Beware the Fae,
The gentry of Arcadia,
The red queens and lords of the hunt,
Beings of glamour and madness,
They long for new playthings,

They’ll take you,
The Others,
Kicking and screaming,
Through the labyrinthine paths of thorns,
To their twisted wonderlands,

The emerald thorns,
Of the supernal hedge,
They’ll tear you up body and spirit,
You’ll be unrecognisable,
A changeling,

Your life will be ousted by another,
A simulacrum of your form,
A perfect fetch,
Nobody will know you’ve been taken,
Nobody shall even miss you,

A fairyland of wyrd,
A realm of hobgoblins and trolls,
Pixies and elementals,
Memories will become as dreams,
Are you still yourself?

Will you remember who you were?
Will you escape?
Claw your way back through the hedge,
Collapse finally in the world you were born,
A world you no longer belong in,

But remember,
Faeries are spiteful things,
Who’s to say they won’t come looking?
Nobody likes losing a toy after all.

  1. Lying Rosa says:

    Guessing you’ve read this one, right?

    • Osharlequin says:

      Amazingly, I had not. Thank you for showing me that, it was fascinating. Also, thank you for your time. 🙂

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • Lying Rosa says:

        Yeats is one of the great mad Irish poets. They have a way with words, the Irish, though I’m not sure they beat the Welsh for rhythm.

      • Osharlequin says:

        Oh yes. I’d certainly heard of Keats, just not that particular piece of his work. It was really fascinating. The Welsh are an interesting lot, to be sure.

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • Lying Rosa says:

        Ah, Yeats. Keats was a young and attractive Englishman I believe (who apparently couldn’t spell, though his spellings sometimes sound better). Yeats on the other hand often comes with a W.B. in front, to show he’s a mad old Irishman who can spell. Both great poets though.

      • Osharlequin says:

        Oops. A definite misreading on my part there. Both great poets indeed!

        The Oldschool Harlequin

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