A Grimm’s Fairytales book from the Kids section in the Carnegie Library

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: November 09, 2018

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Officers called in to respond to a report of a reed-thin 3yr-old girl, knocking on other apartment doors to ask for food, her parents not home—too busy with unprescribed prescriptions. Lilly laughs about the glass slipper popping off the mangy toes of the two step-sisters, despite their best efforts to get it to fit, and jealously drools over the mounds of candy and deserts that Hansel & Gretel get to eat at the old-maiden’s house, undeterred by the stories witchy, cannibalistic twist from one day wishing to live in a house made of gingerbread, gumdrops, and icing. I leave out the original versions, where the step-sisters chop off their toes in a desperate attempt to slim their way down to a gory glory, only to learn that an unstained glass slipper won’t fit a crooked soul; the diamond frosted glass reflecting their distorted, snarling faces; or about the fresh, hot, steaming Hansel & Gretel meat pies served up by a haggard witch somewhere in the Black-Forest in Germany. She twirls & dances around in imperfect, oblong circles—her long, snow-blond locks trailing in a winter stream behind her; her small, slim frame & paler reflecting light back up at me from beneath ice-blue eyes, stained with the occasional darker streaks of the past. My mother saying she’ll be living with us for a couple of months. Little girls from dilapidated buildings in McKeesport deserve fairytales where an emotionally & physically abused hand-maiden can become a queen, & two children could outwit the Wicked Witch of Western Society, trying to eat them alive. I never her want her to fully understand the tainted definitions of the words class, sex, race, or impossible; outside of the words life is rich, both are equal, it doesn’t exist, and nothing is.


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