Ruthless Rufus ruled the land
With iron fist and sleight of hand
And all the people shook with fear
Whenever Rufus came quite near.
And deep within the castle walls
Amongst the fine and splendid halls
The servants they all shook the most.
And on the day cook burnt his toast
They shook so much with knees a knocking
The castle started gently rocking.
And suddenly with great surprise
Before the servant’s very eyes
The castle roof came crashing down
The noise was heard all over town.
And for a minute no-one quivered
Trembled, shuddered, shook or shivered
For they knew they were in trouble
Not only was the roof in rubble.
But it landed in a heap
On top of Rufus fast asleep
The King went red then purple too
And finally his temper blew.
And flicking tiles from his head
Sat up and shouted from his bed
“Where’s my roof, it isn’t right
For when I go to sleep at night
I don’t expect to be awoken
By a tonne of tiles broken.
I demand to know the truth
Of why I have no castle roof.”
With that there was a lightning flash
A puff of smoke, a thunder crash
And out of nowhere, very weird,
A wizened wizard just appeared.
With pointy hat upon his head
He glared upon the king in bed.
King Rufus you should be ashamed
The Wizard said, For you’re to blame
It is by being very ruthless
You have ended up now roofless.
By fear you made your people shake
And caused the earth around to quake
You’re lucky that your castle wall
Didn’t wobble, shake and fall.
From that day forth the good King Rufus
Promised not to be so ruthless
And so to stop his people shaking
Rufus started merry-making.
A laugh, a joke, a happy tale
And in the castle all was well.
But just in case and every night
As he switched off his bedside light
Recalling what the wizard said
King Rufus slept beneath his bed