In amongst the mighty trees
hiding under pines and leaves
live those creatures we don’t see,
but I can tell you, come with me.
Not much further, do not fear
I have much to tell you, little dear
beautiful stories you’ll want to hear
of magical creatures far and near.
Come, let me tell you, it’s not much further
and do not worry about your mother
she won’t know you’re missing, you and your brother,
and you won’t be alone there are plenty of others.
As light fades away and night follows day
I’ll tell you the stories that some may say
should not be heard by those your age
but I’ll tell them to you as cautionary tales.
This is the place that I wanted you to see,
far, far away in amongst the mighty trees.
Now I will show you the creatures most don’t see
as they join me to feast on children’s flesh this eve.
Today’s prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, Transforming Friday with Nature’s Wonders, turned out to be pretty tricky. It focuses on the myths and folklore of the German Black Forest, where many of the Brothers Grimm’s tales come from. I read up a bit on all of this and decided to create my own monster… An old woman, a tale-teller, who lures children away and serves them up as food to other forest monsters. Kind of a take on Hansel and Gretel, I suppose…
The artwork is from a different traditional Swedish tale about a boy who was never afraid (and therefore wandered into the forest where he met many creatures), illustrated by my all-time favourite in this genre, John Bauer.