Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Voices from Cinderella - part 1

I recently read a book called "If the Shoe Fits" by Laura Whipple. A description right from the book says, “In thirty-three poems it brings to life not only the voices of well loved characters, but also the voices of characters not usually heard from---including the glass slipper, without which the story would not have a happy ending. " I have four selections I'd like to share with you through out the next week or so. The First:

Who is this girl in the mirror?
The feet. Bare, dirty.
Where are her shoes?
The dress. Torn, dusty.
Has she no clean gowns?
The hair. Long, scraggly.
Where's a comb?
The face.
Tired tear trails.
The mouth.
No song.

I think it's me.
I see myself and the trail behind me:
"Ella, don't be lazy.
You know so much about herbs,
please help with the meal."
"Of course."
"Oh, the horses love you; please groom them for us."
"Yes, I love horses."
It seemed right to help; we were family.

When they wanted more
and more
and more
and more,
I finally understood it was to late for sisterhood.
It's a problem, a puzzlement, what to do about me.
Just hoping is and endless conundrum, a maze.
Father would say to me,
"Use your brain, my dear."

Something will come to me.
The garden's still sweet,
there are songs to sing.
No weeping.
No moping.
No melancholy.
I wish---I wish I were not
not quite
so alone.
Father...? Mother...?
I miss you.

purr that you love me.
I'll sing you a song,
hold you soft in my arms,
and we'll dance in the garden.

Next poem will be "The Rat's Ride"


Hannah said...

Was that book good? Would you recomend it?

Erin said...

I totally want to read this book!

Acting Gal said...

woah....i did not mean to post that yet, but now that it's out, that's ok.....

Hannah: yeah I would recommend it!!!

Anidori-Isilee said...

So it's poems about Cinderella? Or a retelling of Cinderella in poems? Sounds neat regardless.

Erin said...

Anidori-isilee - I think it's the Cinderella story in poems from point of views of a stepsister, a rat, etc. (Correct me if I'm wrong Traci.)

Our library has it! yay.

T said...

anidori-isilee- It would be a poem retelling of Cinderella by all the different characters in the story.

Acting Gal said...

First off, 't' is me, just in a different account, oops!

lol erin, our posts were at the exact same time

Polka Dotted Pickles said...

Cool! I like when there are writers who "expound" on the fairy tale characters.

Anidori-Isilee said...

Sounds really fun; I love fairy tale retellings. :D

Erin said...

Very fun book, I love this poem that you posted.