by the dark pool
searches for her heart, caught
among the branches of dream trees—
Are you sitting comfortably, children? Here you go then, a collection of brand new fairy stories to get your teeth into. Thank you to John Bauer, wherever you are, for the inspiring illustration. And thank you for all your beautiful fairy stories!
Di (I hope Pensivity is Di!)
Wordwitch (I hope Wordwitch isn’t Di! Where did I put my brain?)
John Bauer’s illustrations are beautiful. I think so anyway. I’ve used one of his illustrations before, and here’s another. There’s a fantastic story or a hundred in this picture, so much going on, so many possibilities: nightmare or magical dream, curse or enchantment, love story or vengeance. Make of it what you will, write as much as you like, and post a link to your short(ish) story in the comments before next Thursday.
I love John Bauer’s illustrations. They are so mysteriously joyful. You can read about him here. The caption for this one is: Once upon a time, there was a prince riding in the moonlight.
The word suggestions:
Star, gift, wander, soaring, cobalt.
Use any form you like, including the words if you’ve a mind to, and post the link to your creation in the comments before next Tuesday. Be inspired!
The first poem I wrote to this illustration was before I’d thought to choose a handful of words, so I’ll post it another time. This is the second one. You can read it below.
Following the wandering stars,
I soar through cobalt air in search
of silver light, a gift for you.
The moon, too high and out of reach,
I plunge to where it mirror-rides,
white ripple-faced on ocean dark.
We splice the waves like gannet birds,
my rainbow-wingéd mount and I
and find beneath the glassy waves
a pearl as bright as morning sky.
For you I searched the midnight hours
and delved beneath the slick black skin
of oceans, seas and placid lakes.
I found that earth, so wide so deep,
holds nothing of more beauty than
the love already in our hearts,
the silver star chain in our eyes.
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