High atop a sand dune
in a land far away
stands a piano it’s said that if you play
will grant you four wishes
yes four, not only three;
courage, joy, compassion and integrity.
Once there was a boy
who was bullied every day
who heard of the piano in a land far away
and on those nights when he
cried himself to sleep
he made a vow to go there, a vow that he must keep.
He swam the deepest oceans
and climbed the highest peaks
for he was told that if you try you’ll find that which you seek.
He crossed the harshest jungles
and froze in arctic chills
and through it all his one true goal – to find those sandy hills.
In the mornings when he woke up
from his exotic dreams
the world went back to normal with its bullying schemes.
He knew it was a fairytale
but held on to his dream
high atop a sandy dune, a piano let him believe.
This turned into something I didn’t expect, as it started with an Aladdin kind of image (the piano in the desert – image has been removed since this poem was written), but even though not properly a fairy-tale as requested by the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads prompt for the day ‘Go Grimm‘ I will enter it there… Because even if the original Grimm stories were often made up to set examples and even scare children into behaving, fairy tales have also traditionally been a refuge for many children who are going through difficult times. I hope the Toads can forgive me for taking this liberty.