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Fairy Land

You dreamed a castle
a kingdom made of gold,
a queen, a princess,
several princes
singing their song,

and-like magic-
you summoned an America
in a distant land
far from the forest
anyone knew,

people bow down to you,
they imagine
your tale is true,
they think
as you tear down
every guidepost on the road,
that you, on your bombastic throne,
will offer them sweets
will give them trinkets
will provide shelter
from the dangerous tornado
blowing wildly in random directions.

  Pam Laskin