Goblins and Ghouls

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Goblins and ghouls
assemble in the gloaming
drinking from goblets
of gelatinous guts.

Gathering together
from their gimcrack shacks,
they play pranks on each
other flinging ghastly, fat bats.

Their grisly grins are more
gruesome than gay, lopsided
and gnashing, greasy and gray.

This one night they group
feeling quite giddy, gyrating
and spinning under the
globe of the moon.

Grimy and grizzled
they greet each other
down in the graveyard
where gristley gigot is served.

They’re grotesque and
gruff and speak in
gesturing gibberish
as they gibe and glare
in loathsome glee.

Soon eyes are glassy
from gaiety’s abundance
as the dim rays of dawn
glance over the glade.

With one last, piercing guttural
growl they grouse, slinking down
deep into their gelid grottos–
gloomy again until next Halloween.

Monday Morning Writing Prompt–Alliteration:   http://liv2write2day.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/monday-morning-writing-prompt-alliteration/

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  1. Delightfully ghoulish 🙂


  2. Wickedly wicked… Halloween bring it on… 🙂


  3. Androgoth

     /  October 9, 2011

    Yes I most definitely like this one Gayle it is like home from home calling in and reading this ghoulishly offered poem… All I need now is some of those blood curdling screams and a few Hooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowling Werewolves and I can settle in with my Vampy Slippers and Vampire Wine 🙂 How Excellent 🙂

    Androgoth XXx


    • Something told me you would like this, Androgoth. So glad you did–howl away!

      Gayle xo


      • Androgoth

         /  October 10, 2011

        Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowl 🙂 lol

        Have a Ghoulishly fine Tuesday Gayle 🙂

        Androgoth XXx


  4. Renee

     /  October 9, 2011

    I have wonderful memories of Halloween growing up. It is just not the same these days but children love it just the same.


    • I do too, Renee, but it was such a more safe and fun environment back then. It’s changed into something very different but you’re right–children still seem to love it.

      Gayle xo


  5. I am genuinely gob-smacked at the number of “g” words you managed to get into the poem–and so effectively! Great work!


  6. I don’t think I’d like to meet any of them on a dark night.. Very cleverly told!


  7. I am going to plagiarize Lorna: I am genuinely gob-smacked at the number of “g” words you managed to get into the poem–and so effectively! Great work!:)


    • I don’t think she’ll mind and I do love that word! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me and the nice compliment–I appreciate that.


  8. Bravo! this is wonderful, Gayle. I’m just gobsmacked! LOL! You’re getting us right into Halloween. Thanks!


  9. another amazing poem. you do know how to capture eeriness. a fabulous read. the photograph you added is splendid. its more artistic then spooky, your poem made up for that touch of romanticism by its amazing grip on macabre.


    • Thank you, Trisha. So glad you enjoyed my Halloween offering. Remember the “lesson” I gave you last year on Halloween? That was fun for me…

      Yes, the photo just sets the stage with the big moon hanging over the graveyard…


  10. Oh this one’s fun! This brings up strong memories of reading “Where the Wild Things are”; over and over and over again. Fun fun poem, Gayle!


  11. Ah, geeeeeeee, Gayle. This is a fun one. Who’d have thought alliteration and halloween would go so well together. Thank you.


  12. Oh, yeah, they go very well together!


  13. Ahhhhhhhhhh! This was GREAT!!! 😀 I love fun poems like this – the playfulness reminds me of Ogden Nash, Dr. Suess or Shel Silverstein…lol You did SO well with this one! More! More!


    • So happy that you liked this ghoulish offering! I got in the mood early this month. 🙂

      I’m going away in a couple of days for a week to the beach with my three sisters. Woohoo! The preparation part has taken me off the computer this week a good bit too. I’ll be in touch when I get back–if not before. Enjoy your Halloween!



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