Namaste from India! As Aladdin is hitting our screens, here’s something I wrote several years ago…
The Genie and the Lamp
“You have three wishes!” he proclaimed.
“I’ll grand your heart’s desire!”
“I want to fall in love!” I said,
“I want to feel on fire!”
Lo and behold, I fell too quick
And soon became obsessed.
With somebody who failed to be as
And so I called my genie friend,
And told him that, instead,
My ideal guy should think I was
The best thing since sliced bread.
Hey presto! Such a man appeared
To brighten up the dark.
But still, behind those starry eyes,
I couldn’t feel that spark.
I called my genie back, with “You know
Full well what I mean!
I want to fall head over heels
With someone just as keen!”
The genie smirked, and magicked up
The lover of my life.
And we were living fairy tales
Until I met his wife.
I shouted for my genie.
I cried. I cursed my fate.
I said, “I want another wish!”
But he said, “It’s too late.”
© Joanna Rubery 2017