A Damsel Not in Distress
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
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