We must not look at goblin men,
We must not buy their fruits:
Who knows upon what soil they fed
their hungry thirsty roots?....
'Nay, hush, my sister:
I ate and ate my fill,
Yet my mouth waters still...
~ Christina Rossetti from Goblin Market: a Tale of Two Sisters
I adore this ballad by Victorian poet Christina Rossetti. Much has been written about the meaning behind Goblin Market. The author herself said that it was meant as a simple fairy story, though not for kids. I think it has many layers, like dreams. The words and images are as rich and sensuous as almost anything I've ever read. If you don't have your own paper copy, I suggest printing it out and reading it when you are lounging and eating delicious fruit. Maybe in the bath.
Post inspired by Day 12 of Gwen Bell’s December blogging challenge: What was your favorite new food 09? (still haven't tried goblin fruit, but know I'd love it.)