Beyond the edges of the world,
Beyond misty mountains grey;
A silver curtain does unfurl
A land trod by fays.
There many buds unfold,
In the bright spring time;
Where little leaves feeling bold,
Take their places on pines.
Gurgling streams passing by
The forest of emerald green,
Reflect the azure sapphire sky
As always it had been.
Silver fountains, fragrant meadows,
Silent shores, roaring seas,
Snow-tipped mountains, erring shadows,
Heathered moors, sighing breeze.
All is so in Faërie,
This is so in Faërie.
No mortal who knew could e'er report
The simple beech nor elm in Faërie.
For Faërie was, for Faërie is
The Perilous Realm - That is Faërie.

In Faërie, the elf-maids dance
Upon everlasting leas,
Lightly and gracefully they prance
With the permission of the Faërie-queen.
There greedy dragons in their caves hoard
Thousands of jewels beyond count,
Where unseeming men are wondrous lords,
And existence of magic was cleared from doubts.
Singing voices, flowing songs,
Despairing hearts, teary eyes,
Challenging choices, shadows long,
Protruding starts, fading sighs.
What mortal be blessed! If he could see
If he made memories, ne'er forgot,
In this magical land, in Faërie!
For he would find what I have sought.
O Faërie, Faërie, why not our paths
Intertwine, our fates meet be?
Is it because of some remembered wrath
That you are hid from me?

Flowers at the Shwe Dagon

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Born in Yangon, Myanmar, Mandy started writing in earnest in 2007, after being inspired by JRR Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings". Since then she has written two volumes of poetry and is working on the third, and one of her poems, "Love is Silent" will be published in World Poetry Movement's book "Best Poets and Poems of 2012", which is due to be out in early June. Mandy's poems explore various themes, from love to nature to philosophy to personal experiences. She now lives in Perth, Australia.

Last updated April 21, 2013