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Once Upon A Twist #DVerseQuadrille

One sip

to poison a prince,

his teeth sunk

into forbidden fruit,

while one-true-love stands



the perfect good girl

all fairy-tales and smiles,


Drinks her own potion,

steps free

of skin

crafted from paperbound

volumes brittle with age.





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Carol J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  1. Oh… sounds like a different kind of Romeo and Juliet! A passionate death for both chosen only by one! Loved the poison crafted from old dusty poison books!

  2. this sounds like a cheater was divorced and the other walks free. i could be way off. regardless this is a powerful poem

  3. It feels like there could be more than one interpretation. I do know that I saw a great image at the end of a princess finally freed from the pages of old fairy-tale books. I like that twist for sure.

  4. You’ve twisted the fairy tale good and proper, Carol, with a dark sip! I particularly enjoyed the lines:
    ‘steps free
    of skin
    crafted from paperbound
    volumes brittle with age.’

      • Carol Ann Duffy is one of my favourite modern poets. There’s something about Carols – I have one as a sister too!

  5. sanaarizvi says

    “steps free
    of skin
    crafted from paperbound
    volumes brittle with age,”

    This is such a strong and powerful write! ❤️ Do we ever really know someone? I wonder.

      • An experiential/existential psychotherapy technique, emphasizes learning how to be engaged and actively living in the moment, the theory has somewhat vaguely transubstantiated itself in recent years to the concept of “mindfulness.” Therapist often set up “safe experiments” with their clients to help them in feeling the form or “Gestalt” of their experiences in order to help them in finding a meaningful framework for those experiences… Sometimes it may involve screaming.

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