posted on August 20, 2010 at 7:33 am

grim ferry tail

yeah hansel n gretel lived with their olde man

in a deep forest  in the cartoon woods

in the dark canopied jungle in europa

twins they were of course

hansel 2 minutes older than gretel

oh their poor mother expired in the moment of their birth

no medieval quackery could revive the poor tired thing

what year was this, kilbey?

oh i dont fucking know, kilbey…once upon a long long time ago

it was like didnt i say medieval…..?

yeah and their father he eventually got married again to this women

a real bloody bitch a right nasty piece of work

i dont like your kids she said the 1st time she met them

get rid of em….!

the father was a kinda weak character

we dunno much about this geezer

he was a wood cutter

i mean that wasnt easy work

dont spose he earnt that much dough either

i guess he cut up wood for other peoples fires

thats tiring thats a real slog

i guess hes raised these kids on his own

he met this woman n he thought things’d get easier

and its the middle ages for heavens sake

times were harder days were shorter life was cruel

so one day father leads hansel n gretel into the most lonely place

the black forests heart of darkness

did they even ask any questions as they entered the gloom of afternoon

beneath a cathedral of oaks and pine the sun blotted out far above

and curious eyes stare out from between the trees

did gretel say father where are we going ?

did the boy reach out to calm his twin by taking her hand

did the father look back in sorrow at the children in shadow

as the summer turned cold on their skin

as the inevitable black birds caw unseen

and the red spotted toadstools grow in little patches at the feet of the trees

father say stop here for a while i’ll be back soon

and the children sit there listening to his footsteps die away

the evil wife sits at home with her glittering black eyes

an awful smirk on her face as she looks in her mirror

and she places the girls little wooden doll on the fire

and the boys rough wooden sword goes up in smoke

and finally the father returns

shes naked waiting for him

but he turns away in disgust on the bed and cannot touch her

and that cottage is horribly silent there in that time n place

while the children out there with the wolves and the weasels

the poisonous plants the snakes and the vines

i mean theyre tough kids

they just never been in this part of the forest before

the paths interleaved between the trunks like a maze

returning nowhere fast just leading you on n on

into the interior of more n more trees

the boy  does what he can for his sister

remains calm n strong for her

even though he wants to give in to despair himself i guess

even tho the falling night

even tho the sounds he doesnt recognise

even tho nothing to eat or drink

even tho he knows father not coming back now

he puts his arm round her in the gathering dark

and sings softly some little song into her ear

20 Responses to “hansel n gretel”

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    cazziem | 20 August 2010 at 7:47 am #

    It may be early morning in your part of the world, but for me it’s almost 11:00pm, so this like a grown up version of one of my favourite fairly tales.

    I trust you will complete the story on your next blog, complete with the traditional happy ever after? Oh, but please make sure that black eyed bitch gets what’s coming to her!!!

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    Jacqui | 20 August 2010 at 8:29 am #

    I work in news in the UK and all my colleagues have commented on just how many people there seem to be right now..killing their children..recession/debt linked…this is so chilling. I’d always found this story really hard to deal with. As a child, I was freaked out by the witch and now, as a parent, having to explain it to my children..how could a parent prefer their new partner to their children? Reminds me of the Susan Smith case in the States in the early 90’s. I wonder what made you think of this now…have there been a spate of these cases in Australia too?

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      Donna | 20 August 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      These stories are heart-breaking.

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    keith | 20 August 2010 at 8:32 am #

    SK,
    you should really do an interpretation of fairy tells and myths, a collection of classics as told by the Killer.

    love K. Fuller

  4. Kraig
    Cosmos | 20 August 2010 at 8:32 am #

    Man, there’s actually punk ass Parents out here in the Modern World that do this sort of crap! Good but sad story Steve! Reminds of all the sewage in this World of ours! The Parent Rats that can’t take care of their young…what a shame, nothing has changed since the medieval time this story took place, nothing. This sounds like you’ve been watching Investigative Discovery or some American Justice show where something like this has happened…maybe a ferry tail on this site, but somewhat reality in the world unfortunately.

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    Cecilia | 20 August 2010 at 8:43 am #

    Makes me wonder how often my parents and brothers feigned strength so I wouldn’t despair…
    “he puts his arm round her in the gathering dark and sings softly some little song into her ear”

    la abraza en la obscuridad que los encierra y suavemente le canta una cancioncita…

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    Jen | 20 August 2010 at 9:14 am #

    gorgeous.com
    x

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    princey | 20 August 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Strange blog so early in the morning sk. One thing I hate about some of the olde “Fairytales” is that any female in the story with dark eyes and dark hair is portrayed either as the “Bad Witch” or some sort evil and ugly being, and now you’ve done it too. As we Aussies say “fair go mate”. >:
    Have a good weekend one and all.

  8. Kraig
    Cosmos | 20 August 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Forgot to mention that “Cortez The Killer” came on my iPod randomly at work today out of thousands of soungs.

    That’s interesting, especially while reading this.

    Cheers!
    Kraig

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    Lara | 20 August 2010 at 10:07 am #

    You do put the evil in medieval, Dark Age Kilbey. 😉 This made me think of the poem “Gretel in Darkness” by Louise Gluck, a favorite of mine.

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    Tanya | 20 August 2010 at 10:39 am #

    Woah, sounds like my dad and his wife! Grim fairy tale indeed – but, as usual, great rendition on your part.

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    evilren | 20 August 2010 at 10:54 am #

    Somehow, as children we were never told the real version of this story. A grim ferry tale indeed,
    as can only be told by Steve. I don’t remember the rest of this–will have to investigate.

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    Donna | 20 August 2010 at 12:42 pm #

    I like what you did with this fairy tale. Are you sympathetic toward the wood cutter father?

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    Steven Krut | 20 August 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Why is Hansel always the strong one? Isn’t that a little outdated? Just once I’d like to see Gretel be strong for Hansel. I like strong women! LOL

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      lily was here | 20 August 2010 at 5:38 pm #

      Steven, we can call it Kevin and Julia. Sorry, thats an aussie political reference.

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    lily was here | 20 August 2010 at 5:35 pm #

    I just read your fairytale backwards so it has a happy ending. H&G was a creepy story, I dont know why they call them fairy tales. Horror tales more likely. And the mother almost always dies!

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    Cedgie | 20 August 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    step families are such hard work!
    Not to mention that cutting firewood is hard work Thank God for Husqvarna chainsaws!
    I love this amplified version of a classic tale!I love where & how you ended it.. my imagination went into overtime…
    I imagined Hansel singing to his frightened sister Bob Dylan’s ‘not dark yet’…
    “Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
    It’s too hot to sleep time is running away
    Feel like my soul has turned into steel
    I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
    There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
    It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there”
    Then as darkness falls… I imagine that they both sing sweetly togeter in perfect harmony…’under the milky way’!

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    hellbound heart | 20 August 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    ….sounds like something one of the so-called ‘parents’ of some of the poor little kids in my class would do…..

    love always…

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    Wiild Chiild | 20 August 2010 at 9:51 pm #

    A very grimm faery tale sk…
    I’d put this one into the same genre of darkness as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’
    Wonderful stuff!


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