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Sunday, August 1, 2010


For We Write Poems

Irene Toh bring us a different sort of challenge this week,
one that will prove to be quite fun I suspect.
Irene says, “Write a poem that revisits the Red Riding Hood fairy tale.
You can change the story, or question the assumptions behind the fairy tale,
eg why doesn’t the wolf eat Red Riding Hood in the forest when he first met her?,
why does the author allow fantasy, such as that the wolf can be cut up
and the grandmother and the Red Riding Hood emerge unhurt,
or wonder what Red Riding Hood stands for, such as if wearing a red hood is significant,
or question the innocence of Red Riding Hood,
eg why does she not go straight to grandmother’s house as her mother instructed
but chose to wander? Or you can revisit another fairy tale altogether!”
Spend the week on this prompt, then come back on Wednesday
to post your links to your poems.
See you there!


Don’t forget, we’re having Gran here for dinner
She likes flowers on her dining table
And she’ll be expecting you home… for dessert

She’s so sick now, she’s hard to recognize
So don’t ask her about those new dentures of hers
Or she’s likely to swallow you whole

You know how snappy she can get

And I’m so hungry; I could wolf down a pig
Though the thought of it makes me huff and puff
Because pork is so overrated

And besides, those little chicks are easier
They tend not to disagree with me
But perhaps we’ll sit down to a fat old bird

Which reminds me – I’m spitting feathers

And my stomach hangs heavy as a stone
Is she listening? Where has she gone now?
I hope she’s hunting for the Evian

No…? Oh well, at a push I could get my own…


  1. Thanks Joven; Follow me, follow you...

  2. I think I walked into Fairytale Land, everyone's in on the act! You're gonna get indigestion if you keep on like this!

  3. Thanks Derrick; Raw meat, swallowed whole tends to do that.

  4. Sounds like a fun family dinner!

  5. LOL, pork is overrated huh? The fun element is heavy here. Thanks Stan!

  6. Thanks to:
    Mary; Nothing like home cooking...
    Irene; You are what you eat... any humans out there...?

  7. Stan this was a fun read!

  8. Love the voice in this one, Stan. It has spunk! Well done.

  9. nice, stan!
    still chuckling over "having grandma for dinner" -- maybe red went out for a nice chianti??

    I agree; pork in overrated.

  10. Fun to read! Having Gran for dinner, huh? LOL Enjoyed you web site design too. I did not see this option when I was redoing my own blogger site recently. Must be your own photo. Perfect.

  11. I feel like Gran at the moment, LOL. Oddly enough my son is allergic to pork and so is my sister. Causes them both severe indigestion. Fun poem, Stan!

  12. Thanks to:
    Pamela; A fun write too.
    Brenda; Was it a full moon recently...?
    Angie; I hope so...
    Peggy; It's blogger - I think under 'Nature'

  13. Thanks Diane; It all tastes like chicken anyway...

  14. This was filled with marvelous double entendré - really killer piece Stan... ;)


  15. Thanks to:
    B; Not that easy not to just copy the story.
    Rob; I tried to include as many references to the original as possible.

  16. nicely planed Stan....and well written thanks for this

  17. Thanks Wayne; Careful who you invite to dinner...

  18. I like your take on this...the *wink wink* wit all throughout the piece makes this just fabulous.


  19. Thanks Raven's Wing; I thought I'd go for light rather than dark.

  20. Thanks Gautami; It was fun to do.