic lord.
Still, yet still,
he smiled right at me
as if I were no enemy
those black jewel eyes glittering merrily
at the challenge.
Would he have won?
I will never know
Inwardly wheeling with horror
Reviling myself for a greater fool
than all those silk-headed courtiers
I surged back to the Sun
my mind spinning
with what might have been.
at times I look at my hands
Are they stained
by noble Magic's blood?
- Title: Fairy King in his Court
- Artist: Zephyr Whisper
Title is actually "Fairy King in the Court of Fools" but for some reason the last two letters wouldn't fit...
I just submitted this one for an assignment and I don't feel like sitting with my hands folded like a good little girl until teacher gets back to me next week. I want to hear some feedback!
This one's rather longer and, let's say, more reckless than I usually write. But the more I read it the more I like it. It's based on a dream I had over the summer.
- Date: 09/10/2009
- Tags: fairy king court fools