The Good Fairy

Let the good fairy scatter stardust
not on the naturally beautiful
but on the paler ones, who just
are merciful and dutiful.

Let them, for once, share in the glamour,
have just a little of the stain —
press of celebrity and clamour —
these decent ones, the simply plain.

Those who have easy beauty take
for granted fame’s broad glittering spans;
how much more generous to make
some pleasure, then, for also-rans.

Let them have stardust — just a little;
it’s still sufficient recompense
for being plainspoken, stubborn, brittle,
over-endowed with common-sense.

D. A. Prince

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