Susanne P Thomas -Poetry

Big Bad Wolf

I watched a veteran teacher
With unwavering words, underlined in anger
Address a crowd of 5-year-olds
Asking questions about the big bad wolf
And how to hide from one
And how to be quieter than a mouse
And how to sit scrunched together
In a locked classroom bathroom

There is no big bad wolf
Only humans
With guns and knives and bodies
And bodies that tower over those kindys
And voices that craft terror and spill hate
Who wait to make students stay quiet forever

When I stole your b...

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