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).