Gwen Clayton was inspired to write “The Fox Island Fairies” after a spring hike at Fox Island.

The Fox Island Fairies
Their friends and their foes
Come out to the crossroads
For tales to be told

From the North and the East,
The West and the South
All have winds carrying
NEWS in their mouths

Old Man Winter is gone
And summer draws near
Tis the eve of the fairies
On May Day each year

Come dine at our table
And sit next to me
Please let me pour you
Some sassafras tea

Be warned of the dragon
Pray he never does wake
But if he should rise
His treasure we’ll take

Way up on a ladder
A wizard does climb
He searches the stars
For magic to find

A spire tree’s ribbons
Twist all ‘round the trunk
Nature’s own Maypole
Will bring you good luck

As the sun waves goodbye
And the moon starts to rise
We head back toward home
With fairy-dust eyes

Photos by Gwen Clayton