Risking Bone (A Warning for Red Riding Hood)

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Be careful where you walk, Mother said.
Look round the other side of the trees 
Like you are peeling back metaphors
And never let go out of your basket. 

Never leave breadcrumbs 
And never pull down your hood
If the sun goes down 
Before you get to Grannies. 

Never lurch forward at the lake 
And never stop to talk to strangers 
No matter if they know your name 
Or stand there with a downward smile.

Be afraid of the Wolf who lives near the cave
And the Vampire who sleeps in the trees
The Ogre who sleeps with the rabbits 
And never wakes up in winter.

Be afraid of the wind translating warnings
Hanging in the air for hours
And the huntsmen offering his handkerchief
With an unsettling emotion.

Don’t stop until you get to your grannies
And watch where you are walking 
Whether staring at the moonlight on the lake
Or staring death directly in the face. 

 

 

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Andy N

Tue 8th May 2018 20:25

thanks Anya. Glad you like it. tried to look at it from a slightly different way. some of the earlier versions of the story its worth knowing actually contain a vampire or a orgre but not a wolf.

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Anya

Tue 8th May 2018 08:39

Fascinating story! Thank you. Anya x

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