If Not Happily Ever After



The soothsayer paused, not wanting to say / I was a princess,

watching, and on edge because / once upon a time

people demanded proof / there was magic

no more razzle dazzle now / now I live

like Sleeping Beauty       / on the streets

awakened with a kiss      / and hoping to score

a bit of bliss, if not happily ever after / just one good dream, till tomorrow


This poem is in response to Secret Keeper’s Writing Challenge.  The prompt words were


I wrote a cleave poem. The left side is one poem, the right side is another poem, and both sides read together form a third poem.