Scary Times for Men


Christine woke up from a nightmare in an Alaskan

Best Western, before realizing she wasn’t dreaming.

“This is a very scary time for young men in America,” the man in the t.v. blasted.


She hadn’t come far enough north.

So she unplugged, strapped on her big

red hiking boots (the better to kick with)

and escaped into the woods

like Little Red Riding Hood or

Hansel and Gretel,

leaving no bread crumbs

for there was no turning back.


Christine knew that throughout history and fairytales,

women and children had never been safe

in the forest. But now was an especially scary time

in America for #MenToo.


Wandering like Thoreau (a young man in America) through the woods,

she wondered whether Henry’d ever encountered

a big bad wolf or a creepy Grimm witch along the pond.

They used to hunt witches in Massachusetts, she shuddered

to think. Falsely accused, they were hung after trial.


She hurried along her way north until after a time,

through a curtain of dazzling snowflakes,

Christine came upon a nice-looking igloo where

she entered quietly, hoping everything would be

just right.

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