The Fairy Woman (a tanka)

Lost in the deep woods

Night began to fall quickly

Shivering in cold

Until the fairy woman

Brought me back home, safe and sound

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(Photo from Wikimedia Commons – Illustration by Claude A. Shepperson from “A Spell for a Fairy,” by Alfred Noyes, in Princess Mary’s Gift Book, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1914, 104.)

Author’s Note: This is my first attempt at a tanka, a Japanese form of poetry similar to haiku. I’ve seen many others here on WordPress use the tanka form, and I wanted to give it a try!


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