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Not What It Seems

Back-breaking work
Sweat in my eyes
Drop the hoe
Look at the castle
It's mighty towers
With magnificent flags
Fluttering in the slight breeze
The millionth time
I wonder what it's like
Being a princess
No work
Everything at your fingertips
Elegant balls
Stunning gowns
A handsome prince
Heaps of food
Priceless jewels
Worth enough to buy
A year's feed
If only I am a princess
But it is only in my dream's dream
Can I be one
I sigh
And pick up the hoe
Continue to dream to be
A princess
And not a lowly

Spread out my arms
Fabric on my skin
Nod my thanks
Walk to the window
And stare at
The endless clap
Of sea against rock
Longing to be
Someone else
Something else
Other than a princess
Wanting to earn my food
Live my life
Feel the happiness
Of accomplishment
Marry who I love
Run as I will
Laugh raucously
Sing at the top of my lungs
Even the lowly peasants
Have more freedom than me
Although moneyless
They laugh
They have things
More precious
Than a rich and beautiful

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  1. Date: 2/25/2012 9:10:00 AM
    Great piece of poetry!

  1. Date: 2/24/2012 9:20:00 AM
    This an awesome piece. Its so full of insight to the saying the grass is greener on the other side.

  1. Date: 2/19/2012 6:09:00 AM
    Nicely done Linda, thank you for written this poem and sharing it. - oxox love Anne-Lise