once upon a time-
there was a prince.
and there was a princess.
the prince rode to the princess' castle
and wiped her tears
for her parents had died in the night.
he took her broken pieces and stitched them back together.
the princess raised her head
put on her best gown-
a deep blood-red silky thing-
and went to marry the prince
as the people wished-
for she was a young and silly thing
sick with romance.
but she searched the entire castle
with it's lilac walls and ivy towers
rotting boards and winding stairs
but she could not find the prince.
so she downed a hundred glasses of wine
and a hundred tears she shed.
at last the pendulums chimed midnight
and she stumbled upon
a darkened room
she could not remember ever seeing
in her drunken
so howled from the prickled shadows
a screaming hideous creature
reaching for the ragged hem of her blood-red gown
with stained claws and mildew eyes.
said the monster.
the monster licked it's dripping maw
and reached for her again.
but the princess
was really not such a young and silly thing
she had seen wars and saved lives
and killed thousands with her warrior wrath
she shook the pins from her crow black hair
against her snowy skin
downturned her bloody lips
and narrowed her ice blue eyes.
are not just flesh and bone
but made of something else
like river water and red thread
and the princess
stitched together by monster's paws
a fearsome doll
only said a word
and the monster prince
crumbled to ash.
so she climbed the winding stairs
to her amber balcony
proclaiming the death of the monster
the loss of her lover-
and the crowds cheered.
as she left.
back to her lilac tower
with ivy walls.
undoing her stitches
and red thread.
spilling her river water-
which dripped through the cracks
the servant below
sprouted velvet fur
and a rotting maw.
she slammed her fists on the walls
and a maid grew wings.
and the joker wept.
the princess wiped her own tears
tied herself together
knots and all
wrapped herself in a ragged onyx cloak
cut her hair
stalking to the west
hunting the dusk.