Sleeping Beauty with a Twist

Image by Alex Stoddard

He’s Sleeping Beauty
with a gender twist in the tale.
Harry Houdini couldn’t have
painted a better picture
of a means to escape.

Alone in a forest
he’s challenging freedom
at its core.

Is freedom found in
endlessly running away
is it in blocking every
sense that invades
through the day
and, focusing on one.

He holds his breath and
sees his truths as the
world revolves around him.


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Shared with Tess Kinkaid Of Magpie Tales #114

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

20 thoughts on “Sleeping Beauty with a Twist”

  1. I also thought of Harry Houdini and his great escapes, and a twisted Sleeping Beauty tale (but ended up writing something totally different. Loved your take on this!

  2. Perhaps this is 99% of the population ? , except maybe for some poets like yourself, who have learned how to breathe through their ears !
    The Matrix egg farms spring to mind

  3. Or maybe the truth he sees is that holding your breath can only last so long, then he has to come up for air. Or maybe he is cheating like some magic show, who does know? Houdini might, as you cast the light.

  4. I love the mix of philosophy and magic you have splashed together in this poem, Bren. Thank you for sharing this thought provoking twist on freedom. Wonderful words. =D

  5. Mmm, running away never helps the problem at hand… but I think it’s only human to want to do that every once and a while. Love the touch of Houdini!

  6. lovely, written precise and in love. is freedom focusing on one thing
    only? i like that question and the entire poem even more.

  7. i dont think freedom is found in running away, becuase then you will always be a slave to the running you know…and blocking it out is surely only a temporary sessation….i like the touches on fairy tale and houdini in this bren…

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