But First You Must


Becca Menon





There’s always just

One more task,

Capricious, vast.


Soon you can rest,

But first you must

Live through just

One more test.

Can you gather enough

Dandelion fluff

For a bed to have stuffing,

Or level a hill

With a broken comb?


Soon you’ll go home,

But see, there is still

One more thing

That the wizard or king

Requires you fulfill —

And for love of the one

Whom he has said

That you may wed

When you are done,

No labor is too

Toilsome for you.


Weary, sore,

With each new chore ―

Random, unjust ―

You feel you’re more

Sure to fail.

But still, you try.


Dream or tale

Or life or art,

You have come to redeem

The friend of your heart.


But first you must










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