Featured Post: The Price of Salt – Candice Louisa Daquin

This week featured on Whisper and the Roar. The prompt for the incredible book The Price of Salt (also known as Carol) by Patricia Highsmith. The original story is by The Brothers Grimm and is about a King who rejected his third daughter because when asked how much she valued him, she said as much as salt.

Brave & Reckless

The King, he didn’t approve
Of willful girls who refused
His games of spite and egotism
Her value of salt became a breaking point
Of banishment and shame piled on top
Had she said … Gold. I love you more than riches and pearls
I value you more than saffron and silk
He may have forgiven her trespass
But salt? So plain and unadorned
Like her as she stood before him, making her case
For some it takes an actuality to contemplate
The true worth
Something she’d always known
When he ate his meal and roared at the cook
What kind of muck do you call this ??
They owned they used, not a pinch of salt
Without taste, lacking all substance
He realized late
The value of her chosen condiment
For gold builds nothing and salt is life
She is gone now and he has only his former ire

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