Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Poem: "Shadowskin"

This poem came from the October 13, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was prompted by wolfbrotherjoe and sponsored by janetmiles. For this poem I drew on some traditional fairytales, "Donkeyskin" and "Catskin."


Shadowskin


She had seen
Her elder sisters flee:
Donkeyskin,
Deerskin,
Catskin.
Only she remained
To draw the dark eye
Of their father the king.
So when the black rat
To whom she fed crumbs
Offered her his skin,
The princess declined.
Instead she begged
For his shadow.
She wrapped herself
In its dusky folds
And disappeared
Into the city
Where, unseen,
She spread the plague.
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