Our primal Europathic pubescent girl myth

all dressed up in charming patriarchy

& yet carrier of the good witch

fairy godmother virus

which the Church almost eradicated

with its feudal bloodletting & auto de fe flames

but here survives infecting even valley girls

with some wild lost scent of the goddess.



The story Chinese originally

9th century Taoist tale

told with spice & Marco Polo'd

back to the Mediterranean.



How yin yang

with luck it goes

from rags to riches

gutters to golden slippers



& all too soon is gone

before the midnight hour

when we freeze in place

Delphic statuary wreathed

& lyred in our own polished fable

facing the forever eternal now.

Happily ever after

or not.