The Fairies: Hibernation in Winter

One for the child in all of us.

They come in the night, such a wondrous sight,

And their eyes and their wings danced in flames,

From the tiniest mite, to the gangliest sprite,

They laughed at the wonderful game.

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They sneaked in, in two's, and took off their shoes,

So as not to make a noise inside, then crept up the stairs,

With quiet and care,

Making sure too leave no one behind.

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And after they'd peeped, and saw three humans asleep,

They shifted around in a whirl,

'Down to the kitchen' hissed Violet Pippin,

The tiniest, tiniest girl.

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So, picking and poking, 'neath doors , under chairs,

Pulling at curtains, and skipping on stairs,

Whooshing and dropping marmalade on the floor,

Skating and hopping, pulling out drawers.

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A knock at the window , a giggle so soft,

Sweet sugared candy, carried aloft.

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Like birds oh so tiny, with a hush of Fae wings,

Small bodies like fire flies, such delicate things.

With mouths full of chocolate, and faces so red,

They sat covered in ice cream, with jam on their heads,

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Then, sudden movement, footsteps on the stairs,

Some still eating pudding, caught unawares,

A signal, a whisper,

A snatch of last bite,

Sweet fluttering, like oak leaves, as one, they took flight.

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Lights flickered and glittering, such a strange thing,

Like moonlight on water, a soft shimmering,

Reflecting like rainbows, in moons twilight glow,

They whisper and grumble, line up in a row.

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All slip through the window, holding fast to the pane,

Waiting for stragglers,

Then shut it again.

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Off into the trees, sharing the load,

Some fly to their bushes,

Others take to the road.

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Stores safe now for Winter, So cold it can be,

Food for their children, and warmth for their trees.

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As darkness descended, and peace reigns once more,

Please listen most carefully, for that knock on your door,

Don't shut all your windows, leave cupboards ajar,

For when winter does hit us,

They won't be afar.



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 All poems written by M. Loveridge

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Randy Behavior 6 years ago from Near the Ocean

So that's where my chocolate chips went :) This appealed to my inner child, thanks.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi Randy, Yeah and they take pens, scissors, my motorbike keys, toothbrush oh and at this minute it is my tv remote! mind you I don't know what they want them for.... thanks again Nell


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

That was lovely and I enjoyed so much. Thank you and keep writing.


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Carol the Writer 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Very nice. I'll think of you when my cupboards are ajar. - Carol


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks hello and carol, I have no idea where that came from! I was sitting watching tv, and these words just kept buzzing around my head, I felt like swatting them with a fly swat! but I gave up and wrote it down! Perhaps the little devils were hinting!!! thanks again Nell


Keira  6 years ago

Hi my dear Nell Rose, so happy to visit, I love your hub the writing is beautifull, I love the picture. Thanks for this lovely moment. See you soon my good friend.:)


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Such a cute and imaginative poem. Now I will know who to blame when things go amiss. Ha!


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

What a beautiful poem, so full of charm and imagery. One of the few poems I've read here that has both rhyme and perfect rhythm. Thumbs up!..and yes, I believe in faeries.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Keira, thank you so much for your words, you always have something nice to say, I really appreciate it. lol Nell


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Peggy, I always blamed it on gremlins, now I know the difference! thanks a lot, Thanks Green Lotus, I was surrounded by loads of paper by the time I had finished! I was glad to get to the computer. cheers. Nell


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merseyblue 6 years ago from Liverpool, UK

Conjures up such lovely images :)


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks merseyblue, as long as they behave themselves! thanks for stopping by. Nell


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ehern33 6 years ago

I will be reading this to my 5 year old grandaughter when she gets home from school tomorrow. I can just see her face as I read it to her. Thanks for proving material for me to share with her (and me).. LOL


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks ehern, that is the best compliment of all. That is the point of being a writer not the money but the pleasure you get from someone sharing it. I hope she enjoys it. thanks again lol Nell


philip carey 61 6 years ago

You struck a really great tone with this one. You can just hear it being read with a twinkle in the eye. Well done, again.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks philip, I just hope the wee folk appreciate it, and stop nicking my motorbike keys! see above all the things gone missing! still can't find them....... thanks again.Nell


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Shared your poem with my wife who thinks ,like I do, it is marvellous. Thank you Nell.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thanks agan, D.A.L, for your nice comments, I just like poetry, and by the time I have it all done on paper, I am exhausted! Glad you like it. Thanks. Nell


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Love faeries loved this poem. You are very talented.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much Ladyjane. I am glad you like fairies I thought it was just me! cheers Nell


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Naughty Fairy! If you meet one, please introduce her to me? Cute post, Nell! I like the way you telling your story. So magical. ^_^


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Freya, I do believe in fairies!! ha ha glad you liked it. thanks again. Nell


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Great poetry Nell, meant to get to you yesterday,but first day since I joined I have been so busy. I did miss you though and thought of you, truly.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Pollyannalana, I know what you mean! I have been belting around so fast that one of these days I will meet myself coming back! ha ha. thanks again nell


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Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Nell, this is so cool. Thank you for the hub. The picture is beautiful


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Granny's House, I am glad you liked it, it is my favourite one. Where it came from, I have no idea! I was writing and writing, and suddenly it was there on the page! thanks again nell


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Awesome! This would make one excellent childrens' book. The poem is so visual and beautiful!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Dolores, thanks for the lovely comments, I think this is my favourite. I love anything to do with legends and fairies, and I suddenly thought, what happens to them in the winter? ha ha couldn't resist it. thanks nell


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

Wonderful poem. Now I know why I leave the cupboards open. I'll have to let my husband go around closing them after me, and then wait until he's asleep to open them again just enough!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Duchess, ha ha I felt that way myself after writing this! thanks for you nice comments again. I really appreciate it. Nell


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Artisina 6 years ago from Sacramento

Nell, that was absolutely wonderful. They are always moving things on us and taking small bits. I don't mind, except when they hide my keys! You have a wonderful way of expressing yourself. Wish I had your talent. Keep taking us into the realm of happiness. Namaste


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Artisina, thanks for reading it, Fairy's are one of my favourite things, and I just started to write and it all came tumbling out! lol thanks again nell


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

That was wonderful Nell, I don't think I have read any of your poems, shame on me, I been fighting all day trying to get two hub on, I guess they didn't like the titles I don't know but I am done for the day. I think it is easier to work all day than get a hub up sometimes, I will get back for more first chance though I promise, Polly


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Polly, thant's okay, I know how busy we all are, and writing is the main thing that we do on here,But as you say, working at a job would be a lot easier I think! but then I would feel lost! ha ha I would rather be broke, well perhaps not! anyway, I will be over later to check out your new troublesome hubs! lol cheers nell


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suny51 6 years ago

Hello Nell Rose

I really am lucky to get to this hub and enjoyed the way you have written it.Thank you.


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, suny, thank you for liking it, I love this poem out of all my poems, because I love fairies! lol thanks again nell


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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

I love this poem it reminds me of my childhood. I loved to ready fairy tales when I was a kid. My dad gave me two big books one with Hans Christen Anderson and the other was Grimms fairy tales. I loved those books. Your poem is very enchanting.

Teresa


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England Author

Hi, Teresa, thanks for liking my poem, I also loved Grimms fairy tales, and Hans Christen Anderson, I remember the films on a saturday afternoon! I think that was what started me off! lol thanks again nell


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Nell, I just adore these fey wee creatures flitting through the home in your poem. I'll be sure to leave the portals and presses ajar. Your poem and your pixie smile are adorable as well. Cheers.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, sligo, I thought you might like this one! ha ha I think somewhere in my DNA is a drop of Irish blood or blarney! I love my fairies and elfs and leprauchauns! thanks so much, and the funny thing is my family call me the pixie! they say I have the ears! and I do! ha ha cheers nell


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TheVacationLady 5 years ago from Everywhere

This is just brilliant. I LOVE this. Rated up for sure. I shall come back and read this again!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, TVL, thanks so much for liking it, it is my favourite, I have no idea where it came from, it just sort of flowed out! lol cheers nell


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Sharonlee G 5 years ago from Queensland Australia

Hello...my name is Sharonlee; I stumbled on your poem and just wanted to tell how sureal and beautiful it is. I too have been writing poetry for over 20 years....I started my first 'Hub' a couple of days ago and have no idea what I'm doing...lol...anyway have an inspirational weekend...


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Sharonlee, thank you so much for liking my poem, and welcome to Hubpages, I will be over to take a look soon, thanks nell


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh, how I love this! My inner child had so much fun. It felt like a familiar experience. You, dear Nell are full of talent and I will be looking for more of your poems.

Thank you for reminding me of fairies - I shall crack my window a little tonight. :-) Thank you wonderful lady.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, vocalcoach, I am so pleased you liked this, It is one of my favourites, I have no idea where it came from! ha ha I just sat down and started scribbling on pieces of paper and this is the result! I always leave my window open....lol thanks again nell


SilverGenes 5 years ago

vocalcoach is right. I'm leaving my doors ajar, too. Nell, this is really wonderful! :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, SilverGenes, thanks for reading it, I loved writing this, I have no idea where it popped out from, I expect it was my love of fairies, and I don't mind admitting it! ha ha thanks so much nell


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TheVacationLady 5 years ago from Everywhere

Oh I just love this! Absolutely spectacular! thanks for such a great read!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, TVL, thank you so much, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Nell, you speak of my very favorite creatures...I surround myself with their light. Their playfulness and creativity, and yes, sometimes mischief - inspires my own. I fully enjoyed your lovely work of art and can't wait to read more of your treasures here on hubpages. Thanks so much for sharing some of your magic!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Erin, I am so pleased that you liked it, I love fairies, I have so many in my house! I collect them and can't seem to stop buying them! thanks nell


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

Nell, we will have to exchange faerie stories one day! I'm a collector too, I have a house so I have a place to keep them! :) Kubiando!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Erin, lol it seems that there are a few of us around, my friend collects them too! thanks again nell


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Such beautiful imagery in your words, I loved this. Ever since I was a little girl I have so loved fairies. I adore the pictures that you have chosen too.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, acaetnna, thanks so much, I also love fairies, and have quite a collection! lol they seem to be taking over my house! cheers nell


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john mcmahon poet 5 years ago from Dumbarton, Scottland

this was great, loved the imagery


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi,john, thanks for liking my poem, this is my favourite too, cheers nell


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Bee-Bee's World 5 years ago from NW Arkansas

Nell, this poem is wonderful. I could picture the fairies! I love fairies and angels. You should write childrens books... something I've wanted to do for years but never quite get it right. I'm glad I found your Hubs. You're amazing!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, Bee, thanks so much! I would love to write a childrens book, but I am not sure how to go about it, I love fairies ever since I was small, and I don't seem to have grown out of it! lol cheers nell


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sfrentz06 5 years ago from Sterling Heights, MI, USA

Nell, I love this poem. You are very talented. This is so imaginative.


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, thanks again, this is my favourite, I have a collection of fairies on my shelf in my bedroom! lol big kid! ha ha


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I just love this - "Off into the trees, sharing the load,

Some fly to their bushes,

Others take to the road." You are filled with poetic exuberance. Your imagination is to be coveted. A true artist!


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, vocalcoach, thank you so much! I just love fairies, I have since I was small, and I never grew out of it! lol


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hhelen 5 years ago

I did some poetry when I was in college years ago, but still love to see when people show their love for it.

Nice write BTW :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England Author

Hi, hhelen, thanks so much, glad you liked it, cheers nell


nickle head 4 years ago

this says nothin about faries its a poem sordof about faries


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

Hi, nickle head, Oh good God!! you are not serious are you? it would hardly be a real study of fairies would it? yes its a poem, and thank you for reading!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Very sweet write! The rhyme seems to flow so naturally in this piece--nice!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England Author

thanks Audrey, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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