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Cinderella
dances,
Cinderella
bleeds,
Cinderella’s hands
are raw
from washing
away
blood,
Cinderella’s throat
is hoarse.
Cinderella goes
away
on a white
horse
and stays away.

Sleeping Beauty
has
nightmares,
Sleeping Beauty
has
a nightmare
that doesn’t
end,
Sleeping Beauty
gets little
sleep,
Sleeping Beauty goes
away
on a white
horse
and stays away.

Belle
tames
the man
in the beast,
Belle
cannot tame
the beast
in the man,
Belle
has
her own wild
soul,
Belle goes
away
on a white
horse
and stays
away.

Snow White
has
a cottage,
Snow White
can’t
sleep alone,
Snow White
befriends
white
horses.
Snow White
befriends
their riders.
Snow White
makes love to
princesses.

everything
comes
from dust,
from stardust
comes
dragons,
princesses
come
from dust,
queens
are
forged
by fire.

Red
howls,
Red
smokes
her grandmother's
cigars,
Red
wears
a wolf pelt
when
the dead
of winter comes,
Red
leaves Snow's cottage
at dusk
to hunt supper,
and
stokes
the coals in
the fireplace
when she
returns.