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The Rise and Descent of the Faery

Updated on April 3, 2011


With every


She takes

She climbs


And higher


That shining


The faery

Who never


her passion

For flying

And seeing

And feeling

Each move

Each turn

She must


In order

To see

The World




The Spring

Has come

And she’s


And thirsting

For love

For passion

For beauty

For dancing

Still climbing


and higher!

What wonders

she'll see

soaring down

to Earth


and growing

the people

the magic

the mysteries

the culture!


Ha! She catches her breath as she hangs in the air…

Flapping those wings, no other move does she dare

A huge smile on her face, as wide as the sea

She laughs from her belly, so joyfully

Viewing the world from a place high above

Feeling the happiness of faith, hope and love


Then gracefully she turns on her side and begins that slow sweet descent catching her wings on the slightest breezes of warm air. She closes her eyes to feel the full sun and gentle air on her face and body. This graceful and careful controlled gliding fall that could last for days will be her time, her space, her prayer, her offering, her gift from and for all that is sacred and true. For nothing right now in this time and space is more pure in thought, more open, more light and enlightened than she on those strong fragile wings carried on the invisible spirit of air. When the sun descends beyond the horizon, she’ll still be sweetly falling in that constant smooth graceful flight back to Earth. Round and round slowly she watches from far above at first as all the magic colors begin to focus into places and people on the gigantic planet below and she feels her emotions swell.

By now her heart is beating at one with the planet itself and her blood rising and falling with the tides; Her eyes are as wild as the tiger in the jungle, storms rage in her brain while the tears fall like rain. Her skin is bronzed from the wind and blazing sun and from spinning so many times around the world.

The closer and closer she gets, the slower and slower she flies...seeing shore upon shore...lands everywhere - frozen tundras, blazing deserts, cities full of bustling life, and the pulse in her heart grows quicker. Her eyes fill with fear at some of the images she processes and her heart begins to skip beats  - not always able to hear the pulse of the planet below through the noise of its inhabitants. She loses control of her descent a few times and finds herself hovering - shocked at what she sees being done to the planet, to the people, by the people and in the name of Spirits that are completely foreign to her. These things in all truth she did not know to exist when she was learning to live as one with life, to love without limits and to accept all things as good. She never knew fear or injustice, hatred, violence, terrorism, and so many people dying and fighting for what she perceived as power over other men. Tattoos began appearing on her body for the knowledge she gained; no longer innocent, no longer blind. She finally settled into a dark forest where other magical folk seemed to hide for the few humans who still believe.

The faery who longed to see the world, who longed to feel the thunder and touch the clouds realizes that instead of finding her gods and goddesses in the air looking down – she found only that she broadened her view of mankind. If she had never climbed so high, if she never let herself go, if she never left herself so open to adventure – she would not know of all that exists outside of her world. She is forever changed by this but continues to look for the faith, hope and love among lost faces she passes as she floats through her new world.


Should she have taken that flight?

What do you think? Feel free to explain your choices below....You know how we love commentary!!!

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    • lilyfly profile image

      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      May I say, I like that reply most well, it mirrors my thoughts exactly... be well, be happy... lily

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland


      There is so much magick in the world, yet so buried beneath concrete and asphalt. And so many people trying to see beyond the skyscrapers to that world of long ago, before they existed to reconnect. I don't believe that we've evolved in a negative way, evolution is evolution. The information age is awesome in itself, but there is no reason for losing touch with the earth beneath our feet, the sand in our toes, the water all around our bodies. If anything, we should have more free time to reconnect.



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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      I guess I can't know how someone can tell what a faerie thinks or does, and, you wouldn't have a poem if she had stayed in Faerieland, O cast down from imortal height, the very weight of earth unconjoined her wings,

      how to live an unmajick life , the mooing of the pink nosed cows, rubbing off all the faerie dust,

      I'm glad you have faith in changing the world. I myself just wish people would leave it how they found it. I think it's very magic, just how it is...

      cheers, lily

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks so much for coming by N.E. I too believe we should all go out - no matter what the cost, and make or break it - we live and learn, making our world larger, stronger, with so many colors and more definition. Yes and through so many eyes, we see our world...Blessings.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 

      7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      I really enjoyed this Erin.

      Of course she should have went out .... That is what we all have to do learn more about others.

      Thanks for sharing.

      Take Care,


    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Fluffy, Thanks so much and so glad you enjoyed this piece. Always nice to meet a fellow faery! Namaste' and Kubiando.

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      7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      Voted yes, if you just settle for the small views your whole life then you will never understand the passions of others who do kinda lonely right. Voted up! Love your illustrations here too. You should see my hubs on faery's too, glad to see some people share this topic.

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks Nell, glad to see you here again! Our lovely faeries are at it again, and yes she did have to know. She will wear those tattoos proudly I'm sure now, as a rite of passage. Thanks for the votes! Blessings!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Hi, this is beautiful, and yes I voted too! I think she should have done it, she had to know what the world was like run by humans, her tatoos will make her more wary of who she should trust, lovely rated up! cheers nell

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you Epi, you do flatter me ;) You've been doing some amazing writing yourself lately, my friend!

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      7 years ago

      ....well I do believe this is the most 'epic' piece of writing I've ever seen at the Hub - but then again you are an amazing writer - and you're in all of your glory here!!!!!!!

    • Erin LeFey profile imageAUTHOR

      Erin LeFey 

      7 years ago from Maryland

      Genna, thanks so much! I had no idea where this was going to go...I was just meditating and breathing and feeling like climbing and got in the mood to write and THIS came out! I was shocked at the ending! Oh the journeys we take in our own mind!

      Fossillady, Yes! isn't that true? We must have something for comparison before we can appreciate it! I guess she never would have left if she didn't take it for granted that all the world was the same way. Thanks so much!

      Ruby, I suppose you're right too. how else would she know? She didn't know they existed and was perfectly happy and wanted to be ever closer and closer to the pulse of life. In reaching out, she realized, she was only connecting with her own world within the world, and not all of mankind. You make me think too!

      I told you, this one just kind of fell out!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful Erin, I voted yes, how else would she know? Seems that she had to rise above all the human frailties to know that they did exist, maybe having a deeper connection and love for mankind. Just a thought. You always make me think outside the so-called box. Thank you.......

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      7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      I voted yes, In the world of absolute where she came from, she can't know it's glory without knowing something other than that glory...We are all fairies in a way to learn and know who we are before we go back described a mystical and beautiful adventure Erin...Take Care

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Amazing! Erin, words cannot do justice to this extraordinary poem. Up, awesome, beautiful and beyond.


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