A Roaming Gnome



A gnome went for a walk one day
Along the garden path
He saw another standing guard
Next to the new birdbath

Being a sweet and friendly sort
He stopped to pass the time
The other said no single word
Are there such as gnomish mimes?

Our hero frowned, but passed him by
For rudeness he had felt
He spied another down the path
Who's smile seemed so heartfelt

But this one too rebuffed our friend
And spoke no single thought
Our hero tipped his hat and left
For kindness he'd been taught

Yet when a third just would not speak
And a fourth and fifth were mute
Our gnome took stock of breath and pits
Their silence did not compute

The friendly gnome just hurried off
With a teardrop in his eye
They might not ever speak to him
But they would not see him cry

So large folk, stop and give a thought
No one should feel this slighted
Ceramic gnomes are oh so cute
But the real ones are nearsighted

Copyright c2005 Brian E. Spivey
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Submitted by CoachSpivey on September 07, 2015

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme XAXA XXXB CDAD XEXE XFBF XCXC EGFG X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 891
Words 178
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1

Brian Spivey

I've been writing for nearly 40 years. It's been a good ride. Hope you enjoy. I have one series of poems that should be read together. "A Sad Fairy Tale", "Happily", "A New Fairy Tale Begins", and "The Result of True Love". As the Staler Brothers sang "Some I wrote for money, some I wrote for fun, some I wrote and threw away, and never sang for anyone. One I wrote for Mama, and a couple still aren't through, I've lost track of all the rest but the most I wrote for you." Enjoy. more…

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