Fall 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 4 Poetry |

Cinderella

About that child: magic Wouldn't have helped, had she Been, by nature, a beauty, Even ugly. Remember Your toad, slammed on tiles By princess he wished, who rose Unfortunate prince. Magic, However, can help the ill- Used: whether she'd thrived On dead mother, hated Her weak (or stern) remarried Father, or served at foreign Fires, this was the normal Filth that rendered her fit Prize for any prince. He, in his turn, had three Balls to attend, and she'd Have each. He was tired Of all beasts he had taken; He could be said to have gained A certain interest In who could operate best In glass slippers, without Their breaking. She, of course, Had her long-tailed rat, Vegetable plaything. Cin- Derella's dad was close To the king.      Common, compet- Itive stepdame and her Two 'cocks must get the worst Of this, for they could provide Merely suffering with No improvements. That precious Shoe might have been ridiculed As sexual power or Material ar

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