11 P. M.

Nicole Zelniker


The women look like pastries.
Their ball gowns puffs around their waists,
Frosted with lace and sequins.
The men eye them like hungry customers.

The prince wears white gloves, ready to sample.
By the time Cinderella appears in the doorway,
He’s ready for a whole meal.
She gives it to him willingly.



Nicole Zelniker is an editor researcher at The Conversation US. A creative writer as well as a journalist, she has had several pieces of poetry and short stories published. Nicole is also the author of Mixed, a non-fiction book about race and mixed-race families. Check out the rest of her work at nicolezelniker.com.