If you don’t have fairy tales, how do you live?
The Miller’s Youngest Son answers the riddles.
The Serving Girl rises from the Cinders
to marry the Prince. If you give a cup
of cold water to the woman at the well
you will receive a jeweled reward. If you don’t,
you will spit serpents for the rest of your life.
If the odds are against you, you will win—
the youngest, the fool, the poorest, outcast,
the least likely to succeed. Isn’t it
what you want to believe, you, who like me
are all those things and more? If you finish
the witch’s tasks and don’t ask for answers,
she will give you all the light you need.