Beware the Evil Tra-La-Lah

She sweetly sings Come be with me,
lullabyes them deep in sleep to kidnap.
Children, her calliope.

She crashes children’s dreams with glee
mists their minds, makes one commanding clap
and sweetly sings Come be with me.

Spins dulcimer tones in heads so wee,
savors treble clefs, craves their fiddle-dee-dee.
Children, her calliope.

Plants cotton-candy poisonous tree
in tussled heads so sweet, such evil trap.
She sweetly sings Come be with me.

Disguised she devil-sings come follow me,
codas dream with one giant gingersnap.
Children, her calliope.

Parents, heed my tale and listen carefully
lest you lose your children as they nap.
She sweetly sings Come be with me,
children, her calliope!

Bjorn is hosting Meet-the-Bar night at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. He asks us to write a nonsense narrative poem. We must clearly tell a story. “The characters and their actions may seem absurd or playful, but what they do makes sense in a nonsense way. It is fine to use invented words, but it should be clear from the concept if they are creatures, things, or even verbs.” Photo from

16 thoughts on “Beware the Evil Tra-La-Lah

  1. Ingrid January 13, 2022 / 3:02 pm

    Well done for making a Villanelle of this, Lillian: it’s truly chilling and has a fairytale feel to it…

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  2. Mish January 13, 2022 / 3:20 pm

    Oh wow, this is haunting, Lil.
    These pharses….”spins dulcimer tones in heads so wee” and “one giant gingersnap” are reminders of how a predator can play on a child’s innocent mind. Yikes.


  3. Ain January 13, 2022 / 3:24 pm

    Oh dear….clever, cunning ‘sweet’ verse full of surprises….very much enjoyed!


  4. msjadeli January 13, 2022 / 3:59 pm

    So creepy, the idea of “playing” children like a calliope! Parents need to watch their offspring closer than ever nowadays. The creepers can invade through locked doors via electronic devices.


  5. Glenn A. Buttkus January 13, 2022 / 5:03 pm

    Incredible feat ’bout tiny feet and evil so sweet. Very impressive work. Kudos for the Villanelle form.


  6. Rob Kistner January 13, 2022 / 5:31 pm

    Dark, but captivating Lillian. Got a bit of goosebumps reading this. Very effective


  7. Gillena Cox January 13, 2022 / 6:44 pm

    Oh she’s a wicked one!!!

    Happy Thursday

    Much love…


  8. writingwhatnots January 14, 2022 / 7:37 am

    Nightmares are made of this – gave me goosebumps!


  9. Quaranjavirus January 14, 2022 / 11:26 am

    Loved this! Dark and scary,yet narrated in a wonderful way,which I really enjoyed 🙂


  10. Helen Dehner January 14, 2022 / 12:16 pm

    This is quite amazing .. this brand of dark is fascinating.


  11. pvcann January 17, 2022 / 8:05 am

    I love your muse about the dark muse Lillian, delightful 🙂


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