It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.

William Ralph Inge


Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair!

Come on dearie
don’t be so Grimm

there’s nothing left to fear.

The big bad wolf
evil prick
is out fooling with some
naïve Red Riding Hood
on Facebook
and the wicked enchantress
has roared off
on her broom
to see the fall colors.

It’s okay to come out.
Olly Olly Oxen Free!

The bogey woman has left the building
went out for a Mocha Frappuccino.
She got bored
went off
to scare up a new Prince.
All the evil turds are gone
and let’s face it

you’re old, and have netted a pink slip.

I’ll explain later.

Wake-up sweetie
it’s going to be okay
it was just a nightmare
yeah you got banged up a bit
but you made it.

Seriously, you are among friends.
You are a survivor.
It’s over!

Rapunzel –it’s time to escape
from your ivory tower
maybe go for a makeover
color those roots
get out of that frumpy dress
invest in a pedicure.
So Rapunzel,

join the group

get analyzed

and who knows

in a few years or twenty

you too can live in debt and possibly
Happily Ever After!

©Cornelia DeDona


** Earlier version also published in 2012 Rain Bird Press, L’MAO issue (that’s French for: Laughing My Ass Off) an art and literary journal of Windward Community College, Kaneohe Hawaii

Congratulations to all the Authors and Artists published in this year’s Rain Bird.  Particularly to  D.F. Sanders for winning the Golden Plover for her poem, Bookmarks and to `Ilima Stern, the Kolekolea for her poem, Nekid Mom–You both Rock!  Also to the following Writing Retreat Authors and Artists, Kenneth Burtness, Judy Hatch, Donald Powers, Peggy Ann Barnhardt, and Sherrill J. P. Sturm. 

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