Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Writing in Fairy Tales

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I liked this idea from Kim Addonizio. Write a poem from the point of view of a fairy tale character. It was supposed to be written at a point-of-decision. Mine doesn't really do that, but I mention it because I think it could be helpful.

If you write a fairy tale poem, feel free to leave your link so we can find it. :)

Cinderella

I pretend at being
poor, disliking this job,
but at night
I eat the ashes
while they are still warm,
and the taste of silver fire
is like nothing
you've ever known.

Post in honor of One Shot Wednesday.

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Blogger Louise said...

I love your Cinderella poem! How did you come up with this? To find something secret and special in those cinders is a stroke of genius and you have put it so succinctly. I am in awe (and clearly gushing too much!). I'll give some thought to a fairytale poem of my own.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Reflections said...

Sounds like a challenging perspective. I like what you have written, you have gotten inside her world.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Love your poem!

Hunchback

Ugliness is
not my reason
to withhold
love.

I store beauty
in my eye.
My tears
lash my back.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Bethe77 said...

Very nice. I like that!
Blessings

11:07 AM  
Blogger Solveig said...

A somehow disturbing and frightening image, but I love the poem. Ashes can represent many things, and this reminds me that we'd rather feel pain than feel nothing.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Violet said...

Oh my this is crazy good! I love your subversive Cinderella with her Goth ashes-eating ways. There's more to her than the original.

I left a link in the widget to a poem I wrote some time ago - "Mother Bear."

12:20 PM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

Cool! Is your cinderella some kind of a witch? She seems to possess extraordinary gifts.

12:52 PM  
Blogger Glynn said...

Personally, I think the ugly stepsisters have gotten a bad rap -- they should write a poem about "Miss Goody Two Shoes" and the obnoxiousness of having a perfect stepsister.

Good poem, L.L.

3:33 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

this is great...love the concept, may used it and marvelous play with the words...

6:43 PM  
Blogger Linda said...

I immediately thought of Cinderella L.L. - but with a far different take. You are amazing! This was such fun.

8:17 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

the taste of silver fire....love the whole piece...nice writing...as always...bkm

9:15 PM  
Blogger Shashi said...

It's a beautiful poetry.. and liked the idea too. Your writing is very powerful and vivid. Thanks for sharing...

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Om Namah Shivaya
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3:23 AM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

This is haunting, a far different perspective on Cinderella than ever I have considered. You just keep growing and growing as a poet, LL.

6:19 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Wow. Totally just what's there and no more, and the perspective! Thanks!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Lorrie said...

Lovin it!

12:45 PM  
Blogger Louise said...

Hi again L.L.
I gave it some thought and wrote a poem inspired by Rumpelstiltskin. I have added the link.

7:14 PM  
Blogger Karen Kyle Ericson said...

This is a great post, I always related to Cinderella and hoped for a new life as a child. I liked eating the ashes- illustrates how life is hard sometimes. I'm a new follower now and need to check out your writer links. Might be just what I need. Here's my blog if you're interested Hope Faith & Life from my daily quiet times.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Monica Sharman said...

After the poem today from poets.org, I searched "Addonizio" here, remembering I first read something about through you. Nice coming back to this. :)
(The photo looks like marshmallows!)

11:12 AM  

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