Off With the Fairies

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Where’s Uncle Midge? I asked

one sunny afternoon.

He’s off with the fairies again, aunty said

Then quickly changed the topic.

Off with the fairies? How did aunty know?

Did he leave a note saying he’d be back

By so and so a time?

It was hard to imagine Uncle frolicking with the fairies

if that is what

One does when one is ‘off with them’.

He seemed too weighty and substantial for that.

And anyway where was he off to?

Where does one go when one is ‘off with the fairies’?

I looked out the lounge room window out

To the backyard where uncle often used to wander

But there was nothing — only a pair

Of garden gnomes who seemed to be smiling

As if they had seen something.

6 thoughts on “Off With the Fairies

  1. I am. SA stands for South Australia. We have our own unique Aussie vocab, some inherited from our ‘mother country’ of which ‘off with the fairies’ is probably one. Uncle was an oddity. He had eletro-convulsive therapy at one stage but he was always happiest when ‘off with the fairies’ 🙂

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