Believe

Oh ye of jaded belief,
walk these greening woods
and you shall see the signs.
Mushroom thrones beside
fiddlehead playground slides.
Muhly grass, pink pillow puffs
placed ‘neath frills of ferns.
Look with open heart
and you shall find,
the fairy sprites of yore.

A quadrille (44 words) written for dVerse Poet’s Pub where Grace asks us to use the word “green” within our poem. Photos from various hikes we’ve taken.

57 thoughts on “Believe

  1. kanzensakura May 16, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    Oh!!! beautiful photos and such a lovely green poem – faeries!!!! This poem and the photos make me want to start looking for them again as I take walks through my woods. Yore….yore….love to say it.

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 3:31 pm

      Ah Toni….so glad you enjoyed. My grand children went through a wonderful stage where they built fairy houses outside — and the rule was they could only be built with natural items that were already fallen to the ground — acorns, pieces of bark, flower petals, stones. Their back yard was full of fairy houses 🙂

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      • kanzensakura May 16, 2016 / 3:33 pm

        I love it. A friend’s granddaughter did that but they bought all this “cute” stuff to use. I like your idea so much better.

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  2. Linda Kruschke May 16, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    I dislike mushrooms so I have a hard time thinking of them as thrones, but otherwise I love this delightful little quadrille. 😉

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 3:34 pm

      Well…..this particular one we learned from our National Parks guide was poisonous — so only good for a throne, not eating 🙂

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  3. Victoria C. Slotto May 16, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Loving all the delightful details in this–fiddlehead ferns are so unique and those mushroom thrones just perfect.

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  4. Carol J Forrester May 16, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Woodlands have a way of being so magical and you’ve captured that really well here. I love the photo of the fern still curled up.

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:23 pm

      And I do believe, for me at least, the magic increases as you walk deeper and deeper within!

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  5. The Literary Doc May 16, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    You really take the reader on this hike with you through the woods. And the photos add so much.

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:24 pm

      Happy to have you tag along 🙂

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  6. Mish May 16, 2016 / 4:53 pm

    Oh my goodness..fiddleheads!! My son just told me that they are thriving in the woodlands a few hundred miles north of me where he lives. He picked tons of them the other day.
    Your poem is so enchanting, Lillian with a magical Celtic feel.

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:25 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Mish. I’m told fiddleheads are quite a delicacy to cook up in the spring….although the faeries might be upset to lose their slides! 🙂

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  7. Grace May 16, 2016 / 5:15 pm

    This is delightful and I am sure to be looking out for fiddleheads on my walks ~ They are indeed abundant at this time of year ~ Enchanted with this Lillian ~

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:26 pm

      So glad you enjoyed, Grace. A wee bit of folk lore today 🙂

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:57 pm

      Glad you enjoyed! Many a tribute to spring from this prompt. No wonder — we are all so ready! 🙂

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  8. katiemiafrederick May 16, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    Ah.. thE IrisH
    Elf oF i iN eYes
    MEadoWeD
    GreeN luckY
    chArmS waY..
    juSt tWo geneRaTioNs
    rEmoved froM tHe
    CeltiC fAIRy waYs
    oF PeteR
    PaN
    And More
    oF MaGiC..
    FREe nOW..;)

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  9. sarahsouthwest May 16, 2016 / 5:56 pm

    I love the way you casually dropped in “jaded” – not the kind of green you get from this woodland wander…

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 5:58 pm

      Ah — you’re the first to catch that 🙂 So appreciate the thoughtful read. Many thanks!

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  10. jillys2016 May 16, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    For some reason, while reading this, it came out with an Irish accent! Hmmmm 🙂 Lovely photos, too!

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    • lillian May 16, 2016 / 6:22 pm

      Well, I’m French and German…..but we do have the Boston Celtics! 🙂

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  11. Glenn Buttkus May 16, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Tis magical indeed, & your quadrille is an actual poem; lovely, lilting. Mine was a bit rambling & arbitrary; enjoyed this a lot, & beyond.

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Smiling I am to read your words over my first cup this morning! Going to replenish and head out to read….am certain yours will be a treat.

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  12. Charley May 16, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Oh, I do love the lilt of your poem! And the picture in the upper left takes me back out west, into forests where the light has a life of its own. Excellent!

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:08 am

      Thank you Charley! So glad you enjoyed. When I saw that my phone-camera had caught those sun streams, I was amazed. These new phones make everyone a photographer — and it really did look like this! 🙂

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  13. ghostmmnc May 16, 2016 / 6:52 pm

    If we only had some woods to walk through around here, it would be just like the one you’ve described. I’d be looking for fairy sprites all the time! Wonderful is the green of nature! 🙂

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:06 am

      I always feel like I’m entering the faeries land the deeper I walk into the woods — and when the sun streams in, it is indeed magical!

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  14. whimsygizmo May 16, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    “Mushroom thrones” and
    “fiddlehead playground slides” — DELIGHTED by this!

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:04 am

      Happy to make you smile — so nice to see your words over my first morning cup!

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:04 am

      So many words to choose from — it’s fun to sit and look at photos and feel what words come out to describe them! So glad you enjoyed.

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:03 am

      Ah yes…..that pink Muhly grass just looks so ethereal — like it could be piled neath those ferns and make the poufiest of pillows! 🙂

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 7:01 am

      Ah thank you my friend. So happy to take you along on this walk with me 🙂

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  15. maria May 17, 2016 / 7:34 am

    You’ve paint us a lovely picture with your words, Lillian. 🙂

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      • maria May 17, 2016 / 11:22 pm

        I was a bit late (well, maybe the coz of the time zones) but I’m slowly working on blog-hopping over everyone’s sites. Have a nice day, Lillian!

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  16. kim881 May 17, 2016 / 8:25 am

    A magical quadrille – I can image the wood sprites dancing in the greening woods, Lillian. That’s cheered me up immensely 😉

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 10:43 am

      Any time we can find where the faeries live, tis delightful! 🙂

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  17. banya sigh May 17, 2016 / 9:37 am

    I love this! Especially the midsection:

    “Mushroom thrones beside
    fiddlehead playground slides.
    Muhly grass, pink pillow puffs”

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 10:44 am

      So glad you enjoyed! Smiling I am with my second cup of coffee, reading your words. Thank you!

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  18. Imelda May 17, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    Your poem made me feel like a fairy prancing in the spring forest.

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      Prance away!!! So glad you enjoyed 🙂

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    • lillian May 17, 2016 / 1:13 pm

      You are so kind! Glad you enjoyed.

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  19. kaykuala (@hankkaykuala) May 17, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    and you shall find,
    the fairy sprites of yore.

    How true Lilian! One can find myriads of familiar fairy tale elements, mushrooms and the like. Clever observation!

    Hank

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    • lillian May 18, 2016 / 9:12 am

      Into the woods we go —- and our imaginations just get clicking the deeper we go! 🙂

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  20. Rosemary Nissen-Wade May 18, 2016 / 2:44 am

    Oh yes! And these lovely photos provide the evidence. 🙂

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