On paper
About this Snow White thing.
You know – a mop, true empathy
and hair as black as coal, etcetera.
I could blame Oprah and, I quote,
You’ve got to learn to love yourself.
Those seven little bastards didn’t help.
But the truth I realise
(and so should all you Princes) is,
in 25 per cent of cases,
being a fairy-tale chick will
result in weirdness and when that happens.
Well. Best left in our glass coffins or what.

Mhairi Owens recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of St Andrews. She tutors in Creative Writing there and is Scottish Languages Editor for The Scores. Her work has been published or is pending in several places, including The Glasgow Review of Books and The Rialto