friday feast: round and round we go — a poem by jane yolen


by Jane Yolen

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Cinder Elephant,
Sleeping Tubby,
Snow Weight,
where the princess is not
anorexic, wasp-waisted,
flinging herself down the stairs.

I am thinking of a fairy tale,
Hansel and Great,
Bounty and the Beast,
where the beauty
has a pillowed breast,
and fingers plump as sausage.

I am thinking of a fairy tale
that is not yet written,
for a teller not yet born,
for a listener not yet conceived,
for a world not yet won,
where everything round is good:
the sun, wheels, cookies, and the princess.

~ from Such a Pretty Face (Meisha-Merlin Publishing, Inc.), Copyright © 2000 Jane Yolen. All rights reserved. Posted with permission of the author.


That Jane. She runs rings around us all, doesn’t she?

“Everything round is good” — and when it comes to food, everything good just happens to be round.

Tell me, what’s your favorite round food?

♥ The always lovely and supremely talented Julie Larios is hosting today’s Poetry Friday ROUNDup at The Drift Record. Please take her a cookie and enjoy all the delicious poems being shared around the blogosphere today.


*Rolling away . . .*

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