Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Troll Blankets


 Violet blossoms hold violent promise
A sweet sugar coating
on a treacherous meal

fields of purple flowers
look most inviting
but hungry trolls they conceal

Troll blankets they are
and fittingly named so
shallow stems hide tunnels deep

Troll homes in the earth
clawed hands reaching for ankles
to drag down and forever keep

"See those purple flowers over there? They call 'em Troll Blankets. My mother used to tell us they grew over the holes in the ground that trolls lived in. They'd hide in the thick fields of flowers, waiting for children to wander in so they could grab 'em by the leg and pull 'em down.

I don't know about trolls, but the real reason you want to avoid them is because they only grow over shallow tunnels and around open holes. Any fool that trundles off into them is likely to fall through and break his neck. Troll Blankets are deadly tricky things, with or without trolls."
-Anonymous Norwegian Field Guide, 1938

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