Clementine and Cleopatra





In the middle of the sale

she fell dead asleep.

There was a chance of showers

so I let her rest – no toothbrush,

and now it’s noticed no umbrella,

just the set of new encyclopedias

on the coffee table

opened to the ‘C’s.


Perhaps a stepmother cruelly treated her,

forced her to sell to exhaustion –

now she naps –

a petite princess, maybe a 5 and a half,

looking magically submissive,

trusting her new customer

like one would a godmother,

and obviously the weather.


When she awakes I’ll introduce her

to my neighbor – a psych major – he’s her age,

single and has a foot fetish.

I’ll make sure she leaves

a navy pump in his room

so that he can find her right foot

and determine the dynamics

of her dysfunctional domicile.


I know he’ll fall in love –

he always does –

and perhaps marry our door-to-door coquette,

antagonize the stepsisters, get the books for free,

loan them to me until he needs them.

I want to finish the Cinderella story

and am looking forward to

Clementine and Cleopatra.



  1. A heck of a sneaky way to get access to the encyclopedias without paying anything. I think my sympathies here are with the lady in question; I’m a bit leery of anyone with any kind of a fetish. A well-told tale however.


  2. Craig,

    You have an agile mind and a pen that transcribes it
    with finesse. No toothbrush, and no umbrella…an
    innocent indeed! One can only hope the psych major
    will treat her kindly.

    Much enjoyed this, and looking forward to hearing of
    your further perusal of the C section (alphabetically



  3. Hi Craig

    This is so clever and interesting. I really like the interjection of the fairytale allusions in this piece and the idea of how the narrator is aiming or planning to play matchmaker. Details like “no toothbrush and no umbrella”
    and leaving out the “navy pump” as if this would lit to a perfect romantic fit with the psych major next door really enhance this intriguing scene and story line. The ending has great impact leaving the curiosity of the reader open to speculation as well as the narrator’s desire to see what happens, himself. So nicely done —
    I definitely enjoyed this piece.

    My best,


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