The pathway up the mountain started at two tall trees of oak,
Tamika thought they were like two huge gateposts–and at a single stoke
she walked between them–it was like entering another world–a shiver went through her frame
it was like walking under arches or beneath a waterfall after rain.
It was as if it was a crossroad into some very special place
and strangely for a moment she felt her heartbeat race.
This could be the place where magic happened–even fairies may live here,
and it was a really lovely morning for walking with her dog Saffie who was always near.
It was one of her favourite places, where she liked to walk
she would stand and listen, and Saffie was always near –if she wished to talk.
She walked with a large canopy of green leaves over her head
and then realized that she wished to walk in the sun instead.
She felt someone was watching her–but she felt no alarm
and as Saffie sniffed around she knew Saffie, would not let her come to harm.
She wondered happily among the big flat leaved trees
with squirrels birds and hedgehogs, she was completely at ease.
She was looking away down at her village–the river running through it, like a silver thread,
the town hall clock the folly on the hill when she thought she heard a voice within her head,
it said ‘’Excuse me miss’’, it sounded rather hoarse and she immediately-dismissed it of course,
but Saffie’s ears had pricked up, which meant that she had heard it too
she looked all around but there was no body in view.
Then the voice said ‘’Hay I am up here’’ and on a branch of an Hawthorne tree
was a man no larger than her hand, who said ‘’I am so glad that you can see me’’.
He jumped down and landed at her feet brushing off his clothes he was very neat
with tiny trousers coat and bracers too, so perfect and so petite
Tamika stopped and rubbed her eyes-because although small, he was a big surprise
He said ‘’I wasn’t sure my shields were down so that you could see me’’.
Saffie sniffed him curiously–them licked him self consciously
he giggled and said ‘’Stop it, you are making me all wet.
But if Saffie was happy Tamika was too–the little man was not a threat
Saffie continued licking, the little man said it tickled too,
Tamika said ‘’So you have to lower your shields, so that I can see you’’.
He said ‘’I know you are Tamika and you are with Saffie I see’’.
Tamika looked at the little man asking ‘’how do you know me’
‘’All of the fairies have known you since you were a baby
and I’ve always watched your visits although you could not see me’’.
Tamika said ‘’All the fairies, are there more, what do you all do’’
he said his name was Simon, he was the water guardian, and of course there were more.
Tamika said had never believed in fairies, why had she not seen one before?
‘’It’s because people no longer enjoy nature, the streams and animals are not valued as before,
when did you last roll in the grass or jump a puddle, that is what puddles are for.
You are all so busy with computers and TV they don’t see them any more,
you are surrounded by what we look after–the mountain which we live underneath.
And you coming here today is such a huge relief’’.
But before she could ask him what he meant, another voice said ‘’Hello Tamika I am Holly, I look after the trees’’
she was no bigger than Simon with lovely flowing silver hair
and she explained that there were fairies for water fire flowers and even for air.
and they had a problem with Simons water, she went on to tell
that the tree that she was sitting on blew down and into the river it fell.
‘’I allowed the wind to blow too hard, I am Jake the guardian of air’’ his voice was full of stress
Simon said ‘’He’s full of wind and didn’t take enough care–and now we are in a mess’’.
‘’The tree has dammed the river, which feeds the royal well,
and they were not big enough to move it’’ they were ashamed to tell,
She asked what they would do, if the well was dry–they didn’t have very long
Holly said that they thought her and Saffie both looked pretty strong.
‘’If you tie her lead to the tree we ‘ll sprinkle her with flying dust,
we shouldn’t really ask you but we know you are someone we can trust.
Saffie let out a bark–to indicate that she would help
if she hadn’t been willing, instead of a bark she would have let out a yelp.
They tied Saffie’s lead around the tree and Michael whispered in her ear,
and climbed upon her back holding on to her collar– he was quite pale with fear
He sprinkled something on her, from a bag around his neck
and to see that every thing was alright he looked around to check.
he climbed off and told Saffi ‘’ It’s okay. follow me’’ ,and Tamika turned around
shocked to see her lovely dog was floating above the ground.
By flying, in less than a minute Saffie had moved the tree
and straight away the water was once more flowing free.
Then Tamika had a shock because a cheer filled the air
she looked around and found that there were fairies every where.
All of them were smiling on every bush and branch and tree
and on the tree they’d moved stood a couple dressed so regally.
‘’Tamika Tiger’’ said the king and they all cheered again
for now the well would refill when ever there was rain.
He said ‘’Tamika thank you-and the queen wished to give a reward’’
‘’We will make you an honoury guardian’’ the others cheered with one accord
‘’Really’’ said Tamika and Saffie wagged her tail
both of them so happy that their effort did not fail
She was told, we have always watched you— you have much love in your heart,
for the mountain and all it is, you have always done your part.
You love the birds and animals the bushes trees and stream,
you pick up other people’s litter to help keep the mountain clean.
You didn’t even know, that you helped us in our task
and so if ever you are in need of help you only have to ask.
’’But how will I ever find you’’–Michael said ‘’To whisper at the old oak gate
and the wind will answer, and please make it soon–don’t leave it too late’’.
When you come to see us again we will show you the fairy land down below.
But now we have to say goodbye, it’s time for you and us to go’’
He waved his stick and they all vanished and were gone,
leaving Tamika happy knowing such a friendship would go on.
They both went down the mountain path, to have their teas
and a hundred voices said ‘’see you soon’’ as they passed the old oak trees.
She was smiling ,knowing she could visit any time
and for such friendship and such pleasure it would be well worth the climb.