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VxPoem ID: 41768

Category:
myth_legend

Posted: December 5th. 2011 12:43:31 PM

Views: 612

The Krampus

by Sparrowgael

Age Group: Adult



What’s that shrieking in the distance?

What’s that screaming in the wind?

Do you hear it?

Can you feel it?

Something outside wanting in?

Is it Santa? Lovely Santa?

Making checkmarks on his list?

Or someone else

(or something else)

In a cruel and awful twist?

Think about it, check your heartbeat,

Have you done the best you could?

If they told him,

(And they’ll tell him, )

Would they say that you’ve been good?

Before you answer, lean in closer,

Let me give you some advice;

He’s the one,

The only one,

who’ll thresh the naughty from the nice.

He smells your secrets, tastes your fears,

He catches evil in his sift

and he picks them

(How he picks them!)

Leaving Santa all that’s left

who then by magic, brings his goodies

To the ones whose names he got

He’ll make his flight

(in just one night!)

And visit every child and tot…

Well no not every, there are many

Who do not make the grade

And the Krampus

(Yes, the Krampus)

Has won them in the trade

Some he dines on in his travels

Some he brings along as well;

And he beats them

and mistreats them

and delivers them to hell.

So be certain when you listen

To the noises on your roofs

That it’s Santa

(Lovely Santa!)

And his little reindeer hooves.

Just be on your best behavior

And always keep in mind

He knows your name

He’ll find your shame

and Krampus follows close behind.




Author's Notes: Also of Germanic roots, the myth of the Krampus, the dark side of Santa, pays homage to the days when Christmas and ghost stories went hand in hand. Back then, Santa did not leave coal for naughty children but gave their names to the Krampus; an evil creature who dealt decisively with bad little boys and girls. Make sure those are reindeer on your roof before you go out to see if Santa has taken the milk and cookies. It may be something else...and it may have your name.


Author's Location: Concord, New Hampshire
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