happily ever after, sweet trinity of utterance
evidence of dreaming, of love, of laughter
an ending satisfactory, yet my tale tells a difference
what if rapunzel leapt from her tower?
what if rapunzel seized her own fate?
imprisoning isolation driving soul sour,
sprouting fierce determination to escape
what if rapunzel fought for independence?
what if rapunzel found her way through the forest?
what if rapunzel never needed a prince?
what if rapunzel was a nonconformist?
fairy tales boast happiness and hope
yet with every word weave imperfect ideals
that abandon reality with false ways to cope
and though illusion attracts, it fails to heal
perchance a new story might inspire the bound and blind
to break the shackles and battle for themselves
once upon a time