long after the king had thrown his feathers into the air

long after the three boys had decided to settle their affairs

the queen appeared in the form of a toad

green and wet and slippery

and she laid down the law

in the form of a great carpet

inscribed upon which was  a mazy marking

the center of which was a great tree

from which grew a beautiful wish fulfilling jewel

like crystal water that flowed into the air

and fell to the earth like the webs of a spider

made of snow

and from the roots of the tree

which spread out into the four directions

four mice scattered toward the sun

which sunk below the western horizon

and as the night settled over the land

and all the people found their rest at last

the heart of the king beat its last

and the queen had finally found surrender.


via Daily Prompt: Quartet

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