death of a faerie

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the ancient faerie, with her
golden wings coming off
the hinges,

flicks away the sheath of
rich-grey hair
that have fallen (in love) over
her strong, stooped shoulders.

she puts away the dust-
pan and awakens through
her rusted iron-ore wand-
hand (single-spaced, spelled,
sustained),

an apparition of her
youth, her dark-eyed
energy of yesteryears

— the pneuma that always finds its
return, inwards,
outwards,
back to its source —

a golden woman, a silver lifeline,
and the womb of death,

the midnight carriage moving
towards
an unflinching,
hundred-wrinkled,
time-bound
end.

© Anmol Arora

For With Real Toads’ Un-Fairy Tales
Image source (Willem De Kooning’s Woman II (1952))

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17 thoughts on “death of a faerie

  1. sanaarizvi says:

    This is beyond beautiful! ❤ I can picture the faerie “her dark-eyed energy of yesteryears” and marveled upon the intricate details woven in this poem. It’s almost as though I can reach out and touch her as the midnight carriage moves toward a “hundred-wrinkled, time-bound end.” Unforgettable write 😊

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  2. Spellbinding, Anmol. I love your imagining of a ageing faerie. She seemed so real; to me, as if you knew her well. I love the lines:
    ‘flicks away the sheath of
    rich-grey hair
    that have fallen (in love) over
    her strong, stooped shoulders’;
    ‘a golden woman, a silver lifeline,
    and the womb of death’
    and especially:
    ‘the midnight carriage moving
    towards
    an unflinching,
    hundred-wrinkled,
    time-bound
    end’.

    Liked by 2 people

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