A Damsel Not in Distress

by B.J. Lee

A Damsel Not in Distress by B.J. Lee

A damsel locked inside a tower
sends down a note by string.
“Dear Knight, I need no rescuing
because, well, here’s the thing:

My cellmate is the coolest—
her hair is twelve feet long!
She lets me braid it while we talk
or sing a silly song.

The tower has a lovely view.
The dragon is quite tame.
If we get cold, he lights the stove
with one well-snorted flame.

It’s great to have no homework
and not a single chore!
We’ve been playing Knucklebones
while Dragon keeps the score.

My one complaint? The stone bed’s hard,
but still, I can unwind.
Please check back in on Monday, though,
in case I’ve changed my mind.”

  — B.J. Lee

From Spider: The Magazine for Children. Cricket Media. Reprinted by permission of the author.

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About the Author

B.J. Lee is a former music librarian at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee turned full-time author and poet. Her debut picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth, released last year with Pelican Publishing. She is an award-winning children’s poet with over 100 poems published/forthcoming in major anthologies by such publishers as Little, Brown, National Geographic, Bloomsbury, Penguin/DK, Eerdmans, Wordsong and Otter-Barry. Magazine credits include Spider, Highlights, and The School Magazine. She blogs at Today’s Little Ditty, where she is an authority on poetic forms.

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