One Poem by James Bell

Written in response to this month’s Special Challenge.

once upon a time

it’s audacious though in slow steps now

fast flight in snow still near the beginning
                                         of the story 
it's the way it goes
with solid trust in the miraculous

being frozen outside overnight still to happen
or can it will it happen
                                            in fairy tales
has to
             it's the way it goes
into the house of some old crone
                                                    who is a witch
or some sad old monster
                                                    in a cold cave

of course it’s all allegorical
                   borders on the formulaic
which it is
                      how people want it told
over and over and over again

at least they are together
              must be princess and prince
                           it’s not the way you dress in the winter
                                         court slippers and fine clothes

a lot more is sure to happen
                                 teller and audience know it
will end happily ever after
                                 it's the way it goes on dark winter nights
that never seem to end
                                              thus the story is told over and over and over again



James Bell is Scottish and now lives in France. He has written and published poetry for twenty years. At present he is at work on his first short story collection.

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