Magazine, website & books written by teens since 1989

How to Survive a Fairy Tale This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By
If you should find yourself lost in a book,
Where certainly no one would think to look,
Follow these tips to keep yourself safe,
From witch, or from troll, or cold-blooded snake.

Be Helpful
If someone should ask you for a helping hand,
Help without thinking, do not be grand.
Chances are, they will later come back,
to assist you from a confusing trap.

Listen
If you’re given advice, listen or be doomed,
Even if it comes from an animal,
However degrading, I am sure you will find
it is highly preferable to stay alive.

Be Cunning
While there are those who mean you no harm,
There are the people on the other arm,
Most would eat you without a regret,
So stay alert to keep safe from them.

Stick to the path,
don’t open the door,
keep away from that cottage,
or we’ll see you no more.
Follow these hints,
and you will be safe,
but beware if the rules you ignore and break.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




Join the Discussion

This article has 117 comments. Post your own now!

remember16 said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm
I love this poem so much.  It has such a catching flow and some poems bore me but this drew me in so much!  great job you should cheak out some of my work.(: again nice job.
 
ChobaniLuvinPenguin This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 9:31 am
Great job! Such a cute and funny poem! It flows well and has a unique tone. Love it! Keep writing!
 
WritterGirl1197 said...
Nov. 5, 2012 at 3:38 am
This is awsome! It is creative and so true, especially to those of us who are sucked into books! Keep writting! -Writtergirl1197    
 
guardianofthestars This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm
LOVED IT!!!!!!! :D
 
Ollieanne said...
Aug. 6, 2012 at 1:22 pm
Very creative and unique! I love it :)
 
phlogiston This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm
This was great. Very humorous in such a creative way!
 
albinotiger said...
Jun. 26, 2012 at 7:43 am
hahahaha one of my favorite poems, it is creative and true!
 
kaidro said...
May 15, 2012 at 10:35 am

This poem is very creative!! I noticed that there was rhyming in this poem quite a lot!! You did a good job on writing the poem with rhyming. There was also quite a few stanzas.

Nice job!!! :) ;)

 
Cacher08 said...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 7:41 pm
Very creative. Not only helpful for fairy tales but real life too!
 
Atl.Braves03 said...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm
This is amazing. I ove it! :)
 
Atl.Braves03 replied...
Apr. 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm
I meant to write love
 
Indilove said...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 7:56 pm
Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!
 
Indilove replied...
Apr. 28, 2012 at 8:02 pm

that's not what i posted!!!!! i said great job and i love these tips!!!!!

 

 

 
dragonfly95 said...
Apr. 4, 2012 at 8:58 am
this is going to swirl in my head all afternoom lol, really great job! please check out my work and comment, thanks!
 
XiXii said...
Mar. 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm
Great poem! If somebody held me at gunpoint and told me to name one bad thing about this poem, I would get shot. :) Job well done! 
 
BeckyGO said...
Feb. 15, 2012 at 7:52 pm
This was great. I think that the clever rhymes will replay in my head for a while. Truly wonderful.
 
WeAllBurn said...
Jan. 24, 2012 at 10:18 am
OH MY GOD. Seriously, one of the BEST poems I have read on this website. This was truly, fantastic.
 
Rolledthestone This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 16, 2013 at 11:50 am
Truly unique, love original things and how-to poems. PLEASE keep writing. Would love to read more of ur stuff.
 
PAGEEEEE said...
Jan. 4, 2012 at 6:29 pm
can someone please tell me the literary devices used in this poem ? perhaps 3 ?
 
WhittyKittyThis 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. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 2, 2012 at 6:17 pm
This is very clever! Well done!
 
Site Feedback