Changeling

The Fair Folk are fond of mischief and misfits. Why else take a human child and switch it with one of their own? It may be a gift to live in a land you might otherwise have never known. But there is sadness too, in knowing you will never be quite part of the world of your blood.


Reshaping myself
to always fit, I forget
which is my true form.


Song Choice: Arcadia by Faun

This poem is linked to the Tuesday Platform at Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads

46 comments:

  1. I can feel that sense of not belonging fully in either world......I think most poets must feel like changelings.

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    1. It's certainly a feeling many artists can relate to

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  2. This resonated with me today. I have never felt like I fully belonged anywhere.

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  3. Nice! I know the feeling: being told I have an accent, a transient, the "I'll never be from here" feeling.

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    1. Oh I definitely understand that perspective as well. I'll admit I had it in mind when I first conceived of the idea to write this.

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  4. Changeling... to grow up as a fairy is at least better than to be exchanged for a troll which is the common story here in Scandinavia. I grew up with the pictures by John Bauer

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d9/John_Bauer_-_The_Princess_and_the_Trolls_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/800px-John_Bauer_-_The_Princess_and_the_Trolls_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

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    1. I have heard of the troll version of a the story before, but from a Netflix TV series called Troll Hunters. I always feel a bit bad for the changelings, because neither side seems to care for them much.

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  5. "reshaping myself to always fit" I have never been good at that.

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    1. For some it's an acquired, yet sadly all to necessary, skill.

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  6. How I long to recognize my true form too. Such a lovely piece.

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    1. Thank you Kerry. I think it's a thought that at least a few people can relate to.

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  7. There is a tender wistfulness to your words here. We live in a world which is not always open and accepting. Perhaps we are meant to stand out and shine brightly :)

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  8. The prose rocks. And there is not one things I don't love about the haiku--I adore that every line is an independent story, and that when we read them as the whole they are, they share lifetime of the speaker's feelings.

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    1. Thanks Magaly! I am trying my best to really do this form justice.

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  9. A wonderland to see, but yes, loss of our own.

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  10. Yes, I think many feel this way, perhaps it is common? I love it!!

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  11. I think this way too, reshaping myself to fit in.
    Anna :o]

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  12. I love this. I remember feeling like that in my 20s until I learned not everyone has to like me and that's a good thing.

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    1. I can see that aspect in the piece. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. oof. This hit me hard. It's beautiful, but so ... achy.

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    1. The feeling of "otherness" is a hard one to shake sometimes.

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  15. Truly magical.. To discover ones form is always a work in progress perhaps

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    1. Separating the noise coming in from the outside from what you know to be real on the inside is a process.

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  16. Reshaping oneself -- perhaps we all do this as we travel through life -- one way or another!

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    1. Life has a way of making us decide what shape is the most important to us

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  17. We spend far too much time "reshaping ourselves to fit", when we should be concentrating on being our own unique selves! Provocative write!

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    1. There is a lot of energy expended that way

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  18. I think that all human beings are challenged to embrace self, and then move forward. It is called growth and wholeness,

    Elizabeth

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    1. True, though the path taken towards it can vary wildly from individual to individual.

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  19. Reshaping myself to always fit is not an easy thing to do. Changelings are expert at it, though!

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  20. Changling, I think we often go through change in the journey of life. I have often felt different, but I find comfort in being unique in many ways.

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    1. Change is a natural part of life, and it's sweetest when the changes you make are the ones you choose.

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  21. I agree this is a very evocative metaphor that would resonant with most artists. A layered, wonderfully rendered haibun.

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I did have a specific thought when I sat down to create this piece, but I am happy with the layers and multiplicity of meanings that can be inferred from it.

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  22. It's easy to do this, to please others. To thine own self be true.

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    1. Ah, but easy is in the eye of the beholder

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  23. Authenticity is so rare and precious, and so easily compromised.

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