will it snow stars when we get there
by Mary Angela Douglas
my sister perhaps asked me
when we get to the end of the story
on a day Cinderella was dressed in blue
at least, we thought so
having decided on different hues for
her on different days
though really there were probably only the two outfits
in most paper doll sets:
the rag she wore around the house
to do the housework for the grumpies
and the one the godmother summoned
all spangly from the air.
yes it will snow stars we declared
and so it would happen.
and we'll arrive at the depot
in our crystal shoes
or the version of them
in the F.A.O.Schwarz
let's go look for presents
she enthused (not Grandmother, but
my sister) since her
favorite thing to do
her face all sticky
with candy cane, the odd petit four
was rummaging while
Grandmother taught the pianoforte.
so we did, and Grandmother, unaware
and found them everywhere.
so we expected Life to be:
all presents in unexpected corners
snow tinsel falling out of the skies
and we're prepared
good Brownies we were and wise
amid all falling stars-
ready for anything,
in our crystal galoshes.
mary angela douglas 31 july 2017