Sunday, January 22, 2012

things I've learned from fairy tales

illustration from a 1927 story anthology

(anything is possible
on this road)

I'm not afraid
is what you have to say
and say again
because there will be ogres and harpies
on this journey

houses can walk
doorknobs can talk
trees can swallow you whole
and hair makes
the best ladder

you have to remember
the werewolf is only a wolf
once a month
so don't judge, but don't go outside
when the full moon is high

watch out for beanstalks
don't annoy the witch
don't look at the bear in the dark
not everyone who looks nice
really is so

(not all princesses need a kiss
sometimes all they need
is a good laugh)


  1. Much good advice for those that walk alone in a forest. Yes, I did have a good laugh at the sub-script! Great read.

  2. Definitely all princesses need a laugh!! Well done!! Fun jaunt!! Love the once a month true!!

    Hugs Giggles

  3. 'From ghoulies and ghosties, and long-leggedy beasties, and all things that go bump in the night, may the Good Lord deliver us'
    Jolly good poem of yours, I must say!

  4. have learnt a lot..and made us all smile with your knowing..anything is always possible..whether you take the road inside or outside your imagination..such a pleasure to read one of your pieces again..Jae