Paint me a picture with the minimum of words. Sing me a song through syllables and verbs. Compose me a serenade with colourful verse. Create me a dream with metaphor - but terse. Somewhere my mind can escape through rhymes where my heart can dance to your rhythmic lines.
Paint me an ocean with your deep penned emotion. Add a little sun that will set me in motion. Colour me a sky with shades of natural beauty, so can I bathe in its splendour you've created for me. Place me on a cloud so I can drift through your vision and roam through the worlds that all poets imagine.
Must you leave Hansel and Gretel alone? "There's not enough food for our family home; So into the forest both children must go My wife is a nag she nags me til dawn; To abandon them both miles from their home"
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Where will they go?
"Into the woods, there's a place that I know" Hansel and Gretel followed in tow; Dropping white pebbles to find their way home As they both looked around, their father was gone Both Hansel and Gretel knew something was wrong.
They waited and waited for their father's return The woods became cold, so cold it would burn. Gretel was crying," I'm so hungry" ‘she sighed "I know" said Hansel, wiping tears from her eyes.
"Can you see pebbles aglow with the moon; A path to warmth and maybe some food?" "Don't worry dear Gretel I'll get us home soon". "But we have to be fearless we're all on our own; As we walk through the trees that whisper and groan".
Before they knew it both children were home The house was in darkness, the night stood alone. In through the window both of them crept Back into their beds and silently slept.
When the next morning came Their mother so cross, so full of rage; Knowing her plans had drastically failed. She called to their father to meet her upstairs
"Why don't you care?"
"Both children are home," she spat with despair.
"I will lock them away for the rest of the day With a small cup of water and bread which is stale. Tomorrow you'll take them back to the wood; And both Hansel and Gretel will be gone for good"
Where do you go?
Must you leave Hansel and Gretel alone? "There's not enough food for our family home So into the forest both children must go. My wife is a nag she nags me til dawn; To abandon them both, miles from their home"
They walked through the bushes and creepy tall trees Hansel and Gretel held hands with a squeeze. "Don't worry dear Gretel we'll both be fine; I left us a trail, like the last one to find"
"I've dropped some crumbs along the way; So we can find our way home again" But much to his horror, the crumbs had gone. His plan had gone so terribly wrong.
"I forgot about the hungry birds; I'm sorry dear Gretel," were Hansel's words.
"The birds must have quietly followed Now we'll never get home by tomorrow" Gretel was crying, "I'm hungry and cold; Please Hansel, please get us home"
He froze for a moment, haunted by sounds A shiver he felt there were eyes all around. Both children felt safer in the foot of a tree "Hansel I'm scared, please will you hold me"
All through the night they huddled up close The forest so cold like the touch of a ghost They waited and waited for their father's return But when morning came, there was little concern.
So both Hansel and Gretel set off on their way To find the path to home again As they walked through the forest they found a old cottage; It looked very strange in the middle of the glade.
Dark brown it was and dirty looking But it had a sweet smell; Like biscuits were cooking
"It's chocolate" "It's chocolate" Breaking chunks from the wall, "Taste some dear Gretel it's not bad at all"
"Well, well, well" Come a voice from by the door; "You children must be hungry, Do you want anymore?"
"Don't be afraid, you have nothing to fear; It's just little old me, there's no one else here" Still hungry and cold, Hansel and Gretel Went and stood by the stove.
"Look at you children you're all skin and bone; Come a little closer, my eyes are old; Tell me child, what is your name?" As she locked poor Hansel away in a cage.
"I'll fatten you up then gobble you up And your sister can stay here and clean" "Please let us go, don't be so mean; We were looking for warmth and something to eat"
"Look at you child, you're all skin and bone But I can't wait forever or I'll be like bone" "Girl, girl, go and turn on the cooker; We're having roast boy and gravy for dinner"
"We'll add some salt and little red spice; And we'll cook him slow, he'll taste so nice" "Girl, girl, go and check on the heat; And make sure there's room for parsnips beneath"
Gretel returned with a tear in her eye "I think I've turned the heat too high" "You're useless child" 'the old witch cried. "I'll do it all by myself"
But as she bent down, Gretel looked around; And nudged the witch onto the shelf
Gretel ran to save her brother, releasing him from the cage. She held Hansel so tightly, "I'll never eat chocolate again" They chained and locked the oven door, The wicked witch will be no more.
Grabbing some food for their journey ahead A basket of coins and a big chocolate egg "We're rich, we're rich" 'they both happily said; "Now let's go home to our warm comfy beds"
Along the path both children walked. Their father was weeping; As they approached the door "Your stepmother's dead, she controls me no more"
"Forgive me children for abandoning you; For your father was weak, what could I do?" "Hansel and Gretel, I love you; You believe me children, don't you?"