The Nightmare Lands
Beware the Nightmare Lands, my child,
Where gnomes and trolls and fairies dwell,
Where shadows lurk and trees are wild,
And every path leads to their dark spell.
There is no sun or moon or star,
To guide your way or light your face,
There is no hope or love this far
From home to save you from their dark embrace.
They'll lure you with their wicked charms,
Their songs and sweets and promises,
They'll trap you in their twisted arms,
And feast upon your dreams and bliss.
So listen well and heed my words,
And never stray from home at night,
The Nightmare Lands are for the birds,
And not for children's hearts so bright.
— s.c. hickman 2023