Dancing Princess Turns Into Stone Queen -- Part 9
And just when all seems lost, the key
Clicks in the lock and opens the forbidden door.
All the darkness and stench of the world
Jump at her and suck her inside.
Her feline eyes see in the dark.
There’s an unsealed coffin on some planks.
The lid has been removed.
She trembles and stumbles in the dark,
And when she is near enough, she covers
Her mouth and opens her eyes wide in a wild,
Piercing, soundless cry.
Her prince is lying there.
As handsome as ever; yet no longer
Dancing and laughing. She covers his smooth
Brow with everlasting kisses. His full lips
Are pressed into a sad line.
He, the prince of all the dances, frozen
Into the baffling stillness of death.
He himself dreams of his cruel lot
In a stupor of disbelief.