Encore of Cinderella: A Poem

March 24, 2018 at 9:10 pm (Arts, Culture, Film, Folklore, Literature, Movies) (, , , )

Here’s a poem I wrote 3 years ago today:

Dracul Van Helsing

Cinderella: A Poem

Cloudy gray skies
across the land lies
in truth for today
and in metaphor sad to say
it seems that magic is gone from the world
technology has spread unfurled
the sense of wonder has been lost
but we’re too busy to see the cost
dashing along the street
busy hands and busy feet
phones at our fingertips
speakers have replaced lips
“Love” and “courage” are only words
a flight of fancy like passing birds.
A unicorn- what is that?
Talk of fairies- we say scat!
For we’re all grown up you see
don’t talk to us as if we’re only 3.
That age is past!
Magic wands- get out fast!
Carriages don’t grow from pumpkins
you mistake us for country bumpkins.
Enchanted balls and glass slippers
we talk like drunken skippers
whose ships have crashed on the rocks
leaving us to haunt these docks.

And so…

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29 Comments

  1. George F. said,

    …and it has withstood the test of time…even more true 3 years later…the trend continues unabated…so sad for us romanticists….

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Very true.

      • George F. said,

        …so sad…why live?…

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I guess so we few can strive to bring “love” and “courage” to the world.

        That’s why I read my friend Sherry’s blog to give me hope.

        She is the most loving and most courageous person I know.

        I’ve known her since 2011.

        It was 5 years ago this March 12th that her little 2 year old daughter born with asthma died in her arms in her house while a fierce winter snow blizzard raged outside (one of the worst in Western Europe in recent memory) and the ambulances could not get through to rush the little girl to hospital.

        I didn’t know what happened until a year later when Sherry started writing at her blog again.

        Understandably she had stopped writing after such a traumatic incident happened to her.

        Since that time Sherry still had to go through a lot of personal struggles as well as still coping with the loss of her little girl.

        And still despite her pain and her struggles, she writes a captivating and beautiful blog full of profound wisdom and insight.

        I think to myself that as long as there are still people like Sherry in the world, the world has hope.

      • George F. said,

        Wow. Just wow.

  2. fragglerocking said,

    It is too easy to see the doom and gloom in the world, harder to see the magic and love, but it’s there when you dig deep. Lovely poem.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thanks very much, Fraggle. 🙂

      When you look deep, you can see the magic and love in this world.

  3. shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

    Oh, Chris … had had a few tears now after reading your comment.
    I never knew that I might had had such influence over you with my writings.
    The thing is, when people as me about me, I would just say simply … “I am just a writer – nothing more.”
    It was then I realized that there are certain things that I wrote had had touched some people.
    Be it a poetry, a comedy or a real stuff, romance and stories – if one touched anyone’s heart, I would say, then bring those good lessons for you at home.
    Be good.
    Be Humble.
    Be Lovely.
    Be Wonderful.
    Be You.
    Be Beautiful

    And you are that lovely, Chris!
    A beautiful human being yourself.

    I love this poem – sad, but there are some truths in it.
    So, are in this real life vs the fantasy world.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you very much, Sherry.

      I struggle myself.

      Glad to know that I can be a beautiful human being.

      When you’re homeless for 2 years like I was, you lose your sense of self worth at times.

      But your words of wisdom are always so inspirational.

      • shєrríє dє vαlєríα said,

        If my WORDS can help, I am more than gladly to do it and sharing these with everyone … I am happy the least that it helps to sooth your sad heart, my friend …

        But, now you are blessed the least to have a roof on top of your head and little food on your table … there are a lot of things are worse out there than our own fate, you know …

        Praise the Lord for that …
        Amen!

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Amen.

  4. Anne J. said,

    Ah, I love it! It’s a special poem because we have Cinderella Reimagined. 😊🤗

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I read on your blog about your anthology of short stories that you published called Cinderella Reimagined in which various writers wrote their own reimagined versions of the Cinderella tale. 🙂

      I found that interesting because the first novel I ever wrote was a reimagined version of the Cinderella tale (sadly that novel was never published).

      It was a fantasy private eye novel in which the hero was a walking, talking, brandy drinking, cigarette smoking Saint Bernard dog private eye who’s hired by Prince Charming to find the girl with the glass slipper.

      I didn’t bother submitting the novel directly to any publisher because the amount of rejection rate is higher then.

      I submitted it to 5 different literary agents because your chances of getting published were greater if you got a literary agent to represent you (these were the days before Amazon and self-publishing).

      I never heard back from 4 of them.

      The 5th was a British literary agent named Christopher Little whose specialty (according to the book of names of literary agents I had at the time) was Fantasy fiction he represented.

      I submitted a synopsis of the novel’s plot plus the 1st 3 chapters of the book to him.

      He replied to me with a 6-page handwritten letter that he personally signed.

      He said he absolutely loved the plot (that I told in the synopsis) and he absolutely loved the 1st 3 chapters.

      He said he’d gladly represent me in a heartbeat if he already didn’t have so much already on his plate.

      He said, “Please don’t think I’m trying to brush you off and I’m doing it in a nice way. I hope the fact that I’m writing you this note in my own hand rather than formal typewritten rejection letter and personally signing it will let you know how much I love and appreciate your work. You are an EXTREMELY talented writer and I’m sure someday your work will be published and read on a worldwide scale. But like I say, I really do have so so much on my plate at the moment. Best of luck most assuredly with your work. Yours truly, Christopher Little.”

      I never forgot what he wrote.

      And unfortunately I lost track of where I had placed his letter.

      Then years later in 2008, I was reading a newspaper article on J.K. Rowling.

      Halfway through the article, I read these words, “According to Rowling’s literary agent Christopher Little…”

      I immediately stopped reading.

      Christopher Little?

      I then googled the name.

      As far as I could see there was only one Christopher Little who was a literary agent and furthermore only one whose specialty WAS Fantasy genre fiction and he just happened to represent J.K. Rowling.

      When I read that, I wished I knew where I had put that handwritten letter.

      When Mr. Little said he had too much on his plate, he really wasn’t kidding.

      Representing J. K. Rowling would definitely be a full time job in itself.

      But this keeps me going and keeps me writing.

      If the man who took a chance on J.K. Rowling the creator of Harry Potter and represented her as her agent calls me “a VERY talented writer” and says that someday my work will be published and read on a worldwide scale, I figure that’s one GREAT recommendation.

      • Anne J. said,

        Hi there. Oh wow! That is awesome! You have to be proud of yourself and your writing. Some of us can only wish to get such good feedback, if we find the courage to send out query letters, and from J.K. Rowling’s literary agent! I wouod approach another agent, on his same level. Are you not planning to get your Cinderella retelling published? Why did you not pick it up again? I’d love to read it.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Unfortunately after 4 years living in high price Vancouver on Canada’s West Coast, I ran out of money and was unable to find a job.

        Consequently I couldn’t pay my rent and got evicted.

        With no money to pay moving costs when I decided to return to my home province of Alberta, I could only carry out of the apartment what I could fit into my 2 suitcases.

        And there were a bunch of family keepsakes I had to save.

        So I had to leave my rather thick manuscript of the book behind.

        Now of course I’ve got my current manuscripts for my vampire novels on iCloud.

      • Anne J. said,

        Oh no, that is just heartbreaking. I am so sorry to hear that. I can only imagine the ordeal. I do hope though that the vampire novels make up for this terrible loss, or better yet, you find the time to recreate the novel, or write an even better one.

        It is awful to put a hold on a dream. My daughter, right this very moment, is en route back to South Africa after about five years in California. I am confident though that with her dreams strong, she will be back in California to pursue her theater dreams. Perhaps she will move the dream back to Africa but unlikely. So, I do wish for you that your experience was merely a bump on the road. Human beings leave me in awe, as a general rule. We thrive, we persist… the spirit is more than admirable. I suppose, this is why I remain with hope in humankind despite the prevalence of evil.

        All the best always. I won’t be surprised when you share the news on your publishing deal. 🙂

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Thank you very much for your kind words. 💕

        They are very appreciated.

        After 2 years of being forced to live in a homeless shelter in Calgary, I am finally getting back on my feet and am now back in a place of my own.

        Yes, I still don’t know how I managed to survive the last 2 years so the human spirit must indeed be very resilient.

        Say where is the link to your blog post where you mention Re-imagining A Midsummer Night’s Dream?

        I read it about a month ago but forgot to bookmark it.

        I remember when I read it, I thought, Well I re-imagined Cinderella once, maybe I can re-imagine A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

        Back in High School, I played the role of Snout the Wall in Pyramus and Thisbe the play within a play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream so I’ve always had a fondness for that particular Shakespeare play.

        Then last night I was thinking about the character of Puck and it suddenly hit me how I could re-imagine A Midsummrr Night’s Dream.

        So maybe I’ll try my hand at that. 🙂

      • Anne J. said,

        Hi Christopher,

        I am happy to hear that you are now in a place of your own. The human spirit is resilient indeed. I am really glad. 🙂

        I just saw now that your books are available on Amazon. I don’t read scary vampire stories (I get scared, ha-ha!) but my 25-year old daughter does so I will definitely gift her a copy. The Giant Rat of Sumatra seems intriguing. I will get it for myself. 🙂

        I would love to have you write your re-telling of Midsummer so please do so. I did move the deadline but I also know that I won’t be able to attend to it yet so I am more than willing to extend it, although not officially. Both my collaborator and I am working on a few things now, but I will surely make time in May. If you can write in April, it will be great. You can then email to me on aj@annajaileneaguilar.com.

        We are working on the revised edition of Cinderella Reimagined, as well as the Kindle version, as we are anyway busy with the SA edition of the anthology. An editor is currently editing and a new cover is also in progress. I hope to do the same for Midsummer.

        Take care,
        Anne

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Thanks very much, Anne. 🙂

        Yes, I will try to see if I can write A Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-Imagined over the course of the next month.

        You might actually enjoy my vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia.

        The reason why I call it a vampire novel as opposed to a horror novel is it’s actually more humorous than scary.

        It’s a vampire tale but a humourous one..

        I believe at my Amazon site, you can read the first few chapters of The Vampiress With Amnesia for free.

        If you read those and enjoy them and find those chapters humorous to your liking, the rest of the book is like that. 🙂

        -Christopher

      • Anne J. said,

        Fantastic! I sure hope you find the time to re-tell Shakespeare.

        I started reading your fan fiction novel and although not a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes, but I enjoyed the movies, I liked the first two chapters so I have just done the 1-click thing 😄 and I will now ignore my WordPress and do some reading. 😊 I will read the sample of the vampire story and see. 😁

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I hope you enjoy the reading, Anne. 🙂

        For the character of Sherlock Holmes in my fan fiction novella, I visualized and articulated him as the way Basil Rathbone portrayed the character in the 1940s Universal Pictures Sherlock Holmes movies with Basil Rathbone as Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson.

        Consequently some readers who were used to Jeremy Brett’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes or Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes or Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes didn’t really like the story or the way the character was presented.

        But I couldn’t help myself.

        Basil Rathbone was the first visual medium Sherlock Holmes I encountered.

        Back when I was a kid, those old 1940s Holmes movies used to appear on television every late Friday night/early Saturday morning at 3 AM every weekend.

        So I used to sneak down to the basement and watch them on the old black and white TV we had downstairs (since the movies themselves were black and white, it didn’t make much difference).

        But one night, I stupidly left the lights on the stairs going down (I carried a flashlight 🔦 with me going back up) and my mother who had got up to go to the kitchen to get something noticed the lights on and shouted down the stairs, “What the Hell are you doing?”.

        It wouldn’t be until years later I found out how that Holmes movie ended since I had to go upstairs and get back to bed 🛏.

  5. David Redpath said,

    Could it be
    Cinderella
    rises from ashes
    of step sister ignorance
    to a much higher reality
    where true magic
    is found
    in water air and fire,
    in the depths of desire
    and all things
    born from the ground?

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Cinderella rises from the ashes like a phoenix
      drys a few tears with her Kleenex
      and then steps into a new world
      where magic true does unfurl
      She has the Crown Prince’s heart
      what kindness to the kingdom will she impart?
      For fairy tales to really do come true
      Love divine must triumph too!

  6. David Redpath said,

    A happy ending
    so romantic
    and so dandy
    Where fairy tales
    do come true
    and the Kleenex
    come in handy

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, it’s really quite dandy
      that Kleenex is so handy
      whether wiping tears
      or cleaning rears
      or cleaning off the computer screen
      because it was quite the messy scene
      having gazed on the photo of Qonzilqointec
      it ruined the screen and left your chair a wreck.

  7. David Redpath said,

    Yet no tissue
    could whitewash the issue
    when Cinderella & her Prince
    got caught in the elevator
    with bootleg fentanyl.
    She disappeared
    leaving only her fingerprints
    and a broken glass slipper.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Leaving the prince to take the rap
      His not guilty plea was labelled crap
      He was sent to the tower
      where he spent many an hour
      no longer prince of the land
      what he got for following the Black Velvet Band
      He could no longer roll over in the crimson and clover
      because he neglected warning in a song by the Irish rover.

      • David Redpath said,

        Yes, beware of them pretty colleens,
        and what e’r they’ll slip into your hand.
        As the Black Velvet Band
        goes underground,
        leaving you to take the stand.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Beware of those whose eyes shine like the diamonds 💎…

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