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

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.

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.

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msn9896 said...
Jul. 27, 2011 at 10:16 pm
I'm a fairy tale lover, and this pretty much summed up all of it! comment on my work please, if you have the time.
Saffy96 said...
Jul. 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm
That was an excellent poem - very good idea.
YOUNGRevelation8 said...
Jul. 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Haha...all the tips heeded, riveting story. Keep your pen spinning 
JustJazzy said...
Jun. 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm
I love this! :D
Miranda N. said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Very interesting.... something in a different format which was refreshing :) and something that isn't so cliche is always fun to read.
rockstardream said...
May 25, 2011 at 10:22 am
I like this! It keeps to the rhythm of a limerick, and produces a witty ending. Good theme for the poem too!
madbunnymonique said...
May 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm
This is really good!!!!!!!
Anupama said...
Apr. 12, 2011 at 11:53 am
This is a fabulous piece. :)
winning MaSHEEN said...
Apr. 6, 2011 at 12:31 pm
i enjoy this its good advice if i ever end up in a fairy tale
RavenRose said...
Mar. 19, 2011 at 10:46 am
I love it. I think it's really good and true. :)
leonaj said...
Feb. 25, 2011 at 5:46 pm
This is a good essay, and creative tew...:)) Keep up the good work!
htrae22 said...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 8:56 pm
this is amazing what would make it perfect would be if i wrote it just kidding i love it good job
Weepingwllow said...
Feb. 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm
This was really creative!:)
BluEyedGurl said...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 10:51 pm
This is wonderfully written. Nice job!
Cinder said...
Jan. 10, 2011 at 7:44 pm
This is really good :)
his_silly_girl said...
Jan. 1, 2011 at 8:03 pm
I really liked how you wrote this piece... it shows you know your way around in a book ;) keep on writing and we all may soon read your poems in a book(:
justsmileanddance said...
Dec. 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm
LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!! wonderfully written!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
LovelyDuckling said...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm
Ok, I know that this may seem stupid... but what is a Limerick!?!?
FrydaeXIII replied...
Feb. 7, 2011 at 4:48 am

There once was a girl in named Sue

Who found that her hair had turned blue

She turned pale with fright

At the hideous sight

And blamed it all on her shampoo


This is a simple limrick. They usually follow the pattern of AABBA.



LovelyDuckling replied...
Feb. 7, 2011 at 9:50 pm
aha! I see! thanks
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