Too many good stories choke
on fairy godmother clauses:
true love requires courage.
What if two cowards fall in love?
Doesn’t clutching someone out of fear
count as passion?
Love conquers all.
Not every penetration
is an invasion,
and not every no is a negative.
Fairy godmother clauses
require true love to overcome
obstacles, leap hurdles,
spin straw into gold.
A prince has to know how to dance,
fence, write a sonnet
and conduct diplomacy in three languages,
as well as be able to conduct a siege
against resistant populations.
Maturity is a kind of tender surrender
to the tides as you sit
in a docked boat rocking slowly
and savoring the salt stench of memory.
I once carried a lover around the room
pegged on my heat.
Now, she is dead,
freed of the fairy godmother clause
we grappled under,
staggering around the ballroom
of our colliding fantasies
like drunk mice scattering the marriage rice
you’re no longer supposed to throw
because it swells in the bellies of birds
stupid enough to swallow
fairy godmother clauses
and the happy endings they promise.