A Little Bit Fey

My grandmother once looked at me across the room

            when I wasn’t doing much really

            — I was trying to read the cat’s mind I think

            by looking intently into its eyes —

            and said

            “Child, I think you might be a little bit fey”

            by which she meant 

            (I came to understand)

            a little bit magical

            a little bit otherworldly

            a little bit Not Right

            a little bit Irish

            and (later)

            a little bit Ill-Equipped 

to Hold A Man

            or

            Handle Life’s Business

            or

            Put Someone In Their Place

            or Get Right With Jesus.

It now seems to me

            that maybe 

            she was right

            but that maybe if you are

            a little bit fey

            there isn’t much

            you can do about it

            except

            be fey.

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