Thursday, 20 January 2011

Kit Crewbucket

Last weeks words on Lily's Friday challenge were Tunnel, Judge, & Horse. I had an overwhelming sense of the English canals. I've had quite a busy week, so kept revisiting the same theme without success. Then I remembered legends of Kit Crewbucket and spring heeled jack. Unfortunately I couldn't get my story short enough so I put in a short poem instead. BTW a bogart is a household fairy which causes things to disappear, milk to sour, and dogs to go lame. Always malevolent, the boggart will follow its family wherever they flee.

The Ballad of Kit Crewbucket

From the tunnel depths I heard a wailing sound, from several souls that she had drowned.

How many there it’s hard to judge, their bodies sunk beneath the sludge

The headless bogart known as Kit, likes to play around a bit.

With the temperament of the wildest horse, she stalks this stretch of watercourse.

With wailing drone and chains to clink she seeks another barge to sink.

1 comment:

  1. Not only is Kit Crewbucket a sublime name, your poem is a fitting tribute to this putrid character who, according to the link you added above "will cook your breakfast if she takes a liking to you."