spritely

we sprites have been given bad press
but like most we can be mischievous
or we can give unlimited help …

my favourite hang out is by the river
watching humans parade prancing
their kids and dogs do see us but

those arrogant clots quickly dismiss
their remarks, only the innocent see
I watch and wait to trip the sedate

or cause a commotion to attract
attention if a littilee is in distress
I do my utmost to ensure their safety

as the big ones seem clueless
to the dangers of the waters call
enticing any who might fall

victim to their rushing current
oblivious that all of nature has
their own voice to bewitch or calm

those least aware of our malice
or mercy, we choose which to
exercise as they underestimate

our input to their ungrateful lives
only first people’s know our potency
how to channel our contribution

to the thankless lives so totally
unaware of the enormous efforts
we sprites make to their earth!

my quirk is to lurk
invisibility a perk
with a sparkly smirk

d’Verse, a narrative voice, Ingrid

29 comments

  1. Dear Kate,
    What fools these sprites do think us! And mostly they’re right. So many lines in this poem that hit just that right note of contempt and kindness — Well done!
    ~🕊Dora

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  2. Fun and helpful they are. I love the voice of the sprite and your ending lines are amazing with:

    my quirk is to lurk
    invisibility a perk
    with a sparkly smirk

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  3. I adore the sprightly voice you have created here Kate: forces for good and mischief, visible only to the innocent, and protectors of them. I’m sure I used to dance with those sprites as a child, and my inner child still does!

    I love the sound of your ending triplet as well, so playful!

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  4. A fun poem, Kate, but I felt the sting of the water sprite’s smirk! Her disdain comes through in the lines:
    ‘those least aware of our malice
    or mercy, we choose which to
    exercise as they underestimate

    our input to their ungrateful lives’.

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  5. Kate, these words offer playfulness and even a little mischief on the side. I better be careful with what I write because one always wants to be on the good side of these spritely folks.

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  6. Wonderful observations and the poem. I find it difficult to cope with people who have cold behaviour towards what is happening in India these days. These people want to live in their own shell.

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