Jumbled Tales | Ronovanwrites Haiku #74: Cake&Wolf

“Jumbled Fairy Tales”

Bake Hansel, today,
and spare the candy-crusted
wolf in Grandma’s shawl.
Copyright © 2015-12-08, by Lizl Bennefeld. All rights reserved.

Note on odd connections: This poem, a conflation of “Hansel & Gretel” and “Little Red Riding Hood”, arose from a recollection during the night of my first-year teacher’s response to my first soap-carving project: a depiction of a trilobite fossil. I had just read an article about their discovery in a layer of sediment in the Rocky Mountains, if I recall correctly. I had to make another soap carving. (Evidently coracles aren’t real, either, so I got another bar of Ivory soap and made a canoe. Whatever floats her boat must float?) It’s a reminder to me that just because I haven’t seen, heard of or experienced something before does not mean that it does not exist. Although that may be the case.

Upon my birth I received a present from my recently deceased maternal grandfather: Grimm’s Fairy Tales and Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales. In my parents house, I quickly ran out of reading material, once I learned how to read. And so I started reading Father’s Time and Newsweek magazines. Therein I discovered politics, as well as science and geography, which was not so brilliant, but morbidly fascinating; I was a firm supporter of Adlai E. Stevenson, but resigned to the fact that he would not win the presidential election.

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6 thoughts on “Jumbled Tales | Ronovanwrites Haiku #74: Cake&Wolf

  1. ‘By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired’ –Nicos Kazantzakis
    Sounds like that teacher could use a bit more imagination!
    Lovely haiku. And imagination!!

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    1. The year was 1951, and the teacher was quite old. But we did, collectively, gain the reputation for impudence as the years rolled on. After the incident of the encyclopedia in 2nd grade (and my reading all of my text books the first day, that year, and refusing to take them out of my desk again), I was a quiet lump who got a consistent 3 A’s: conduct, penmanship and effort, but naught else. If the education system was going to tune me out, well, turnabout was, I figured, fair play. ::sigh::


    2. First book I ever read by Kazantzakis was The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, begun over the winter holidays of 1965-66 and finished the first time that spring. While a fabulous introduction to the author, it spoiled me for others of his books. Except for The Last Temptation of Christ; that was a reread book for quite a number of years.

      I think that the sentence you’ve quoted has been taken up and literally by quite a number of politicians. Misapplied, of course. Solipsism can be a strong temptation. 😀 . . . how would I know?

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