I do believe in an everyday sort of magic–
the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience
with places, people, works of art and the like;
the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity;
the whispered voice, the hidden presence,
when we think we’re alone.
~Charles de Lint
Rose Fyleman (1877-1957) was an English writer and poet of exceptional talent who was best known for her works on the “fairy folk” for children. She also translated many rare children’s books from French and German into their first English translations. She eventually became the editor of one of the first children’s magazines called The Merry Go Round. Rose was born in Nottingham, England, and there is speculation that it could have been the magical setting of Nottingham which led her to believe in fairies. Whatever the reason, she blessed generations of readers with her lovely fairy poems.
It was one of Rose’s poem, Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden, which prompted my post last night about toadstools. I loved her poetry as a child and I love it still. I am passionate about gardening and its lore, and when I see creatures like the one in my photo I see how easy it would be to invent stories about “fairies.” Besides what he said above, Charles de Lint, explained childhood this way: “It is easy to believe in magic when you’re young. Anything you couldn’t explain was magic then. It didn’t matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible — elves probably more so.” I believe Creation is both miracle and magic, and the more we try to explain it the more we see how miraculous and magical it is. R. A. Salvatore said “a world without mystery is a world without faith,” and so it is because it is our faith that tells us what magic is “waiting somewhere behind the morning” and whose is the “whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”
There are fairies at the bottom of the garden!
It’s not so very, very far away;
You pass the gardener’s shed and you just keep straight ahead.
I do so hope they’ve really come to stay. . .
~for more of Fyleman’s work go to: http://www.fairyamber.com/rfyleman.html
By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger: he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. ~Hebrews 11:27