It’s October, and that means I’m back with more supernatural creature poems! I didn’t plan for this to become an annual thing, but I enjoy the little challenge of writing these poems. Last year’s got a bit dark, so this year, I decided to focus on supernaturals being helpful, or at least neutral, toward humans.
Quick reminder that, in each poem, if you read just the first word of each line, it forms a sentence that is another clue to the supernatural it’s about. See if you can guess each one! Some of these might be harder if you’re not familiar with supernaturals that are less common in media or if you’re unfamiliar with some of their lore. Though, funnily enough, (this is an extra hint) two of these have fairly common non-supernatural counterparts you might be familiar with… Anyway, answers are at the end!
Garden blooming, thanks to you, though shy and small you fare;
Through the dirt you toil, beneath the pointy cap you wear.
The sun renders you frozen, decoration on the lawn;
Night brings you back to tend your plants and critters until dawn.
Surface frothing with foam, you leave your home among the sea,
For the ocean cannot keep you from a lonely human’s plea.
Seven salty drops, a call to go slip off your skin,
Tears dried before you find your stash and swim back to you kin.
Guard of high-rise buildings and cathedrals of days past,
In the eyes of some, a Gothic remnant, granite-cast.
Stony-faced atop your perch, you ward evil away,
Silence- and stillness-bound as you protect through night and day.
Guide to those who wander through the dark and marshy bog,
Lost in murky shadows, mossy ground, and hazy fog,
People hypnotized by the comfort of your glow,
Home, led by your light, those you deemed friend rather than foe.
Answers (and the first word of each line clue):
Gnome (Garden through the night)
Selkie (Surface for seven tears)
Gargoyle (Guard in stony silence)
Will o’ the Wisp (Guide lost people home)