please report to the wharf.
Monday through Thursday, all gnomes
must remain at home.
listen here. Anyone found
in the tall grass without a pass
will have to disappear
Legends and lives of little people abound.
As long as the brooder peeps,
we egg hatchers of average stature
can count on having someone to boss around
Executive Committeefolk Dickens, Tolkien,
Melville and the like deploy
and supervise their scattered seed,
their various Pips, their small charges,
through dragonweed jungles, voyages
of lily pad princes on oakleaf barges,
on mythical trips to fasten the fancy on.
Leered on by large witches and small Morlocks,
cheered on by merry Munchkins and Eloi,
go Chicken Little, Red Riding Hood, Tom Thumb,
Bilbo, Frodo, Pinnochio, Tiny Tim,
the wee folk and the hollow tree folk,
elves of the Lilliputian pantheon,
people of P.S. 9 and the brothers Grimm,
those stunted devils and runt angels
who teach each other little lessons
on small virtues and flyspeck dangers,
terribly tiny tragic flaws and taints
such as, eek, speaking to strangers,
WHILE GREAT RED DEMONS,
GIGANTIC VIRGINS, IMMENSE ARCHANGELS
AND OVERWHELMING SAINTS
strike large poses since everyone knows
those are the prize sizes
the trumpeter blows and the painter paints
Big Miss Muffet sits on a throne
eating whatever she damn well pleases,
including whoever sits down beside her.
The spider leaves her alone.
"If Instead of Apes
We Had Come from Grapes"
is a book of light verse
written and illustrated
by Alan Van Dine