Urami no Taki (The Waterfall Seen From Behind)
Behind a veil of water
The Watchers sip their tea
Top hats and clockwork eyes
They raise porcelain cups
To join their carnivorous smiles.
Behind a veil of water
A cherry tree undresses the bones
Of what was once a benevolent race.
Children no longer believe in fairies
But the Watchers possess no such weakness.
They existed before time and shall continue
So long as the notion of absence persists.
Logic cannot see
Beyond the ego’s trappings
Perceptions can be deceived
Whatever scars or margins
A heart might impose
It is still capable of crafting miracles.
In the days preceding summer
We still have the freedom
Of our beliefs
Even if we lack the courage
Necessary to speak them
A child can only be so for a moment
But magic suffers
Most for the denial of belief.
For Fairy Tale
I realize mine begins quite dark which doesn’t really jibe with that peaceful tones of the image.
The idea for Watchers came from a dream, in the dream I was introduced to one of these beings and since then I have decided to expand on them, to make is a race for fantasy stories.
21 thoughts on “Fairy Tale “Behind The Waterfall” February 20th 2015”
The watchers are such an ominous creation Yves. I love the use of repetition as well. Wonderful poem.
Thank you Michael they are creepy indeed I have written a profile for the dream character and for the race
I thought they are characters with a fascinating potential.
Yes I have to use them in a story, I have started a fantasy story with a friend and I plan to introduce a Watcher into it =)
Sounds like something to look forward to.
Very intriguing these watchers, Yves. I enjoyed this very much!
Thank you Oliana I am glad =)
For just a second, I thought we were speaking of the same characters. I have an ongoing theme in short stories and poetry about “The Watchers” but mine are good in nature… A million years ago, I dreamed I am one and so, they’ve always figured in my writing and dreams :). Very cool to see an entirely different concept!
The Watcher’s are more amoral than immoral. Very curious, very peculiar, they can move in out of time, dimension. I wonder if I wrote my dream down somewhere lol
Watchers have silver hair, heterochromia, and jagged teeth. A Watcher’s skin may be onyx, ivory, or pale blue. They are a tall race and often lanky in build. One of their eyes is always gold, the gold eye contains clockwork pieces, the other eye can be any color. Watchers tend to be well and elaborately dressed full suits with top hats, Lolita dresses with lace parasols etc. Watchers have very long fingers and occasionally have horns or tails. A Watcher with a tattoo has been sealed due to violation of the code.
The code prevents them with interfering too much in the timelines of other species which means they can neither save nor destroy another race
I love this description of your characters, very interesting. Mine are nothing like this of course, being creatures of good. I’ll look forward to reading more 🙂
Tell me about yours =)
I’ll try to keep it short-ish 🙂 When I was small, I often had dreams of flying. I also started writing and illustrating books when I was very young. A constant theme was flying beings. When I got a little older, it was pointed out to me that the divots on my shoulders are unusual and so, in my teens I wove that into a storyline that continues today. The Watchers are the children of the Fallen Angels and their mortal parents. They act as guides and guardians to certain humans. I really should write another piece, it’s been a long while. Talking about the story has the wheels turning though 🙂
I hope you will Karen and if you do let me know!
Excellent poem disturb me carnivorous smiles!
That is a disturbing feature indeed!
its funny…we are watching maleficent…and so the fairies are visible for just a bit…interesting you refer to that as a weakness…i am glad the watchers still see them though…
that whole last stanza…very nice…and yes i think our magic is hampered (as is our faith) by a lack of belief…
Thank you so much Brian! I haven’t seen that movie yet
There are many ‘Watchers’ throughout science fiction…
To have them in fairy is a crossover you have explored well.
I think there was a show about good witches that had ‘Watchers’ of some kind too. And the show ‘The Highlander’ introduce some ‘Watchers’ too. I am sure they must all be related 😉
There are indeed i need to come up with a cooler name haha
I like to go to the translator … take the word in English and see what it comes up with in other languages.
Like Lucy Arafa. Arafa = giant…and she is the giant’s wife 😉
Oh wonderful idea Jules