Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – “Opposites Attract, or Do They?”  (posted by Lillian) Posting this on Open Link Night, as I was too late for the prompt.

The literary device of “antithesis” places two opposite ideas together in a sentence for example, to achieve a contrasting effect. One of the greatest examples of antithesis, in my opinion, comes in the opening of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. 

So today, I give you wide latitude in how you use the literary device of antithesis / opposites. Write one poem that includes words that have opposite meanings. OR write two short poems about one event: each written from a different perspective or voice. OR take a well known nursery rhyme or parable and rewrite it in the opposite. Be humorous OR serious (two opposites there!). Instead of There was an old woman who lived in a shoe, make it a man!


She was never grateful, hateful to
myself and her step-sisters who gave
her a home. She yearned to roam,
acquire riches, called us poor
bitches.  Naturally, she beamed
at the news.

Announcement of a grand
ball to be hosted by the prince,
seeking his princess. We were
all aflutter, while GrimmaBella
plotted and schemed to be noticed
by the prince. She wanted out.
Draped herself in finery stolen
from her godmother. Even threw
water at us, so she could arrive
first. Such a thirst could never
be quenched. GrimmerBella knew
well her own beauty, and the
contrast to her plainer step-sisters.

She made her entrance, flirted,
and danced with the prince.
We arrived to find a distracted
prince, seeming to look everywhere
but at GrimmerBella. He glanced
our way, instantly drawn to my
middle daughter, Honella.  Simply
shy, with a quick smile, I could
see she touched his heart. GrimmerBella
fumed, stamped her feet breaking
one of those ridiculous glass shoes
she wore. All in vain. Next day,
an engagement was announced between
the prince and my sweet Honella.
Mortified, GrimmerBella called
a coach and disappeared from our
village. Rumor has it, she became
a recluse, madly waving a wand
about. Her life was one of misery.

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 now back in 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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24 Responses to GrimmerBella

  1. rothpoetry says:

    Love your fairy tale recreations.


  2. Cinderella by any other name can always find a home in my heart. I fall all over them and swoon. This was no different…why not the shy one for the prince..why not Amelie riding her scooter all over Paris with the prince who captured the repairman’s pictures in an album and they both thought him a god who designed their fate…it’s all fabulous, it’s all fun, it’s all the movies and sometimes in real life! Loved it!

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  3. Grimmabella! Love this retelling of the fairytale–and the mad wand-waving at the end. It’s time to humanize our fairytale heroes and villains–no one is perfectly evil or wickedly perfect. 😊

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  4. Ha.. what a wonderful retelling of a story so different… she could have been an attention seeking person like that… probably depends who tell the story,

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  5. annell4 says:

    I like your perspective.

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  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice twist on that fairy tale.


  7. Grace says:

    Nice twist and perspective to the famous Cinderella story ~ Never thought of her in this ungrateful and bratty light ~ Have a good summer ~

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  8. Jo says:

    What a fun read!

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  9. MYRNA ZACH says:

    probably poor toilet training


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  10. Colin Lee says:

    HAHAHAHA … Yep! This sounds much more realistic than having a prince running round the country spreading athlete’s foot fungus to every female citizen.

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