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Rapunzel

I have sat in this tower
so endlessly long
hoping the prince
would have finally gone,

but he stands on the ground
a mile far down there
and is shouting Rapunzel
O let down your hair.

My mother and father
soon join in the call ,
o come now dear daughter
there's no ladder at all.

But I really believe
that I'd rather be dead
than climb down this morning
and tomorrow be wed

I can see him a speck
there far down below,
he's as tall and as dainty
as the maidens I know,

So I'll sit here forever
until he has gone
but climb down I'll never
though the wait will be long.

Soon it was dark
and they all went to bed,
and I thought its my chance
to escape being wed.

So I threw down the ladder
and climbed down real fast,
but though it was hard
I was down in a blast.

Some might have thought,
why not use my long hair
but the pain that it brought
would be dreadful to bear.

Down on the ground
was no guard that could stop
for they were building a ladder
to climb to the top.

So I silently sneaked
through the garden and gate,
and went to the pet shop
which was open quite late.

and I bought there a pet
which had hatched in the night,
so I took it back home
and waited for light.

Now as everyone knows
in every fairytale since,
when a frog is kissed
it turns to a prince.

So tell me what happens
if my reasoning is right
and I kiss a small dragon
which hatched in the night.

Will it turn to a monster
with claw and with wing?
will it be very hungry
and eat anything?

Will it turn to a creature
with great appetite
to eat every prince
that it gets into sight.

O I thought and I wondered
what will be the change
there's so many monsters
so endless the range.

But whatever the thing
that it turned out to be
it would sure solve my problem
and eat somebody.

But in the morning
when dawn and the light,
I kissed the small dragon
but I wasn't quite right.

No monster appeared
with claw and with wing,
though he had quite sharp teeth
it turned to a king.

I was quite amazed
so I asked him his name
and he grinned real polite
and he said it was flame.

So I had now a choice
between three I could make,
the tower, the king
or the prince (not awake).

So after I thought
for an hour or two
I said to the king
I think I'll choose you.

And he grinned with sharp teeth
and a small spark leapt out,
for he was once a dragon
but no one found out.
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