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Poetry Saturday – The Grumpthings


The cave

The cave (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today’s poem will use neologisms (invented new words).


The kids discovered a new type of plaything

They were called grumpthings

who lived at the edge of town

in the entrance of a cave


The grumpthings were like tall trolls

with piercing and small eyes instead of large


The grumpthings were furry

and, when touched, they seethed and spit

Maybe they wouldn’t want to play with the kids after all

and it seemed like they didn’t want to be looked at either


The grumpthings eventually indicated to the children

that they wanted to play ooingasasana

Each child snapped their fingers and pointed at a grumpthing,

“their” grumpthing would then go to the top of the child’s head

and rest on it

holding on with his owl-like claws


Six children, six grumpthings, and six hours later

the furry creatures grew wings and flew out of the cave

The ooingasasana game

had given the children the ability to grow wings too

The children flew home

before their parents could hear about

the grumpthings, their strange little game

and their strange looks

Author: Debb Stanton

I am an optimistic, positive person who is a seven year cancer survivor. Since that time I have learned that getting a cancer diagnosis does not always mean an automatic death sentence. I like to share my hope with others and continue to encourage them - no matter who they are or what they need encouragement for. I write poems, prayers, articles, and stories. Recently the premiere issue of my online magazine, launched. Thank you for visiting!

4 thoughts on “Poetry Saturday – The Grumpthings

  1. That was a fun read – thanks:-)

  2. Love it! Fantastic!

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