Poem of the Week, by Ron Koertge

As a little kid I had a baby doll I loved and played with, but no Barbies – I hated them. They scared me. Maybe because they were so grownup-looking. Those big boobs, the feet permanently stuck in a pointing-down position. I didn’t want big boobs, high heels, fancy clothes.

Ken creeped me out too – that coiffed hair, that shoulders-back confidence, that gleaming I’ll be the decision-maker here, little lady look in his eye. It all gave me the willies. It still does.

Cinderella’s Diary, by Ron Koertge

I miss my stepmother. What a thing to say,
but it’s true. The prince is so boring: four
hours to dress and then the cheering throngs.
Again. The page who holds the door is cute
enough to eat. Where is he once Mr. Charming
kisses my forehead goodnight?

Every morning I gaze out a casement window
at the hunters, dark men with blood on their
boots who joke and mount, their black trousers
straining, rough beards, calloused hands, selfish,
abrupt…Oh, dear diary—I am lost in ever after:
those insufferable birds, someone in every
room with a lute, the queen calling me to look
at another painting of her son, this time
holding the transparent slipper I wish
I’d never seen.

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  1. Larry Nalls · September 10

    I love your take on Barbie and Ken. It didn’t surprise me. The poem is good, too. Some of us don’t fit the mold that is expected of us.Your friend and fan,Larry

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · September 13

      More of us than we’re led to believe don’t fit that mold, I think. So glad you like the poem, Larry.


  2. Lady Shamla Rose · September 11

    💖♥️💖And now The Perfect Poem arrived, too💖♥️💖

    *Beloved Alison McGhee

    Your mail arrived on the 11th September 2022.*

    I am sharing how my morning has been…

    In love, with love, for love
    Shamla of Shamballa

    Liked by 1 person

  3. alisonmcghee · September 13

    The Perfect Poem! I’m so glad it was perfect for your morning.


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