NRA’s Take on Classic Tale (Taken Back) (April Poem 5)


NRA’s Take on Classic Tale (Taken Back)

So, little blonde, packing heat, but no supplies,
stumbles onto unlocked house,
warm leftovers, seemingly
spare bed, until owners, proponents of the right
to arm bears, show,
and, as her yawn
exposes holster,
shoot her.

Blondie expires (despite
blondeness), but Mama B.’s caught too
in crossfire; Baby and Papa
turning to drink, meth,


5th poem (in just 55 words) for April National Poetry Month–this for the wonderful Kerry O’Connor’s prompt on Real Toads to write a 55 word poem, also thinking of a classic.  The pic is a recycled one of mine–

As a process note, the U.S. National Rifle Association (the “NRA”) has recently released a revised book of Grimms’ fairy tales, with various characters, such as Little Red Ridinghood, now armed. 


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11 Comments on “NRA’s Take on Classic Tale (Taken Back) (April Poem 5)”

  1. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    Yep! This says a whole lot in 55 words. Best you don’t get me started.
    Thanks for this powerful piece, Karin.

  2. whimsygizmo Says:

    There is nothing I love more than a fractured fairy tale. 😉
    Love this: “to arm bears” heehee

  3. gillena Says:

    A fanciful write. Thank for the note about the new versions of Grimm’s tales

    Much love…

  4. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade) Says:

    I love both picture and poem – and particularly the right to arm bears! (A pity this object lesson is not more widely understood.)

  5. Jim Says:

    The modern Goldilocks has a tinge of Little Red Riding Hood also as not all was well at all. I also wrote of a gun today, a toy.

  6. M Says:

    dayum! that’s as dark as the original Grimm… ~

  7. othermary Says:

    Now that’s an American classic. Brilliant social commentary.

  8. Marian Says:

    Oh good lord. No more walks in the woods!

  9. Oh my..This is an American Tale written down home violent style. I can’t stand the NRA.

  10. Violence darkens this whole fantasy quite dramatically. Like a fractured childhood, fractured inocence.

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