Fanciful or Real?

Hand in hand, with fairy grace,
 will we sing, and bless this place.
William Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

She fancied herself a fairy at an early age.
Each toddler step produced peels of laughter
from those who regaled in every teetering move.

She gathered smiles and tucked them away
behind sweet curly tendrils,
within folds of chubby knees,
in the sparkly depths of deep blue
behind delicate lashes with flutter dreams.

And as her steps grew wider, longer,
she skipped around the globe
passing out smiles to all she came upon,
turning darkness inside out
to light the path of many.

She was the first within a multitude,
if only we believe.

Feel their touch in sunbeams,
look within darkness and seek their starry light.
Gaze into delicate etchings of frost
upon our windows in the coldest of days,
and understand.

There are fairies and angels among us,
if only we believe.
And we can choose their ways,
light a path through darkness
and create smiles within the world.

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Welcome to Tuesday’s Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Today I’m tending bar and asking writers to kick up their heels a bit…..give me the ole razzle dazzle! Give us some sparkle! Think of the meaning of these words and either use one, two, all or none of the words while creating a poem that evokes their mood. Stop by to read the full prompt and see what others come up with. Come enjoy some razzle dazzle with us!

58 thoughts on “Fanciful or Real?

    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 10:28 am

      I do love the positive side of life! 🙂 Will be interesting to see what others write about for this prompt.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 3:08 pm

      Um….I think there’s one on that pink parasol I attached to your drink! 🙂

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  1. katiemiafrederick October 4, 2016 / 3:27 pm

    sMiLes.. mY FriEnd.. Lillian..
    currently.. writing a New Macro-Verse
    haha.. that in my case is the equivalent
    of half a poetry novel.. anyWay.. the title now
    is Golden Age ReNews.. and what a deLiGht
    tHis muse you create to liGht anoTher patH
    of Golden Spiral
    SMiLes.. As A sMiLe..
    iS not juST a show of Teeth..
    Sunshine from lips is what it
    bRingS Now fRom SunFloWer
    liFe SiGn Seed SuN aBove
    oUr liGht beLoW as wE
    sHine iT back
    for Gift of liFe..
    and spread these
    SMiLes to one and aLL
    OtHeRs WiTh alWays
    Hope of GroWinG
    Ocean WHoLe
    oF Fearless Love..
    Greater FoRCe oNe oF liGht..:)

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  2. frankhubeny October 4, 2016 / 3:35 pm

    I liked the idea of lighting a path through darkness but especially turning darkness inside out. The photo of the crystals on the window made me think I should take close up pictures of things like that, things I see but quickly ignore.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      It’s interesting for me to realize that since I began writing poetry in February 2015, I’ve started to look at things more closely — just as you’re suggesting here. I see more of the pieces of the whole, if that makes sense. I think of different ways to say things that give someone a closer look too. So very glad you enjoyed this. Hope you’ll stop by again!

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  3. Marilyn Cavicchia October 4, 2016 / 4:03 pm

    I like that the person you’re describing is both fairy-like and also very human, especially as a child. Nice toddler details!

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 4:20 pm

      We all had little chubby knees once — and I firmly believe we can all hand out smiles! 🙂 You just did with your post for this prompt — loved it!

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    • lillian October 5, 2016 / 9:45 am

      Hi Marilyn: Just wanted to let you know….I posted a reply on your wonderful poem for this Razzle Dazzle prompt but when I looked back this morning, it is not appearing. One other dVerse poster let me know my reply when into his spam. Can you please check your spam and if that did happen, let me know? THANKS. PS: Loved your take on this prompt!

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  4. Sanaa Rizvi October 4, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Oh this is such a gorgeous write ❤️ especially love the lines “She gathered smiles and tucked them away behind sweet curly tendrils, within folds of chubby knees, in the sparkly depths of deep blue behind delicate lashes with flutter dreams.” Sigh beautifully penned ❤️

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  5. whippetwisdom October 4, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    I love this and the photograph of the forest looks like a happy home for sparkling fairies :o)

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  6. Michael October 4, 2016 / 5:41 pm

    Lovely Lillian, the fairies in my garden never stop amazing me….some are effervescent, some plain dull but never do they produce a dull moment….

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      Fairies are like that! I’ve believed ever since I saw Mary Martin in the original Peter Pan on our old console black and white television. I clapped so hard to keep Tink alive!!!

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    • lillian October 5, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Hi Michael:
      Hope you read this! Wanted to let you know I really liked your post for this prompt — BUT my reply to it is not visible. Went back this morning and looked, and it is not appearing. Another dVerse poster let me know my reply went into his spam. Can you please check and let me know? Just want to insure you know I really liked your reply to this prompt and to see my comments.

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      • Michael October 5, 2016 / 7:01 pm

        Hi Lillian, found you in the spam and corrected the error…thanks for stopping by….glad you enjoyed my contribution…

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  7. whimsygizmo October 4, 2016 / 6:20 pm

    Beautiful, Lill. I adore – and still believe in – fairies. 😉
    LOVE this prompt.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 6:35 pm

      You and me, Peter Pan, Wendy and her brothers, and the Lost Boys too! 🙂

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  8. Glenn Buttkus October 4, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    There be fairies among the clover, in woodpecker holes, under toadstools, in old bird nests, in the woodpile, in the rafters of the outhouse, & in your gorgeous poem, which is a perfect illustration of the intent of your creative prompt. I took the words literally, silly me.

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    • lillian October 4, 2016 / 6:36 pm

      Ah Glenn…..the words were to be taken as the reader perceived….and I ADORED your literal reply!!!! Are you wearing those shades tonight? 🙂

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  9. kanzensakura October 4, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Love this poem, the fairies, the photo of the ice crystals on the window. I still look for fairies and dragons every where I go.

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    • lillian October 5, 2016 / 12:02 am

      My grandchildren build fairy houses outside — the “rule” is you can only use natural material that you find — but not, for example, pick a living flower. Petals you find on the ground would be okay. So fun to see them — and then sometimes, they leave berries etc for the fairies too! 🙂

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      • kanzensakura October 5, 2016 / 12:13 pm

        Cool. Fairy houses were all the rage here a few years ago but unfortunately, became expensive and elaborate with purchased items, catering to the craze. I love the idea of natural and found items much better, like I did when I was a kid. Good for your grandchikdren. Long may the fairies have homes.

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    • lillian October 5, 2016 / 9:50 am

      Hi Toni: Just wanted to let you know I went back into the posts for this prompt and in some, my comments are not posting. I did hear from Brian that my comment went into his spam. I loved your response to the prompt and made a comment but it is not showing up. I’d hate for you to think I’m ignoring your posts!!!! 😦 Can you please check your spam and let me know? PS: Thinking of you my friend and hope all is going well.

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      • kanzensakura October 5, 2016 / 12:06 pm

        I will check. Not sure why the response went into my spam as your other comments have shown up. Justt be sure for Blogger that you use the google id instead of wordpress or other id. Bjorn gave me this hint when Ii frst started commenting. Works like a charm! Use your regular WP login for WP posts.

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  10. sarahsouthwest October 5, 2016 / 4:21 am

    Ah, lovely. Some people bring the sunshine with them. I love the image of gathering up other people’s smiles when you’re tiny and then handing them out again when you’re older. I do believe that if you get enough when you’re little, you’ll never run out of smiles to pass on. And i do believe in fairies, I do, I do!

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:15 am

      I do think handing out smiles is one of the most important things we can do!😊 Glad you enjoyed!

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  11. rosemawrites October 5, 2016 / 5:00 am

    this heartwarming and creatively done pieces painted a smile in my tired face, Lillian, Thank you! ❤
    Love these lines:
    "There are fairies and angels among us,
    if only we believe."

    Indeed. ❤
    Thank you for the dazzling prompt!

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:26 am

      Glad you enjoyed the prompt. It’s truly been fun to read all the posts as everyone takes to bedazzling! Glad you enjoyed my poem – I do love handing out smiles! 😊

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  12. mother wintermoon October 5, 2016 / 11:57 am

    I can see the sparkle of iridescent fairy wings! Gorgeously uplifting sentiments, Lillian! I think we were on a similar wavelength with our vision for this prompt. 🌹

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:17 am

      Yes we were! I do believe in fairies and love to hand out smiles😊 GLad you enjoyed!

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  13. sree October 5, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    wow! just loved the words and the pictures….!

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  14. lynn__ October 5, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    I’m thankful for such delightful and effervescent personalities in the world…may we choose to sprinkle joy!

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Hi Lyn: hopefully you’ll read this! For whatever reason, I’ve tried to post a reply on your site to your poem for this prompt and it is not appearing. Several folks have told me they’ve “found” me in their spam. Can you check and let me know? I really enjoyed your post!

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      • lynn__ October 6, 2016 / 8:13 am

        Yes, I found 3 of your comments (on this post) in my spam 😕 So I moved one…thanks for your kind thoughts!

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      • lillian October 6, 2016 / 8:23 am

        Thanks, Lynn. Now that I’m “liberated” from spam, hopefully I’ll be visible for your future posts on dVerse! 🙂

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  15. Stacy Mar October 5, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    sweet and lighthearted….and definitely dazzling and sparkling!

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:24 am

      I do love the sparkly! Glad you enjoyed.

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  16. paulscribbles October 5, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    A sparkle in your words and ideas for sure. Maybe tis you that is the fey one 😉

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    • lillian October 5, 2016 / 4:32 pm

      Hi Paul. I just commented on your response to my razzle dazzle dverse prompt, on your blog, and the comment is not showing up. Can you look in your spam to see if it’s in there and let me know?

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  17. Mish October 5, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    There truly are “fairies” among us, kind people sharing smiles, positive energy and sparkles of hope and wisdom. I think you are one of them. 🙂

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:22 am

      Glad you enjoyed this one – and yes, I do enjoy handing out smiles. I think it’s one of the most important things we can do each day — and it’s so easy! 😊

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  18. georgeplace2013 October 5, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    “Gaze into delicate etchings of frost
    upon our windows in the coldest of days”… I love that. The patterns of frost are so pretty

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    • lillian October 6, 2016 / 7:21 am

      Glad you enjoyed! I do love the “footprints” nature leaves behind — sometimes we just need to look for them – even on window panes!

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  19. annell4 October 6, 2016 / 10:30 am

    I think they are here, whether we believe or not….the Universe is waiting…..

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