Xena And The Eel: A Poetic Retelling
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Xena And The Eel: A Poetic Retelling

This is my own twist on a Pacific Islander legend known as "Sina and the Eel."

Xena And The Eel: A Poetic Retelling

“I don’t love you at all water serpent,”

She said to the eel.

“Your eyes are those of a demon’s,

And you just aren’t lover material.”

“If I love you it will be untrue,”

She spoke with vehemence.

“I will go anywhere to get away from you

Even if I have to cross the ocean.”

“I think you’ve mistaken my kindness,”

She said with disgust in her eyes.

“For what you perceive as romance.

Oh I’d rather die!”

The eel became so angry but he spoke softly:

“Oh Xena you were so quick to speak

If you had loved me I would have made you wealthy

But now that I know of your animosity

I will change myself to my true beauty

I took on this appearance so I could see

What kind of heart you have in your body

It’s too late now for you unfortunately

For if you had agreed to love me,

You would have become my Queen

Therefore your physical beauty I shall erase

As payment for your unkind ways

Look into the river and see your face

Goodbye and suffer for the rest of your days.”

Xena looked into the river and screamed

Her face that was once so smooth and clean

Has now become wrinkled and warty

No matter how much she begged the King for mercy

He would not undo his deed.

So Xena lived and died alone and unmarried

While the King got himself a Queen and a family

Thus ends this retelling of

The Pacific Islander version of The Beauty and the Beast.

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