June 28, 2017

Dishwater Dreaming, By Debby Zigenis-Lowery

Dare I hope?
Steaming water reddens my hands,
Skin once white as apple blossoms
And smooth as velvet petals.

The prince has asked for a cake baked by me…
Did he see?
How could he see
Beyond this stinking
I wear?

Dare I hope
He has seen beneath this shaggy skin?
I rinse a heavy pewter cup,
Take up the next.

Once I caught the eye of a king.
I shudder.
How the thorns and branches of the wood
Tore at my face and hands
As I fled
My own

But this time it is a prince,
Young, winsome.
I rinse the last cup,
Dry them all quickly with
The rough,

I shall sneak into the orchard.
Aye, when I am done.
The apple trees are blooming,
Their petals will be just the thing
To transform these work-worn hands
To the hands of a queen.

Debby Zigenis-Lowery is a reteller of folktales, a historical fantasy novelist, and a poet. You can find her blogging at https://literatelives.wordpress.com/ or indulging in her favorite addiction at https://www.pinterest.com/debbyzig/.


  1. Dishwater Dreaming captured the lingering sting of the father's betrayal, the underlying yearning, and rising spark of hope that had not died, this was all done so well I was moved almost to tears. Thank you for sharing your amazing talent, Debby Zigenis-Lowery.