- Thumbelina Moves On
Who cares if I was born inside a flowerand you're the only Flower Fairy Prince?We marveled at these facts for half an hourbut haven't had a conversation since.Relationships, it's clear, need stronger gluethan such a superficial parallel,or than the boring truth that, just like you,I'd fit in an abandoned peanut shell.So, sorry Prince: like Bluebird, Mole, and Toad,you won't be making me your little bride—it's time for more adventures on the road!(I'm pretty sure that I can thumb a ride.) [End Page 534]
MELISSA BALMAIN edits Light, a journal of comic poetry. Recent poems appear in The American Bystander, Lighten Up Online, Literary Matters, Mezzo Cammin, The New Criterion, and Rattle. Her poetry collection Walking in on People (winner of the Able Muse Book Award) is often assumed by shoppers to be some kind of porn.