Fairy-Tale Logic Poem by Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Fairy-Tale Logic

Rating: 3.5

Fairy tales are full of impossible tasks:
Gather the chin hairs of a man-eating goat,
Or cross a sulphuric lake in a leaky boat,
Select the prince from a row of identical masks,
Tiptoe up to a dragon where it basks
And snatch its bone; count dust specks, mote by mote,
Or learn the phone directory by rote.
Always it's impossible what someone asks—

You have to fight magic with magic. You have to believe
That you have something impossible up your sleeve,
The language of snakes, perhaps, an invisible cloak,
An army of ants at your beck, or a lethal joke,
The will to do whatever must be done:
Marry a monster. Hand over your firstborn son.

Sylvia Frances Chan 03 December 2022

An excellent Fairy-Tale Logic,5 Stars full for this Modern Poem Of The Day.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 03 December 2022

TWO: My respectful comments are full of blisters that are about to burst, too break, but it IS a poem for immortalized with gout, but I don't have gout. I thought a lot about this remarkable poem, but I can follow the poet rationally, not emotionally.

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Sylvia Frances Chan 03 December 2022

ONE: This poem is proof of what all nonsense can and how. We get a chance to read it, admiration OR horror, it depends on one's taste, but all things considered, it IS a gouty poem.

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Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Alicia Elsbeth Stallings

Georgia / United States
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