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Rapunzel's Gold, Jack's Seeds and The Prince's Flower

Updated on March 29, 2010

Jack's Seeds

Maxfield Parrish (1923)
Maxfield Parrish (1923)

The Word

It was the half life between waiting and goodbye

I met you there

You seemed immune to it

But inside, I knew you were there too

I gave you my name and you gave me yours

I told you my secret story

And you listened

I called down Rapunzel's gold

I showed you Jack's seeds

I gave you the Prince's flower

I sang a song I had never sung to anyone before

I didn't really know why

I warned you that it was the Siren's song

I had heard in my dreams

I gave you the chance to walk away

Before it was done

You could have then

Before the genie was out of the bottle and the wishes were yours

But you were in the half-life yourself

And you made your choice

I spoke as if there was nothing you could do about it

But in the speaking there remained

A word that was missing

And the charm would not work without it

The enchantment would not stay

The spell would break

The word was a small one and easily added

Except it would only work if spoken by you

You knew

And out of the greyness of that world you had begun to call home

You spoke the word

I have often thought carelessly that things would perhaps

Have been the same without it

But the Fairies laugh when I do

The green trees in the enchanted glen join in

A Satyr plays his pipe with the laugh in his eyes

The Unicorn shakes her head

They all know

Their birth, their re-birth

Was in that instant

When the greyness died and the rainbow shined

And a young man took your hand

As you said the secret magic that unlocked the fairy tale


©Winsome Publishing 2010, All rights reserved

The Prince's Flower

"You are beautiful, but you are empty," he went on. "One could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you - the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or ever sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose." ~ Antoine de Saint Exupery "The Little Prince"

Love Awaits

For a look at more of the poetic side of love you might enjoy When Love Loves You Back or Love is the Happiness... and if you want to stir up the passion, try Fanning the Flames of Love.


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    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Sami how nice of you to say so. That you picked this one out of all the ones to read tells me you have a sense of wonder that is often lost on adults. I am happy you enjoyed it. =:)

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      7 years ago

      What a beautiful, magical poem Winsome! I loved it! :)

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you AC, it is nice to know that in a harsh world there are still places where magic lives and the heart can find refuge and beauty. So glad you liked it. =:)

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      7 years ago from Guildford

      Simply magical. I am late arriving here but the wait was totally worth it!

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you CP, you are right--one can dream, one can launch out, one can see what no one else sees but when the one becomes we--ahh the smoke clears, earth is solid underfoot, life becomes adventure and we can soar off to sleep on the wings of a smile. =:)

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      Christopher Price 

      8 years ago from Vermont, USA

      You begin with Maxfield Parrish and finish with "The Little Prince"...I could have forgiven almost anything found in between.

      But, no need...your poem is wonderful...flowing, romantic and touching.

      The word "Yes" can be the most beautiful and powerful word spoken.

      You gently unwrapped it and up like the treasure it the treasure she is.

      I will read this again and again just to savor the phasing and imagery.

      Then I will read the passage from James Joyce..."yes...oh yes..."

      Thanks for sharing.


    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You are welcome SG, some siren calls we just have to answer--thank you again for the dragon song that prompted the call. =:)

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      8 years ago

      This is indeed that wonderful place between worlds! You have touched true beauty with this poem. Thank you for bringing your enchanted place to my attention. :)

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Shalini, I won't even ask how you knew that was a Walter Crane illustration--I am so glad you chose this one to read first, as you can see, few found it, but the ones who did are some of my warmest friends on HP. I'm happy to welcome you into that group. =:)

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      8 years ago from India

      Truly magical! From the Maxfield Parrish image, the Walter Crane illustration, the wonderful verse with the YES at the end to that much-loved passage from The Little Prince - you just took this reader back to the wonder of 'Once upon a time' to 'happily ever after'!

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Wouldn't it be fun to live for a morning or afternoon in a Maxfield Parrish world. Maybe there is a magic word for that. =:)

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      8 years ago

      love Maxfield Parrish. i was just thinking Saturday how the sky looked like one of his painitngs...

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you Tony, I couldn't have said it better. Congratulations again on your 200th Hub! Blessings

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      Tony McGregor 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      Lovely words and thoughts - and the magic that unlocks the fairy tale is "Yes"! Yes to life, to lovem and to each other.

      Love and peace


    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      So glad you share the love of imagery, MM. Who knows how much magic is released when true lovers say the word. Thank you for your gracious comment.

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      8 years ago from Brittany, France

      On Winsome, this is beautiful. I was drawn by Rapunzel, one of my favourite fairy stories and then I found this poem too. I love poetry, I'm going to bookmark this page, the images are wonderful as well. I'm so glad I found this!

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Of course, MOW, I'd be honored. I'm delighted you enjoyed it. Mi mundo es su mundo. =:) Blessings

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      8 years ago from uk

      I fell for this one... absolutely beautiful! I'm going to link this to one of my hubs on fairytales, do you mind? Meanwhile, keep writing such lyrical poems....:)

    • Winsome profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Thank you GL, I like to remind myself of the really important things when everything else is so demanding. I appreciate your kind words.

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      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a lovely poem winsome and thanks for the 'little prince' passage...I had forgotten. Very original layout too.


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