THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE
By Robert Coover
Two children followed an old man in a pine forest in the mid afternoon. The boy was dropping breadcrumbs and the girl was singing nursery tunes and carrying a baskets to collect flower. The old man was very poor and wearing torn clothes. He was very thin and weak. He was worried because of poverty and resignation. He felt hopeless and guilty. The children were wearing torn clothes and their feet were bare. They sang song to lighten their hearts or to hide thoughts. The boy was dropping breadcrumbs. He old man eyes were blues and his face was wrinkled. He was looking straight ahead at some unknown destination. His eyes showed that they didn't want to see any one.