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Her neighbors claim her as their fairy,
And gather around to protect
This little wood nymph of their forest
Who so needs their love and respect.

They don't know how she came to their woodland.
It seems she is one of a kind.
She must gaze at reflection in water
For one like her own self to find. 

Lovely flowers bow in abeyance
All the wood creatures kneel down with awe.
The wind tries to clear the lake waters,
That she might see the picture they saw.

The magnificence of her surroundings
More than easily rivaled by
The beauty of her reflection
As it’s framed by the bright blue sky.

She has no access to glass mirrors,
This little nymph of the wood.
She longs to see her own features
Without ripples if only she could.

Goddess Hera is extremely jealous
Of her beauty, her goodness, her youth.
Though there is no reason for vengeance,
Goddess ire doesn’t listen to truth.

She puts a vile charm on the wood nymph
And steals away her sweet voice.
She can only speak now as an echo.
This dear child has no other choice.

The wood creatures gather around her.
They miss her melodious song.
They give her the new name of Echo,
Declaring what happened was wrong.

One day at the lake was Narcissus.
She was charmed but could not tell him so.
When he asks if she deems him as handsome,
She repeats his own words as an echo.

He’s amazed at her impudent actions,
Intrigued into saying “I love you.”
Love releases her from the wicked one’s spell.
“Beloved  Narcissus, I love you too.”

They spend all their hours now together,
Gazing at the pretty pictures they make,
More gorgeous than lilies reflected
In clear waters of their wedding lake.

By: Joyce Johnson


Copyright © | Year Posted 2011

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Date: 8/31/2016 2:29:00 PM
I liked your echo-fairy, Joyce. Congrats!
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Date: 7/18/2014 2:44:00 PM
Nice win..>PD
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Date: 8/31/2016 2:31:00 PM
34 Wins, to be exact (including Ruben). ;-)
Date: 7/17/2014 8:50:00 AM
Bravo! A splendid tale. Congratulations.
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Date: 7/17/2014 1:35:00 AM
A glamorous fantastic fable poem. Congrats on yor top win, 1st place. And warm regards n tnx.
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Date: 7/16/2014 7:44:00 PM
Well done, this a wonderful story! Grats on your win
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Date: 7/16/2014 4:37:00 AM
sweetly scribed, joyce.. I like!...sweet congrats!.. huggs
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Date: 7/16/2014 1:04:00 AM
Beauty echos beauty my dear friend Joyce! Such a lovely write,, I loved it,,Congrats on top win// Upma//
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Date: 7/15/2014 8:12:00 PM
Love it :D Congratulations on your win
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Date: 7/15/2014 7:08:00 PM
Great rendition of a classic Greek myth, Joyce. Congratulations!
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Date: 7/15/2014 12:14:00 PM
It seems the echo of beauty's reflection was beauty itself. Great job Joyce.
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Date: 7/15/2014 11:07:00 AM
I truly loved this light hearted poem. It was a masterpiece. Thank you for entering my contest.
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Date: 3/3/2011 1:51:00 PM
Congratulations on your very fine win in the contest, Joyce. Always, a joy to read. : ) Love, Annalise
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Date: 3/2/2011 11:48:00 AM
Congratulations Joyce on your fine win in Constance's wonderful contest....:)
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Date: 2/28/2011 7:56:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Joyce in Constance's contest "Reflection". Love, Carol
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Date: 2/27/2011 11:41:00 AM
Congrats on your win with this wonderful piece. I enjoyed the read. Caryl
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Date: 2/26/2011 4:34:00 PM
Congratulations on your win..Sara
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Date: 2/26/2011 10:54:00 AM
Congrats Joyce on your wonderful win in the Reflections contest my friend.. so great to be sharing the winners list with a great friend like u ...luv..
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Date: 2/26/2011 7:33:00 AM
Great job Joyce, good to see you at the top again. Congratulations on your worthy poem's second place honor in Constance's inspiring contest. Agape, Moses
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Date: 2/26/2011 12:17:00 AM
Hurrah for your big win, Joyce. It just had to be!
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Date: 2/25/2011 10:34:00 PM
wonderfull result here Joyce, all the best to you with the win congrats.
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Date: 2/25/2011 9:09:00 PM
This contest brought forth some gorgeous poetry..congrats to you and your clever use of Echo.. beautiful. BG
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Date: 2/25/2011 7:55:00 PM
beautiful mixture of myth and realism. Many congratulations for this big win.
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Date: 2/25/2011 6:16:00 PM
what a spellbinding piece, joyce! smashing congrats to you! :) hugggs, nette
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Date: 2/25/2011 6:13:00 PM
Wonderful interpretation of the contest photo!Congrats Joyce on your 2nd place win!---kashinath
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Date: 2/25/2011 5:45:00 PM
Just lovely is this poem!! I am honored to share this placement with you, Joyce! Congratulations on your win! love, Carrie
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