Snow White

by Mary E. Lowd

Snow White ponders the apple
Wondering did she recognize
A familiar gleam
In the old woman’s eye?

Is she really so much despised?
Turned out, chased away…
And still hounded, driven to the ground

Is the apple a way out?
Does the young girl know
As she takes a bite:
This is how she dies

Maybe they’ll mourn her
The woman who raised her
Suddenly realizing
How harmless, how innocent
Obedient and sweet…

But no, the villain isn’t
A loving mother in disguise
And eating an apple can’t rectify
The gulf between a wanted daughter
And an enemy in the Evil Queen’s eyes

But she takes a bite
Because hope, no matter how foolish
Never completely dies

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