My mother surely knew the wolf
lurked along that path.
She had to know the world's
filled with wolves, that their special
habitat is a forest
where little girls walk alone.
She dressed me
in the color of raw meat, she filled
my basket with warm-scented goodies
and sent me specifically
into the woods. A long way
into the woods. For years, I believed
it was wolves
that I had to beware.

Lois Beebe Hayna

Lois Hayna ( is surprised and amused that her adult reading of the old fairy tales differs so greatly from the way she viewed them as a child.

The artwork at the top of the page is by Nethery Wylie.