Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Once upon a time


Once upon a time
I read books, and wrote
about books, and now
I curate literary content.

Once upon a time
I protested war, and lit
my anti-war candle, and now
I protest perceived microaggressions.

Once upon a time
I prayed to God, and lifted
my prayers upward, and now
I pray downward to my smart phone.

Once upon a time
itself is no longer
once upon a time

Once upon a time
has become
once upon a spin,
once upon a brand,
once upon a tipping point.

Rumpelstiltskin sits
at his wheel, spinning
straw into what passes
for gold, turning
to demand the child.

Heather Eure at Tweetspeak Poetry has a poetry prompt this week involving that classic fairy tale beginning “once upon a time.” To see what others are thinking (and writing), please visit the site.


Photograph by Larisa Koshkina via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

3 comments:

Martha Jane Orlando said...

Loved this, Glynn! It's a must-share. :)
Blessings!

JasonS said...

Literally said, "wow" when I finished reading. Having trouble describing, but excellent, Glynn. Thanks.

Charity Singleton Craig said...

Glynn - I loved this. It was interesting, beautiful, and very thought-provoking. Once upon a spin, a brand, a tipping point - GENIUS. And painful at the same time. Thanks!