Another Cinderella

Fairy tales are never true,
happy endings are not for me and you,
pinioned by our rustic lives
as daughters, sisters, mothers, wives.
With the future so uncertain,
we cower behind our dingy curtains,
praying for footmen, never a prince –
they’d be so much harder to convince
that beneath our neglected exteriors
breathe princesses, scarce and superior
to other Cinderellas. In the meantime,
we wait for a magic midnight to chime
while dusting wainscots in smoky kitchens,
ever hoping, ever wishing.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Cinderella 2

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Poem Sketching

Margaret is our host today. She says that she was introduced to ‘Poem sketching’ in 2012 by Ella at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads; she has given us a link that challenge for a description of how to create a word list.

Margaret says that she has her own version of a word list, whereby she writes down words that apply to photos she has taken – what she sees in the photos and the feelings and memories they evoke.  She writes down 10 – 20 words and uses her thesaurus to search for ‘richer’ word choices. She has shared a poem she created from such a word list.

Today’s challenge is to create and use a word list, following the 2012 challenge rules or Margaret’s version.

I found my words in a list of unusual names of moths: pinion, spotted, scarce, footmen, smoky, wainscot, neglected, rustic, dingy, uncertain


18 thoughts on “Another Cinderella

  1. Whistles!❤️ I absolutely love this version of Cinderella, Kim 🙂 it’s more realistic and close to life. Especially these lines; “we wait for a magic midnight to chime while dusting wainscots in smoky kitchens, ever hoping, ever wishing” really spoke to me. Beautifully penned!❤️

    PS: Your word list is soo cool! 😀

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    1. Thank you, Sanaa! I found the word list in an article about moths and some of the weird names they have. I think it was the dingy footman that got me thinking of Cinderella. I haven’t written a fairy tale poem for so long, it was about time I did. maybe I’ll write another one soon.


  2. What a brilliant idea for finding a word list! And what wonderful words they are. Your Cinderella story rings all too true.


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