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Fairy Tale Road (A Poem)

By Joyce Jacobo

[Author’s Note: I remember hearing about this road of mystic proportions somewhere in Germany a while back, along which the Brothers Grimm drew inspiration for the collection of fairy tales they gathered. Famous fairy tale locations exist along the route, including the town of Hamlin and Bremen. Enjoy!]

Someday I would love to venture

along that mystical pathway

known as “Fairy Tale Road”—

      which weaves among foothills and forests




                              to trace the lives

                                      of the Brothers Grimm

                     from their birthplace in Hanau

       off to locations where they preserved

           fairytales like literary butterflies given

               havens within the pages of books

                   such as Alsfeld

                                   …where “Red Riding Hood” first

                                              risked the woods for her grandmother

                          or Bad Wildungen

                                    …that saw “Snow White” grace their streets

                                             with her lordly father who controlled

                                                                the mines

                           to Reinhardswald

                                     …near which “Sleeping Beauty” once slept

                                                                    in Sababurg Castle

                            and Hamelin

                                      …famed for the desertion  

                                                    of rats and children

                                                        lured away by music

                   all the way to Bremen  

                                        …animal musicians sought to reach

                                                      and their statues

                                                              at last succeeded

A road traveled

     over the course of centuries

           alluded to in beloved stories—

                which offers a journey

                     between fantasy and reality

                                  …like a dream

                                              from once


                                                                a time


21 thoughts on “Fairy Tale Road (A Poem)

    1. Aww, thanks, Grace. That means a lot coming from you. I would love to see the Fairy Tale Road for myself someday. I watched a video online of a couple driving its length and only became more convinced of needing to see it for myself someday.

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  1. Love this one Joyce because fairytale telling at bedtime was a nightly ritual with my father( who I lost at 11) even the Grimmest scary tales I remember fondly, because my dad would stay with me until I was safely asleep. Your wonderful poem took me back to those times.

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    1. Awww. I’m glad this piece invoked such intimate and fond memories of your father, Karima. Because fairy tales often get told by parents to children, they are stories known for forging those kinds of connections. They always take me back to my childhood as well. ^_^


    1. Awww, thank you. I happened to learn about the Fairy Tale Road in Germany in a book by Reader’s Digest on incredible locations around the world. Ever since then, I’ve basically had it as a goal to someday travel along that road in person and visit the various locations along its route.

      Are there any story-related places you would love to visit someday?


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