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From the Journal of E. WildePrologue
From the journal of Evangeline Wilde.
Much of the history of mankind is an exercise in speculation. Hieroglyphs may tell us about the great accomplishments of ancient Egyptians, but we can only piece together part of a story from a series of snapshots. We can guess about what their lives might have been like, but we may never truly know whether we are right. The same can be said for Greek ruins, and Chinese vases, for Mayan calendars, and any other artifact left over from fallen civilizations; all of them.. like looking through ancient history’s scrap book; they are just fragments of a much larger theme, and the rest of the story, every bit as vital and important, is lost to the ravages of time.
What remains are the legends. The folktales, fables, and myths. Stories preserved through oral traditions, and then written and rewritten, but somehow, miraculously, staying true to their nature. The faces change, as do the times and circumstances, but they retain their o
Red Riding HoodI want to believe people so badly when they say they won’t bite
that I contemplate climbing into their smiling jaws
thinking that it might be better to be split in two than left hanging.
But always, I draw my red hood and flit back into the forest
running in the shadows of pathways, never stepping into clearings
because I’ve spent my whole life in the wilderness
and I still can’t tell the wolves from the woodsmen.
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