Creative Writing

The Ugly Stepsister

She’s the coal that taints the snow-white skin, 

A stray crimson lock in a head full of gold, 

The open-mouthed drool ruining a sleeping portrait,  

A croak in the throat of a mermaid’s bargain. 

She’s the ugly stepsister, 

Nameless save for her ill-favoured countenance.  

Motivation for ballroom sabotage? 

Well, if the shoe fits- 

Ten crushed toes

 

In a kingdom of glass slippers 

And pumpkin carriages, 

She’s the scene after the clock strikes midnight:  

Butlers now lizards, 

Stallions now mice, 

Abandoned in a stew of squash on the roadside. 

Only, she does not use magic to trick princes.  

She has no fairy godmother, 

No family of animals or any kinship at all.  

She has no cinders to her name, 

Only grit. 

And motivation, ignited by a palace  

Where the prince of charm 

Tames petty prettiness, 

A mould not befitting of 

The Ugly Stepsister. 

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12/07/2022

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Libby Hargreaves



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