Rapunzel's Lament

You stole me from the
Only home I almost knew
When I was just a little one
Crying in my mother’s arms.

You were the only mum
I had to care and look after me,
To love me endlessly
But you never never did.

You kept me locked up
In this tower all alone
For my protection, you said,
To keep me away from harm.

You made me grow my magic hair
Longer and longer and longer until it was
Dragging me down with its heavy weight
And making me sit ever so very still.

You told me I’d be secure that way
Safe away from all the bad
That happens out there
In that big wide world I never saw.

I know the game you played
I know the thoughts you had
I know the hidden reasons
I know you for who you are.

Jealous of my shiny silken locks
Envious of my youthful skin
Always snipping strands of my hair
Using them for nefarious deeds.

Not any longer.

I stole your scissors
I cut the tresses off
I climbed down from the tower
I saved myself from your evil plans.

Here I am
Ready to be me
Ready to face the world
Ready to have fun.

All you’re left with
Is the shiny braid
The broken scissors
And this letter.


© Sybille Sterk
Do not copy or publish this poem in any way shape or form without my written permission.

Rapunzel's Lament

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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Re-telling of the fairy tale Rapunzel… my own take. :-)

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