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The Wolf - By: Rae-ah Ratuski

Once around the forest,

Hiding from the wolf.

Little did the princess know,

She was running from herself.

The claws ripped through her fingers,

And the teeth tore through her gums.

She knew she would destroy herself before the night was done.

Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.

This poem is about mental health and the struggles of dealing with your inner demons.

Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.

When I start writing I don't have a plan. I write the first sentence that comes to mind and then I see what I feel.

Why did you choose to write this poem?

I wrote this poem because I was feeling down and I needed a way to express myself.

Do you have any tips or anything to share with the youth writers who may be reading this?

Be yourself when you write. Never worry about what others will think and never be embarrassed to write your true feelings.

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