The captured maiden, monster, rescuing hero trope is as old as story telling. One common variation derived from European folk-lore has a princess and a dragon in the starring roles. This has become a fantasy cliche over the last few decades, eventually leading to creative alternate approaches, such as in the movie SHREK. I've written a couple of stories that play with the idea, and this poem, which I think takes an original approach. I hope you enjoy it.
Far from her home, sequestered in a cave
In dampness, gloom and foul lizard's filth
With golden chains that mock a kingdom's wealth,
She waits the coming of the knight or knave --
He shouts his dare. Could one so wild and brave
A princess as he would some low-born wench.
Is lance of knight or fang of worm to be
The one to test her vain virginity?
Then spies her knight, and prays the dragon wins.
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