Fairy Tale

It is the other stepsister,
the disinherited one,
known only as The Vamp,
who played dark foil
to Cinderella’s happiness,
when she seduced and blackmailed
the Prince, ignited a calculated run of scandals,
and forced Cinderella to yield the glass slipper,
which she painted black
and had vulcanized.
In this photo,
just recently unearthed,
she models both vanity and victory,
yet, ironically, some years later,
all that would remain of the burned Vamp
would be this leg, and this foot,
remnants of renegade taxidermy.


(Photo by Alfred Steiglitz).


About John Biscello

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, writer, poet, spoken word performer, and playwright, John Biscello now lives in Taos, New Mexico. He is the author of three novels: Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale, Raking the Dust, and Nocturne Variations, and a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His fiction and poetry has appeared in: Art Times, nthposition, The Wanderlust Review, Ophelia Street, Caper, Polyphony, Dilate, Militant Roger, Chokecherries, Farmhouse, BENT, The 555 Collective, Instigator, Brass Sopaipilla, The Iconoclast, Adobe Walls, Kansas City Voices, and the Tishman Review. His blog--Notes of an Urban Stray--can be read at johnbiscello.blogspot.com. Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale was named Underground Book Reviews 2014 Book of the Year.
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