“Happily Ever After” – A Poem by Jill Ocone

The little, pigtailed girl

In the pink gingham dress

With shiny black


Mary Janes

Bordered by lace-cuffed

White socks

Twirls on the playground

And skips along the sidewalk

As she drags her jump rope

Behind her

In the slanted sunshine.


She believes in pure goodness

And yearns for acceptance

And collects little trinkets

And loves to write…

Oh, how she loves to write.


Once upon

A long time ago,

Yesterday and

Today and


She faded away.


Where are you,

Little girl?


Come out and play.


Bring your heart of gold

And your untarnished innocence

And your rainbow-filled dreams

And your pink flowered bicycle

With the handlebar streamers

And play.


Come out and play


And live






I wrote this today and thought I’d share. Thanks for joining me on my journey. I’m glad you’re here.

With gratitude,


“Happily Ever After” by Jill Ocone, Copyright 2019 – Jill Ocone“Happily Ever After” was first posted on jillocone.com on November 4, 2019. All rights reserved. Please contact the writer for publication, licensing/reproduction/reposting rights by email at jillocone@gmail.com.

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