#OctPoWriMo – Day 12/ Tale Weavers: Poem – Sestina – “The Reluctant Princess” #amwriting #poetry #taleweavers 


OctPoWriMo Day 12 is a poem on theme of imagination. It also has a special poetry form called a Sestina. I’m combining this prompt with Michael from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt of a reluctant princess. 

“A sestina is 39 lines, 6 stanzas with 6 lines each plus a tag. Begin with 6 words of your choice.Take those words and rotate them at the ends of your stanzas. They rotate in a round with the last word of the last line being the last word of the first line in the next stanza. Your lines can be any length, though it just looks nicer if they’re quite regular.” 

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Princess wishing for saving but her mind

Changes thought after awhile left waiting. 

Time goes by and the princess, she contrives —

Better plans to be herself, to fulfill dreams

Caring not if Prince Charming’s attractive, 

She drugs the dragon, starts ever-after. 

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In boy’s clothes, leaves for her ever-after, 

Princess shunning a dusty castle mind —

Focused on the path past the moat, awaits, 

Challenges, aspirations, contriving —

And listing, all she desires to do, dreams —

A life that is hers, no dull prince, unattractive

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She swims easily through water not attracting

Guard who had watched her forever-after.

She climbs past the moat, into sunshine, mind —

Reeling at the brightness of dawn; she’s waiting

To slip into the forest contriving

Survival though sheltered, planning her dreams. 

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Who should come to ruin her heartfelt, desired dreams? 

But a mean grumpy prince so unattractive —

Manners, pretty, not her ever-after —

She kicks fragile parts; she has a sharp mind —

Laughing, runs to whatever in life awaits, 

Inexperienced but smart, she contrives —

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Her new life, with hidden coins she contrives

To buy a home, train for job of dreams.

Country home and teaching school, sounds attractive

Her imagination’s wild ever-after, 

It’s the person she is, needs no prince, minds —

Respecting him — an awful fate waiting, 

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Though the dumb prince chases her, she’s waiting —

When he’s down she escapes and contrives

New methods for hopeful life, while dreaming —

Plans to go where she’ll not attention attract. 

Off to the Americas ever-after. 

Away from being controlled, at peace in mind

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©Mandibelle16. (2017) All Rights Reserved. 





 



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Poem: Wrapped Refrain – ” Waif, Woman, Girl.” 


Thank you to The Daily Prompt for the word prompt screen.

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Absence invites you, listen,

Not wanting to see my tears glisten.

Blocking me, am I an illusion?

Between us is too much confusion.

Hating, to turn the tables on you — I’m fail safe.

Modern woman seeking solace, only a small waif.

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Drifting girl who caught your fancy,

Thinking me a necromancer,

No, I’m no wicked witch casting,

I’m no immortal everlasting.

Concluding, I’m your shadow now, don’t think that way.

Modern woman here, depending on her own say.

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You dream I’m glued to your side,

Wishing you’d let me off this ride.

Commitment, did I say that?

No, I said I’ll be like you — fat —

Off hurting, confusing, many precious women — pearls.

Who believed Prince Charming didn’t hurt, he did –whirls.

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You’ll excuse me, I screen all profiles.

Odds are, you’ll desert, admist trial.

Looking for longterm love, my dear?

Became like some guys, single by fear.

Booting you out of bed, never to be seen again.

You’ve been screened, now kindly disappear — let me reign.

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Here I am Queen; I learned from the best,

Play all your cards, close to your chest.

Modern woman, can she actually believe?

Her dreams, her fears, her tears, might weave.

Leaning on a partner, her prince, only a man?

Absence invites, waif schemes wiser, dreaming, plans.

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LUSH: Marilyn Hair Mask and Prince Charming Shower Gel


Good Afternoon everyone. I have promised for a while a review on LUSH’s Marilyn Hair Mask and Prince Charming Shower Gel, so here it is:

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Marilyn Hair Mask – This hair mask provides “soft, brightness, and shine” for blond locks. It makes blond hair blonder. I have hair that goes past my shoulders and I was able to get about 4 or 5 masks out of the container. You apply the mask all over dry hair and let it sit for about 20 minutes then rinse off in the shower and follow with shampoo and conditioner. I did not mind this mask. I think it is a good way to keep that really bold shiny blondness in your hair but if you are just looking for a mask that is nutritious and moisturizing for blond hair this is not the mask. I actually found that at this time of year in the dead of winter, Marilyn made my hair dry and it took my hair a couple of days to recover from the mask. Everyone may not find that this occurs with the Marilyn mask but I decided that it is not really the mask for me. Not only did it make my hair blonder but it made my low lights fade, which was not my intention. So maybe, I think, this is a better mask for the middle of summer when your skin and hair is not dry and you are, if you’re a blond, going for that bombshell Marilyn blond.

Prince Charming Shower Gel – This shower gel is a “sweet, fruity blend of

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pomegranate juice, marshmallow, and vanilla pod infusion.” I loved this shower gel. It is thick and foaming so you do not use up a large amount of shower gel in 1 use. And the most important aspect of it is that it smells divine, so fruity and a bit cinnamony. Thank goodness I didn’t smell the marshmallow as I hate that smell. I bought a large 500 ml bottle of this limited edition Valentine’s Day shower gel and it was so worth it. Unfortunately, if you didn’t happen to grab it in store or order online you will have to wait for next year to try it but  keep it mind or write it down because it cleans well and smells awesome and is a definite must have for next Valentine’s Day for you and your special someone!

Random Friday Post


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I had big plans this Friday, to read through 2 chapters in my Study Guide for Editing 110 as well as some of the additional reading that is recommended in the Study Guide such as reading about punctuation, spelling, and hyphenation in the textbook. Not to mention, there are added readings at the back of the Study Guide. As I surmised yesterday, I had high hopes of finishing all of this reading but in reality, I am only probably going to be able to finish the textbook reading if I concentrate on it. The textbook is a great guide, something I think I will treasure as I continue to edit. It is called The Copyeditor’s Handbook, 3ed. and it is written by Amy Einsohn. The caption on the book reads that it is ” [a] guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications” and it includes exercises and an answer keyIs it wrong to love your textbook? To drink in every word as if it were ambrosia. But I think I have found a career I want to do tremendously, along with writing. Plus, it is a career I can do freelance so I’m looking forward to the future. So, please don’t mock me for loving my textbook.

Also, I received a couple LUSH products today that I can’t wait to do a beauty blog on for you. I wanted to treat myself and a

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wonderful smelling body wash and a great hair mask which are naturally made, are great ways to do that. I purchased LUSH’s Prince Charming Shower Gel in the 500 ml size which include “fresh pomegranate” and “grapefruit oil” and Marilyn a hair mask that is a “pre-wash for blonds who want lighter, brighter hair.” I was a bit bummed they did not have my H’Suan Wen Hua hair mask because I love its cinnamony spicy smell but I have tried the Marilyn mask before too and it is pretty great. So, in the future look for a blog on these 2 fine products. I am especially excited about the body

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wash, I love smelling great out of the shower and using a product that just wakes you up.

I also wanted to mention to you this great trilogy of books I am reading, or trying to read, because it’s hard to study and have good books to read both at once. They are by Sylvain Reynard and she is romance writer but a Canadian writer to my great happiness and what I really love about this series is her love of and knowledge of Dante and his literature The Inferno and how it contributes to the overall tone and characters of the book. The books are about a a 23-year old Master student named Julia who is studying her Master’s in Toronto. She has the talented Dante specialist Dr. Gabriel

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Emerson as her teacher for one of her classes. Gabriel is not only her professor but the older brother of one of her best friend’s and the son of  a now dead second mother to her, Grace.

Year’s ago when she was 17-year old, she and Gabriel spent a romantic night together in the apple orchard and they both thought they were the love of each other’s life. But then Gabriel disappeared and Julia got lost in the woods and they never saw each other again until Julia had Professor Emerson for her class, but he doesn’t recognize her. The story goes on from that point and there are 3 books in the series and I am 3/4 through the 2nd book. The first book is called Gabriel’s Inferno, the second book is called Gabriel’s Rapture, and the third books is called Gabriel’s Redemption. If you are into romance kinds of books I urge you to read these and am pleased to say Sylvain Reynard is a great writer and storyteller even if she is telling a typical romance tale. It might also interest you to see what a Canadian writer can do as compared to some of her American counterparts. I think she does an awesome job and in many cases tells a better story.

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The last item I would like to tell you about in my Friday Random post is that I’m going to the Opera with my parents this Saturday night for opening night of the Opera Die Fledermaus, Revenge of the Bat. I am excited for it because it is supposed to be a funny opera. This is what it’s about:

Gabriel von Eisenstein has been sentenced to a fortnight in jail, but his confinement is preceded by an evening of mistaken identity. At a masked ball, two old flames reunite and flirtations occur between a woman and her husband who don’t recognize each other. One man’s elaborate plan for revenge results in a comedy of errors, accompanied by some of opera’s most catchy music.

So, it should be a good time. I am able to dress up and have a little wine at intermission and the opera sounds great.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!