The ugly duckling grew
To be a beautiful swan
Making the ducks jealous
So they killed him in his sleep

And Goldilocks consumed
All three bowls of porridge
So that when the bears returned
They had her for dinner

And Pinocchio didn’t really
Want to be a real boy
Asking to remain wooden
So he would never know death

And Snow White didn’t like
The prince that woke her
So she told him to leave
And went back to bed

Richard Schnap is a poet, songwriter and collagist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His poems have most recently appeared locally, nationally and overseas in a variety of print and online publications.

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