Poetry: Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale
–Ron Padgett
From You Nev­er Know

The lit­tle elf is dressed in a flop­py cap
and he has a big rosy nose and flar­ing white eyebrows
with short legs and a jaun­ty step, though sometimes
he glides across an invis­i­ble pond with a bon­fire glow on his cheeks:
it is north­ern Europe in the nine­teenth cen­tu­ry and people
are strolling around Copen­hagen in the late afternoon,
most­ly towns­peo­ple on their way somewhere,
per­haps to an ear­ly col­la­tion of smoked fish, rye bread, and cheese,
washed down with a dark beer: ha ha, I have eat­en this excel­lent meal
and now I will smoke a lit­tle bit and sit back and stare down
at the gold­en gleam of my watch fob against the coarse dark wool of my vest,
and I will smile with a hideous con­tent­ment, because I am an evil man,
and tonight I will do some­thing evil in this city!

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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