I recently learned that February 26th is Tell a Fairy Tale Day. What children’s author doesn’t love fairy tales? Woven into the fabric of my childhood, fairy tales introduced me to the art of storytelling. They also helped my imagination grow so that one day, I could write my own stories and poems.
As a young child, I liked the story of the cute three little pigs. As long as they all survived the wolf attacks, I approved. The setting of the three little bears scared me just a bit, with concept of bears versus girl. Then again maybe that girl deserved it. I could do without the kidnapping of Rapunzel or the child-eating witch in Hansel and Gretel. However, I loved the Three Billy Goats Gruff. Who doesn’t like cute goats?
Anyway, I hope you read or tell a tale for Tell a Fairy Tale Day.
Here’s my Faerie Poem Contribution for Tell a Fairy Tale Day:
Secret Garden Meeting
I will tell you what nobody knows—
What nobody sees—where nobody goes.
In the garden in the middle of night,
Faeries meet and critter eyes glint in light.
Light’s sparse, but sure, from the stars and the moon.
Some faeries play flutes made from plant reeds.
Some mice will use for maracas: dried seeds.
A bullfrog will sometimes drum out a beat,
Soft faerie singing will make it complete.
Complete enchantment with nature is there.
The air is sweet from shaking flowers.
The favorite gardens have pole bean towers.
Kittens are welcome to stay and play;
But grown cats are prodded and chased away,
Away from the meeting in the mid night.
And each twig is replaced before first light.
©2015 by Jenifer Tull-Gauger
Want to read more? See some of my haiku poems here.