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a hint

by Kristina Woodhill

i sense you are the princess
from The Princess and The Pea
a hint are all the mattresses
you pile dramatically, as though
each layer draws attention
to discomfiture and to the royal
aura in the feint as pain you flee;
i'd help with all the lifting and the
fluffing of the down, the ladder
i could yet extend, or hold your
trailing gown, or (I know you'll
think I'm simple, but I do think
simple-ly) you could try a simple
tactic by extracting that small
pea

08/06/2009

Author's Note: edit, 8/10/10

Posted on 08/06/2009
Copyright © 2020 Kristina Woodhill

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 08/06/09 at 05:11 PM

This one definately gives a chuckle. I like your simple solutions. Thanks for sharing this simple poem of wisdom. Well worth the read.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 08/06/09 at 06:33 PM

I like "discomfiture"....and wonder why is it we ignore doing the obvious...I guess the "pea" make a great pity-party, eh? Like life, like life...

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/06/09 at 06:39 PM

This is a keep-it-on-the-desk poem! I'm printing it out now ;D

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 08/06/09 at 06:41 PM

*I think there's just nothing you cannot do, Ms Woodhill... you pour radiance into everything you write!

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/06/09 at 09:03 PM

...kristina, i read this and grinned as i had to go buy some marajuana, then when i sat back down several peeps had already enjoyed this little embracement of humour...a monument to wit.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 08/06/09 at 09:05 PM

...on my comment, please insert nahahahahahahaha right after marajuana, it was a yuk, yuk.

Posted by Glenn Currier on 08/07/09 at 06:17 PM

What a great poem. I had to run in to the living room and ask my wife (former elementary school librarian) to tell me the story. When she did, it made the meaning of your poem fill up a bit more my sleep-deprived brain. Maybe that's why I couldn't sleep. I shall go find that damnable pea. Good advice for us "mature" adults. :-)

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 08/08/09 at 12:47 AM

Hahaha! Love the ironic humor!

Posted by Christel Crews on 08/11/09 at 03:09 AM

oh, the answer is always staring us in the face, isn't it? sometimes the simple solutions are the best! thank you for this delightful piece!

Posted by Laura Doom on 08/12/09 at 11:26 PM

I guess when someone needs a pea, there's no stopping them? Diligently laid out bedroom furnishings with an intuitively placed accessory to complement your wry observation.

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