Once a vessel ventured around
from the North into Mildford Sound,
transporting an escaping Prince,
for no passioned plea would evince.
His stepfather, King Tasman ruled
by fear, but his subjects weren’t fooled.
Meanwhile, a Fairy blessed the sky
with a touch that could purify;
Te Anau Timaru reigned over
Zealand’s forest full of clover.
Through her hypnotic sacred song,
she enticed awe, as time grew long.
Divine dragonflies were entranced,
while bedazzled butterflies danced.
From the Eastern coast they traversed,
flying South as she sang her verse.
Later, they came upon a grove.
There, they would frequent Karmic Kove;
where, in the mists of Fairy Falls,
her fluttering friends, in the thralls,
began to metamorphosize,
changing to fairy-butterflies.
Now, guardians of sanctity,
they preserve the fall’s alchemy.
Soon, Prince Tasman had the same view
of falls frolicked by Te Anau.
Then, proceeding beyond, he dove
and swam through that mystical cove,
whereupon, in the still, up stream,
he noticed a reflection’s gleam.
Looking up, his enchanted eyes
met Te Anau’s with heavy sighs.
Mesmerized, he whispered a wish
to be by her side. Then, vanish!!
In a moment, within their stare,
he was suddenly standing there.
Next, Te Anau slyly exclaimed:
he had two wishes, which remained.
Amazed at this new found surprise,
the proud Prince pondered to be wise.
He could now be King, yet instead,
wished Te Anau and he would wed.
With this second wish granted
Te Anau coyishly canted:
A dutiful wife she would be,
but her whole heart did not agree.
With one wish left, he was spellbound
as he chose heart over the crown.
Unaware that he was beguiled,
Te Anau engagingly smiled,
for unbeknownst to him was fated;
A wish in the wings still waited.
© Justin R. Hart
Excerpt from the book “Down The Rabbit Hole”
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