When the princess

finally realized

she had always

had the key,

lo those many years

gone and wasted,

her heart grew hard

and she never loved again.




The princess realized

with relief

that she actually

had the key

to her own tower.

Happily, she unlocked it,

skipped all the way to town,

and married the first man

who could make her laugh.




The princess’s whole world

was a keyhole

she would often look through

to see the outside world,

all of the windows being too tall.

But it never occurred to her

to look for a key.