Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sanjeev Sethi writes


You lit my canvas with colors of latitude.
Later, held back hansel of happiness: this
isn’t age centric. Difference between a
twenty-something and one marinated by
mordancy: latter is in rhythm with right
of way. Trick is to elevate ordinariness
of experience into kick-starting processes
tickling you pink like foreplay of tears in
intimacy. Does my smell say anything?
If it offends: you are for someone else. 

 absinthe painting
 Piják absintu -- Viktor Oliva

1 comment:

  1. Hänsel (a variant of the name Hans) was a clever little boy in a well-known fairy tale, "Hänsel und Gretel," but his cleverness was less effective in the long run than his sister's feigned ignorance. The children overheard their parents' plan to take them into the woods and abandon them because the family did not have enough to eat. After the parents went to bed, Hänsel snuck out of the house and collected as many white pebbles as he could. When the children were taken into the woods next day, he left a pebble trail, which they followed back home when the moonlight illuminated the stones. As provisions continued to become scarce, the parents renewed the plan and locked the house to prevent Hänsel and Gretel from getting more pebbles. So Hänsel took bread with them and left a trail of crumbs; unfortunately, birds ate the crumbs and the children were lost in the woods. Days later, they followed a white bird to a cottage made of gingerbread. As they began to devour the roof, a blind old woman invited them inside. She enslaved Gretel and locked Hänsel in a cage and began to fatten him up for a feast, but he tricked into thinking a bone was his finger. After weeks passed and Hänsel continued to remain thin, she decided to eat him and Gretel anyway. She ordered Gretel to lean over the fire to see if it is hot enough, but Gretel pretended that she didn't understand what she was supposed to do. The witch attempted to demonstrate, and Gretel shoved her into the oven. After freeing her brother, they found a vase full of treasure. A swan ferried them across a body of water, and they returned home with enough wealth to live happily. Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published German fairy tales they had collected in "Kinder- und Hausmärchen" in 1812. However, the familiar story told above was actually " Roland and May-Bird;" "Hänsel und Gretel" was a different tale entirely: The children ran away from home after their father's remarriage, but their stepmother cast spells on streams in order to turn them into animals. Hänsel avoided the first stream (which would have turned him into a wolf) and the second one (which would have turned him into a tiger), but he finally succumbed to thirst and drank from the third one, and thus became a fawn. They then lived in an abandoned cottage in the woods. A king hunting in the woods pursued the fawn back to the cottage and fell in love with Gretel. After the royal wedding, the king punished the stepmother and Hänsel became human again.

    , or tiger respectively), but is too thirsty to resist the third, which turns him into a fawn. They both wander on until they find an abandoned cottage, where they move in and make a life for themselves. One day a king and his men are hunting in the forest and see Hansel. They give chase to him and eventually track him down to the cottage. The king enters and falls in love with Gretel, they get married and Hansel moves in with them. Gretel then tells the king of what has happened and he punishes the fairy step-mother, which turns Hansel back into a human.[12]
    Hansel and Gretel are a young brother and sister kidnapped by a cannibalistic witch living deep in the forest in a house constructed of cake and confectionery. The two children save their lives by outwitting her. The tale has been adapted to various media, most notably the opera Hänsel und Gretel (1893) by Engelbert Humperdinck and a stop-motion animated feature film made in the 1950s based on the opera. Under the Aarne–Thompson classification system, "Hansel and Gretel" is classified under Class 327.


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