poetry friday

Lots of tiny hobgoblins are due to trick or treat in a few days…

artwork by theodor kittelsenHow to Tell Goblins from Elves
by Monica Shannon

The Goblin has a wider mouth
Than any wondering elf.
The saddest part of this is that
He brings it on himself.
For hanging in a willow clump
In baskets made of sheaves,
You may see the baby goblins
Under coverlets of leaves.

They suck a pink and podgy foot,
(As human babies do),
And then they suck the other one,
Until they’re sucking two.
And so it is that goblins’ mouths
Keep growing very round.
So you can’t mistake a goblin,
When a goblin you have found.