Her Confusion by Mark J. Mitchell

Her Confusion

She was sure she’d dropped
through a trap door
in the fairy tale—
Both prince and witch
had fled the scene
leaving a sword
and a stepmother
to watch over
apple slices.

They’d all vanished.
Still, she kept
her knives sharpened.
She sat up
through slow blue nights
checking her blood-red lips
in a hand-held mirror
just in case
someone arrived
to wake her up.

Mark J. Mitchell studied writing at UC Santa Cruz. His work has appeared in the several anthologies and hundreds of periodicals. He has published three chapbooks, Three Visitors, Lent, 1999, and Artifacts and Relics, and a novel, Knight Prisoner. He lives in San Francisco with his wife Joan Juster.

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