Once in a kingdom
Once in a kingdom a long time away
An unpleasant ruler presided the throne.
His form was revolting, a hideous sight.
He feared he would spend his whole life all alone.
His manners were horrid, akin to a beast.
The staff of his castle lived always in fear.
For no one would dare gaze up into his face.
The beast of a king was known both far and near.
He stayed in the shadows of chambers unlit
In clothes like a pauper, all tattered and torn.
He always displayed his deep unhappiness,
And cursed out at God for the way he was born.
His land was in shambles, his subjects enraged,
His kingdom was failing, but he did not care.
For a meaningless life is all that he knew,
He was never shown joy because nobody dare.
Then in the night in the midst of a storm
His majesty rested in bed where he lie.
When at the front door came the sound of a knock
And the pleas of a lady beginning to cry.
Incensed was the King for disturbing his sleep,
His servants were hiding, their courage was daunt.
He stormed through the castle consumed with his rage,
Flung open the door and yelled, “What do you want?”
“Oh please,” the girl whimpered still shiv’ring and cold,
“I’m caught in the storm and I’m weary with fright.”
She stepped from the darkness and moved toward the door.
“If it’s not too much, may I please stay the night?”
The King was left speechless when he saw the girl,
Her beauty was stunning, a gorgeous young maid.
But puzzled he was at why she didn’t cringe
He asked in a soft tone, “Are you not afraid?”
“I’m sorry for calling at such a late hour,”
Her voice was quite charming, her spirit was kind.
“But I’m lost from my family because of the storm,
And I cannot find them, you see, I am blind.”
He opened his home and invited her in.
“Please, give me your hand and I’ll show you the way.”
Then he called to the servants, still trembling with fear,
“Please straighten the quarters where our guest will stay.”
The King was at ease ‘round his beautiful guest,
He’d never felt this way with people before.
He couldn’t believe he had found such a joy,
And deep down was hoping for something much more.
They strolled through the halls on the way to her room.
“Your castle seems lovely, I wish I could see
All the paintings and colors adorning the walls
I’d like it if you could describe it to me.”
“I’ve let it run down, now the beauty is gone.”
He hung his head low overcome with disgrace.
“I never saw reason to decorate walls
When every runs at the sight of my face.”
She caressed his hand with a soft, gentle squeeze.
“The people who fear you can’t possibly know
Your kind, caring manner,” she said with a smile.
“You’re warm and sincere, I am sure this is so.”
Once reaching her bedroom they shared an embrace.
“Your family we’ll search for upon the sunrise.
Then you and your family may live here with me.”
He then thanked God for giving him such a surprise.
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This is lovely--we should all be blessed with such blindness!
Lovely and heartwarming. A tale we all need to hear, Tim. Thanks for sharing it.
Very nicely done. Thanks for tossing the brick for us to comment on it, I loved how you gave this piece sight!