Fairy Tales Belong In Books

by The Queen of Spades   Sep 24, 2012


My innocence died on a summer night
I was seventeen, still six inside
Playing inside fairytales
Wearing dreams like glass slippers too big for my feet
Waiting for the godmother
I'd never meet

I dressed you up as Prince Charming
But you, short, dark and with a bottle of Jack in your hand
Could not live up to the part I had conjured up in my head
And I'll never forget
After I played your princess, what you said:

"I think I just stole what belonged to another man"

What was I supposed to do with that?
As hard as I tried
I couldn't hide
From those words and I was blind to the fact
Of how I was so absurd
That it was way past midnight
There was no golden carriage
And the pumpkin was in a thousand pieces

The morning came, and whether what had occurred
Was wrong or right
I still clung on to the memory of that night
For what else can little girls who still believe
In fantasies do
Pretend their sneakers are ruby slippers
Click their heels three times and pray their wish comes true

So I took my role as "stolen goods"
And wore my heart on a tattered sleeve
All I knew was what I wanted
A happily-ever-after
Even if it was naive

Before I knew it though
Time went on, and the old adage proved true
Blood ceases, wounds heal
And I surrendered you
I accepted
My name might be Jasmine, but you weren't my Aladdin
Though you helped me learn an undeniable lesson

Once upon at time are only a string of letters
No matter how much you pretend
No matter how hard you look
Prince Charming isn't real
Fairy tales belong in books

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  • 6 years ago

    by La Reina De Corazones

    Awh this poem made me want to cry! it's soo good! this poem has no words to describe except AWESOME!!!!! ^^ i especially love this stanza

    I dressed you up as Prince Charming
    But you, short, dark and with a bottle of Jack in your hand
    Could not live up to the part I had conjured up in my head
    And I'll never forget
    After I played your princess, what you said:

    "I think I just stole what belonged to another man"

    since this is awfully real in true life it hurts but it's true so WOW i loved this poem! :) and i love the fact that you put yourself in the poem too! :) 5/5

    Queen Ash

  • 6 years ago

    by Khalid

    I think because the poem is so deep in all directions and thought provoking and heart taking... it should be be nominated. You rocked it!! You smacked it!! you explode it....you did it. What can I say? I really became speechless. Thank you so much for sharing such a marvelous piece. You are really brilliant.

  • 7 years ago

    by Autuumnbree

    Beautifully written I am a sucker for fairytales and I found this write to be magical. I like that you mention sometines we accept anything to have a pictures or fantasies that only exist in our minds. Excellent.

  • 7 years ago

    by Amreen

    I loved this.. You tried to create a movie like scene out here keeping the musical touch intact... Also, you quite convinced the fact that life is not a fairytale and that we cannot long live in that myth ignoring the reality.
    And to be accustomed with the real, being practical is so hurting and abstract...
    Yes, at places the rhythm went a bit off, but you managed your best to keep this brilliant!!!
    I loved it truly... :)

  • 7 years ago

    by Mohan

    Excelent written, I read it twice i like the begining very much keep writting