Emma Florence Harrison
Rapunzel: I Like the Quiet
"Solitude my solace, wrapped around me
like layers of golden hair. Stacks of books
and I can sing as loud as I please all day
In sleep I kick and snore, during the day,
in eating nothing but radishes and lime leaf tea.
Who says I need a partner to dance? Here
in this tower I am mistress of all; the reindeer,
the knight’s armor teetering in the corner,
various discarded disguises, crowns,
crumbs and bones. Will you rescue me?
What kingdom will replace my bounty
of leisure, what tether of care and nurture
do you wish to rope my neck with?"
- Jeannine Hall Gailey
*As a sidenote, and to perhaps indicate that this concept of a happy, single woman is hard for illustrators at least to imagine-it's difficult to find images of Rapunzel alone and content. She is generally with the prince or witch, or letting down her hair and/or looking longingly out the window. There's also this one by Frank Cadogan Cowper, but it's, um, not the most flattering face?