When she tires of waiting for her saviour,
our princess mounts the bucking dragon that prowls the castle gates
and flies to freedom.
Instead of her husband’s fur smoothing out into skin, his teeth going blunt,
Belle finds coarse, dark hair growing on the back of her palms,
and learns how to grin through a bloody muzzle.
Instead of waiting, Elizabeth Swann sails out to her husband
or rules the seas with a cutlass in one hand and her swollen stomach in the other.
Our princess rides her dragon guard from her prison
and feels the wind on her face for the first time in years.
An abandoned Wendy Darling captains her own pirate ship,
one eye always on the horizon.
Pocahontas takes back her land with a tomahawk
and a stolen musket.
Instead of punishing his mistresses,
Hera takes Zeus by the throat and squeezes.
After the blunders of Orpheus,
Eurydice carves her own way out of Hades.
Bored of the same old story,
they invent something else for a princess to do
than be rescued.
'Reinventing Rescuing, part iii,' theappleppielifestyle.