Funny that the writer, Judy, should mention her feet! Perhaps the glass slippers were a poor choice for the day. And then, there's that quaint "You All". Don't ya'll know it's pronounced ya'll, Judy? Have some hushpuppies an' grits, and ya'll will start saying it right.
This week the first stop for the Poetry Bus is on More About The Song - Rambling with Rachel Fox
Rachel has asked all Poetry Bus patrons to write a poem based on a character from a children's story, book, comic etc. I chose my all time favorite, Cinderella.
We all think of Cinderella as a 19th century Grimm's Brother's tale, but the Cinderella theme has been in existence for thousands of years and may have originated in Greece about 100 BC.
The story we are most familiar with - the one with mice and pumpkins, was written by Charles Perrault in 1697. According to Wikipedia, the French title was "Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre" - or - "Cinderella with the little shoes of glass". The original shoes were described as being made of fur - probably that of a grey squirrel. Those might have been more comfy than glass slippers but certainly not as beautiful - or magical!
Cinderella's life was quite a happy one until the untimely death of her beautiful mother. As we all know, her wicked step-mother made life miserable for the child. Her mother, however, had instilled her with the charm and grace so valued in that time. Those are the qualities, along with her beauty, that saved her from her miserable life - with a little help from her Fairy Godmother. Perhaps her mother also gave her some very important advice:
Some Vine Advice for Cinderella
I tiptoed to my mother's bed
Lest Nurse should find me there
To tuck in all the covers
And brush her golden hair
Her sun would set within the hour
But for now she was my own
She whispered in her fading voice
" Child you'll not be left alone
Faeries will watch over you
They live in garden yon
And will console your splintered heart
When you are set upon"
She gave to me a tiny gift
All wrapped in cloth-of-gold
And brightly sewn with little pearls
At the edges and the fold
"Please, Daughter take the seeds within
This pretty little packet
And plant them on your 16th year
with care as sweet as sacket
Rake and hoe consistently
And daily give a dunkin'
You never know...the day may come
When you will need a pumpkin."
Cynthia Ann Conciatu 09/26/10