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Fickle Muses an online journal of myth and legend

“gargoyle lion” by Steve Cartwright

“gargoyle lion” by Steve Cartwright

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Two poems by Pamela L. Laskin

Bare and Blistered

I try on shoes
the way Goldilocks tried three chairs
to find the right fit,

but since there is
no comfortable slip-on,
shoes crawl out of my closet
like an invasion.

I would like to say,
there’s one black, satin pair
I have loved too wisely and well,
or a glass slipper
that fits perfectly,

but I am afraid
at the end of the tale
with all the loafers, oxfords
sandals, sneakers
my battered feet,

that I’ll still run into the forest
bare and blistered.


The Naked Emperor

is your favorite holiday—
pretending to be
someone you are not,
not knowing who you are
you try on different masks.

any Sleeping Beauty can tell you
the spinning wheel hurts,
the blood is real
and sometimes HIV positive;

everyone knows
the emperor
is naked.


Pamela L. Laskin edited “The Heroic Young Woman,” a collection of original fairy tales, published by Clique Calm Books. To purchase, email BigApplePoetPam@aol.com or visit http://www.cliquecalm.com.