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Prince Charming's Tale

by Jane Dards

I travelled through the forest long and far
and came across a cottage hidden there
where seven little men lived. Most bizarre! –
they kept the body of a lady fair
within a coffin clearly made of glass.
They told a tale of jealousy and spite,
and how the dreadful deed had come to pass –
the lovely girl took but a single bite
of poisoned apple. Now she does not live.
How fresh she looks! Her skin as white as snow
and lips like blood. I begged the dwarfs to give
me leave to take the coffin when I go.
I’ll take it home, and lovingly will park
it next to Hirst’s amazing pickled shark.


"Prince Charming's Tale" was first published in The Oldie Summer 2010 (overall winner). The competition asked for a fairy tale retold in verse.

This sonnet was also published in the June 2011 edition of LightenUp Online.

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