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Hopalong was a frog Who dreamed of a better life Dreaming of a kiss from a princess Who he could take for a wife Now, dreams don’t often come true But this was his lucky day It just so happened quite by chance That a princess just came his way The princess was being pestered By some bothersome dragonflies While she was trying to picnic Hopalong heard her loud cries Dragonflies, it has to be said Was this frogs favourite meal “I’ll get rid of those dragonflies” he said “For a kiss, do we have a deal?” The princess did hurriedly agree So Hopalong gobbled up every one It was only a matter of seconds Before every last one had gone “I’ll give you a kiss” said the princess “But, first give your mouth a good rinse” Hopalong did and then came the kiss And POW! he turned into a prince Now, you may think that the end of the story Sad to say, this was not the case Sure, the relationship bloomed for a while But, Hopalong just lacked the grace The king and queen were not happy They did not approve of his past Hated the fact he was once a frog The relationship was doomed not to last Meal times, they were the worst The posh nosh he grew to despise Oh! for such simple pleasures Like munching on small bugs and flies Then the arguments started Over their planned wedding day Hopalong invited his parents The princess alas said “no way” That was the final straw The relationship they decided to ditch Hopalong packed up his belongings And sought out the towns local witch The witch with her wrinkles and crinkles And warty skin and long nose Said “A prince wishing to become a frog?” “Well, it makes for a change, I suppose” The witch mixed up a strange potion That included some animal brain Hopalong took just the one gulp And POW! was a frog once again He thanked the witch and hopped off Back to the place of which he was fond Who needed to be a prince anyway? When he was already king of the pond Now, Hopalong is completely contended The happiest he’s been by far The moral is, it’s alright to dream But, be happy with just who you are ©Gary Wayne Hill, 2019

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