Trouble in Fairy-tale Land: A Poem

Updated on December 5, 2018
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Chris has been writing poetry for 28 years and though his focus is short fiction, he has had one piece published.

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Trouble in Fairytale Land

Little Jack Horner pouted in the corner

For dropping a kitty down a well.

Along came a spider drinking hard cider

And asked Jack why he’d done it, "what the hell?"

Out of the cupboard climbed Old Mother Hubbard

and a bovine that had hurdled a star

With Old Lay Leary tracking her query

Claiming the cow had burned down her barn.

Meanwhile, the king’s stallion kicked a teetering wall

That sent Humpty into a fatal fall.

Then a poor, crooked man

walked beside a crooked fence.

All the wild, crooked brats

stole his cane and last sixpence.

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The King paced across the throne room floor

Considering the mayhem outside his door.

The tales that had once been joyful and sweet

Were now violent, mean, and untoward.

The King proclaimed a royal feast with sport and games for all.

He hoped to quiet the peasants’ fears with an elaborate, royal ball,

That a tale might unfold to brighten all hearts,

To stem the downward trending

So the darkness would fade and stories again

Would have glorious happy endings.


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Somewhere out in a countryside cottage

A young woman brushes tangles from her hair

In her heart, she dreams

Of a gown that flows free

Of slippers that glow as she dances to and fro

With a prince at the King’s royal ball.


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      • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

        Chris Mills 

        27 hours ago from Hartford, CT

        I will look around for the elusive Mrs. L. Thanks manatita.

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        manatita44 

        5 days ago from london

        You raise a pertinent question. never thought of it, but perhaps there is an answer somewhere. Ask Mrs L (Linda Lum) L.o.l. Seriously, she's excellent at research.

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        Chris Mills 

        5 days ago from Hartford, CT

        manatita, yes, fun while the muse is off doing what muses do when they aren't doing their jobs. In the meantime, I am playing with all the Jacks of nursery rhyme lore. Have you ever considered why there are so many Jacks? Jack Be Nimble, Jack Jumped Over the Candlestick, Jack and the beanstalk, Jack Sprat, Little Jack Horner, Jack and Jill, Jack A Nory, Jack and His Fiddle, Jack Jelf, Jack Jingle. Maybe it's just me. Yes, I'm sure it is. Nice to see you, friend.

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        manatita44 

        5 days ago from london

        Pretty inventive and creative. Many years ago, the 'mighty sparrow', a West Indian calypsonian, composed a song with many children nursery rhymes in it. It was called 'school days.' Your piece reminded me of it. You're having fun? Great!

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Dora, The trouble in Fairy-Tale Land is just beginning. Next up is a short story called, Little Jack Horner...Not So Little Anymore.

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Sean, I've got one more along these lines. It's a short story this time. Then I promise, I'll stop. Thanks for reading. Lewis Carroll, indeed.

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        Dora Weithers 

        6 days ago from The Caribbean

        The real world may be in trouble when there's trouble in Fairy Land, but it's a fun read. Thanks for leaving us at Cinderella's ball.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        6 days ago from Greece, Almyros

        Lewis Carroll in poetry! Fair enough! Ha! Ha!

        I think I can see your innuendo and it's profound! I believe, and I hope that we'll make the Fairy-tale land bright again! With the return of Queen Love. The dream of the young woman...

        Admiration!

        Sean

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        I like to think so:)

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        Paula 

        6 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Aren't you clever? LOL

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Hi Paulala. Thanks for visiting.

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        Paula 

        6 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Shauna.....Chris has a point!! "There must be a Fairy Land." Why else would so many people tell me I'm from "La La Land??"

        Hi Chris! Love this piece.

        You guys have a nice day!

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Shauna, There must be a Fairy-tale Land. They have to come from somewhere. Thanks for visiting.

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        Mark Tulin 

        6 days ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Love this princely narrative.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        6 days ago from Central Florida

        Chris, I love how you intertwined several fairy tales in one story. Very clever!

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Suhail, I am glad you recognized the nursery rhymes. They are one little thing that knits much of this world together. Who would have thought that these stories were known in the place where you grew up? Fascinating.

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        HI Liz, thanks for reading. I think the ONLY thing I did to these stories was to add a bit of real life. It definitely changes how we perceive them.

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Hello, Eric, Like Liz said in her comment, I seem to have injected a little reality into these tales. I might mess around with this concept a bit more. I like the idea of bringing these familiar characters into real life. Thanks for reading

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        HI Ann, the little twist was supposed to be Cinderella, but I don't know if I communicated that very well. Thanks for comments.

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        Chris Mills 

        6 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Venkatachari M, I do enjoy telling stories whether in flash fiction or in poetry. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        6 days ago from Mississauga, ON

        Hi Chris,

        Although I grew up in a small town of an under-developed part of the world, which was north-western Pakistan, I am sure my parents managed to send me to a good school for I remembered all those nursery rhymes fairly well.Then you mixed them up to keep me up on my toes. Very well done!

        Regards,

        Suhail

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        Liz Westwood 

        6 days ago from UK

        I appreciated your amusing take on fairy tales. Would you say that you have injected an air of reality into them?

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        Eric Dierker 

        6 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Fantastic. A favorite now to be saved. You got me to reach up high in my library for the book "The Real Mother Goose". Life reaches up into the sky of heaven and a poet like you brings it back down to earth where we can actually grasp it. Merci Beaucoup mon ami

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        Ann Carr 

        6 days ago from SW England

        Great mix of all the old nursery rhymes, Chris! Then a hopeful twist at the end. Brilliant!

        Ann

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        Venkatachari M 

        6 days ago from Hyderabad, India

        A wonderful story through this poem. I enjoyed it all. Your creativity is great!

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        Chris Mills 

        7 days ago from Hartford, CT

        Thank you, John. This was fun to write.

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        John Hansen 

        7 days ago from Queensland Australia

        An interesting new take on our favourite fairy tales taking a downward turn...and the King's proposed ball looking like it may brighten things up.

        Good job, Chris.

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