A plea once went out to a kingdom
from a tired king with a strange mystery
Of daughters with ruined dancing shoes
every morning when they awoke.
No matter what the poor king did:
locking the doors, baring the windows,
each morning when he left them out
worn out shoes scattered the floors
So the king finally called for help
from every man in his wide kingdom
and said to each, if they solved the mystery
a daughter they could choose to marry.
But as the weeks passed and nothing was found
the king lost his temper and men lost their heads
and the girls smiled as they went to their beds
knowing their secret was safe.
Until a young man went walking passed
and heard whispers of the kings problem.
So up he headed towards the castle
despise the whispers of men not coming back.
The first night he was watching them
a girl gave him a drink
and smiled as his eyes gently closed
before slipping off with her sisters
The next night he pretended to sleep
and watch the girls run off,
before following them to a secret room
where they dance the night away.
On the third night he followed them
he stole a leave and a goblet from the room
and hurried back towards his bed
before the daughters come back.
When he presented his finds the next morning
the king smiled and breathed in relief
and told the man to choose a wife
in thanks of finding the truth.
But the man just laughed and shook his head
not wanting to marry anyone-
for all twelve girls thought more of their dancing
than the men put to death for their secret.