Fey : The Sleepers; the Sentinel

by Alison McKenzie

I slip into the room
On shushed toes
And silent lips.

It’s not my intention to
Rouse the sleeping possibilities
From their sugarplum reveries.

I’ve a ring, and a wolf
Who need to be looked after
Until alternate plans can be secured.

The ring is placed on the bedside table
Of the little fey-girl with
Ribbons still in her hair,
Exhausted from a long day of waiting
For the carriage
That never came.

The wolf with the
Tear-matted fur
Is slipped, to snuggle,
Under the arm of a
Child unable to wake.

I brush the hair
Away from furrowed brows,
Kiss those sweet foreheads,
And lay on that barren floor
For an undetermined stretch.


Author's Note: No longer held, those dreams float, now, on a steady, winter wind.

Posted on 11/30/2011
Copyright © 2018 Alison McKenzie

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 11/30/11 at 01:27 PM

This definitely has the heavy sadness of something a person might write for winter. This also definitely had profound beauty and style going for it.

Posted by Ken Harnisch on 11/30/11 at 01:44 PM

I agree with Gabriel: there is a profound, quiet beauty to this piece, Alison, undercoated with the elegance of a poet who knows how to wring emotions out of a scene without having to employ a loud brass band.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/01/11 at 05:38 PM

Ken says it so exquisitely. The images evoke a longing having traveled some distance through the heart. Thanks, Ali.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/04/11 at 05:15 PM

I like this very much Alison. Mysterious...haunting. Not sure I fully understand it, but the ring and wolf really worked for me.

Posted by Lori Blair on 12/05/11 at 11:04 PM

I feel as if I am within your journey whether dream state or reality..and how that winter wind can be so cold and barren, at times! Excellent!

Posted by Adam Dyson on 12/06/11 at 02:07 AM

So very heart-breakingly beautiful

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 12/06/11 at 08:18 AM

Ah, this is so melodic and lyrical, I love the idea and the language. It eases me into its world, and it seems like a soothing place and the sacrifice made by accepting the "barren floor"... nice write. Delighted. Thank you.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 12/08/11 at 01:05 AM

...ali, echoing all that has been said, i understand ken and glenn for his agreeing...your way with words is keen. super keen.

Posted by Tony Whitaker on 12/10/11 at 04:34 PM

Hey, the others said it all! Another beauty Al-i-son.

Posted by Morgan D Hafele on 12/11/11 at 08:54 PM

quite the beautiful piece, and while there is a sadness there, it feels more uplifting to me, as one is there to bring comfort to another.

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