My response to Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver Fairy Tale #77 July 21st – The Ugly Duckling

Fairy Tales often taught us a moral, like in the story of the Ugly Duckling. For today’s Fairy Tale task we are creating a modern day version of the Ugly Duckling.


She was her parents’ little girl,

Preened and polished,

With golden curls.

No playing football in the park,

No climbing trees

Or staying out after dark.

Weekends were hours of endless

Shopping with mother,

But she was friendless.

In the classroom she was shunned,

Staying spotless in a corner

While the other kids were having fun

And making her life a misery.

Until high school,

When misery found company

In a Gothic set

When she swapped her golden curls

For hair of jet.

Then came make-up

Piercings and tattoos,

Corset dresses

And black shoes.

Her parents were stunned,

Their beautiful golden chick

Had become a dark swan.


© Kim M. Russell, 2016


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