Left Behind Sisters

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “The Villain Speaks”

For today’s prompt I want you to give a voice to a villain (fictional only please). What makes them so villainous? Do they feel justified in their villainy? Or perhaps, like in the Wicked Witch’s case, is there part of the story we may not have been told?
Please be sure to let us know the name of the villain and the story in which they appear in the process notes.

Born ugly, that’s what we were.
Next to us her beauty radiated,
even when she was dressed
in rags. She wasn’t the step-
sister, we were. Our mother
lived under his roof. Aloof,
he was, not a loving man–
except to her. Purred like a
little kitten, she did,
whenever he was around.
That ball was an escape
for one of us. Of course
we did not want her there,
with her golden hair. She could
have had anyone. Why did she have
to take away our prince. Since then,
things have not gone well
for us. She doesn’t care.
There she is in her castle,
and we are bitter old maids.

The stepsisters of Cinderella,
Anastasia, and Drizella,
by the Brothers Grimm. 

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About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are in the process of returning to New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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15 Responses to Left Behind Sisters

  1. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    Oh dear, I do find myself on their side after all!

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  2. I guess I never really thought about it, but your poem says it well–the father rarely showed any love for the stepsisters.

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  3. Marian says:

    Argh, hard to feel sympathy for these three… maybe a little.

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  4. Rommy Driks says:

    They do have grounds for a certain amount of resentment

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  5. whimsygizmo says:

    Ha! What a fun take! I just saw the “new” Cinderella this past week, for the first time. Loved it!

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  6. sanaarizvi says:

    I love this 😀 such a delightful write! ❤️

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  7. … many different versions, but here you at least feel a little sorry for them.

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  8. Pretty and nice wins in fairy tales…. It was good to hear the other point of view.

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