"Once Upon A Time," She Said by Jane Yolen
7:48 PM

"Once upon a time," she said,

and the world began anew:

a vee of geese flew by,

plums roasting in their breasts;

a vacant-eyed princess

sat upon a hillock of glass;

a hut strolled through a tangled wood,

the nails on its chickenfeet

blackened and hard as coal;

a horse's head proclaimed advice

from the impost of an arch;

one maiden spoke in toads,

another in pearls,

and a third with the nightingale's voice.

If you ask me,

I would have to say

all the world's magic

comes directly from the mouth.


tea with sugar gives me the cramps