“The Fairy-Tale Delusion”

the prince lost his leather boot
the beanstalk rotted
Papa Bear ate Goldilocks for dinner
and
Rapunzel rappelled down the side of the tower

Snow White never tasted the poisoned apple
she was too busy
cooking
mending
and
cleaning
for seven needy dwarfs
to stop for a snack

in her spare time
she penned a best-selling novel
“The Fairy-Tale Delusion”

GOOD THING

it was rumored that
Prince Charming swam off with a mermaid
on his Caribbean vacation
and
drowned

what line did Snow White write to end her children’s classic?

“She fought.
She survived.
She shared.
She thrived.”

~

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The Wind’s Mock

naked
stripped bare by a gust of mocking wind
tree branches tremble
in complaint

Nature
responds
to creak-cracking pleas
fills her storehouse clouds
with
empathetic
frigid
tears

She
beckons the wind
with
thick
smoke
signals

wind
sighs
puffs
whispers
dies
then, observing
those pathetic, quaking, naked limbs shaking
blows
a sympathetic gale

snow
falls
covers limbs with frosty blankets
and
blankets roots under thick cover

until

wind,
tired of stillness,
decides to stir Nature’s pot
with
a
hot
air
whirling
melting
mock

~

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A Yarn

woven
a tapestry
with threads intertwining
writer knits a colorful yarn
carefully stitches in all the loose ends
tightens the narrative
reader unfolds the plot
mind perceives words
woven

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A Spooky Haiku

babes put on their masks

join haunted street processions

feet crunch dead leaf paths

~

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Falling

falling
gentle drop down
the sole flight of spent leaf
cut off from life-sustaining tree
spinning freely, wind-tossed, euphoric flight
lands among the ground’s dead fodder
fuel the tree roots tap
autumn’s leaves are
falling

~

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Cherita #9

the writer was blocked

chapters and characters remained nameless
and the plot had holes

kicked the word bucket,
flooding pages
with a title wave of letter combinations

~

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Faced

faced, unmovable

tree grew on unyielding stone

roots stretched to tap ground

~

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