The Schemish Snay

by Jackie Pennington

 

Long ago, in the land of Zot,
Dewlings dwelt beneath the tree,
Their feathfur strewn with petals they’d sought,
And they danced with muddlish glee.

One morning in the beamy wood,
The air all mizzly and stickid be,
A young lass, journeysome and good,
Chose to sit a spell beneath the tree.

The maid leaned back against the tree,
A branch above she sat beneath.
She reached up high and pulled an orple free
And peeled it with her teeth.

Unseen and hidden beside the lass
There crouched a schemish Snay,
With a mind filled with sadischieous cheer,
He plotted to scare her away.

And up the tree climbled the Snay,
All dressed in snerfles and loam,
And with a sness slid down her dress;
He sent her squealching home.

Long ago, in the land of Zot,
Dewlings dwelt beneath the tree,
Their feathfur strewn with petals they’d sought,
And they danced with muddlish glee.

 

 

A Schemish Guide:
beamy: this describes the look of a forest that is mostly dark, but has beams of sunlight coming down through the trees.
climbled: a quick, awkward action between “climbed” and “scrambled.”
dewlings: creatures that are a cross between mice and sparrows. They eat flowers and drink dew from the plants, and are covered in feathfur, a downy, feathery fur.
mizzly: misty/drizzly.
muddlish: muddled, confused.
orple: a fruit that is a hybrid of apples and oranges.
sadischieous: a sort of sadistic mischief.
snay: a creature like a snake with legs and long antennae; it makes a “sness” sound.
snerfles: a mixture of grass, plant bits, and bark.
stickid: that sticky feeling in the air when humidity is high.
squealching: a sound that is a cross between squealing and screeching; typically emitted by frightened maidens or cowardly persons. Not to be confused with “squelching.”

 

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