Hansel goes first
while Gretel comes behind,
dropping crumbs to the bird's delight.
Stopping, a sweet house lies along their path
where they eat and eat, but a witch
entices them inside
with plans to eat
with no hope to escape
the witch heats her stove to cook them.
Brave Gretel shoves witch into the oven,
then frees poor Hansel from his cage.
Fleeing, finding the path
to their freedom,
Form: this is my version of a double Rictameter.
A rictameter is a nine-line poem. Each line has a specific number of syllables. The first line has two syllables. The next line hsa four. The next line has six. The next line has eight. The next line has ten. And we work our way down again (8,6,4,2)
The last line is the same as the first line.