Trempealeau

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trempealeau

i have a song to sing
of the boy who met the fairy king
it was in the woods of trempealeau
when the river was dark beneath the starry glow

the boy snuck from his bed one night
put on his hat and brought no light
his legs they moved with restless itch
so he climbed and crept in the quiet over the train-track bridge

* look to the woods just go out walking
find the courage when the winds talking
low, talking low

over the bridge into depth of trees
on a bluff in the middle of the mississippi
the boy in the shadows deep
began to hear the voices from dreamless sleep
*
the boy drew an inward breath
he wondered was he an unwelcome guest
the voices chilled him cool and sweet
and he saw the bright white lights of the night faeries
*
blue and gold the fairy king
loud he shone on outstretched wings
he said, “dear boy of trempealeau
thank you for meeting us here in the shadow.”

“we the fairies small and slight
we are no longer seen in the daylight
still you were brave and heard our call
many ignore or don’t hear it at all.”

look to the woods just go out walking
find the courage when the winds talking
low, talking low

go to the woods listen for music
life will unfold whispers of magic
when you go

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from What Sings, released September 7, 2019

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Jen Zimberg Hudson, New York

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