Wednesday, 20 December 2017

December WEP Challenge - The End is the Beginning - When Cinderella Met Her Princess




In the last eighteen months I've learnt a lot more about humanity than I'd done in more than four decades.The irony of a person's identity being lost and found in one of the most heteronormative fairy tales of our time is not lost on me.This poem is dedicated to all Cinderellas who were taught to wait for a prince but found a princess. 



When Cinderella Met her Princess

She waited for her prince, her love to behold.
All her life she was told
there were two colours: Blue and Pink.

She was pink waiting on her blue
Something dark to offset her hue
Little did she know

There was a rainbow of colours: blue
orange, red, indigo, yellow, violet, 
and green; the envy of fallow fields

Word was out: the prince was looking for her,
the prince had her glass slipper,
the one she left behind at the ball.

And so Cinderella waited for love to begin.
She kissed many frogs she thought were princes
So slippery were they, she let them slip away.

Then Cinderella saw her. Her with the long hair in a tiara
Chiseled and dark, dressed in prince’s robes
She came to the door, knocked and asked to be let in

Cinderella opened the door, smiled and said:
“I’ve been waiting for you.
You’re dressed like a prince 

Your tiara: my awakening
Yellow: mellow my restless soul
I kiss frogs no more.”

©Adura Ojo
All rights reserved

07:40 20/12/17

200: FCA
No homophobic comments please.

Posted with the WEP Theme: The End is the Beginning. Read other entries to the theme here.

39 comments :

  1. A very lovely poem. It makes me sad that she had to kiss so many frogs because of the societal pressure and expectations. It had a happy ending or a "new beginning" when she found what she was looking for standing right before her. Poetry is not my strong point, I can only say what it made me feel which started out sad but I felt joy in the end. Happy Holidays. I'm glad I stopped by for your WEP entry!

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Glad you enjoyed reading:) Happy holidays.

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  2. We don't all fit with the fairy tales we were told were true.

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    1. So true, Deborah. A lot of people in that situation spend a lifetime trying to fit in.

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  3. Hello Adura my friend!

    So great to have you back and read your poetry. Certainly an up-to-the-minute modern tale beautifully rendered. I loved especially: 'There was a rainbow of colours: blue
    orange, red, indigo, yellow, violet,
    and green; the envy of fallow fields...'

    I'd never think to express it this way.

    Thank you for your insightful poem. I hope you're well and looking forward to celebrating the holiday season. I wish you a fantastic New Year! Selfishly, I wish to see you again writing for WEP.

    Wishing you good health and happiness!

    Love, Denise :-)

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    1. Hey Denise!
      It's great to be back at WEP. I've missed being here!
      I am looking forward to Christmas and new year's eve.
      Got two special bottles of bubbly at the shops earlier today
      Wishing you a fantastically warm Aussie Christmas and a blessed new year! You'd put something juicy on the barbecue, I'm sure. Enjoy, my friend!

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    2. PS: Thanks for letting me know about the comment moderation being on, Denise. I had no idea!

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    3. Forgot to say. Doesn’t your blog look beautiful!

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  4. Plenty of those frogs are out and about, no matter who you look for, finding that one that makes you happy sure is the way. No matter the color that comes to play.

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    1. Yep! There is an assortment of frogs out there, sadly.
      Your rhyme brings home the truth, Pat. Thank you:)

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  5. Rainbow deceives
    In colours we’re blind
    A bearer of true love
    Few of any will find
    Be it prince or princess
    Only love will bind
    A twist on a tail that
    Stood up through time

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    1. I love, I love, I love this. Thank you, desk49.

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  6. Hi Adura - I love the heart chandelier ... it's so pretty. But your Cinderella poem ... a brilliant take on the story line - well done ... and so glad love has begun ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Hello Hilary
      Took a pic of the chandelier at Nandos over at the O2 in North Greenwich London a couple of years ago. I was there with a friend on my birthday.

      Glad you enjoyed reading the poem. I'm glad for her too. Life is full of surprises!

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    2. I've been to the O2 but only to an event ... not to eat as such ... interesting to see the chandelier ... I obviously need to look around more when I get back to the UK - cheers Hilary

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  7. I love it. And this Cinderella has a better chance at 'happy ever after' than the more regimented versions of the tale.

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    1. Yes, Elephant's Child. I'd say Cinderella has a better chance at it.
      It would be great if we lived in a world kind enough for many others like her to take that chance too.

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    2. Thank you, Elephant's Child.

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  8. Women are told they can be anything; but taught not to step outside a specific mold. This was a beautiful tribute to stepping outside the expected, for finding one's true self, and a place in this world. Nicely written Adura.

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    1. Thank you, Dolorah. I hear you. I do.

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  9. A very engaging poem that made me think about the message that I think you are putting across. I also like the rhythm of your verses.
    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a successful crossover into 2018.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Cheers, Pat.
      Glad you loved the poem and that it spoke to you.
      Wishing you lots of beautiful spots this Christmas and in the new year. Merry Christmas!

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  10. Nice. Really nice. "There was a rainbow of colours" - how true.

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    1. Hi Olga,
      Thank you:)
      Discovery of the rainbow is the best part, I think. Wherever the rainbow...May we see it and keep it.

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  11. Beautiful, Cinderella and the poem. :)

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  12. Beautifully expressed. So glad you are finding your way in a would filled with so much ill will. This is lovely! Thank you!

    Wishing you the Happiest of New Year's!

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    1. Thanks Yolanda. Glad you enjoyed reading:)

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  13. We don't have to follow the rules we don't agree with, especially when it touches our private lives. I once told a friend of mine - who says 'they' are right? I listen but decide for myself. This friend said I taught her to have faith in herself. It's my mantra. Loved your poem.

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    1. Thanks D.G. Hudson. We owe to to ourselves to be brave. I think the problem is that people are at times limited by the circumstances in which they find themselves and they can only make that decision when they are free of those limitations. I love your mantra!

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  14. Huge congratulations on your WEP win. I loved your tale.

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    1. Thank you, Elephant's Child. I was pleasantly surprised. A brilliant start to the year.

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  15. Hi Adura - congratulations on winning this entry ... loved the take on Cinderella ... you do have a way with words ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Cheers, Hilary. So glad a lot of people could relate to this version of the tale:)

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  16. Many congratulations on your win! Very well deserved, Adura. So pleased to see you back at the WEP!

    Happy 2018, and hope to see/read more of you this year.

    Nila.

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  17. It's nice to be back, Nila. Thank you so much. Happy new year!

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  18. Adura, congratulations both on your delightful piece, and beating me to the number one spot! Well deserved.

    Click to visit Keith's Ramblings

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