This Princess Saved Herself by Tamsen Grace


Do words really soften the blow?

I have some words for you,

the world exists in abstract contradictions,

love hurts,

why we want

what we can’t have

or crave what hurts us.

Glass slippers

always pinch your toes.

Before the happily ever after comes,

you’re chased by huntsman,

who want to cut out your heart,

or bad, bad wolves

with words to beat you down.

Words they use as blows,

blows they use as words,

to tell you lies

about yourself.

Cupid can shoot poison arrows,

that pierce your heart,

that make a cancer grow.

I thought the prince

would come and save me,

but I think he is still looking

for the right words

to sweep me off my feet,

so despite my throbbing toes,

this princess saved herself.


© Tamsen Grace


Excerpt from the book “Skeletons in My Closet”

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tammy About the Author

Tamsen Grace is a published poet, inspirational speaker, martial artist, a Ford Model of Courage, and a cancer survivor. She has been published in Creative Talents Unleashed Poetic Melodies Anthology, Scarlet Leaf Review, Straylight Literary Magazine, Birdsong Publishing, Leaves of Ink, The Indiana Voice Journal, Puff Puff Prose, The Poetry Community, In Between Hangovers, Peeking Cat Magazine, Madness Muse Magazine, Spirit Fire Review, The Creative Truth, Anti-Heroin Chic and LTD Press. Tamsen Grace will be in the new anthology Dandelions in a Vase of Roses. She lives in the Midwest with her children. She enjoys reading, writing, biking and teaching children Martial Arts.

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