The «FiSnow White slab»By Mimmo Mòllica is the version, in verse and stanzas, of the homonymous one tale gods Brothers Grimm, also famous with the title “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. It is the fairy tale of vanity and beauty, which often resides in the soul, in generosity and courage, more than anywhere else. Snow White, the evil Stepmother, the Magic Mirror (who never lies) and the Seven Dwarfs are the protagonists of this fairy tale, full of meanings and passions. As in all fairy tales identification is one of the components that involve readers and listeners, showing a variety of strong, yet unexpected human characters and behaviors: among them the compassion and repentance of the Shady Type (or hunter), who does not feel like killing Snow White, like the the witch-queen had ordered.
And what about the Seven Dwarfs? It is precisely these little men, small in stature but large in humanity, generosity and courage, to welcome and protect Snow White from the incursions of the Stepmother, as beautiful as cruel.
And like in fairy tales that respect each other, here comes the ‘Charming prince‘who with a kiss brings Snow White back to life, falling in love with her.
The story of Snow White by the Grimm brothers dates back to 1857 and has a world made up of kings and queens, princes and princesses, but also of magical mirrors and envious witches. And the forest is the inevitable place of fear and danger, where to get lost to find yourself. There is, however, the happy ending, or the triumph of good over evil.
Once upon a time…
a little princess and a king
and a very beautiful witch, alas,
who, being a witch, made an invoice
and even became queen.
The princess, who was Snow White,
now serve the crone must,
bad woman, wicked stepmother:
Grimilde was evil and grim.
He treated the maiden as a handmaid,
he mistreated her even for a trifle,
as a servant always treated her,
with gestures and words he humiliated her.
And Snow White lived that drama
always thinking of his dear mother,
the real mother, the real queen,
died before its time, poor thing.
Grimilde, the terrible stepmother,
wicked woman and wicked witch,
to a magic mirror he asked
and that promptly replied,
but the question, as if by magic,
it was always the same, only one:
– Mirror mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?
And that mirror then answered:
– “You are the most beautiful, my lady.”
So Grimilde, beautiful sorceress,
he questioned him from morning to evening.
But Snow White like a rose,
more and more beautiful, more and more graceful
day after day it became
and the cowardly stepmother envied her.
He couldn’t stand, by all the gods,
to become more beautiful than her,
and when one day he questioned the mirror
he put the flea in her ear,
his sentence, in fact, was not light:
“The most beautiful of all is Snow White!”
– Mirror mirror of my desires, who is the fairest in the realm?
And the mirror replied: – My lady, Snow White is the most beautiful in the realm …
Grimilde then became very angry
and from anger he threw away the mirror,
then remained awake until late at night,
with my mind in turmoil, furious,
thinking like in the shortest time
make Snow White disappear forever.
Thus Grimilde weaves dark plots
to be the fairest of them all.
And in the morning he called a shady guy,
he said to him: “Lead Snow White into the woods,
kill her and then bring me her heart “,
the man obeyed, but very reluctantly.
So you get to where the forest is thickest
did not feel like committing that crime,
to kill the beautiful Snow White,
good-hearted young man, mild woman,
he was not capable of such a cowardly gesture.
So, throwing his gun to the ground,
to the girl, of so much atrocity,
crying out the sad truth.
Grimilde cannot bear that another could be more beautiful than her. She wants to be the fairest of them all at all costs. So he ordered me to take you into the woods and to … But he doesn’t have the strength to say that word. So he greets Snow White with a bow and without looking back runs away.
… and leave Snow White to luck,
kills a handsome kid with care
and to Grimilde he gives her heart,
she feels no mercy, no horror.
Snow White lost and frightened
alone in the woods she has no way out,
she wanders and does not know the fate that awaits her,
until he sees a little house at the bottom.
Knock on the door, but there is no one,
timidly asks “is someone there?”,
only seven beds and a lot of quiet,
whose they were now you will understand.
And Snow White, in her heart so much sadness,
he slipped into sleep with exhaustion.
All of a sudden seven little men
they come into the house and very circumspect
they find the girl asleep,
they ask themselves “but who brought it to us?”.
– «Who will it be? – the little men ask themselves,
but Snow White as in the comics:
– “Son Snow White, lost in the woods,
led there by a certain Shady Guy. ‘
Of that story, of that bad day
to the seven little men he then tells everything.
The seven little men are not Martians,
everything is clear: they are the Seven Dwarfs!
– “You are welcome, stay as long as you want,
now we are next to you,
this is our little house
and you will be our little sister ».
The Seven Dwarfs are happy to welcome her and promise Snow White never to leave her alone and to protect her from the evil Stepmother. Then, one by one, they introduce themselves: «Pleasure, I’m Grumpy, I’m Cucciolo, I’m Dotto, I’m Aeolus, I’m Gongolo, I’m Mammolo. And I am Pisolo ».
Snow White thanked them crying with happiness and promised: “I hope one day I will be able to show you all my gratitude.” And from that moment he took care of the house of the seven dwarves, his friends.
Meanwhile, the perfidious Grimilde, believing that she has freed herself forever from her rival Snow White, pushed by her perennial vanity, questions the mirror:
– Mirror mirror of my desires, who is the fairest in the realm?
And the mirror replied: “The fairest in the realm is Snow White, my lady.”
– “Snow-white..?”. Grimilde did not understand … “But Snow White is dead!” She snaps with a grim and furious tone.
«No – replies the magic mirror – Snow White is alive and now she lives in the woods, in the little house of the Seven Dwarfs».
Grimilde then empties the sack and tells everything in the mirror, showing him her heart, brought to her as proof by the Shady Guy, kept as a precious object in an inlaid casket.
But the mirror will say: «In the casket
there is only the heart of a kid!
The Shady Guy even if he is a criminal
to kill her that day he had no heart,
then a kid killed and captured
and the bleeding heart has brought you ».
Grimilde then realizes that she was deceived by the Shady Guy who had ordered to kill her.
Furious she swears at that mirror
and also for the deception of that old man,
his true nature does not deny,
Grimilde was and always remains a witch.
So in the dungeons of the manor
he runs grimly and always haughty
to prepare a full container
of magic poison potion.
And Snow White there in the little house
the seven dwarfs, cheerful, always waiting
that they return from work,
to feel safe with them.
But a bad early morning
an old lady knocked on the door
and to Snow White, a faithful maiden,
she said, “I’m an old woman and I sell apples.”
– “I would like to buy your apples,
but I have no money to be able to pay ».
– “But it doesn’t matter, take them anyway,
eat one, come on, eat it now. “
After taking just one bite
Snow White dropped her torso
and fell to the ground, looked faint,
as if he had eaten the hemlock.
The old woman laughing so grimly
changed appearance: it was the Stepmother.
Grimilde, Snow White has bewitched her
with that poisoned red apple.
Poor Snow White looks dead,
the seven dwarfs return and at the door,
seeing Snow White asleep
they watch over her all night.
How beautiful she was, coral lips,
they placed it in a crystal urn,
in the cool shade of a green clearing,
in the middle of the woods, in the middle of nature.
But towards evening a prince of the kingdom,
he returned from hunting and with demeanor
saw the woman as white as snow,
saw how beautiful Snow White was.
Immediately the Prince fell in love with her,
took her in his arms and kissed her,
she always started with her eyes closed,
with that kiss of love he woke up.
The Prince returned from hunting,
holding Snow White in her arms,
he went back to the castle like a great lord,
swearing to Snow White eternal love,
heard the sad and painful story
and immediately he understood and asked her in marriage.
When Grimilde was sent to the wedding,
seeing Snow White in love
sweet, happy, radiant with beauty,
he felt infinite envy and bitterness.
And so beautiful Snow White appeared,
that from the anger Grimilde disappeared,
maybe he’s in hell, no one down here
ever since that moment he has never seen her again.
Someone says she will be mad
or turned to stone, it has turned to stone.
And they all lived happily ever after,
good feelings always win,
witches are bad, but thanks to the dwarves
their plans still fail.
Mimmo Mòllica ©