are unpredictable;
not always orange

and nothing
is guaranteed

not even a ride
back from the ball

I stood there,
slippers shattering
under the weight of
too much dancing

but the gourd
stayed a gourd,
implacably vegetable

once the magic wore off

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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58 Responses to cinders

  1. claudia says:

    ugh….this is tough….so he didn’t even take you back home… some pumpkins are not even worth the tears cried because of them..ugh….

  2. aprille says:

    Ah yes, there’s that side of pumpkin lore as well.
    Those glass slippers are a pain, aren’t they πŸ™‚

  3. brian miller says:

    mmm i was wondering if anyone was going to bring cinderella into this…yes, when the magic wears off and all you are left with is a gourd…not much fun…smiles.

  4. Grace says:

    I specially like the slippers shattering from too much dancing ~ Too bad when the magic wears off ~ We have the same theme, smiles ~

  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    Oh, I love it!

  6. Susan says:

    I love the 1st person here, who probably showed up late only to blame the vegetable. Typical!

  7. Poor Cinderella.. those pumpking wagons are very unreliable once they’re out of warranty… are they made by GM?

    • Heh. My Ford Fusion is acting up, so let’s stick with Ford for this particular pumpkin. Fix Or Repaid Daily, my father used to call them, or Found On the Road Dead.

  8. shanyns says:

    Completely clever! Love!

  9. Trent Lewin says:

    Fairy tales are overrated. And they are wonderful. And they never happen enough. And when they do happen, they are too much. I love the ache of aching, I could never live without it.

  10. Truedessa says:

    Glass slippers shattering..that can be painful..but, somehow we survive even with cuts..

  11. Rhonda says:

    awesome. love the title, the imagery, and the sad truth, that sometimes a veg is just a veg and glass slippers are just a damned bad idea! πŸ™‚

  12. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    This gave me a chuckle. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar after all. . . .

  13. Mary says:

    Ha, yes the magic DOES always wear off. Sigh.

  14. I’ve lived this as well Susan ~I humiliating ~ Because of my physical conditions the onlookers called the police ~He [my ex] got escorted to his cell!

  15. ManicDdaily says:

    Hey Susan! Very clever well-done poem–I take issue with the idea that one can ever have too much dancing!–but the idea is very well carried through here. k.

  16. Rowan Taw says:

    This really made me smile – pumpkin love 😊

  17. Alice Keys says:

    Lovely. At this point, one must make pumpkin soup. πŸ˜‰

  18. ds says:

    “implacably vegetable”–love it! The only thing to do with a pumpkin like that is to put him in a pie…

  19. oneofaclass says:

    what was that fairy godmother thinking?
    a nice carriage made of glass
    and a pair of comfy pumpkin slippers
    would have been much better.

  20. As a little girl I always thought that those glass slippers would be utterly impractical, not to mention uncomfortable. Needless to say, my mum was a fan of ‘sensible shoes’… I loved this – well done!

  21. nelle says:

    Ah, but when you turned your back on it…

  22. Leo says:

    Wow! one of my favorites of late. “implacably vegetable”, my favorite line, also. Leo

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