Ojibwa cinderella, she
tosses batches of hulled
rice into the air, wind disperses
the paper thin chaff, white girl laughs,
harvested rice mildews
if not quickly dried, Ojibwa
cinderella relieves herself with a
wooden pestle after the long days
of toil at rice camp, how good it is to
hear the first rice hit the apron,
white girl is a
Ojibwa cinderella is on
her way to unlace white girl's
bear paw snowshoes
she stains with raspberry
juice to leave her scarlet prints
upon the snow, Ojibwa cinderella's
going to rattle white girl's gourd, dance
and make merry, juice white girl's berry,
tribal politics keep
Ojibwa cinderella from
entering the ballroom where
white girl dances with CEO warriors,
the clock strikes midnight, OC is not about
to turn into a tight-ass, straight-laced petticoat,
she runs through the snow back to her lodge, her
left snowshoe drops off,
white girl is bored
with the ego waltz, needs
to kindle her womanly fire, knows
what she needs to do, find the noble
Ojibwa princess whom the snowshoe
belongs to, she follows the scarlet trail,
Ojibwa cinderella's foot
fits inside the snowshoe, critics
scoff at a far-fetched fairytale, the
author's own ambitious narrative of
lesbian confederacy motivated by her
own sensibilities, bringing into the rice camp
an accurate image of undertakings, of journeys,
Copyright 2006 Sage Sweetwater, firebrand lesbian novelist, brainchild of Sage Sweetwater Creative Properties
http://home.earthlink.net/~sagesweetwater/ flagship of Stone Creek Woman
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|Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
|being bored with the ego waltz-- sounds like a fine place to be.
creative work herein, sage; always enjoy your stuff!
|Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa
|Only YOU can accomplish this..brilliant..love it!
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|You do know how to get a person thinking. Is it hot in here? ;-)|
|Reviewed by Nicky Goodman
|Who is scoffing? A hard heart not to be charmed by this version/adaptation/herstory and by the others you have posted recently fairytales, ballads, myths and legend, from an oral tradition, makes me imagine there is something theatrical that could come from these, these stories narrated and performed, danced maybe! keep bringing them to the rice camp they are great! reminded me that i still haven't read Angela Carter and her fairytales Enjoyed this one very much. Thanks Sage. Nicky x|
|Reviewed by Rebekah Rosie Lang
|What an interesting poem! You know
what that did for me. At the end of this month - I am BUYING
your book! Come hell or high water!(grin)
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|I am always amazed at your creativity, Sage. This is such a compelling take on the original fairytale. Thank you for sharing this gift. Love and peace,
|Reviewed by Suzie Palmer
|"white girl is bored
with the ego waltz, needs
to kindle her womanly fire"
Beautiful Sage!! Such a unique portrayal, as ever.
Love, Suzie :-D
|Reviewed by E T Waldron
|Sage the story teller converts another poetic fairy tale with panache;-)...Eileen|
|Reviewed by Thomas Garrett
|Another Sage-spun spin on an old story, Nice work.
|Reviewed by Susan Sonnen
|I love this take on the fairy tale! Usually I don't have the speakers on, but tonight I do and I found your choice of music perfect. I'm glad that I read and listened!
|Reviewed by jude forese
|i believe Ojibwa cinderella left the snowshoe on purpose ... clever gal ;)
a most creative and unique take on the cinderella fairytale ...