Fractured fables

Grimhilde, vain busybody in a snow tale,
You morphed on impulse, blunt in self-reflection,
Put the blind on to get your apples sold:
You spun a deep sleep with goofer dust,
Gilded dwarfs all in a whirling trance,
Saved by a charming prince;
All lived happily ever, save for you- fallen malignity.

In a village, ornately dressed, silent bearded men
Bowling nine-pins in a bumbingly hollow
While Ol Rip got snookered:
Needling sleep down from dreams;
Thunderous booms, muffled musket,
Eyesight scarcely visible, he awoke gray and ramshackled.
Got crowned and cackled for pronouncing a king.

An ant, a storer of food for the cold season
Persisted while a grasshopper infinitely wrapped
Himself in merriment and song: spry green deus;
Ex laborer (did not seem deterred by this).
Winter’s filament tighter to a frozen, beggar’s death,
One exoskeleton in a bug’s morgue;
Persevered on a set course no scruple could disrupt.

The whole revolving tall glass hill
Where a king’s daughter kept from sliding:
Macintosh’s in her lap (sprinkled with goofer dust),
Awaiting knights flickering on wooden horses;
Save for one who sat on ashes,
Reflecting candles waxing; three apples a day
Kept his highness away. Happily ever after.

Copyright © 11/06/18 lance sheridan®

Darkly fabled

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12 comments on “Fractured fables

  1. Taruna says:

    Ahh… harsh reality spun in fun, but who is laughing? For the weave of fairytales is knit dense and deep from infancy to the broken self esteem of the grown…
    nether-the-less… I love your work…
    Happy Diwali… my the true light shine through the tales🙏

  2. ION says:

    Omigosh, I’ve been looking for fairy tale poetry. I’m so happy to have found this so I can reblog it!

  3. Goofer dust?!? I love it! ❤️🦋🌀

  4. What a clever one you are! I quite liked this. This would make an outstanding classroom lesson. I’ve done superhero poetry with young children but this would be exciting to try. I’m planning a lesson in my head as I write to you. “Ol” Rip got snookered?” Ahaha. Sadly, these days few children are taught fables, fairy tales, and nursery rhymes any more. ( Unless I was their teacher). I’ll have to go into my collection of children’s literature and try it out with my grandchildren next time I baby sit. Last week I taught them simple alphabet codes used during the civil war, and mirror codes. They had a ball. My next assignment will be fairy tale poetry. Illustrated or acted out, thanks for the fun read and the inspiration!

    • Lesley, thank you sincerely- I’m very honored by your words, thoughts, and wonderful inspiration (you are an exceptionally gifted and very talented writer). I thoroughly enjoy reading your feedback/reviews of my writing. It’s such a great motivator! And, I’m very appreciative of you sharing a part of who you are.

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