The Fairies

  1. Illustration for The Fairies by Alice Spencer

They all see her:
that girl,
all dressed in black.

They never talk to her;
they’re too frightened she’ll attack.

They know what she’s done,
but, not why she has;
they think she’s desperate for attention.

They’re wrong.
She never asks.

They don’t know her dreams about the black parade.
They don’t know how much she wishes the scars could just fade;
how much she wishes the memories could go;
how much she wishes her personality could be her friend,

not her foe.

She had the same, the same old diary, but,
with a different show.

It had everything about her in it:
a place where the tears and demons could go;
a place where negative feelings could be projected and not rejected;
a place where she wasn’t drowning in tears;
a place where the words didn’t suffocate her, and
be the centre of her fears.

But this safe place,
this balance against hell,
was stolen by a book thief.
The fairies;
they sent her to this hell.

But, this girl, she’s nothing more than me:
a desperate teen.
Who wishes you could see.

About the Author

Alice Spencer

Alice Spencer is fifteen and has just finished her Junior Certificate in Coláiste Pobail Osraí, but for her last three years of secondary education she will be attending Kilkenny College. Her main hobby is creative cookery, for which she was highly commended for six cupcakes based on the 2012 Olympic Games (for synchronized swimmers). In 2012 she came second in the International Poetry Competition at Cuisle in Limerick for a poem called "Dá mBéach". She plays ukulele and sings as well. Alice bases her poetry on personal events in the hope that other people will relate to them.