The Fairy Song
Over hill, over dale
Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Over park, over pale,
Thorough flood, thorough fire!
I do wander everywhere,
Swifter than the moon’s sphere;
And I serve the Fairy Queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green;
The cowslips tall her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
Those be rubies, fairy favours;
In those freckles live their savours;
I must go seek some dewdrops here,
And hang a pearl in every cowslip’s ear.
You’ll never see a faery by talking about it. So let’s just get on with it, shall we?
No-one illustrates the unseen world better than Miyazaki:
The Cottingley Fairies…I don’t care that they’re a hoax, do you?
I don’t know where this person’s “home town” is, but apparently this is a community event on Beltane that has been happening for generations. Let’s move there, shall we?
You’re asking for trouble if you attempt this, but if you really want to try…how to catch a fairy.
At first she sounds like a crackpot, but actually she’s right on:
If Lady Gaga had a fairy child, it would grow up to be her:
If you’ve ever danced a maypole, you know that it looks nothing like this:
Rather, you have a select few who get the concept of “over, under” and then you have the children running amock and tripping people and that dude behind you who always goes the “wrong” way and the grumpy older women who really wish you would just do it right. It’s a glorious mess.
At the age of 9, this kid started a campaign to plant one million trees in Germany. He has surpassed that number and his program is being done all over the world. Obviously, tutored by faeries. (I shed many a happy tear at his efforts, bless him.)
Here’s Susun Weed’s take on Frolicking with the Fairies.
In Just (e.e. cummings)
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
when the world is puddle-wonderful
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
I confess, I started today’s tines with a totally different topic in mind, and then a sprite whispered in my ear so I decided to go with the wee folk. Alas, I am out of time and my own little imp is jumping up and down on my lap. There are so many more juicy tidbits to share, and this is only a lame smattering. If I get a chance I will add to this post later on today or this week and make it a full course faery feast. Until then…enjoy….