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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Flora said...
Nov. 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm
Pure Greatness!!!
msballard001 said...
Nov. 11, 2010 at 9:27 am
this poem is so cool. i give it 5 stars
Karamel This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm
This is very helpful for those of us who tend to get lost in fiction. Thank you ;) Can't wait to see more of your work!
Heartless911 said...
Sept. 27, 2010 at 10:25 am

Incredible rymes

i read this thress times

I love it i really do

I think ill take inspiration from you


L.T.A said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm
OMG I LOVE IT.  that's really good.
theartgeek13 said...
Aug. 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm
Such a great poem! I sounds like something from a book! Everything in the poem really fits into a fairy tail, and it's really cute and fun to read aloud.  Two words: love it!
CarolineMata said...
Jul. 22, 2010 at 3:26 am
This is my favorite poem i've read so far on this site and I check them out a few times a week. I love that its sweet and simple. sometimes people go to far and over think being origional, dark, flowery, or just the new legendary trend. sometime simplicity and light hearted cuteness is the way to go. Bravo.
chocolatecovrdwords said...
Jul. 9, 2010 at 6:24 pm
I guess the point is, you should rhyme, or not ryhme.  The in-between doesn't seem to come off too well.  I thought the poem was imaginative and entertaining, personally. 
Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jun. 2, 2010 at 8:05 pm
this is cute, but i have to agree with the comment below me about the rhyming. however, i love fairy tale poems, and this was very original & sweet. :)
Dreamer_of_Dreams said...
May 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Your rhyme scheme works about as well as microwavable ice cream. (someone in the room just admitted to microwaving their ice cream).
KillerButterfly said...
May 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Simply Marvelous! I cannot say how much I loved this! 
Meli(: said...
May 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm
HOW COOL!!!! This was awesome :D Great job!
SavvyLane said...
Apr. 20, 2010 at 9:44 pm
This is good :)
thugggaasouras said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 9:06 am
i likee this poemm .
Suck Itt said...
Apr. 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

<font color="blue"I like ittt, kepp it up. but to much imagination :0</font>


FrydaeXIII replied...
Jul. 14, 2010 at 9:49 pm
Excuse me? TOO MUCH imagination?
SilentEternity replied...
Feb. 6, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Theres no such thing as to much imagination..
Lanier42 said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:37 am
Haha. This was funny in a weird way. I really liked it.
justbe-3 said...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Cool concept. you have a wild imagination!
taylor_rae said...
Mar. 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm
i absolutly love this poem i love how you made it with ryming words!!!<<<<love it when poems sound good and ryme but still make since
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