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.