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The Queen

The source of the forest’s sadness,
such total darkness and drabness,
was found in the frown
just south of the crown
on the forest’s Royal Highness.

"Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself." Mohsin Hamid

Feelings long since forgotten were stirred,

then something amazing occurred.

Where her frown had been

there emerged a grin

from watching a fight so absurd.

Her grin remained only awhile

before growing into a smile.

Soon laughter burst out 

and echoed throughout 

the leaves of the trees for a mile.