The Goblins’l Getcha

Hoodoos, Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, Utah, United States of America
The Goblin phalanx
Swarmed the battlements
Filling the moat
With their bodies
Clambering over
The unbreachable wall
Each one a writhing ladder rung
For others to climb

The Keep now defeated
The horde set upon
Its inhabitants
Until all were slain
Or enslaved
As Goblins will do
In the revelry
Of victory

Goblin Valley State Park
Green River
Utah, United States of America

Taken during travels, 2009

I can’t rightly say this photograph was inspired by Little Orphan Annie, James Whitcomb Riley’s children’s rhyme my 1st Grade teacher used to read to my class. But, the mass of goblinesque hoodoos featured in the photograph, along with the gleefully frightening memory of those readings did inspire a rather fanciful free verse reframing of the consequences for failing to watch out. So, I humbly submit this post to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge, Half-Light.

And to Mrs. Vincent, my 1st grade teacher, thank you so much for so memorably and wickedly enunciating every syllable of the poem’s through line:

The Goblins will get you if you don’t watch out!