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Enchanted Forest


Within this forest witches walk,
They cheat and steal and lie.
Cats are King and frogs can talk,
And boys and monkeys fly.

Within this green and leafy bower
By chance a prince and maid will meet.
He will be looking for a bride,
She’ll wear glass slippers on her feet.

Within this forest a maiden sighs
Locked in her ivory tower.
A handsome prince comes riding by
And saves her with love’s power.

Enchantments whisper on the breeze,
Escape the natural bonds of time;
They cling to roots and glisten on leaves,
Waking fairy tales and nursery rhyme.


previously published on Bits of Me in Poetry, on September 2nd, 2006

photograph by: Charlene L. Amsden

Quilly is the pseudonym of Charlene L. Amsden, who lives on The Big Island in Hawaii. When she is not hanging out with Amoeba, she is likely teaching or sewing. Or she could be cooking, taking photographs, or even writing. But if she's not doing any of that, she's probably on Facebook or tinkering with her blog.


  1. Kat — you’re welcome. Glad to help. I read Nessa’s review of the novel and am looking forward to reading it. IS it available in bookstores now?

    Polona — have you never been to my poetry blog? Click on the Bits of Me in Poetry link and pop by. You might enjoy it.

  2. Your photo and poem ARE very enchanted; very much a fairy tale. I enjoyed them very much.

    Dana’s book is already for sale. You can buy it online from Barnes & Noble, Amazon and the publisher. Her website has the links. The first stop on the tour has begun today at Elysabeth’s Emerald City (her link is on my blog.) She has Dana’s bio and an except from the book which I think you’ll enjoy. Go leave a comment there for a chance to win a free copy of Murder for Hire.

  3. Nessa — thanks, I went to Elysabeth’s and left a comment. That site is very hard to see. I did enjoy the book excerpt though.

    Melli — thanks.

    Dr. John — this photo was taken at dawn. The sand and tree branches all looked pink. I was thrilled that the camera captured the colors.

  4. Jill — I took this photo last summer on Vancouver Island, BC. It is a section of the path to Botany Beach. There are no pine forests on Oahu.

  5. I thought that was the same poem but didn’t want to be wrong. The dawg poem was fun, too. Odd I didn’t thank you before. Did you post it in my comments section or am I a bastard again?

  6. Doug — I posted it in your comments. I can’t quite remember when, but perhaps your 2006 birthday? I’m a bit hazy but I think a guest poster (remember them?) did a tribute to you on your own blog. Rest assured, you thanked me. I believe you even sent me a personal email. Of course that doesn’t mean you aren’t a bastard.

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