Not a Fairy Tale

“Normal day…, Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.” – Mary Jean Iron

He built himself a house,

            his foundations,

            his stones,

            his walls,

            his roof overhead,

            his chimney and smoke,

            his view from the window.

He made himself a garden,

              his fence,

              his thyme,

              his earthworm,

              his evening dew.

He cut out his bit of sky above.

And he wrapped the garden in the sky

and the house in the garden

and packed the lot in a handkerchief

and went off

lone as an arctic fox

through the cold



into the world.

‘Fairy Tale’ by Miroslav Holub/Translated from the Czech by Ian Milner

And so, I think, because the mind has been set at that intensity. I travel but no longer care where I get to. I eat but savour nothing. I sleep but rest nowhere. I am exhausted but don’t want to lie down as I may not have the strength to get up and pack another handkerchief.

I live only to find what has died within me.


1 Response to “Not a Fairy Tale”

  1. March 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

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