Do you dare…

to open the ramshackle gate
and enter a shadowy place

where gems masquerade
as pebbles and bones;

disturb the sleep
of a petrified gnome;

dig up burly clods of mud
that turn into unblinking toadstones?

Do you dare to feed them with earth-bound
worms that squirm with spells cast in sifted loam;

to purse your lips for just one kiss?

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Image result for famous illustrations of magic garden with toads, worms and toadstones
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For the past couple of weeks I have been writing  poems with The Poetry School online course entitled ‘Re-make Believe: Shaping the Fairytale’. We still have some weeks to go, but this is the first poem I produced, which has been edited several times, about entering the world of Faerie. I thought I’d link it up to dVerse Poets Pub Open Link Night to gauge reactions.




38 thoughts on “Do you dare…

  1. This made me think of the verdigris frog that sat on my garden wall for years. He was symbolic, and his name was Frog, formerly known as Prince! When I moved, I left him there, sitting alone on weathered wood … just as he deserved! Great poem, and thanks for sending me on a memory trip!

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  2. Trump Toad Lips
    Disgrace now
    to Amphibian
    Lore.. Toad Trump
    from Dark
    Scum Pond
    oF Fear and Hate
    DRaining the SWamp
    with lips that never feel..
    Other than that Hi Kim a little
    more human cLOck time today
    by away
    from COld
    OranGe Winds..;)

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