Sabrina Reyes-Peters

Fear, with a Side of Sexism, Visited the Woods

The fireflies were like fairies
They said to me,
those little trail-side lanterns, "Come, off the beaten path,
down into the woods."
I went, trotting down
a few steps.

I ventured partway.
Curious & cautious steps I took,
peering down the winding trail.
I was ready for an adventure.
But I am woman,
it was getting dark,
I was alone,
I had nothing
(except myself).
And so I thought to myself,
What if some creep is
hiding amongst the thickness?

And I retraced my steps
to the beaten path.