This is tale of the frog and the princess
an anecdote of charm that will capture your interest.
It has everything that a short story must
some mystery, intrigue, a conflict, and lust!
So my friends, let’s begin with the dame
the beautiful Queen’s daughter, of considerable fame
but alas, her passion for garlic and herbs
had taken it’s toll on her romantic Hors D’deurves
One day, as she wandered, through the wood, by the brook,
she noticed a frog, who was reading a book,
and as it’s well known that frogs cannot read
she assumed he was the product of some evil deed;
perhaps an old hag had met up with a prince
and transformed him to frogness, where he’d been ever since.
Therefore it followed (as we’re being so logical)
that only a kiss could break off this spell!
So Princess Beatrice sat down by the water
and kicked off the shoes that her mother had bought her.
She turned to the frog, and said in a wisp,
“Hi, I’m the Princess, do you fancy a kiss ?”
“No!” said the frog, “so please go away,
you’re an unwelcome blip, on a quite wonderful day.
I’ve come here to read because I’m not a dimbo,
and the last thing I want is a snog with a bimbo!”
“Excuse me!” said the princess, “but I object to your tone,
that kind of rudeness I just will not condone.
You may be twisted and bitter from your life in this bog,
but if you won’t let me kiss you you’ll stay as a frog!”
“Well pardon me for breathing,” said the eloquent toad,
but into your fantasy I will not be bestowed.
Like you I’m a being in my own right,
and for basic frog privileges I will put up a fight.
Besides,” said the frog, “I am not convinced,
that I would be happier transformed to a prince.”
“But..” said poor Beatrice, “I don’t think you see..
I’m a beautiful Princess, don’t you.. fancy me ?
I’m a woman of beauty, and will be Queen of this land,
I can’t marry a frog… you do understand ?”
“No,” said the frog, “I’m afraid you’re sadly mislead,
if you think that you’re partner must be the same size in bed.
Think for a moment; why should it be,
that a princess can’t marry a frog such as me ?
You should look for a partner who has wit, brains and charm
these are fine frog qualities and can do no harm.
It doesn’t say much for young lady these days
if she looks for her partner through a hormonal haze.”
“No, no!” said the princess, “this just isn’t right,
this isn’t what happened to my good friend snow white
she ended up with a real hunk of a bloke
and no one told her that she shouldn’t have spoke!”
“Ah!” Said the Frog, “but that was back in the days
when prize winning Authors thought women were slaves
and believed that all women wanted in life
was to be chained to the Kitchen like a dutiful wife.”
“So, who,” she enquired, “is writing our lines ?
Because who ever it is will get a piece of my mind!”
The frog smiled slyly and leafed through his book
aware that the princess was having a look.
“It’s a brilliant young author, called Peter A Jones.
World Famous in fairy land, for his dark undertones.
He’s a genius really, although still in his prime -
some argue that he should have stuck with his rhyme,
but he’s written much more of incredible interest
and I’m his favourite character ‘cos I like him the best.”
“And.. what’s he look like ? ..this Author you speak of,
is he short green and bald, with only one tooth ?”
“Oh no!” said the Frog, “he’s quite a tall chap,
the girlie long hair is a bit of a handicap.
But he owes his complexion to a diet of beer,
you should have seen what happened at Swanwick last year.”
“I see,” said the princess, “well thanks for the small talk,
but I’ve got to go now, to er.. finish my walk.”
“Hey!” Said the frog, “you can’t leave me here,
I thought we’d get married and live by the pier ?!”
“You’ve gotta be joking,” said Princess in haste
“I’ve got an author to find and there’s no time to waste.”
The moral my friends, is that when writing in rhyme
don’t take it too seriously, have a good time.
Because as all authors know, the words you may mince
but it’s incredibly satisfying to cast yourself as the prince.