Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Princess Dreams"


Princess Dreams

Behind lace curtains
do you still dream
of white picket fences -
of prince charming?

Do blue eyes shimmer
'cause dreams came true?

Behind lace curtains
is perfection showcased
by white picket fences -
"haves" vs. "have nots"?

Do blue eyes shimmer
'cause you'd settle for "less"?

by Margaret Bednar, November 24, 2013

This is for "The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Sunday Challenge" - Woody Guthrie wrote what he saw, felt, and knew.  He was often the voice for those who didn't have one.  The challenge was to write our own protest or rant piece.

I took this photo today - was quite charmed by the white picket fence - so "American Dream".   It got me to thinking how little girls are often raised so differently - how often girls are groomed to desire many pretty things, to find a rich husband  - NOT to rely on their brains and talents.  I've known a few women who got "what they wished for" and behind their fabulous "white picket fences" their wish has grown sour.  

8 comments:

grapeling said...

a quieter lament, Margaret - a protest nonetheless ~

Susie Clevenger said...

Sometimes a quiet lament speaks much louder than shouting. A beautiful photo and poem Margaret. Thank you so much for taking part in the challenge!!

Ella said...

This has a haunting quality! The photo and your words pair wonderfully~

Björn said...

The hut for print charming often has dire consequences... But now in Sweden the young boys are so much worse at school... everyone dreaming of being a hockeyplayers, so I guess there's a risk that the princesses has to work to support the prince....

Sumana Roy said...


beautiful photo and words.....a dream is a dream ....far from wish fulfilment....

Kathryn said...

Things to ponder, beautifully written.

Helen said...

Very nice ... I also know a few of those women, so sad.

Kay L. Davies said...

How true, getting what we think we want, or, worse still, getting what we think we should want, can be very disappointing.
K