Don’t Mess With Red – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

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“Many bowdlerised versions indicated a Victorian-minded censorship, which feared that Little Red Riding Hood might some day break out, become a bohemian, and live in the wood with the wolf.” Jack D. Zipes

Don’t Mess With Red

As the wolf, that teddy-boy with slicked back quiff and leather jacket, so rugged, so volatile, disclosed his true nature with the flick of his switch-blade, Red took to him with a broom handle forcing him from her house. As she chased the wolf out through the front gate she noticed a woodsman with a clip board , all suited up and frowning.

Exasperated, Red asked him why he hadn’t intervened, to which he replied, with an air of arrogance, “I’m here to effect your detention before the committee.” “O! Really, on what charge?” Asked Red. “On several charges in fact” said the woodsman. “Name them” said Red, annoyed and gripping the broom handle tightly. “Well, you’re so young and you were out after curfew, you were unchaperoned, you entered the woods alone, your clothes, they are inappropriate and provocative, you also beat an animal, and you’re a girl. What do you have to say for yourself?” With a snarl she hit him hard.

There’s a fruit tree in her yard that is thriving, and once a week she takes tea with the wolf.

Copyright 2022 ©Paul Vincent Cannon

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Filed under Fiction, Humour, passion, politics, prose, quote

34 responses to “Don’t Mess With Red – prose by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Always my thoughts. Lol Thanks , Paul! Have a beautiful Sunday! xx Michael

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  2. Girls just want to have fun.

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  3. No one can escape the man with the clipboard.

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  4. There’s always a killjoy lurking.

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  5. A brilliantly appropriate finale Paul ..
    “There’s a fruit tree in her yard that is thriving, and once a week she takes tea with the wolf.”

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  6. Big red is always there! LOL


  7. lync56

    Wow great poem – it is amazing take on this story with some hard hitting truths


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