Friday, 5 October 2012

A Fairy Tale

There once was a powerful lord.
There’s nothing he couldn’t afford.
His daughter was fair as can be;
On that every man did agree.

The suitors lined up at their gate.
For hours, they’d patiently wait,
But Beauty would all of them shun
And say, “Of those men I’ll have none.”

The father came up with a plan
And said, “I will promise the man
Who woos and wins over my girl
A treasure befitting an earl.

He need not be wealthy or smart,
Or skillful in music or art.
He may not be handsome or tall–
Just someone for whom she will fall.

I’ll offer him diamonds and gold
I’ve earned from the stocks I have sold.
My daughter deserves a good man.
To help her, I’ll do what I can.

The daughter said, “Give me a break.
I can’t lead a life that is fake.
There won’t be a man in my life.
I’m leaving, and so is my wife.”

And that is the end of the tale.
The daughter, no doubt, did prevail.
Her father let out a big sigh:
“I guess there are things you can’t buy.”

© Vala Hafstad

Hong Kong tycoon seeks husband for lesbian daughter

Vala Hafstad lives in Minnesota. She writes humorous poems for children and, occasionally, their parents.