Margaret Donovan Bauer: Cinderella's First Ball Gown

I always preferred
the one she made herself
over the one her fairy godmother gave her.

Any prince worth his salt would too,
but Prince Charming never got to see that one,
Her jealous stepsisters ripping out

The lace and beads she borrowed
To create a dress for the ball.
They too knew that homemade

Beats store bought to any prince
worth his salt.


Cindeella sitting by fire facing left