For today’s challenge, bearing in mind it is a Saturday we were asked simply to say a few lines on a poem that we love, that makes us jealous.
Mine is a poem from my childhood, that I have had the pleasure of re-discovering with my own children. Little Red Riding Hood, from Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, is a parody of the traditional Riding Hood fairy tale, ending in a decidedly non-traditional way…
The small girl smiles.
One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature’s head.
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead
There are so many reasons I love this. Hilarious use of rhyme. The unexpected twist. The hint of anarchy, using grown up words in a story supposedly for children. That imagery! Words that a child will remember into adulthood…
There is no other section of poetic writing that so encapsulates what I am trying to ultimately achieve with my poetry.
Here’s to trying 🙂