but the skies are quilted with stars and snows
so much of what she felt goes unnoticed
even in countless retellings.
those dishes won't wash themselves
she tells herself tears welling
at least before the Disney versions.
and who will hire her at the agencies
when mealtimes are few and far
between and she has nothing best
to wear and shoes that go
so she makes do
on fondue left over
from stepsister Tupperware parties
and grasps at straws
without the malteds.
strawberry can be imagined
what else is there to do
mary angela douglas 15 june 2017