It said “Once upon a time”

 

I fingered the line

(transverse spelling by the syllables that matter)

on-and-on-a-rhyme

 

It followed

“The princess conceded”

but for me she was prim-and-abscessed

and jaded-my-way

because in the end

“The day faded away”

 

Slipping through my tongue

the sibilating primal spells

 

junks of aural lines

taken out

like teeth by forceps

 

forced

robbed

 

from tie to rhy

 

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