Not A Child In Sight

A stitch past nine on borrowed time,

 memories come rushing back


The Wolf is feasting in Grandma’s bed,

Red Riding Hood a snack


A Cow gets ready to jump again,

but the moon drops from the sky


Humpty Dumpty a mess on the floor,

Tweedle-dum starts to cry


The candle burns for Jack’s last jump,

a quickening funeral pyre


The stepmother screams, Cinderella hides,

her daughter’s dress on fire


Little Jack Horner abandons his corner,

curds harden and whey runs aground


As Mother Goose watches the Grimm Brothers die

—not a child in sight to be found


(Villanova Pennsylvania: April, 2017)

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