Beauty to the Beast

Beauty to the Beast
by Theodora Goss

When I dare walk in fields, barefoot and tender,
trace thorns with my finger, swallow amber,
crawl into the badger’s chamber, comb
lightning’s loose hair in a crashing storm,
walk in a wolf’s eye, lie
naked on granite, ignore the curse
on the castle door, drive a tooth into the boar’s hide,
ride adders, tangle the horned horse,
when I dare watch the east
with unprotected eyes, then I dare love you, Beast.

Beauty and the Beast 2 by Walter Crane

(The illustration is by Walter Crane, from “Beauty and the Beast.” This poem was published in my collection <em>Songs for Ophelia</em>.)

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2 Responses to Beauty to the Beast

  1. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales…and this poem is a stunning tribute to it!

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