The Real Story
It is reported by the castle press agent
that the stepsisters have cut off their toes
to fit inside a glass slipper
leaving a trail of blood behind their horses
by which they have been discovered.
Oh, false princesses!
They will never live in the palace with the prince (such a fine boyo, too
in his wind-up codpiece and padded doublet).
But wait! Back on the road
the sisters look down at the drops
falling between their hooves
which are blossoming into dragons
and the cross-
mother slips out of town
while the paper dolls
in their pink foil balldresses and origami doublets are left hanging by tabs
from an otherwise thin story line
and from every corner of the Real
World the dragons come
dancing and hollering
on their big