When I was a child

Storybook for a young child. Along with poetry, fairy tales and fables represent reality in a filtered way, while making the details of the themes vivid.

When I was a little child
I believed that the saints
were huge statues
stretched along the sky.

granite thoughts,
souls that alone
Sang their hymns.

Raphael made God a beard.
In the art book,
infinity was on page fifty.

After 8:30 pm,
It was in the clouds,
(barely gray),
Of my child’s sleep.

When I was a child
I thought the word
Was never lost.
I used to repeat my mantras night after night.
And every night,
the same mantras,
recited my dreams,
As late dubbed lines,
or like film shots
When the yawning,
(in the darkness of the great hall),
was beginning to multiply.

When I was a child
I thought the saints were watching me…

…Now I see millions of little me,
With little eyes pointed at me…

And I fall asleep…
With the chanting of a new mantra
That lets my beard sway,
like frayed branches
In the breezes of the last November.

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Brief literary note on fairy tales and fables

Fairy tales and fables come from different cultures worldwide, each with its unique structure and message. These stories have been passed down from generation to generation, evolving to reflect the values and beliefs of the respective societies.

One of the best-known authors in the history of fairy tales is Hans Christian Andersen, whose works such as “The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling” have captured the hearts of audiences worldwide.

Depiction of a little mermaid
The world of fairy tales and fables has always fascinated adults and children. By blending fantasy and reality, authors have often managed to deal with complex issues in a simple and enjoyable form while not neglecting the depth of ideas.

Similarly, the Grimm brothers, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, are famous for their collection of German fairy tales, including “Cinderella,” “Snow White,” and “Hansel and Gretel.” These stories often contain moral lessons and serve as a means of entertainment and education for children and adults.

In addition, Aesop, an ancient Greek storyteller, is credited with popularizing the fable genre through his tales featuring animals with human characteristics, such as “The Tortoise and the Hare” and “The Ant and the Grasshopper.” These timeless stories, like poetry, continue to be appreciated for their enduring wisdom and universal themes.

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