I got the book Disenchantments: An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry for Christmas, and I just cracked it open last night. I have an unsold collection of kids’ fairy tale poems, and it’s such a rich field to plow.
I’ve only read a few of the poems in it, and one of them is “Juvenile Court,” by Sara Henderson Hay. It looks like it originally appeared in her collection, Story Hour, which I’ll have to check out.
by Sara Henderson Hay, all rights reserved
Deep in the oven, where the two had shoved her,
They found the Witch, burned to a crisp, of course.
And when the police had decently removed her,
They questioned the children, who showed no remorse.
“She threatened us,” said Hansel, “with a kettle
Of boiling water, just because I threw
The cat into the well.” Cried little Gretel,
“She fussed because I broke her broom in two,
Read the last sixe lines of the sonnet here…scroll down to page 33.
Clearly, the little hooligans got what they deserved:>) In my fairy tale collection, H&G are rather proud of how they outwitted the Witch. To their dismay, though, they’ve lost their taste for sugary junk food after their experiences with her.
Jim at Hey, Jim Hill! has the Poetry Friday Roundup today!