The sad thing about being a princess

Is that, nowadays,

The king has promised half his kingdom

To the income tax, instead of

To any poor young peasant

Who can make you laugh.

(Most only make you cry.)


Princes are all out

Doing good works or marrying beneath them

Or getting killed before they can come back to you.

The ivory tower is subject to rising reality

And dragons are protected by law.


The crowd outside the door

Looks hungrily at you

Instead of cheering

When you get into your coach.

All surprise parcels have to be opened

In case they explode your mind.

And you have to stop dancing at twelve

Because the band won’t do overtime.


Marble halls can be very lonely places

And wishing only makes the echoes louder.

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