Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Who Is This Cinderella?

Unpublished Works, © 2009, BillyPauleyJr.*

Who Is This Cinderella?

When I was just a child,
I heard a story told,
Where neglect would always flounder,
And goodness would turn gold,
But in an unforgiving world,
My hope is often pale,
To realize my deliverance,
Is just a fairy-tale,

Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,
That my heart would be rewarded,
That someone would rescue me ,
My glass slipper is half-broken,
In my unrequited dreams,
Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,

In my young adulthood,
I waited for the call,
To lift me from my ashes,
And take me to the ball,
But among the rats and pumpkin shells,
When the midnight hour was gone,
There was no fairy godmother,
To wave a magic wand,

Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,
That my heart would be rewarded,
That someone would rescue me ,
My glass slipper is half-broken,
In my unrequited dreams,
Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,

Here now in my midlife,
The crisis that unfolds,
Is the flounder from neglect,
The absence of the gold,
Still I often wonder,
Was it life or was it me,
Who failed my happy ending,
And left me only dreams,

Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,
That my heart would be rewarded,
That someone would rescue me ,
My glass slipper is half-broken,
In my unrequited dreams,
Who is this Cinderella,
How did she make me believe,

O', who is this Cinderella,
Why, o' why, can't it be me?

- WillyToad*

… this is a Smokey the Toad™ production.

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