Thursday, July 12, 2012

Family Politics

Little Red Riding Hood
chopped some wood
to build granny a house to die in.

She built it and said,
"Bring your own bed--
the one that you made and must lie in."

Red Riding Chick
went all sick,
past the point of reviving;
Granny asked
the admiring pack,
"Am I so wrong for surviving?"

55 for the G Man


Margaret said...

Ha! Forget Brothers Grimm. Welcome Sister Blossom!

Helen said...

Sister Blossom ~ great name Margaret. Your 55 rocks, Shay. Poor Red!!

TexWisGirl said...

moo ha ha ha... love it!

HermanTurnip said...

Even fairy tale (grand)parents shouldn't have to outlive their offspring...

PattiKen said...

You are so good, Shay. This is perfect.

Rob-bear said...


Grim, but awesome.

Or maybe just Grimm.

Janna said...

I like it!

And "Red Riding Chick" made me smile. :)

Thanks for doing Friday 55!
Mine's here. :)

Anonymous said...

Love the gruesome twist to the tale!

G-Man said...

It's always an honor to have your bit of Michigan Brilliance grace the Friday Funfest.
Always Edgy, Always Witty, You ROCK!
Loved your 55 Re-Tale
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

Anonymous said...

There's a whole lot that's happened behind closed doors, and we can only guess at it. But essentially, this is a woman's tale of "survival" to the point of enduring misery. Granny made her own bed and is now "lying in it" (her own mess of a life). I think Red went crazy and started doing everything she ever wanted to do (running off with the "admiring" wolves), rather than taking care of Granny, etc.

So in conclusion, you are contrasting two types of women: the safe one who "survives" and avoids the wolves; and the wild one who joins them in howling at the moon.

Your clues that this is more than a fun, quirky little nursery rhyme are here:

"the one that you made and must lie in"

"the admiring pack"

I think. :)

cloudia charters said...

I dig it!

Pleasant thoughts &
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Sioux said...

Grinning over that Grimm tale of yours...

Kerry O'Connor said...

I would like to read an entire book of your nursery rhymes, complete with illustrations. It could double as a manual for life.

hedgewitch said...

I love it, as I've said before, when you take the rhyme out and make your words jump around like water on a hot griddle--this is snarky and sly, but underneath, seriously wise. We all do what we need to survive--or we don't.

Mama Zen said...

So very, very cool!

Eric (Bubba) Alder said...

Red Riding Chick wasn't that slick - paying her penance for abusing the sick.

Lynn said...

That's pretty cool, FB.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

So totally cool! Especially "the one you made and must lie in."