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A Fairy Tale

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A Fairy Tale

In a land, far away, once upon a time
An ancient place, deep in mystical forests
There lived a sickly old man
The years had passed and he was but an empty shell

Even he had no memories of who he used to be
But now, in the forest, he breathed his bitterness
A small barren one room cabin
His only possession, his grumpy voice

The town, further down the hill
Was to be his only detested outing
Each month the voyage,  a barter for rations
Chopped wood, for his meager means

The children would taunt and tease
This smelly aberration to their playful days
And toss pebbles and stones
What do you mutter, you ragged old man?

He pictured them in a pot of stew
Yet no smile would he spend even on this thought
And off he went back up the hill, his bitterness too
The echo’s of laughing children, now but a distant taunt

He grew older, as did his bitterness
Year by year, and like a curse he lived
Certainly not of his choosing
Almost not hearing the village sneers

One day the men elders where called away
Kings declare wars, but it’s the villagers who do battle
Times became dark, who lived who died, no one was sure
The village children wept for their fathers

The old mans monthly pilgrimage to the village
Was met with sad infant stares
His mutterings now no concern of theirs
When off in the distance, beating drums and horses hooves

Soldiers of terror, pillaged and burned
The fires and haze, arrows and swords
The villagers ran in into the forests deep
Save for some of the children, confused and dazed

The old man stood in the midst of it all
And fearing nothing, his soul long dead
The children behind him, with fear and dread
He lifted a fallen sword and felled a horsemen 

The a second, a third, in vengeance did come
And he felled them too, no fear in his eyes
The others retreated, their loot in tow
Only the angel of death, left with the wind

The old man, fell to the ground
Surrounded by children, staring in shock
They carried him home, his frown, and all
And stoked his fire, and laid him to rest

When he woke the next morning
All the children were there
With smiles, be dammed, what did he care?
They chattered and praises his heroic acts

They truly saw, the beauty hidden so deep
This old man saved them, his bravery noble
His silence, and rudeness, they ignored it all
And a little boy, with wonder, said thank you grumpy

Well, against his will, a smile did appear
This little one, taken so, thought him so dear
And day by day, the children returned
And he told them stories he had long forgotten

In the forest, up in the trees
Two angel fairies, where singing in the breeze
Looking down and over the cabin
And filled with joy, for an old soul was revived

The old man, spent his days, telling stories and teaching
The children learned the ways of their past
And the old man, who once was dead
Now knew the meaning of all life ahead

The village rebuilt and returned to routine
Honored the old man, once unwashed and unseen
The children grew older, the old man passed on
And now he sits in a tree and sings in the breeze

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  1. Date: 6/26/2013 12:19:00 AM
    I enjoyed this fairy tale....fairy tales are NEVER outdated. Great work Arthur...hugs

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 6/26/2013 9:38:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hugs back!!!
  1. Date: 3/18/2013 8:23:00 PM
    awww that bought tears to my eyes. what a great poem, keep dreaming. Louise

  1. Date: 3/18/2013 4:44:00 PM
    So imaginative, with superb phrasing and imagery. Nicely paced, with a happy ending. Reminded me of the Grinch! BRAVO Arthur!! Best wishes, Keith

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks!!! and now that I think of it, reminds me of the Grinch too!!!!
  1. Date: 3/17/2013 9:33:00 AM
    Oh Arthur...how fantastic. :-) a lesson to be learned here...

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/17/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you! :)
  1. Date: 3/17/2013 7:44:00 AM
    See my comment below. If you have a chance read my two poems a Man and the moon prose and free verse. I really enjoyed your tale. I think it is very good.

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/17/2013 9:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Richard, and yes I read your comments below, why just this week, someone else tried to tell me Santa Claus isn't real!!! Can you believe that? :)
  1. Date: 3/17/2013 2:40:00 AM
    Nice one my friend....Soup

    vaso Avatar arthur vaso
    Date: 3/17/2013 9:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you friend :)
  1. Date: 3/17/2013 12:48:00 AM
    Nice reading, but Fairy Tales have some what been outdated. Consider, restructing your poem in a different poetic voice to suit another period. Is it "In a land far away, once upon a time" or "Once upon a time in a faraway land?"

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/17/2013 7:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Personally I love this poem exactly how you have written it. As long as there are children or people who are young at heart fairy tales will never be outdated.
  1. Date: 3/17/2013 12:16:00 AM
    Wow, this is quiet a story, you should change it into prose and poetry, such a lovely inspiration :) wishing you a wonderful weekend, hug, Yanny :D