In Which Rumplestiltskin Wins On Appeal

The story is in Grimm’s ancient tome

Of the girl who wove rank straw into gold

And bamboozled the evil, gnarled gnome

Using subterfuge both cunning and bold.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

 

Rumplestiltskin did not concede defeat,

Rightly convinced that a deal is a deal;

Filings and pleadings were finally complete;

The circuit court took the case on appeal.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

 

The panel’s judgment was swift and direct;

The contract valid, the lower court erred.

The injured party can rightly expect

Full payment plus damages, we’ve concurred.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

 

As bailiff took heir and inheritance,

Leaving less than nil to be sold or pawned,

The king’s angry glares gave full evidence

The scapegoat would be common-born and blonde.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

 

There was no chance that she could be returned

To her former home and life in the woods

The miller’s daughter, derided and spurned:

She’s still a beauty, but she’s damaged goods.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

 

A hotel in Amsterdam’s red-light tract

The weaver-cum-princess is on the game.

She still works under an implied contract;

The terms, however, are not quite the same.

 

Sing of cold tea in Styrofoam

Rude brown bread, dry without butter;

There’s no carriage or castle home

For the princess in the gutter.

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