For some are not what they appear,
And can prove to be a danger to avoid.
This happened once to a young prince,
Who was so obnoxious and rude,
That he insulted,
What he thought was a servant,
Only to learn that the man was in reality,
A great and powerful sorcerer.
To teach the prince a lesson,
The sorcerer turned him into a beady little fly.
At first the prince hated his situation,
But as he flew around and spied on the court,
He learned secrets and whispers normally kept from him.
It was enjoyable,
Until he overheard what everyone thought of him.
One serving girl mentioned his manners.
One head chef mentioned his bad habits.
His own mother and father, the Queen and King,
Ranted about his attitude and accomplishments.
He suddenly felt very humble,
And went to the sorcerer to beg for him to turn him back.
When he got to the old man’s house,
He learnt that the master of magic had died,
Leaving him trapped forever.
He flew around,
Sobbing to himself,
He cried to his mother but she just batted him,
Only hearing the noise of a fly.
From flying so much,
He grew tired,
And fell out of the sky and into the palace stream.
A large salmon swam through the water,
And snapped the prince up whole.
Opened his eyes,
To find himself swimming and not flying.
He had turned into the fish that ate him.
He didn’t realise that his joy would be short lived,
As he was hooked and caught,
Dragged out of the stream suffocating,
And put into the bucket,
And taken up to the palace kitchens.
The head chef grilled him upon a fire,
And served him to the Queen and Kings guests.
The roasted fish,
Was put right in front of the most horrible noble,
In all the land.
The noble ate every last piece,
Again, something magical happened.
Opened his eyes,
To find himself dining not swimming, nor flying.
He looked into a goblet and saw his reflection.
He began to cry,
For he had been given a second chance,
And at that moment jumped up,
Hugged his mother and father,
Which seemed rather odd,
And dashed out of the hall.
The prince used his new life to be a better person,
He was no longer entitled,
But what he had he made the most of,
And brought such a change to the people who served him,
That they adored and loved him,
And mourned greatly upon his eventual, natural death.