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The Old Fairy The Old Fairy
by Rene Davila
2009-01-09 09:24:23
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She had been the delight of children all over the world. With her magic powers she realized the most impossible dreams for many children of any race, creed or color, but she is now over two hundred years old, and she is suffering from all the health maladies associated with being old.

She can’t fly any longer; she is now confined to a wheelchair when she goes out of her house. When indoors, she has to use a walker to help her wander around.  She is now afflicted by arthritis, hypertension, and what is worse; she has now developed Parkinson’s disease.

She does not receive any more visitors except for a few birds who bring her food, and a couple of raccoons that help her tidy up the house. She misses children the most, as she reminisces all the miracles that she was allowed to perform for them, and all the happy faces she would generate by her mere presence.

It was time for her to ask the fairy godmother to realize a miracle in order to end her agony. She felt she had fully carried out her mission, she felt she made so many children feel happy, but now she felt sad that she could not do it anymore. So, she prayed for compassion.

The following day when the birds arrived with the daily bread, the old fairy was not home. They found a note on her bed that said: “Sorry I missed you, my fairy godmother has taken me to fairy heaven to be with God. I am happy, and I can fly again. Love you all.”

Your old fairy.        


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Chris2009-01-09 16:07:40
Grimm is the season when tidings of woe
Come to the children who played in the snow
There by the cherry trees under the sky
Where the Fairy would meet them and teach them to fly
Sad is the hour when the tide turns to storm
When loves that were gentle are all swept neath the floor
When trust and good cheer are replaced by cold fear
And the trees in the winter shiver
O Fairy of Old
Please remember your joy
Rejoyce in your memories
The times that boys and girls could love you pure and true
Remember that we still think of you
The world grows old
The air is foul
Disease and fear now groan and scowl
At all of those who would wish for joy
For peace and goodness
An end to all the grim and saddened noises
Yes, you are old, and you are deer.
Do not give up the ghost for fear that you are not remembered.
You memory is a crumb of joy
For the birds that no longer sing
And the children who still see you with pure eyes.
Try to smile
Try


AP2009-01-09 16:50:12
She's either a fairy or a mammal with antlers.


Emanuel Paparella2009-01-09 20:35:17
Intriguing to me is the connection of fairies to fairy tales. One wonders if imagination, fantasy, dreams, are all aspects of that reality contemptuously rejected by Cartesian rationalism as belonging to the world of children not worthy of rational adults. Pity! And yet, paradoxically, the rational adult will at times indulge a penchant for writing poetry and even challenge the philosopher to do likewise! Even a rationalist such as Freud understood the importance of the dream world and fairy tales as a psychological need to escape things as they are and dream of things as they ought to be or could be. Interesting that fairies are usually thought of as women symbolizing the nurturing, maternal and feminine side of the self. Jung also postulates that they also symbolize the anima, or the female side of a man’s personality without which the man becomes a dehumanized bully or a totalitarian personality grotesquely and monstruoulsy writing poetry and listening to beautiful music at times. He correctly saw the integration of the anima to the male self as important for the achievement of emotional balance and for being human.


LL2009-01-09 23:25:53
Cartesian rationalism ?


Emanuel Paparella2009-01-10 02:25:54
Indeed, read Decartes' "Discourse on Method" and there you'll find fairy tales and myths and legends characterized as something for children and quite useless for adults. What is bizarre nowadays, is that sometimes the same rationalists who conceive of reason as nothing but logic are engaged in doing poetry and they never see the dichotomy.


Michelle Mendez2009-03-22 17:25:48
You have a fairy goddaughter who is enchanted by your work, for reasons untold...reasons found in the aesthetic value of life...


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