Seemlie Keybearer’s Ode

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The Seemlie are a race of recalcitrant, watchful underworld beings that reside chiefly in forests and wild places, but have known to make themselves at home in the urban underpinnings of cities and towns as well. Here is a poem written by Virginia Carraway Stark from a denizen of this quiet, magical world:

Hello, Hello

by Virginia Carraway Stark

Hello, yes I see you

Even though I know you don’t see me

Careful where you tread

With your big feet you can make me dead

I wouldn’t like that and I might decide

That I don’t like you

Here in my woods

Squishing the mushrooms under

You are like a a monster to me

Do you know what a problem you are?

I don’t think you know much

And I have important business to do

In the dark shadows

Where you bring your hammering and

Your buzzing machines for us

In the Unseillie Court of the Fair Folk

It is business as usual and you are here

In our realm, maybe I’ll send

Gnats and mosquitos after you

I have a little thing, a special treasure

That I must guard every moment by my heart

And here you are making a mess

Burning things not safe to burn

Running around and yammering

And hello, hello, yes I see you

I know you don’t see me

If you did it would be harder

For you to be such a prick to me

But since you can’t bother to open your eyes

I have a few things in mind, more than one surprise

I don’t think you’ll like them and when I’m done

You’ll be the one to leave the forest at a run

Go ahead, bring your gun,

You don’t see me,

Hello, Hello, Yes, I see you

And if you make me fret anymore

(I do have a habit of worrying so)

Then I’ll just take it out on all you poos

– mixed media on paper, Copyright 2016 Virginia Carraway Stark

You can watch Virginia Carraway Stark read her poem here:

Here’s some information on the different realms of Faerie (but not about the Seemlie, because they are too shy at this point to make Wiki articles):

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuatha_D%C3%A9_Danann

http://www.worldoffroud.com/books/laby.php