Poetry Prompt 26 – Modern fairy-tale


Maisie can you run over to Grandmas?

I promised her cakes with chocolate and cream.

She has a visitor coming in for tea

She is so old she can’t get around.


Grandma is aging, her sight is not good

She can’t run for buses nor mow her own lawn

She relies on us daily to do all we can

She loves cheese on toast, made from rye bread.


Maisie set off in her flowing red cape

She never arrived we discovered much later

We looked all about, in every possible place

We found no trace despite every clue.


Maisie’s cape was found in the woods

Her basket was empty, the cakes were all gone

Grandma swears she never arrived

But neighbours saw her passing, skipping by.


Everyone had a theory of where Maisie went

The wolf some had cried, we saw it was the wolf

But we spoke to the wolf he protested his innocence

Said he’d seen Maisie over by the sheep’s pen.


Maisie’s story was told near and far

We searched and we searched, we asked and asked

But no clue emerged, we were forever lost

To explain why Maisie never arrived at Grandma’s.


Written for: http://pookypoetry.wordpress.com/2014/05/26/poetry-prompt-26-modern-fairy-tale/

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12 Responses to Poetry Prompt 26 – Modern fairy-tale

  1. PookyH says:

    I knew you’d do a great job of this prompt. I wrote it with you on mind (heaven knows what I’m going to do with it)

  2. Sarah Ann says:

    This is definitely a modern fairy tale because it doesn’t have the fixed and knowable ending. I love the meter and stanza format – it has a lovely flow. I’m just miserable that I don’t know what happened to Maisie and, in our modern age, I doubt it was anything good.

  3. JackieP says:

    Oh, poor Maisie! Really well done Michael. But I’m afraid for the poor girl, nowadays, so many do disappear and are never found again. So sad.

  4. wbdeejay says:

    wonderfully mysterious!

  5. Thanks for taking me on this exciting ‘magical mystery tour’, Michael. I really enjoyed the ride.

  6. This is brilliant. So well crafted and such a great (and accurate) modern take on the story.

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