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Green-Eyed Friend

I'm told that April is National Poetry Month, and I've been meaning to post some poetry.  Well, April is almost over, so here's a story poem for

Green-Eyed Friend

He looks like a normal kind of guy, he’s got a solid, dull career
His eyes were a safe warm brown, we’d been friends many a year,
He walked up to me with a troubled look, “hey, friend, you got a while?
There’s something I’ve got to tell you.” Then he gives me this odd smile.

“My mom said to keep the secret, or I’d lose more than I could win
I’ve been silent so long, it’s hard to know where I should begin—“
Then he popped the contacts from his eyes, showed me the bright green hue
“I’m an elf, well, half-elf” he said, his eyes proof that he spoke true

I refused to scream, although I’m sure the fear showed in my eyes
All know that you can’t trust an elf—why’d he show me his disguise?
But he didn’t offer any threat, just stood there awkwardly,
The same old nerdy space geek—so I just said, “So, why tell me?”

“I could say I’m sick of wondering who’d be friends if they knew
I could say I’m tired of lying, and God knows that that is true
But the truth is I’ve been too scared of what I’d lose to stand so tall
And if I hadn’t got this letter, I’d have said nothing at all.”

“But, my sister, she got married, and some while back had twins
The elfin blood shone through in them; they suffered taunts and sins
Now, the boy’s committed suicide; the girl is at death’s door
I wish I’d helped them sooner, but I can’t live silent anymore.”

He’d showed me pictures of those kids, bragged of talents they had shown
He loved them so, I’d wondered why he had none of his own
It was fear, I guess; looking in his eyes, a truth occurred to me
Elves have a lot to fear from us, that they all hide or flee.

I must have looked uneasy, for he looked down with a sigh
“If you feel we cannot still be friends, I sure understand why.”
I reached to stop him—touched an elf! But the world didn’t end.
I said, “I’m feeling kind of shocked, but I’ll not reject a friend.”

I remembered all the times we’d shared, how he’d helped when I was down
How he’d come to get me in the night when my car broke far from town
And I imagined that bright, pretty boy now laid out underground,
And I said, “this world’s a better place, with folks like you around.”

Copyright ©2007 (November 7, 2007) Deirdre M. Murphy, all rights reserved.

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( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
Where are those cute Torn World smileys when you need them?
Apr. 30th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Oh, how wonderful. I love it.
May. 1st, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Apr. 30th, 2010 12:01 pm (UTC)
Good story. You gave us a sense of the blending of worlds in a short time--the prejudices of your fictional world and those of our real world. Well done, Deirdre.
May. 1st, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Apr. 30th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Love it
This is such a wonderful story, and so well executed. Great work!
Apr. 30th, 2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
That's beautiful.

There is a near universal trope in modern fantasy these days that the magical creatures (whether they be vampires, werewolves, elves, or whatever) are in hiding, desperately afraid of what would happen if they were found. When I take the time to think about it, it depresses me. I want to see the normal humans learn about the others and accept and welcome them; their magic is what's missing in our world and we need them. Yet I fear that they are right to hide; if the Fox News viewers actually believed they existed, they'd wipe them out.
May. 1st, 2010 04:03 am (UTC)
Thank you.

I think the trope is because many of us, not nearly as weird as the fantasy critters, are afraid of the Fox News viewers already. And yes, it is depressing!

I agree with you that we need the weird and wonderful and magical in our lives.
Apr. 30th, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
Love it!
May. 1st, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
Thank you!
May. 1st, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I absolutely adore this. I really like how this is told from the elf's POV. I wish I could write poetry even half as well as you; I'm envious (but in a good way!)

May. 2nd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
I loved this. Perfect poetry that rolls right off the tongue, with such a beautiful story behind it all.

Thanks so much for sharing.
May. 3rd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Loved it!
That was wonderful. And it's just begging for a tune too. :)

May. 3rd, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
This is beautiful!
May. 3rd, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
Green-Eyed Friend
Very touching - so many people suffer because there's something in their background or their heart they're afraid people would reject them for, so they never get to be or show their true selves. Think this poem is a lovely way to make the point.
Jul. 8th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Thank you. And welcome!
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