Fairy Tale Blues

Farm girl drama queen
with big time dreams,
snared the son of a preacher
with her homey flirtin’ ways.
Singin’ the fairy tale blues.

Son of a preacher
turned big time doc,
maneuvered through the courtin’ tiffs
into a sometimes wedded bliss.

Mansion mama, party queen
livin’ the wonder life,
raisin’ two perfect girls
puttin’ on the ritz.

Spotlight stealer, cravin’ fame
ignored her co-star’s role,
didn’t see him exit left
singin’ the fairy tale blues.

Always the diva drama queen
she stabbed him in their final scene.
She’s doin’ five to ten now,
singin’ the fairy tale blues.


Image in public domain, from Pixabay.com. Written for dVerse, the virtual pub for poets, where today Frank is “tending bar” and asks us to write a poem with irony in it. Irony can be defined as a story with a surprise ending.

39 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Blues

  1. Karen March 30, 2017 / 10:25 am

    Hmm… Wonder who that could be …

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  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) March 30, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    Sounds like she had the final word anyway… at least she got a final spotlight moment… true fairy tale for sure. Love the refrain.

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  3. frankhubeny March 30, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    That’s delightful. There’s definite ambiguity in fairy tale blues.

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  4. kim881 March 30, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    This could be a song, Lillian! You’ve got me ‘singin’ the fairy tale blues’!

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  5. Bev March 30, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    I love your fairy tale blues. What a pleasant dose of irony!

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:39 pm

      I do think many blues songs contemplate irony. Glad you enjoyed!

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  6. Grace March 30, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    What a turn from riches to working girl now ~ Guess she got what she wanted after all – lots of drama.

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  7. Glenn Buttkus March 30, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Ballad of a Bad Bitch–for sure–worthy of the full throttle Blues performance–all slide & whine. sweat & tears–out in a steamy juke on a bayou–Bad Betty–the lethal dreamer.

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      LOVE your comment here! Smiling I am!

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  8. hypercryptical March 30, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    It could indeed be a song, a clever one at that!

    I’m kind of glad she got her dues. Sad about the doc though…

    Kind regards
    Anna :o]

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:37 pm

      You are savvy in your feelings here. Very very sad for him.

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  9. Singledust March 30, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    i like your surprise ending and what a life she led getting here to that end – love the use of repetition of fairy tale blues like a new catch phrase in my head

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts on this one. So glad you enjoyed.

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  10. Logan March 30, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    I like how your poem marches, how expectations are sometimes met, but in this case only for one person, She seems the one with all the dreams and power, he seems just a character in her fantasies. As such…of course, he would leave, and she would expectantly explode. Though Ironically,
    I enjoyed it, and have known a few just like her in my time. Thank you for sharing.

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:35 pm

      Glad you enjoyed. Yes — she fancied herself a star — to his bitter end nod within her trial as well.

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Sadly, not fiction. But glad you enjoyed.

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  11. Just Barry March 31, 2017 / 6:10 pm

    Love the surprise hard-right turn at the end.

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  12. lovemorestudio March 31, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I love the lyrical sound of this, so sing-songy and fun in the mouth. A wonderful piece, thanks for sharing ~peace, Jason

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  13. Charley March 31, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    I echo the sing-song part, but a dark, dark and truly ironic ending. I also reckon I cotton to the slightly southern, slightly county patois. It works!

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    • lillian April 2, 2017 / 7:27 pm

      Thanks! Although I’m not familiar with country music, I had that in mind with both the refrain and the cadence.

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