Fairy Poems by Barker

It's the birthday of the English illustrator Cicily Mary Barker who was born on this day in 1895.  Barker is remembered for her depictions of fairies and flowers. In Barker's fabulous fantasy world, every flower was granted its particular Fairy to protect it from harm. Barker would draw the flowers and the fairies and then write poetry about them. Here are a few of her poems:

"Forget-me-not Fairy"

So small, so blue, in grassy places

My flowers raise

Their tiny faces.

By streams, my bigger sisters grow,

And smile in gardens,

In a row.

I’ve never seen a garden plot;

But though I’m small Forget me not!  

 

"White Clover Fairy"

I’m little White Clover, kind and clean;

Look at my threefold leaves so green;

Hark to the buzzing of hungry bees:

“Give us your honey, Clover, please!”

Yes, little bees, and welcome, too!

My honey is good, and meant for you!  

 

Barker loved wildflowers, but she didn't believe in fairies. In the foreword to Flower Fairies of the Wayside, Barker wrote: "I have drawn all the plants and flowers carefully, from real ones, but I have never seen a fairy..."  


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Cicily Mary Barker
Cicily Mary Barker