Today I was thinking back on my childhood; specifically how my mother would recite poetry that reached from the classic Raven by Poe to such simple childish bits of verse of The Gooks. The latter I feel was to keep we children in line, well-behaved and using proper manners. No one wanted to be a Gook who licked their fingers or a Gook who licked theri toes.

 

As I searched my memory one specific poem came to mind, for it was one that terrified and was especially effective when told right before bedtime. So today, I will share this favortie spooky verse with all of you. Enjoy!

 

Little Orphan Annie 

 

Little Orphan Annie's come to my house to stay.

To wash the cups and saucers up and brush the crumbs away.
To shoo the chickens from the porch and dust the hearth and sweep,
and make the fire and bake the bread to earn her board and keep.
While all us other children, when the supper things is done,
we sit around the kitchen fire and has the mostest fun,
a listening to the witch tales that Annie tells about
and the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!
 
Once there was a little boy who wouldn't say his prayers,
and when he went to bed at night away up stairs,
his mammy heard him holler and his daddy heard him bawl,
and when they turned the covers down, he wasn't there at all!
They searched him in the attic room and cubby hole and press
and even up the chimney flu and every wheres, I guess,
but all they ever found of him was just his pants and round-abouts
and the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!!
 
Once there was a little girl who always laughed and grinned
and made fun of everyone, of all her blood and kin,
and once when there was company and old folks was there,
she mocked them and she shocked them and said, she didn't care.
And just as she turned on her heels to go and run and hide,
there was two great big black things a standing by her side.
They snatched her through the ceiling fore she knew what shes about,
and the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!!
 
When the night is dark and scary, and the moon is full
and creatures are a flying and the wind goes Whoooooooooo,
you better mind your parents and your teachers fond and dear,
and cherish them that loves ya, and dry the orphans tears
and help the poor and needy ones that cluster all about,
or the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!!!
 
By James Whitcomb Riley
 
Now how is that for teaching you good Karma? Boo!
 
Monica M. Brinkman
 
 

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