I don't know how they found me.
I'm not sure I want to be found.
My mother taught me to stay away
From people from inside the town.
A girl my age I've never seen
And a man she clearly loves
Came to tell me my mother is dead
As quiet and nervous as doves.
I try to feel remorse
Or the normal feelings of grief.
But I hardly knew my mother;
And she didn't care about me.
All I recall from my 18 years
Is that mother left me alone.
She disappeared for weeks and months,
As if she had a second home.
The mirror tells me we look alike.
Black curls and sharp grey eyes.
But similarities linger there;
My gentle heart wears a disguise.
The girl is different - golden hair
Winds up around her feet.
I don't know what to make of her
Or the man with the look of a thief.
She gazes about as though she's spent
Her days in a single room.
She says my mother was hers as well
If what she's learned is true.
Her tale unfolds quite slowly
It's difficult to grasp,
But my mother's disappearances
Make so much sense I gasp.
The thing I remember most clearly
Is how she never aged.
When wrinkles showed she left me
And returned all young and gay.
Rapunzel tells me of her hair
And it all comes clear to me.
But I'm not agast at my mother's heart
Or her second life, hidden from me.
Flesh and blood meant nothing
To a woman heartless and cold.
All her effort was on herself.
Her means: a daughter of gold.
Several things are clear to this girl
As they now are clear to me.
Gothel traveled from Rapunzel's tower
In part to come and tend me.
The differences nearly end there;
We were treated nearly the same.
We both lost a happy childhood;
Embittered by Gothel's name.
Two daughters, both a secret.
One real and one a fake.
Two young women, yet to taste the world;
The truth revealed nearly too late.
I was the useless daughter;
She could gain nothing from me.
Rapunzel was her precious flower;
I, just part of the family tree.
She's off to her kingdom now
She gets married within the year.
A place in the palace she offered me,
But I think I'll stay out here.
She has her happy ending;
She and Eugene are set.
And I, Raven, can finally start
My own life, with no regret.