SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT...

“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Poem For Today Dabney Stuart

"Hidden Meanings"

Both Hansel and Jack hated their mothers:


Jack sold the old cow


so she threw his seeds away;


Hansel let his feel his fingers a lot


and then stuffed her in the oven.


Their fathers were troublesome, too:


one was a wimp willing to sacrifice


his children; the other was so big


he had to be cut down, stalk first.


We know nothing about Rumplestiltskin's


parents, but he played by himself in the woods


and when he couldn't get a baby by proxy


stuck his wooden leg through the floor.


The two boys finally got rich, like Cinderella,


but beyond that the ends are obscure.


Maybe they entered life, and found it to be


its own magic fable, as consequential


as any Snow White Blood Red,


and on the surface, true.



by Dabney Stuart (b.1937)


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