alchemist and four fairies

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An old alchemist had assistants

Of Craft from Titania’s Kingdom

And they worked for him at nights

in return for fairy food abloom.

 

Salamander belched out a fire

Under the tripod holding a beaker

In shrill forever fiery yellow ire

that grew hotter and madder;

 

Until Undine’s Purified Water

From the well of Fairy Realm

Boiled and bubbled in the beaker

She watched with pensive calm;

 

As Gnome put a sorcerer’s stone

As black as the Stygian River

From the bottom of Earth alone

Into the Water like a wise thinker;

 

While Sylph was breathing Air

Into the Earth joined with the Water

And the Fire in the Craft of Wonder

Creating Gold and Elixir in Splendor.

 

P.S.: The fundamental personality types are sanguine – red (hopeful), choleric-yellow (ireful), melancholic -black (shy), and phlegmatic -blue (calm). In fairy-tale theory, the following fairies represent the four elements: Sylphs – air (red), Salamanders – fire (yellow), Gnomes -earth (black), and Undines – water (blue) . Hence this poem is an amalgam of the aforesaid theories conjured up in my mind’s eye.

2 thoughts on “alchemist and four fairies

  1. Veronica

    I am astounded by your work, Stephanie! You have not only incorporated sophisticated mythical allegories in your poem but also mingled them with the natural elements and the proto-psychological theory. I had to read your poem again after seeing the description, and enjoyed it even more! Thank you for sharing these wonderful, inspiring verses.

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    1. Stephanie Suh Post author

      My Pleasure with My Whole Heart! When I write, I feel like I am being a magician or Alchemist’s Assistant in trying to let out what I have to contribute to the craft of literature. I know it sounds grandiose, but then as Kurt Vonnegut said, “To practice any form of art is to grow your soul. So just do it!” This I treasure. 🙂

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