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More About "Them" [Dec. 2nd, 2006|10:53 am]
Tony Grist

THE OTHERS

Don't call 'em fairies- that's Puck's advice,
But if you must, change "i" to "e",

Which looks a little more Jacobethan-
More like dark nights on the Northern moors

Than twinkle-time in a Bayswater garden.
The Sidhe or people of the hills

Or whatever we settle on calling them
Are not exactly amoral or cruel

But, looking at us as part of the landscape,
Will burn a barn or snap a limb

Or blow us up with combustible gas
With as little conscience as we hack trees

Or dump an old Hotpoint into a brook.
So its not quite war but there's wariness

And sometimes love. We have glamour for them
As they have for us. We change; They don't

And the fascination of otherness
Will get the occasional cavalier hoiked

Into faeryland and the odd seal-wife
Hitched up with a fisher. It rarely ends well:

The silkie goes slapping back down to the sea
After the breaking of some taboo

That was bound to be broken, while young Tam Lin
Gets a strong-armed girlfriend to wrestle him out

Of the seasonal ride. Their rituals are fixed
And as dull to us a Hapsburg court's

While our love of adventure must flay their nerves
And threaten their rules. We humans are creatures

More complex than they are, much less to the point.

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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2006-12-02 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, good!

I've been reading Harry Potter. Wizards find non-magic folk fascinating. They still write with quill pens--it's as if the magic world doesn't change--can't figure out why it's stuck in medieval times.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-12-02 01:59 pm (UTC)
I suppose if you've got magic you don't really need to keep up with modern technologe because you're in advance of most of it.
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From: amritarosa
2006-12-02 04:46 pm (UTC)
love it!
I've thought the similar things about vampires. What a bore it must be after a few centuries.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-12-02 05:03 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

On the whole I think we mortals get a better deal
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[User Picture]From: happydog
2006-12-02 08:13 pm (UTC)
That was most, most excellent.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-12-02 08:59 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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