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looking back now
the original tv musical cinderella
was almost too squeaky clean
to even stand

but to this enchanted little girl
with buck teeth
bad hair and
terminal zits
neck to hairline
ear ro ear
in the american 1960’s it was

pure magic!

no one
but no one
could have beat waif-like
magically ash-smudged
oh so doe-eyed leslie ann
at that part
no way
no how

she never looked half as
pretty all dressed up
for that ball
as she did in those
rags and ashes, either

bet he made her
take it all off again afterward
showed her how to
let her hair down
have a little fun in life again
did it in fine style too
from the look of him

good for him

remember… that song
all the village women sang
when they first discovered
the ‘handsome prince,’
‘prince charming,’ was
coming to their very own town
and looking for a bride at that?…

“i wish i were an older girl,”
all the preteens sang
prancing about before mirrors
in their older sisters’
too-large finery

“i wish i were a younger girl,”
responded the mavens, their
chins dreamily on their hands
gazing away
from all the mirrors

but every girl
of any age
who was outside the box watching
that show of course was instantly
and magically transformed
to just leslie’s age

so to the buck toothed little girl
the maidens and mavens
seemed very funny, but

these days
i kinda know what they meant

if i were only a (much) younger girl
a little less of a poet
weighed about twenty pounds more
and hadn’t cropped off all the hair
i might have let down
so long long ago

brother, we woulda

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