A Fairy Tale Poem

There was, once upon a time,
A mother and her two daughters in their prime.
The mother and the eldest were both a witch,
While the youngest was waiting for someone rich.

As is usual in fairy tales,
The mother and elder were lazy as snails.
They made the youngest cook, clean and sew,
Always quick with a stick or a blow.

One fine day did they tell,
The poor girl to go fetch water from the well.
Now this well was a mile away,
The water jug a ton did weigh.

You would have gathered that mother and eldest did cherish,
In the thought that youngest may perish.
But to their dismay an hour later,
The youngest struggled home, chest heaving with labour.

‘What took you so long?’ screamed the mother.
‘I am sorry,’ said youngest. ‘I met another.’
‘She wanted a drink, I could not refuse,’
‘This is the truth and not a ruse.’

The mother stood aghast, staring at her daughter,
She had completely forgotten about the water.
For pearls and diamonds sprang from youngest’s lips.
And with this the mother could not come to grips.

‘What’s that?’ she screeched. ‘From where do they come?’
‘This is the boon of the woman, mum.’
‘You see, the woman was really a fairy,’
‘She gave me this gift, in return for my gentry.’

‘Ah!’ said the mother, ‘But you are useless.’
‘What a waste of a gift when not a talent do you possess.’
‘Tomorrow your elder sister shall go,’
‘And win herself a boon aglow.’

So the next day, the eldest did struggle,
When all she wanted to do was snuggle.
She met the fairy who asked for a drink,
‘I am not your slave,’ cried eldest without a think.

‘You really are a witch,’ said the fairy mother.
‘What wouldn’t I give to have you smothered.
‘But I shall do something far, far worse,’
‘And lay upon you such a curse,’
‘That every time you open your mouth to speak,’
‘A toad or snake shall slither from your beak.’

With this curse, the eldest trundled home,
The mother none too pleased, hit her with a comb.
In anger, she turned the youngest out,
Who ran into the forest with a pout.

A passing prince heard her weep,
And with a kick made his horse leap,
Upon reaching the source of the sound.
He was taken with youngest’s beauty abound.

Upon hearing her story and seeing the jewels,
He thought the mother and eldest such fools.
He had fallen in love with this pretty, young thing,
And asked her to become Queen of the King.

Youngest accepted and they lived happily ever after,
While the eldest still spewed snakes for years thereafter.


Categories: Children's Poetry, Poetry

15 Comments on “A Fairy Tale Poem”

  1. July 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Very well written, I like it :)

    • July 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

      Thank you Dina. I appreciate your thoughtful comment. :)

  2. July 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm #

    Lovely fairy-tale poem! :)

    • July 25, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

      Thank you Sweet-heart :) .. This was an experiment. I quite like this format and you will see many more of these going forward

  3. July 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    I love it when experiments work out!!! I hope you write more fairy tale poems! How fun! Xx

    P.S. Have you read Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes?

    • July 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      I have indeed. That’s what put the idea in my head. I love how this turned out funny just because I had to use certain words or phrases in an effort to make things rhyme :D

      Now that the first experiment seems a success, I will expand on the idea from here on

  4. sadiya
    July 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    loved it…:))

  5. Dempsey Wilson
    July 25, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Nicely done. A pleasure to read.

    • July 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      Thank you Dempsey. I really appreciate your comments. Lots more to come and I hope you like those too.

  6. Anonymous
    August 20, 2011 at 6:55 am #

    a nice story…

  7. Twarita
    April 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Loved this one.. Believe me your experiments with old fairy tales is coming up real well.. Grt job girl :)

    • April 10, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

      Awww thanks girl. I really appreciate it :)

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