Shhhhh, she’s hiding . . .

buttercup crown
under stocking cap of ivy vine.
Rose petal leggings, freesia shawl,
lily-of-the-valley boots. Winter clad,
she joins thousands of fairies
gathered on mountainsides,
hidden by evergreen fronds.
Spirits bright, they wait for spring,
their fairy lights aglow.
Winter’s secret no one knows.

De is hosting Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. She asks us to include the word “crown” or a form of the word (not a synonym of the word) in a poem of exactly 44 words, sans title. Pub opens at 3 PM Boston time. Come join us!
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20 thoughts on “Shhhhh, she’s hiding . . .

  1. whimsygizmo November 29, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    Oh! I already loved that “buttercup crown,” but I think that “stocking cap of ivy vine” might have topped it, literally. 😉


  2. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit November 29, 2021 / 3:05 pm

    That is wonderful — really like how this quadrille unfolds, and we become enamored by this little fairy…


  3. sarahsouthwest November 29, 2021 / 3:07 pm

    Oh, delightful! I hope they stay warm – those clothes sound very summery. I guess they use their fairy magic…


  4. Ron. November 29, 2021 / 4:33 pm

    Love those peeking lights, waiting. Thanks, Lillian!


  5. Carrie V. H. November 29, 2021 / 7:14 pm

    A lovely fairy secret as beautiful and sparkling as fairy dust! I love this Lillian!


  6. Truedessa November 29, 2021 / 9:47 pm

    This was delightful, there have been snow flurries here and it won’t be long before the big snowfall.


  7. K.Hartless November 29, 2021 / 10:18 pm

    Love how your quadrille lets us in on a secret and we’re left feeling special because of it.


  8. Raivenne November 29, 2021 / 10:30 pm

    Oh I was charmed by the title and this enchanting quadrille did not disappoint.


  9. ben Alexander November 30, 2021 / 3:47 am

    Lillian, this reminds me of Herself the Elf from my childhood 🙂



  10. Quaranjavirus November 30, 2021 / 4:02 am

    Nice poem! Something that brings warmth amidst a cold winter 🙂


  11. writingwhatnots November 30, 2021 / 7:47 am

    Lovely, bright and whimsical – a beautiful quadrille tonic for gloomy November.


  12. danadampier November 30, 2021 / 2:09 pm

    Glowing lights amongst the snow on a mountainside sounds so amazing and breathtaking! I wish I could see this!!


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