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Meeting the Wolf


credit: Gustave Dore

credit: Gustave Dore


Meeting the Wolf

Because I was always a little afraid of my grandmother,
I was not surprised when Red Riding Hood
met the wolf in the forest.

Later I saw that the girl was neither innocent nor weak
And that the wolf, who was her equal,
would not be satisfied with bread and fruit.

Now I understand how the wolf inevitably
becomes an old woman.
The better to see, hear, smell, taste.


  1. Ruth, that’s beautiful!

    • Thanks Nicci!

  2. Full circle … praise be to wolves and old women!

    • Amen to that.

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