Princess Abby and the River of Tears
A poem about a Princess who knows the worth of her own inner beauty.
In a crystal palace, on a crystal hill, lived a princess named Abby and a king named Bill.
Princess Abby was not what you’d call a great beauty. But to find her a husband was King Bill’s duty.
He scoured the land for a suitable suitor; Even placed a small ad in The Weekly Intruder.
Not a single fine prince, nor even a bum, came calling to marry the princess: not one.
King Bill, how he fretted. And the princess, she fumed. She was sure she’d get married. She’d always assumed
that people looked deeper than just on the surface. She never knew people could be cruel on purpose.
So she went to her window and announced to the land that no man was worthy of asking her hand.
For no man was willing to swallow his pride, to look deeper than looks; to look deep inside.
And then Princess Abby did a curious thing. She stared at the sky and she started to sing.
Her voice was so lovely, the sky was reborn. She sang until dusk and she cried until morn.
And her tears formed a river made purely of magic. But the town soon found out that the river was tragic.
It washed off their beauty and ruined their faces, because all their hearts were not in the right places.
So now all the people who’d bathed in its sin turned as ugly outside as they were within.
And sweet Princess Abby was the only one left whose beauty was envied because of its depth.
Copyright Arden Davidson, 2019
Illustration created with elements from Pixabay.
1. What do you think “beautiful” means?
2. Who has the most beauty out of everyone you know? Why?
3. Now think of someone that you don’t think is beautiful. Can you still think of something beautiful about them? What is it?
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