Fairy Tales Are Lies

out of sync and out of step
not just on a different page
but in a different book altogether
I skip and hop and drag myself
through day after purple day
waiting for raspberry sorbet
to paint my grey skies blue
with pretty fluffy clouds
but once upon a time
always precludes that one big lie,
happily ever after never happened
leaving me high and dry
with unanswerable questions

how will I find my way
through the deep dark wood
who will kiss me awake
when I sleep for a year?

the yellow brick road
is grey tarmac after all
guts and bravery
gets you through today
there may be a light
at the end of the tunnel
but it’s too far away
to even make out a horizon
because there’s a big black hole
that swallowed me
guts and garters and all
stuck behind the teeth of
I told you so and
I wish I’d known

how will I find my way
through the deep dark wood
who will kiss me awake
when I sleep for a year?

that’s not life and that’s not living
that’s just one day after yet another
someone
throw me a line
a few words will do
a light, a match, a candle
a song, a dance, a laugh
a smile just for me
to know that
just maybe
there’s a happy end
even
to a bad beginning.


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

Fairy Tales Are Lies

Sybille Sterk

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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