The Fairy and the Troll

“Don’t forget to breathe!”
Cried the fairy to the troll;
For the latter oft was first to leave,
And last to reach the goal.

The two were friends from long ago —
Almost as long as memory;
Through ice and wind and rain and snow,
And much that friends cannot foresee.

The little fairy was as light and fair
As feather, frond, or cloud could be;
Her friend the troll was strong and rare,
Though less deft of feet and mind was he.

Yet ever the two went side by side,
Each the knight at some time or other;
For two succeed where one has tried,
When one is firm and one is clever.

They had for themselves a tournament,
Of which only they’d partake;
A path they carved, and they raced it
From their village, far down to the lake.

The troll, he always started strong,
But never could adapt his strength
To match his friend who rode along
On the wind and always won the race.

Now, the fairy wanted nothing more
Than for her friend to best her fair and square,
And spent her time searching for
A thought that just may help them there.

She tried everything she thought of
To give an edge to her defeated friend;
But every plan she thought up
Still found her waiting at the end.

Until finally, she had a thought
And they ran one final round:
With a smile as she raced fair like she’d taught,
With her own feet firmly on the ground.

7 thoughts on “The Fairy and the Troll

  1. Clever, Rachel, particularly the concluding twist!

    What lessons do you have for us today? Plenty.

    For one thing the best relationships, be they friendships or something a bit more…profound, involve a yin and a yang. You zig while I zag. Together, look what we can do!

    Also, how quickly triumph dissipates when we compete on equal ground.

    Genuine affection, though, shouldn’t inspire competition, but, rather, compassion. Our fairy plotted and planned, not to win, but to help her friend earn the laurels, just once. Now that’s friendship!

    How many other points have you made with this poem, Rachel? I could go on and on, but the century does draw to a close.

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. Yin and yang is exactly it, I think; I’ve had those odd, beautiful, totally contrary sorts of friendships on my mind lately, where opposites somehow draw together and form a bond so strong that even through their differences, they know they’ll never have a better friend. I like friendships like that.

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  2. A great tale of friendship. Opposites might attract after all. I think it’s important to look for someone who can fill in for your shortcomings and you for theirs. The ending was funny. I thought you would end up pushing the troll down a hill. I think he might win that way.

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    1. Hah! Indeed, that might’ve resolved things; But, it occurred to me that my fairy was being a bit of a hypocrite, and I figured she needed to learn a lesson of humility and friendship.
      I agree with you; I often think a friendship of opposites (or at least, not clones) can be much more viable for various reasons. Of course, if I try to put those reasons to words right now, I suspect I’ll wind up with something like a psychological dissertation. Okay… More accurately: a rambling, possibly repeating, monologue.

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