We hold the tale of fairies
To be quite the bedtime stories.
But have we ever heard of how they came to be?
What if we only had a tiny taste of the true cup of tea?
How did the Ugly Duckling get in a nest of ducks?
And how did a nest of ducks get hold of the Ugly Duckling’s egg?
His mother was the regal princess of swans
A kind swan caught up in her parent’s greedy war
With feathers of snow
And eyes of sapphire blue,
She was a true beauty to behold.
She fell in love with the enemy swan’s prince.
A kind swan caught up in his parent’s bloody war
With feathers of ebony dark nights
And black eyes of obsidian stone
He was a true beauty to behold.
It wasn’t long before the princess swan became
Gifted with life itself.
And afraid for their darling unhatched duckling to be killed
In their parents’ greedy and bloody war
They set off to find another swan to take care of their own
But as they flew high in the air,
Wind whooshing under their wings,
And the sun beating on their backs,
A cry rang out…
A hunter swan had grabbed the neck of the prince.
Only night’s dark feathers on the ground
Were what remained of him.
Fearing for her unhatched hatchling,
The princess swan spotted a nest filled with
Four eggs belonging to a quacking duck.
And before both families saw,
And before another cry rang out
-silencing life forevermore-
The princess swan was able to gift
A duck’s nest with just an over large egg.
An over large egg who would later become
The Ugly Duckling.