09 Feb Winter Princess
Writing Group Topic: Winter
When life gets too rough for princesses in fairy tales, they have the option of taking a nice long sleep. According to Bruno Bettelheim, https://michelinewalker.com/tag/bruno-bettelheim/ the expert on analyzing fairy tales, princesses sleep through the trauma of adolescence and awaken to a new identity. And so, winter is especially meaningful for princesses who hibernate until they are awakened.
How Princesses Survive
Dark clouds gather,
Sliding like jigsaw pieces
Into mountains, until winter settles in
Frost around window panes.
I watch you draw crazy-eights on the ice
Fearless, fun-loving, free-wheeling
But, Child, beware there are brittle patches on the glassy lake
That will crack and drown you, quicksilver- fast.
No, come in from the cold, it is better to sleep off winter’s chill
Ignore its roaring winds, biting frost, cutting lash
Better to borrow deep
Beneath sculpted squares of your grandmother’s quilt.
Better rest your weary bones
And leave your thinking on the night table.
Burrow your dreamy blush deep into a silken pillow
And slide into a snow-white sleep.
Better than risk capture, dig deep
Let time or Prince decide where and when you wake.
Remember, more warriors die in winter, not knowing
How to warm frozen hearts.
Burrow deep Princess,
And let winter have its frigid way.