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You can keep your Prince Charming
And your Love At First Sight.
A Land Far, Far Away was never my home.
I'll be no Damsel in Distress
Waiting for a White Knight to charge up
And rescue me from the Dragon;
Forget riding off into the Sunset.
I don't want a Fairy Tale.
Being a Princess is boring,
And being Queen is no better.
I was born without a matronly Fairy Godmother,
Ditto a tragic Curse or Prophecy.
There's no Evil Stepmother waiting for me at home.
I'm happy not being the Fairest In The Land.
True Love's Kiss isn't what I'm looking for;
Mine isn't a Forbidden Love.
I'll skip the Royal Ball,
Glass Slippers are uncomfortable
And Pumpkin Carriages are slow.
My hair is not spun Sunlight,
Nor is my skin like Snow;
I can't sing the Birds from the Trees.
Once Upon A Time isn't my beginning,
And I won't live Happily Ever After;
But I promise you, I will live.

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CelebrateDifferencesThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Aug. 21 at 3:23 am
I love the tone. It is so serious in the beginning and then the last sentence provides comedic relief. 
 
nelehjr said...
Sept. 29, 2013 at 10:05 pm
I don't know what to say but write on! Congrats getting published!  
 
seriouswritersblock said...
Feb. 14, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Wow!  I <3 it!

 

 
JZWood This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 17, 2011 at 11:36 am
Yeah. way to break fantasy gender roles:)
 
pageturner This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm
Exactly! I don't no why everyone wants to be like Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. Both princesses that have to be rescued by a guy to live happily ever after. How come there are no fairy-tales with a girl happily single or a single mother. Who says you can't make your own happy ending?
 
nelehjr replied...
Sept. 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm
True that pageturner! But do remeber, we're writers. We can change all that :)
 
Leena_ink This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 4:09 am

woahh, this really amazing!

it could be a song :) 

 
INnaturegirl said...
Feb. 5, 2010 at 7:25 am
amen!!! ~i really love this~ great job :D
 
EmilytheAuthor This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm
Bravo! Fantastic poem, true and beautiful.
 
forever_his1993 said...
Feb. 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm
this is a great poem..it's different because it's not about wanting the perfect person and saying living life is more important. great poem! :)
 
Inkspired said...
Aug. 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm
This is so good, I love how you contradict pretty much every fairy tale you can think of, and it is so true. Books don't happen in real life, especially fairy tales. Really wonderful poem!
 
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