Prose for Thought – Fairy Tales Almost Never Tell the Truth

Welcome to this weeks Prose for Thought. I have to admit to last week and not really being on the ball. I felt my poem was a complete and utter rush job – banged off on my ipad at silly o’clock at night – but I guess it’s summed itself up! Thank you to everyone who linked – it was fabulous to see a few creative new linkers and I really hope that they will be back with us this week.

I have to admit to feeling pretty reflective over the last week. Wondering where my life is going, what I am doing and what is going to happen next. I guess I have sort of been doing a ‘life inventory’ if you like. The poem I am sharing with you this week is, I feel, one of the best I have written in not only terms of how I feel but also in it’s construction. I bet that there is a verse in there everyone out there associates with in some form or another. I would love to know what you think and which one you can relate to – please leave your comments below.

Fairy Tales Almost Never Tell the Truth

Thought I would be rescued by a white knight on a steed
That I’d have the ever after and I’d get all that I need
I thought there would be witches but that I would overcome
That all the wrongs be put right and evil be undone
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought that one day I’d be rich, beyond my wildest dreams
That all would be ok if it was ever ripped at the seams
I thought I’d have a castle surrounded by a moat
That I’d have a fancy car and a great big motorboat
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought that I’d be famous and people would know me
That I would be a singer and charge a massive fee
I thought people would hum my songs when they were on the go
That I would be on the tv and be on the radio
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought I’d be a cross country rider famous for my skills
That I’d ride my equine friend down dales and up the hills
I thought I’d have a row of stables with thoroughbreds inside
That I would be an Olympian travelling far and wide
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought I’d be an actor and appear in the cinema
That people would want my autograph and admire me from afar
I thought that I’d win an Oscar and have to make a speech
That the paps would come and get me as I lay down on the beach
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought I’d have a wedding, the biggest there can be
That a man would propose to me by getting down on his knee
I thought it would be romantic and a massive big surprise
That he would say he loves me as the tears form in his eyes
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I thought I’d have two children and a proper family
That dinner would be on the table each day at six thirty
I thought my house would be perfect, everything pristine
Showroom standard, sparkling and all the crystal clean
But fairy tales almost never tell the truth

I know that I have have the love of people and I have my health
I have a home and food to eat despite no massive wealth
I know I have a child to care for and someone cares for me
Maybe I should stop a while and take a look and see
That Fairy tales don’t have to tell the truth

©Victoria F J Welton 23rd October 2013

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  1. October 26, 2013 / 11:08 am

    Vic, this is brilliant, great words with great rhythm 🙂 x
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  2. Emma from over at LIFE AS IT IS
    October 25, 2013 / 9:21 am

    …and they all lived happily ever after…
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  3. October 24, 2013 / 8:15 pm

    Great poem hun, I’m feeling a bit that way myself this week so I can really relate. I’ve linked up with a rewrite of Thriller from Halloween last year. I intend to link with something original for #PoCoLo tomorrow when I can stop chasing my tail! 😉 xx
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  4. October 24, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    How true your words were, I had so many dreams as to how my life would turn out when I was 18, I wouldn’t change how it has x
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  5. nortonmum
    October 24, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    Well I just love that really enjoyed reading it, I agree with Judith. Sometimes we don’t always realise what we have,
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  6. October 24, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    This is excellent and I love the conclusion – your fairy tale has a wonderful ending (not really an ending though – there is so much to look forward to!) x
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  7. October 24, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    Lovely Vicki. I think you’ve found your fairytale ending – in your own way. I love what Judith said about wanting what you already have. And there are many years yet, who knows what’s still in store 🙂 Like the others have already said – my favourite poem of yours so far x

  8. October 24, 2013 / 12:26 pm

    I always had simple dreams, a family, a house, a husband, so I’ve achieved most of mine (not the house yet). I can identify with the last verse. I think we have to make our own fairytales.
    My life mantra growing up (and even now) is “don’t accept less than the fairytale. Xx

  9. October 24, 2013 / 11:20 am

    Funny how life turns out sometimes isn’t it? And how it is what me make it to be? An absolutely stunning poem x
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  10. October 24, 2013 / 11:08 am

    Like this. Very wise words. I love the way the last line is brutally short at the end of each verse. It makes you feel the disappointment of discovering fairy tales aren’t true and reinforces the message in the last verse. Well done 🙂
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  11. Wicked World of Lucas
    October 24, 2013 / 10:29 am

    Oh V – You are so right. This is the best poem I have read from you. I loved it. I have to say the last verse was amazing. So much time wasted on dreaming of what you thought would happen but when you see what you do have, it really makes you realise that fairytales do have their place, but not in real life. Loved this so much xxx

  12. October 24, 2013 / 9:57 am

    Oh I can relate to this so so much. Always thought I’d be a rich Accountant with a 5 bedroom house and 3 kids.
    Instead I am a SAHM with 1 kid.
    Yep, fairy tales don’t tell the truth.
    But we play with the cards we are dealt, and all have our moments to treasure.
    LOVE the way the poem ended, the last line, and love the rhythm of the poem all the way through.
    Haven’t written poetry in ages but you have just inspired me.
    Liska xx
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  13. October 24, 2013 / 9:22 am

    Wow! That was just a great poem! It made me feel a bit teary!I love fairy tales but Im also very skeptical and think I definitely missed out on the romance of the fairy tale 🙂

  14. Stephanie
    October 24, 2013 / 8:01 am

    I love this. I love fairy tales actually but they do set us up for a fall. Or rather the media do, the films that churn out rom coms etc. I thought my life would be like that. I think this is my favourite poem of yours.
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  15. October 24, 2013 / 7:59 am

    Oh Vic this is just beautiful – I think your best poem/song yet. It makes my heart ache. A wise person once told me that the secret to happiness is wanting what you already have – that seems to be the conclusion your poem comes to as well.
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