Once upon a time
in a land far away
a beautiful, independent,
happened upon a frog as she sat,
contemplating ecological issues
on the shores of an unpolluted pond
in a verdant meadow near her castle.
The frog hopped into the princess’ lap
and said: Elegant Lady,
I was once a handsome prince,
until an evil witch cast a spell upon me.
One kiss from you, however,
and I will turn back
into the dapper, young prince that I am
and then, my sweet, we can marry
and set-up housekeeping in your castle
with my mother,
where you can prepare my meals,
clean my clothes, bear my children,
feel grateful and happy doing so.
as the princess dined sumptuously
on a repast of lightly sautÃ©ed frog legs
seasoned in a white wine
and onion cream sauce,
she chuckled and thought to herself:
I don’t fucking think so.