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Sonnet Sequence: On Cinderella, by~Julie Catherine

Sonnet Sequence:  On Cinderella

Sonnet III   Cinderella:  Beginnings

In bare and dusty feet she wields her broom
With none save cat, and creatures of the light
To break the days spent work-worn in the gloom
Or twilight by the cinders, black as night

Her clothes just rags, and meagre scraps for food
To drudge, to toil, her daily lot— her strife
As days go by with naught to break her mood
Though tasks done perfect, lonely is her life

While siblings, not of blood, take center stage
Bark orders, preen and scorn this cinder lass
Whose tender heart lives not inside a cage
But walks in beauty, none that can surpass

This cinder girl— the fairest in the land
Knows not, one day, a prince will seek her hand.

Sonnet IV   Cinderella: The Ball

She met him at the ball, a charming prince
Who eyed the heav’nly vision gowned in blue
Her shining spirit did his mind convince—
Through time eternal, his love would be true

His soul enraptured, loving at first glance
Such winsome maid that brought his voice to hush
And she, with trust; her heart lost with each dance
Was innocence; upon her cheeks a blush

In sweet romance, they waltzed across the floor
But for each other, they could be alone—
Then sounded clock; fair maiden raced for door
With sinking heart, her prince chased, but she’d flown

At stroke of midnight, she fled castle fair
Her crystal slipper, found upon the stair

Sonnet V   Cinderella:  The Prince

Forlorn, the prince searched high and low, the lands
His kingdom reigned— for she who stole his heart
On strange, enchanted night, all princely plans
Were rent; so now, he knew where he must start

Each maid must fit glass slipper sure to foot
And though they tried, all maids from every home
Alas, no woman’s toes could be input—
In dainty shoe, so further he must roam

He came upon the cottage where she dwelled
Though sisters tried to block her from his sight
Saw beauty through the dust, and his heart swelled
Her golden smile assured him he was right—

The cinder girl, whose foot fit like a glove
As she looked up, he knew he’d found his love

Sonnet VI  Cinderella:  Happy Ever After

‘Tis just a tale, a fable for young girl
Of Cinderella, and her charming prince
It sets a standard, puts her mind awhirl
No man could measure, ever to convince

That life and love when seen through rosy glass
Like slippers, only fit in books and lore—
True love, for real, when given just a pass
Could be the one you wanted evermore

But even so, a fairy tale come true
May happen, when least thought that it could be
I tell myself that, when I’m feeling blue
Some day my prince will come to rescue me

Always longing, through my tears and laughter
— Dream of love, and happy ever after.

© Julie Catherine Vigna, 2012

Photography courtesy of Robyn Lee

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2 responses

  1. Julie Catherine

    Robyn, thank you so much for posting the link and my poem with your lovely photograph here – it makes this very special to me. I’m so pleased and honored to have our work paired, and they just complement each other beautifully! Much love always, Julie xoxox

    July 14, 2012 at 2:42 PM

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