was a cold flame on the horizon;
it cast a wide-reaching shadow,
an other-worldly drift of snow
where three royal daughters
were trapped by many-headed
trolls who loved to have
their scalps scratched.
Tempted by a generous reward,
a soldier arrived with a well-honed sword
to make the trolls’ ugly heads roll.
The teenage princesses, not stereotypes
but feminists fond of underdogs,
quickly defended their monstrous pets –
the soldier lives as their slave yet.
Kim M. Russell, 12th October 2018
Sherry reminds us that, in 2011, Kerry created a prompt entitled Un-Fairy Tales. She says she loves the whole idea of rewriting those old tales and thought we might enjoy it, too. She would like us to choose any fairy tales we wish and re-write them: give it better or worse endings, switch them up, make them current, or write new ones of your own.
‘The troll was quite willing, and before long he fell asleep and began snoring’ – The Three Princesses in the Blue Mountain a Norwegian folk tale