Market of the Christmas Elves
On Christmas Day in the palm of a warty goblin
rested a Christmas elf in bondage.
The goblin spoke:
“I shall free the elf for the price of all your kindness
and thus you shall never again see the man in red or Christmas-
but a person who leaves an elf in bondage is forever naughty
and the gifts you live your life to receive shall be yours no more.”
I took the elf from the goblin’s hand, removed his strains, and spoke:
“There shall be no deal or bargain for I do not haggle.
I freed the elf with my own power and wit.
It seems you forgot the power of Man.”
– F H Hakansson