bohemian, ballad, zeitgeist

EcIlkUNUwAILhRe

On the day she left the gallery 

Of the faces ancient and agelast

She went to the shop of curiosity

And bought a new perfume fragrant

Of Rose, Acacia, Lilac, and Bergamot, 

From which a Sylph floated up to her

Thru the dusty air of a city street

Wrapping her in the perfume of love

Undressing her in the nature of love. 

alchemist and four fairies

all

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.