Little Fairy

Little fairy, wings and all
Do not in your haste fall
In the icy rains fly strong
Your little wings won’t steer wrong

Little fairy, wings and all
Your heart is full of courage and gall
When the winds throw you about
Your little wings will keep you stout

Oh little fairy and your little wings
Flying about finding out things
Growing to become a fairy strong and tall
One day little fairy, your wings and all


Picture: Little Fae by Sweet AD

Waking Nature

The morning chased a taxi

As it drove on the no man’s land between night and day

The skylight with a whisper of summer

The snow melted quietly from the trees.

The wintry art of nature

Gave way to the next.

The early ones pushed their heads from under their covers

Under which they had slept many moons.

They greeted their friends

The waking trees

Who were putting on their green clothes.

It was time for celebration

Satyrs and forest maidens

Danced under the tree shadows.


The Waters

Alive are the waters

Alive and well

Rushing through the rafters

Drowning out hell

Steam rises from the waters

Rushing like rapids

Roaring like dragons

Those that sound like thunderstorms

Thundering the waters engrave their way

Through the closed cave they pave

The waters run into the sky

And towards earth they fly

The waters declare freedom

The earth declares life

Beat Soul

 Chained Swan by Ellen Shelby
Chained Swan by Ellen Shelby

In the emptiness I meet

My soul is beat

In the presence of a malicious mind

My death sentence is undersigned

My heart, it lay in cinders

My strength, it is tender

There seems no end to torment

I weep in discontent

Take away my fear and restlessness

Give me a sense of weightlessness

Imbue me with hope, make me brave

Dash my tears into a grave

As I go about my day

Will I ever find a way

To not feel this close to tears

Afraid of the listening ears

That lurk in the walls

And creep in the halls

To do the bidding of one of dark intent

Hiding behind a benevolent pretense

All words, kind or not spoken

Are twisted and turned

Into false words

Into accusations

Into emptiness they become

As they attack all and one

And in that emptiness we meet

My soul is irrevocably beat

Oh make me brave

Dash my tears into a grave!

Riding On A Nightmare

 Picture by Katharine Shelby. 2016.
Picture by Katharine Shelby. 2016.

I read in the dark shadows of my home

Raindrops crashing on my window

These novels paint pictures of gilded worlds

Yet the cracks in this urban milieu

They yell me a different story

The nighttime surrounds me like black ceremonial robes

As the city plays chess with my heart

The darkness is in communion with me

As my instincts scream at me in the process

Shall I step in the next access

My poor heart now possess

As I ride on this nightmare

Like a cab ride to hell

Shackles and Shades (Walk for Freedom)

In the shadows of cities

Haunted shades lurk

In the corners

In the crowd

Eyes empty

Souls hungry

Hearts heavy

In a pit writhing with shame

They think they are to blame

For the sins of their imprisoners

The deeds of their oppressors

Oh my child you are an innocent!

Affected by the cruelty of the world

You were tortured by poverty and exploiters

You were hidden carefully in sight

The world has failed you

We have failed you

Oh dear tortured child!

For we are blind

We must open our eyes

To root out the evil

And save you

Oh how can we learn to see

That you exist

The tormented, the captive, the slave?

For every one of you

There is one who should shout

For every lost child

There should be ten that fight

For at least all of you

There should be those who call out

For each and every one of you

There should be countless walking out

We walk for your freedom

With our silence, we shout!

With our silent protest

We ask the free to call out!

I walk for each innocent tormented child


Scarlet Sun Rise Above

 Stockholm in the Morning by Katharine Shelby. 2018.
Stockholm in the Morning by Katharine Shelby. 2018.

Scarlet sun rise above

Shine the autumn with your love

Cast the water in apricot hues

Cover the sky with shades of bittersweet

You have one crimson eye

And one of silver

Great beast lurking to pounce

Dusty sea lip laps

As the world is still and quiet

Before humans buzz on the city streets

Before the world is filled with countless heart beats

Mountain of Stones

 Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons
Tiia Monto [CC BY-SA 3.0 (, from Wikimedia Commons

The sorrow of my heart cries out to the deep

In the darkness, in the shadows, I weep

Hopeless and torn

Broken and worn

I feel my world crumbling around me


Tired is my mind, tired is my soul

Spiraling down into a black hole

Weariness seeps into my bones

Carried around like a mountain of stones


They weigh on my being

All joy fleeing

Emptiness encroaching

Hopelessness approaching


But in all the despair and despondence

There’s a light that breaks the night

Through the clouds of daily worry

There’s a wind blowing new air

Blasting away the thunderhead

Breaking away the smothering smog


The radiance of the sun lights up the valley

It chases away the shadows of anguish

It brings new life to the weariness of my soul

It soothes away the woes of my mind


The sun, my light

The wind, my kite

Blessing my heart

Making me soar


The Son, you are my light

The Lord, you are my wind

Speaking through love of those around

Toppling down the mountain of stones

And lifting up my weary bones


To be filled and merry

Hopeful and airy