In a time and a place
Beyond lands that you know
Lived a creature – full of horror.
Villagers leapt when he crept
Cos they knew, they’d be stew
If caught in a grip
Covered in scale.
His eyes were big, skin tough
Brown and furry, kind of rough
Had such a stink, even skunks held their nose!
His hair matted, eyebrows platted
Fingers hooked, claws crooked
He stood – as tall – as the biggest home.
In a cave by the bay
Was the place where he stay
And villagers daredn’t disturb.
A dark layer where he lay
Laze about, most the day
Destination for disappearing herds.
Each day at noon, birds would swoon
To the note of his croon
As he cleared out and emptied the trash;
Out of waste hauled, hair would fall,
Bones would scatter, teeth clatter
From remains – of supper and foe.
Then one day,
There was thumping,
Up the hill
To the village – where everyone froze,
The monster grumbled
When an old man screamed
Beware! The Goplikagoot!
The village emptied, not a soul,
Not a fish, not a mole
Was left, to challenge the guest;
Out the forest stepped a boy,
Who had seen once before
And knew exactly – what he should do.
Potion mixed, feast fixed
He hid himself, awful quick
Then he rang – the dinner bell.
The boy waited in the shadows
While monster screamed and bellowed
Until he saw – the mountain of food.
Then Goplikagoot gorged:
All through night,
On chocolate delight
Oh what a sight:
To see him covered in goo!
Fast asleep there he lay,
Till the sun reached midday
And he’d baked into a stone statue!
Now all parents tell their children
To eating rules they must listen
Know the difference between need and greed;
Sweet as chocolate is to taste
Never gorge on it in haste
Else they’ll end up like the Goplikagoot!
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