For my daughter:
Be your own fairy godmother.
Make your own magic.
Sparkle boots are just as good as glass slippers.
Don't drink so much that you lose your shoe.
Don't need a prince (or any man)
to have a happy ending.
A fractured candy cane lies submerged
in a mixture of muddy water, little girl slobber, and no doubt, her tears.
I feel her disappointment sticking to my boot.