Cinderella
over the iron
scrubbing the floors
cleaning the keep –
earning the money to pay for the ball gown on lay-away

some spark inside is dying:

Artist Trading Card by the Author, 2010

some outside light is gone.

sighing.
singing rueful songs of absence.
lying across the bed, alone.

the Prince is off practicing
Prince-ly things:

things of war.

no one hears
the mumbled words of sleep.

(1984)

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