WILLA v1 - The Princess and the Pea

Volume 1
Fall 1992

The Princess and the Pea

Soft decisions pile up
like feather beds
each easy choice
resting lightly
on top, on top

Until finally the woman
climbs up for sleep
and feels at the bottom
some pea that
makes sleep

Impossible and unwelcome

She is no one's princess
these mattresses
this pea self made
her own test
she has been set upon
other beds
tested by other
imposed standards

spread herself
touched four corners
till wrists and ankles ached

Passing, she had a prize
that has become
a small hard pea

that bothers only her own

by Nadine Charity

by Radiya Rashid