|Albert Anker (1831-1910), Switzerland|
I hope your mom packed you a snack...
It's story time at the Haiku Garden!
Make yourself comfortable while our special guest, Mary Lee Hahn, spins her magic-- a retelling of a common fairy tale in 17-syllable morsels: a Little Red Riding Hoodku.
|Walter Crane (1845-1915), England|
sending your daughter alone
into the forest
forest has safe paths
but evil lurks in shadows
|Carl Offtendinger (1829-1889), Germany|
innocence sees sun
hears birds' sweet trilling
leaves path for flowers
flowers lead the girl
into the heart of darkness
cause her to forget
forget your true path
even in the name of beauty
|Carl Larsson (1853-1919), Sweden|
at her grandmother's cottage
evil enchants, seduces,
takes her in one gulp
|© Marjolaine Leray, 2005. All rights reserved.|
gulp! one wolf belly -
two humans inside still whole -
the power of good triumphs
huntsman saves them both
|German social welfare stamp series, 1960|
both spring forth unharmed
(and certainly clean as well)
from dark into light
|© The Edward Gorey Charitable Trust. All rights reserved.|
© 2014 Mary Lee Hahn. All rights reserved
Mary Lee came up with this brilliant not-so-little ditty as part of January's Month of Poetry challenge, organized by Australian poet and children's author, Kathryn Apel. Many thanks, Mary Lee, for bringing it with you to the Haiku Garden today!
It's said that the best teachers are also the best learners. Mary Lee is certainly proof of that theory. I have so much respect for Mary Lee, not only because she is able to wear teacher, blogger, and poet hats simultaneously (and wear them well), but because, for her, that is never enough. She makes it a priority to seek out new ways to develop her skills and talents in all of these areas. It seems like she's always doing one kind of challenge or another in order to stretch her limits, expand her horizons, or somehow better herself. Fortunately for the rest of us, we often benefit too!
Take the safe path to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading, and then to Poet! Poet!, where former Haiku Garden guest, Anastasia Suen, is hosting today's Poetry Friday Roundup.