Friday, January 28, 2011

Dear Goldilocks: An Original Fairy Tale Poem

I have another poem from my unpublished collection Excerpts from the Fairy Tale Files. I really enjoyed taking on the persona of fairy tale characters and speaking in their voices in many of the poems in the collection—as I did in For Sale and Not All Princes Are Cut from the Same Cloth.

The poem I have for you today was composed in the form of a letter written by an angry Mama Bear to Goldilocks.

Dear Goldilocks,

You little brat. You little scamp!
You sneaked into our summer camp
And ate my little baby’s bowl
Of porridge, broke his chair, then stole
Upstairs and napped on Baby’s bed.
You ripped the new embroidered spread
His Grammy gave him yesterday.
This time you may have slipped away.
But if you ever come back here,
I’ll grab you, Goldie, by the ear—
And cut off all you curly hair!
You are not welcome!!!!!

Ma Bear

Here are three of my favorite picture book versions of the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears:
Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Retold & illustrated by James Marshall


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Retold by Jim Aylesworth & illustrated by Barbara McClintock

The Three Bears

Retold & illustrated by Paul Galdone


At Wild Rose Reader, I have the rough draft of an original poem titled It’s Snowing Again!.

You’ll also find the Poetry Friday Roundup over at Wild Rose Reader.

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