Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The downside of being Cinderella



Imagine: for the rest of your life, there will be “…someone in every
room with a lute…”

I pass along this bit of candid whimsy from Ron Koertge:


Cinderella's Diary

I miss my stepmother. What a thing to say,
but it’s true. The prince is so boring: four
hours to dress and then the cheering throngs.
Again. The page who holds the door is cute
enough to eat. Where is he once Mr. Charming
kisses my forehead goodnight?

Every morning I gaze out a casement window
at the hunters, dark men with blood on their
boots who joke and mount, their black trousers
straining, rough beards, calloused hands, selfish,
abrupt…

Oh, dear diary—I am lost in ever after:
those insufferable birds, someone in every
room with a lute, the queen calling me to look
at another painting of her son, this time
holding the transparent slipper I wish
I’d never seen.

"Cinderella's Diary" by Ron Koertge from Vampire Planet. © Red Hen Press, 2016. Reprinted with permission on The Writer’s Almanac website, July 19, 2016,
see it here.












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