I preferred him as the Beast
as a giant predatory cat in a lace ruff and flowing cloak
moving with silent animal grace
through his enchanted lair.
When the enchantment broke
he was ordinary
remade in the image of a man
the story taught us to despise
instead of regaining his true form.
What did the Beast really look like before that fateful day when his arrogance led him to be unkind to an old woman he perceived as ugly?
The old woman cursed him, causing his appearance to match what was in his heart,
changing him in a heartbeat from a handsome prince into a beast.
maybe she overreacted just a bit.
or maybe not.
Who can say how the prince would have turned out without such a severe reality check
Maybe it was the best thing for him
Maybe a new face was an act of kindness, a fresh start
It would be comely container for a comely spirit
I still preferred him as the Beast