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The Sleeping Beauty – a Poem

on February 10, 2022
(Artwork by John Collier, 1921)

The Sleeping Beauty

Dedicated to my daughter, Ariel Pisturino

Lying there in sweet repose,

Lips as red as any rose,

The Sleeping Beauty rests her head

Upon a gold and velvet bed;

Golden tresses fair displayed

Around the shoulders softly laid,

Be-decked in sequined, jeweled dress,

Her slender hands across her breast.

Fair Maid! — What evil cast you here

To sleep a full one hundred year

Until a Prince with noble pride

Into the castle court should ride

And climb the steeply winding stair

To find a maid with golden hair

Lying on a couch asleep,

Lost in dreaming long and deep,

And drop upon the tender lips

A kiss so pure the magic slips.

And, lo! — the eyelids flutter wide

And see a vision at her side:

A handsome Prince so near and nigh,

The maiden cannot help but sigh

And stretch out pleading hands to him

Who kissed her softly on a whim,

And thanking him with grateful smile,

Requests of him to stay a while.

The Prince proves better than a guest

And presses her against his breast;

Then carries her, swift as the wind,

Upon his horse across the land

To marble castle rising high

Against the purple morning sky.

And when she curtsies to the King,

The Queen presents her with a ring

And crown of jewels sparkling white —

Gifts of softly glowing light —

That bind her to her Prince’s life:

No more a maid! — but now, his wife!

Dawn Pisturino

April 25, 1987/February 10, 2022

Copyright 1987-2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


32 responses to “The Sleeping Beauty – a Poem

  1. Timothy Price says:

    Really sweet poem, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. abvr says:

    Beautifully arranged into poetry.

    I’m sure your daughter loved it

    Liked by 1 person

  3. wjwingrove97 says:

    wonderful ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Jane Aguiar says:

    A lovely poem, Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. You told her tale so well, it felt like this poem, was written centuries ago…Happily ever after and loved forever….The perfect ending ! Loved your style and everything about it!!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. KK says:

    A cute poem for your lovely daughter ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Oh gosh Dawn, how magically beautiful. Your imagery is fantastical and I adore it. I’m sure Ariel adores how you whipped up a poem to paint a beautiful picture of her new life! Great job momma Queen. ๐Ÿ‘ธ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ”ฎ

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  8. Michele Lee says:

    Love poem, Dawn. You are so talented and your daughter lucky to have you. ๐Ÿ’•

    Liked by 1 person

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  10. Killian13 says:

    Absolutely beautiful!

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  11. Chris says:

    A poem from a beautiful heart

    Liked by 1 person

  12. balladeer says:

    Those are great sentiments!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. JessC says:

    You paint a vivid picture, Dawn. As alwaysโ€ฆ

    Liked by 1 person

  14. A delightful poem Dawn, that captured the essence of a magical time… and also gave your daughter another reason, to love the story of Sleeping Beauty…!
    ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ–๏ธ

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  15. jonicaggiano says:

    Oh how very sweet and beautiful this dear poem about a wonderful tale that ends do beautifully. Your daughter must have been so pleased. What a blessing. Lovely writing. โค๏ธ๐Ÿค—

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