This poem is part of a series in which I explore old poetry from my school years. The poems capture the same essence as the original with some updated wording and imagery. 

It happened once upon a time

In lands so far away

Beginning with our handsome prince

As night defeats the day

In the very highest tower

From the highest window

The White Prince gazed out on the land

And saw but just one glow

A peasant girl lit a candle

One single glowing light

She placed it inside her window

Illuminating night

She whispered gently to the night

“May tonight the prince gaze

Upon my window with its light

And may his spirits raise”

Each night the prince would go up to

His tower so to see

The single light within the dark

And made a single plea

“Oh may the one who this night lit

The single gleaming light

Find peace and comfort in her dreams

And may her day be bright”

And every night the peasant longed

To meet the price, her love

She made a plan to meet the prince

In his tower up above

One night the prince went to the tower

And gazed upon the land

Yet he saw not the single light

But what the girl had planned

A thousand lights gleamed in the night

To form a single way

That led from the prince’s castle

To forests far away

The prince climbed from the lofty tower

And the path did follow

Through the city and out the gate

To a forest hollow

In the clearing he found the girl

Circled by candle light

He smiled at her, she smiled at him

His heart filled with delight

The prince went to the peasant girl

In his arms he took her

And with a sweet and gentle kiss

Her emotions he did stir

And in the tower they did wed

Within a ring of light

Happily ever after they

Lived, saying every night

“May tonight my belovéd prince gaze

Upon my candle’s light

May his spirits ever be raised

In his dreams each night”

“May the one who this night lit

The single gleaming light

Find peace and comfort in her dreams

And may her day be bright”