Once upon a time there was a girl.
She inspected herself with a small, dainty twirl.
Leaving her home with a basket in hand,
She was off on her way to travel the land.
From a spark to a fire,
With her quaint house behind her,
And the seed of adventure growing inside her.
In the tall grass at the start of the wood,
An old, crooked woman in fraying robes stood.
She screeched at the girl who stood on the track--
A girl that she hoped to drag off to her shack.
“Little girl, little girl, if you can’t pay the toll,
Then just like the wolves, I’ll eat you up whole!”
But the girl with red hair
Wasn’t caught unaware.
Pulling just one golden coin from her bag,
She handed it over, sating the hag.
And though the woods loomed terribly,
She continued on merrily,
Singing a song with the utmost sincerity.
Hours later the sun was high in the sky,
And the little girl’s day was just flying on by.
She was still on her way down the dirty, old lane.
Her pale feet were bare, though she felt no disdain.
When she felt hungry
She found somewhere sunny,
Pulled out her pack,
And started her snack.
Now, besides the young girl, a scarlet fox crept,
He looked left and right, before he gracefully leapt,
Landing with ease,
His tail brushed her knees.
His pretty fur rustled by the afternoon breeze.
“Little girl, little girl, there are wolves in these woods!”
Her hands squeezed ‘round the basket enclosing her goods.
“Little girl, little girl you must go back to your home.
You cannot stay here, where the beastly wolves roam!”
But she only smiled, and shook her red curls,
And continued on eating her cinnamon swirls.
As soon as her sweets were diminished,
The girl stood up, finished.
To the fox she curtsied,
Before telling him curtly,
“Mr. Fox, I have places to be,
So your silly fears must wait, don’t you see?”
Then she gathered her things,
Tightened her cloak strings,
And cheerfully went on her way.
With a great forlorn sigh, the fox continued his day.
As the girl walked through a field of sweet smelling flowers,
She hummed to herself, passing the hours.
When she heard a small voice
She did not rejoice,
Stopping; irate and weary.
A little bee cried.
“Please, just listen to what I must confide!”
So the little girl turned,
But her golden eyes burned,
The bee’s wings were blurred,
But her small voice was heard,
As she nervously said,
“Little girl, little girl, you’ll wind up dead!
If you don’t turn around,
I doubt that you’ll ever be found!”
The girl’s refusal was stern,
But she thanked the creature for her concern.
Into the trees she disappeared,
Leaving the poor bee quite afeared.
Now in the deepest and darkest part of these woods
Where the oldest and wisest of the great oak trees stood,
The girl was stopped as she passed on by
And this time she doubted it was just to say “hi”.
“Little girl, Little girl
Please stop for a bit,
And if you’re not in a hurry,
Perhaps you can sit?”
Polite as she was, the girl could not refuse.
So she sat down in the mud,
Now wishing for shoes.
It was then that a large toad hopped on her knee:
“For this way, Young Miss, I’m easy to see.”
The girl smiled and sat there,
The breeze rustling her hair
Looking down at the toad with a peculiar stare.
“Now, little girl, wolves live in this wood.
Please nod your head to show you’ve understood.”
The girl nodded her head at the toad,
Before glancing oddly down the scarce traveled road.
If he noticed her look, the toad didn’t say,
But croaked once in reply before hopping away.
The sun had completed her arc,
The forest was dark,
And the moon was beginning to climb.
The grandfather clock had just struck its ninth chime,
But the little girl went on, unaware of the time.
Far behind her, a deer was sickened with worry.
To get there in time, the poor thing had to hurry.
The doe rushed along in big leaps and bounds,
With a speed that could rival even the hunter’s great hounds.
“Little girl! Little girl! You must depart!
I’ve smelled a wolf nearby, and he wants your young heart!”
The girl froze and grasped at her cloak
Releasing a laugh sounding more like a choke.
Then she turned with a whirl
Teeth white as a pearl.
She looked like a princess away from her palace,
Except for her voice, which was dripping with malice.
“Oh Miss Doe,
Don’t you know?”
She asked with a smile.
The deer froze in her place, throat filling with bile.
There was a scream, and a crack,
And then all that remained were two golden eyes and the cloak on her back.
Some people tell tales of the wolf in the wood.
Some say that he was just misunderstood
Some say the blood proved what he did,
And that the woman he killed was really a kid.
But I know the truth of the wolf in the woods,
And us creatures that live there, we did what we could,
To help whom we thought was just a girl in a hood.