A bad wolf who chased after pigs and was cooked,
a queen who did not see herself when she looked,
those were the villains I met every night.
If I stayed awake, then they turned out all right.
But if sleep overtook me before a tale's end
my dreams filled with visions which were not pretend.
The wolf ate the pigs, and the queen killed Snow White.
The giant killed Jack. I cowered in fright.
Gun shots and hunger and mass genocide
conscripted my dreams and would not be denied.
Well, now I'm awake, so will someone please say
why the horrors and madness have not gone away?
Laura J. Bobrow
Leesburg, VA USA
Defenders of Wildlife