Faery Garden Path

A single pink clematis bud unfurls, and she lights from her bower
to wash her wings in the dew of star jasmine
before a repast of sunflower and mint.
Dancing lightly across sweet lilies of valley, tiger and Easter,
she tickles the green ivy with a whisper.
Striped hostas bow low and dark cornflowers salute to honor
their passing queen, but the daisies sing
and giggle with glee.
She smiles and tickles them under their chins.
Midst snow on the mound and bleeding hearts
the honeysuckle vines weave a bridge
at her command.
The peonies are heavy with bud,
richest red and faintest pink.
The fairy queen gives each a kiss,
and they blossom in the early morning mist.

When I rise,
my steps echo this fay road, and
I kneel to greet all she awoke with her kiss.

For Word of The Month Contest


About T A Smith

Just one of the literacy scholars on this site who wants to explore writing in all its complexities.
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37 Responses to Faery Garden Path

  1. jruthkelly says:

    Gee whiz, woman. You wow. Wonder. I love this. Tickle the…ivy. What a beautiful melody. This wholeness flow speaks to me of my favorite cathedral, the sacred spirituality of nature. Such a feast you are…

  2. LT says:

    “She smiles and tickles them under their chins.”

    That is just a lovely detail of the imagination! Best – LT

  3. souldose says:

    The fairy queen gives each a kiss,
    and they blossom in the early morning mist.

    Finally read steadily, okay I asked my sister to read it out
    loud for me and you picked a great one for your entry dear, it’s perfect.

  4. kseverny says:

    is this your entry. really nice

  5. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    What a wonderful ode to the clematis. I love to see them teasing the ivy and whatever else might be near.

  6. souldose says:

    Beautiful poem as always… Can’t stay, my stomach is killing me.

  7. Andy Sewina says:

    Phew, All power to the fairy queen!

  8. william says:

    I love clematis its a beautiful flowering trailer, this was a very nice post xx

  9. Technobabe says:

    All the lovely whispers and smiles and kisses that abound before you even wake up, and you are the lucky recipient of all that magic and beauty. That is a lovely way to look at life! Very nice writing that takes us on a dance through a beautiful garden.

  10. My dearest Yousei,

    Me got an award for you…..

    Come and get it, please?



  11. adam says:

    Nice poem. Playful lines that seem to gain momentum. Thanks.

    • Yousei Hime says:

      Happy to have you visit. Glad you liked the poem. I appreciate your comment on the change in momentum. It is nice to have comments that help assess one’s writing. Do come by again. 🙂

  12. blissbait says:

    GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS! GORGEOUS!!!! Ah! Fairy land, take me away! Seriously!!! Thank You, Beautiful Lady! Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

  13. lesliepaints says:

    Beautiful, Yousei. You really have this spring fever going on! I like the feel of moving from flower to flower and being carried along on a breath of fresh air.

  14. fiveloaf says:

    this is guaranteed to impress the judges.. wow!

  15. Very nice! I feel a calm-peaceful feeling from your poem, a special place in the garden, beautiful picture.
    So fey and sweet;
    “Striped hostas bow low and dark cornflowers salute to honor
    their passing queen, but the daisies sing
    and giggle with glee.”


    • Yousei Hime says:

      Thank you for visiting and leaving such a nice comment. I’m glad you liked the poem. I had written about half of it several years ago, and today I was running dry on inspiration. Yay for journals!

  16. Stan Ski says:

    This really excites the senses – fantastic!

  17. Linda Jacobs says:

    This poem is so rich with all the names of the flowers! Gorgeous!

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