Fairies Twirling Near

starlit heavens
sparkling blanket
moonlight shimmers
pixies dancing
in glistening beams
without woes
fairies twirling near
silken slippers
barely touch ground
do you see them?
can you hear them?
close your eyes
with consciousness
wield childhood intent
delve into
their world of fancy
joyous and carefree
sprinkling our lives
with inspiration
and lightheartedness
keenly listening
for our call to them
open your heart
let them shower
sunshine or stardust
in your life
teaching each of us
to be carefree
like a child


This is my first attempt at the form: Anacreontic Verse.  It was written using The Gooseberry Garden’s inaugural poetic form.

According to Poetry through the Ages:  “Anacreontic verse is an Ancient Greek lyrical form, consisting of 20- to 30-line poems with three to five syllables per line.

Developed by 6th century B.C. poet Anacreon, Anacreontic verse is one of many Ancient Greek forms that emerged during the height of the dramatic, musical, artistic, and poetic culture. The poems revolved around themes of love, infatuation, revelry, festivals, and observations of everyday life.”

According to Wikipedia, based on the Greek meter, the Anacreontic verse or anacreonteus is the same length of 20- 30 lines but with a seven-syllable line.

Although, I initially read CC Champagne interesting article on “Thursday Poetry Forms (Poetry for Dummies) Week 1”, I delved into investigating for further explanation and clarification.  In doing so,  I was carried away into the Fairy Kingdom.  Alas, my maiden version of the Anacreontic Verse is in the 20-30 lines with 3 – 5 syllables as described by Poetry through the Ages.  I may return to the Fairy Kingdom at a later date and attempt to convert it to the seven-syllable line.


© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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29 Responses to Fairies Twirling Near

  1. I’m not an expert when it comes to forms, but the fairy part … my type of poetry … enchanting, magical, optimistic, something to dream about with the first ray of sunshine coming 🙂


  2. dani says:

    really lovely and kudos to you for tackling the form! ♥ ♥ ♥


  3. Mickie Brown says:

    Beautiful verse, Becca! Carefree like a child–we all need to practice that more. Lovely, lyrical verse that reminds us of the magical world we live in. Have a lovely week. Mickie 😉


  4. Becca, wish I had your knack and patience for forms. My mind is simply too frenetic. I’m also not the one who will write a book of poems on fairies and dragonflies and such… and so I’m happy there are some, like you, who can convince me that they are real. That life holds such magic, such childlike joy… really loved this in every way, Becca. “Carefree like a child,” indeed… Peace, Amy


    • becca givens says:

      I must admit – there are not many forms I have patience and/or courage to attempt … however, I just write what comes about!! If it works, it works and if it doesn’t I put it aside. I appreciate your free form as well … there lies a different gift!


  5. Renee Espriu says:

    I love this, Becca! Not your Haiku but wonderful in imagery and imagination. I do a Haiku once in awhile now as I see yours are so taking and I’d certainly like to see more of some verse on your site. You are a gifted writer.


  6. unsungpoet says:

    I tried to comment on this poem yesterday, but for some reason was not able to…probably my computer malfunctioning…I just wanted to tell you that this piece hit a special chord with me, a message I very much enjoyed receiving! Also, very interesting about the ancient Greek poetic form…


  7. Mike Patrick says:

    I’ve never heard of the form, but I’m in awe of your poem, Becca. For a poem of syllable-count lines, it reads flawlessly as any metered poem. Truly an amazing accomplishment–and a perfect theme for the name of your blog.


  8. Pat Cegan says:

    You are my Fairy Queen! Great poetry from, great poem. Love the illustration. Hugs, pat


  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    Dreamy and imaginative… love the ending.


  10. marciento says:

    Hello! I wish you a wonderful weekend!


  11. Poetic Soul says:

    I loved everything about this, beautiful


  12. phylor says:

    I don’t think the fairies will mind that your verse lines might be 2 syllables short. Wonderful imagery. Fairies live in all gardens and good peoples’ hearts. I’m sure you have lots of fairies around you.


  13. Kalyan says:

    lovely lines…beautifully crafted words!


  14. Heaven says:

    Magical… it made me float in the air !

    Lovely form… I would like to try it sometime.

    Thanks for sharing this ~


  15. Light and ethereal. Wouldn’t it be so wonderful to see a real fairy. ~!
    Enjoyed this very much. 🙂


  16. Well I am impressed if this is your first attempt… wonderful and delightful you have weaved your magic spell here.. 🙂


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