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Hungry Gnome

On a tussock
In the glades of evenstar
Sat a green-faced garden gnome
In a crimson cassock.

Snow was falling
On the lodestone land afar,
Limpid shone moon's glimmer-loam,
Glint-eyed owls were calling.

"Time now", said
To himself our beardy friend
"To nip away a magic night with some
Sweetmeat morsel: sugar bread

Of heaven". He
Pulled from his crimson pocket's end
With dragon-fury rumbling in his tum,
A piece of Christmas pie.

But in a trice,
Gossamer-wings a-flying,
Sat down a crystal Christmas fairy-mum,
Speaking sage advice:

"Watch your weight!
"What do you think you're doing?
"Normal gnomes have certain forms. But your bum:
"'Tis no more size eight."

Brow downcast
Yet the greedy wight feasts on;
And as his garden-maw begins to foam
He still can't eat his pie too fast.

And as he fattens
The tussock squattens
And Christmas crimson cassocks burst their buttons,
And fairies, even fairy-mums, will - sighing - hum
"What shall we do with gluttons?"
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

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British born and brought up, classically educated.Apart from the Greek and Latin Classics, my special enthusiasms are English and German romantic poetry, but also (outwith that loop) the spare New Englander Emily Dickinson and Gerard Manley Hopkins. My own stuff here is largely 'retro', but I make no apology for that. Poetry, to be poetry, needs discipline.I am happy to review (or preview) poems by request (lindsayxix@gmail.com). more…

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