Daniel Of The Boustrophedonical Perspective (maboo) wrote,
Daniel Of The Boustrophedonical Perspective
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THE MAGIC WOOD
Henry Treece

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


I met a man with eyes of glass
And a finger as curled as the wrigglin worm
And hair as red as rotting leaves
And a stick that hissed like a summer snake

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


He sang me a song in backwards words
And drew me a dragon in the air
I saw his teeth through the back of his head
And a rat's eyes winking from his hair.

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


He made me a penny out of a stone
And showed me the way to catch a lark
With a straw and a nut and a whispered word
And a penn'orth of ginger wrapped up in a leaf

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


He asked me my name and where I lived
I told him a name from my Book of Tales
He asked me to come with him into the wood
And dance with the kings from under the hills

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!


But I saw that his eyes were turning to fire
I watched the nails grow on his wriggling hand
And I said my prayers all in a rush
And found myself safe on my father's land.

The wood is full of shining eyes,
The wood is full of creeping feet,
The wood is full of tiny cries;
You must not go to the wood at night!
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