At the end, you have to go back to the beginningShakespeare
As a young boy, I grew up on tales of fantasy
Wondered along with Dorothy,
Down the yellow brick road,
Through boundless fabled lands
The Secret garden
Merlin and his magic wand
The strength of belief
My very first books were of princesses and knights, villains and heroes.
Alice comes from wonderland
To show you the light
So as I lie here reminiscing and reflecting upon their deeper meanings,
What if you don’t tell a lie
But withhold the truth
I think of the feminist who sulks, because the princesses always needed knights.
And I beg to differ.
Rapunzel up high
It was the prince in distress
He who needed you
In most of those tales, the main character was female.
It was her story,
She was the centre,
And the Knights would never have shined, if she had not accepted them.
Your happiness was out there
His, was only you
I think deeply about the effects of these tales,
And I can now understand,
Why many who grew up on them
Subconsciously treat the women in their lives,
As the centres of their story
As more than equals
As dreams they must be worthy of.
To see you is to love you
Pining for your kiss
Unburdened of these reflections,
I can now freely recall,
A few of my other fairytale delights,
Jack and the beanstalk
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell
Hansel and Gretel
The little red riding hood
Beauty and the Beast
Fairytales are magic
The old and the new
Unbesmirched by inequality
Their deeper lessons of truth, love and virtue
Always reign supreme
Mogli in his Jungle-book
And, The Lion King
I did explore the other side of fairytales too,
The side with The Piper’s siren call
The side with thrills and shivers;
The Goosebumps series
The Sinbad, Jones adventures
And Lovecraft’s horrors.
One day soon I’ll share some local fables,
Consult dear old Gran and mum for details,
For most of them are oral
And maybe in the future
I will write some,
For the generations to come.
You don’t find the most important books in your life,
They find you.
I had to restrict myself to fairytale fantasy,
Otherwise this would have been overrun by ‘The Lord of the rings’ and ‘Harry Potter’ and comic book heroes.
I hope you enjoy this,
And that you feel free to let the little ones enjoy their pick of fairytales.
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Don’t get for the little ones, scary tales like, ‘The Goosebumps’ and ‘Lovecraft’ series;
Those they’ll find for themselves If, or when ready.
I left out so many fairytales,
Remind me of your favourite ones while growing up, and what you think of this post, in the comments section.
Stay safe everyone, Stay loving.