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Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary by Jane Yolen

Beauty and the Beast: An Anniversary

by Jane Yolen (from her book, The Faery Flag, 1989)


It is winter now,

and the roses are blooming again,

their petals bright against the snow.

My father died last April;

my sisters no longer write,

except at the turning of the year,

content with their fine houses

and their grandchildren.

Beast and I

putter in the gardens

and walk slowly on the forest paths.

He is graying around the muzzle

and I have silver combs

to match my hair.

I have no regrets.

None.

Though sometimes I do wonder

what sounds children

might have made

running across the marble halls,

swinging from the birches

over the roses

in the snow.





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