Tuesday, February 12, 2008

faffering tangent: Fairy-Struck, a poem by Mary Dalton


Tea leaves and the old woman's warning:
Beware the man with gimlet eyes-
He'll sing for you a deadly tune.
The day I got the scar
The wind faffering on the water
Died into a mauzy blue calm.
We were out in the Lancers-
He swung me and spun me-
The fiddle a banshee-
One shoe slid down the shiny hall floor-
The tall world of his torn stories
And me fairy-struck:
Saw the knife in his eyes then
Spinning up out of his face,T
hin-winged, likeA devil's angel
On the hunt for blood.

Mary Dalton


Fairy Struck appears in the collection of poems by Mary Dalton entitled Merrybegot. The unabridged audio edition of Merrybegot is performed by Anita Best and Patrick Boyle and published by Rattling Books.

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