Words for Wednesday: The Green Fairy

Posted April 8, 2020 in Creative Writing / 6 Comments

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Words for Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Delores from Under the Porch Light (no longer blogging) a long time ago and it is hosted by various different bloggers. There are a different set of prompts each week, which can be words, phrases, music or an image. What we do with them is up to us:  a short story, prose, a song, a poem or treating them with ignore.  We can use some or all of the prompts.

This week, Elephant’s Child shared 6 prompt words:

  1. Practice
  2. Bent
  3. Night 
  4. Fairy,
  5. Never
  6. Liquid

And/or: ‘Out of the frying pan and into the fire…’

I decided to try to use the 5 words to make a little poem and this is what I came up with:

The Green Fairy

The green fairy shimmers in the lamplight,
Intoxicating liquid granting sight
To the tortured artist, squinting through the gloom,
Inhaling inspiration’s heady perfume.

Nightly, bent over his ink-splattered desk,
He practices the craft like one possessed.
Yet the conjurings of imagination
Will never evolve into innovation.

My poem was of course inspired by La Fee Verte (the green fairy) which was the nickname given to absinthe in the 19th century. You can read all about it here.

Image description: A reservoir glass filled with a naturally colored verte absinthe next to an absinthe spoon. Image by Eric Litton from Wiki Commons.

Over to you!

Are you inspired by the prompt? You can join in and check out the other interpretations of the prompt here.

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6 responses to “Words for Wednesday: The Green Fairy

  1. Ooh this is a cool meme. Love it! And your take on it as well. Absinthe… so seductive and so dangerous. 🙂

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