Once Upon A Time

Sickly sweet stories heard
too young to filter out the
unrelenting persiflage.
Tales full of perfect holidays
and rabbits in Armani suits.
A wealth of ingrained hokum
to be learnt and passed on.
Not the greatest but the lightest survive,
the dark filtered out
until one day a wall crashes down.
Not leaving a broken egg behind
but an illusion
That can’t be put together again.

With thanks to Wilf Kelleher Jones for the original inspiration of “hokum, persiflage and rabbit”.

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