Happy Endings

Once upon a time there was a princess
and she sat around until some prince turned up to rescue her
and when he did
they both lived happily ever after

Once upon a time there was a poor girl
youngest sister to two other poor girls
and she went the hell out into the world
and found herself her own prince
which was fine with him because someone had turned him into a bear
and he found that very uncomfortable

Once upon a time there was a bear
living by itself in the forest
perfectly happy
and never turned into anything by anybody

Once upon a time there was a boy
who listened in awe as his Ph.D.-candidate older sister
deconstructed the first fairy tale in this poem
which she said was a bowdlerised version influenced by Disney
and not an accurate reflection of the oral tradition

And they lived happy
and died happy
and never drank out of a dry cappy

The end

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