The Little Man in the Green Hat


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The Little Man in the Green Hat


He lives in a hollow tree near a stream

in the green hills in the North of Ireland

 in the Province of Ulster and county of Down

  overlooking Banbridge

 a stone’s throw from Old Manse Road


His clothes are tattered and his belongings

 consist only of a hat and pipe and emerald colored shoes

with tassels that dance in the wind

as he prances through the green

pastures in search of mystical herbs


He stands but three foot tall

 but doesn’t seem to notice his demure size

and the fact that the tall grass rises above his shoulders

 so that he must occasionally leap upward to see his path

and in so doing dislodges the green hat from his head


He has mischievous eyes and a smile

 made up of snow white teeth that gleam brightly

 when he repositions the pipe in his elf like mouth

so that he might exhale a magic puff of smoke

that will make him invisible to the human eye



He travels deep into the forest

working his way toward the hiding place of

one of the many gold stashes that he protects

 from those that would steal his gold

for their own selfish benefit.


He smiles a wry smile and readjusts

 his hat tilting it slightly to the left

so that he might better view the

dense thickets to his right where

the pixies sometimes hide


He stops to rest and takes a swig

from the dusty bottle in his pack

containing an elixir of his own making

that bestows unusual powers

on those of his kind.   


He reaches his destination and

finds the gold as he left it

leaving him now with tired eyes

that soon close as he slumbers

and brings forth dreams of home-made

 Irish bread pudding and wild gooseberry tarts.


©Copyright Charlie Gragg 2009

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mamasan commented on The Little Man in the Green Hat


This man seems to me to be a challenge for the good angels.....sure wish he were still around with that special brand of his homemade elixir......and don't forget to let him pack some of that Irish bread pudding.....cause I smell a great picnic coming on.



Thanks for dropping by and visiting.

IzzyGumbo commented on The Little Man in the Green Hat


This is great Hampton! What a wonderful story :) Always, we can find treasures here 'under this rainbow' of your talent my friend.



Stories have a wonderful charm if they appeal to the reader's imagination. Thanks.

paulwallhtown commented on The Little Man in the Green Hat


Hey man, this is very cool Hampton. Nice story. .



Thanks for reading and commenting.

jademelissa74 commented on The Little Man in the Green Hat


What a magnificent story Charlie! The imagery is so exquisite. The flow within the development of the story is consistent. Amazing write!



Many thanks for your kind remarks.

romina983 commented on The Little Man in the Green Hat


i am so happy i came across your page! a great poem written by a truly wonderful man! the story telling really made me wish i was a part of that magical world!



You are very kind. Thank you for reading.

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

Hampton’s Poems (111)

Title Comments
Title Comments
Searching 5
The Poetess 14
Nonsense 12
Solitude 18
Lame Limericks 14
Message to Papa 15
Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
The Computer From Hell 18
Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
The Mind In Motion 13
The Game of Poetry 9
Silence 55
WordSlinger 19
Holiday Thoughts 12
Sweet Mary 18
From White to Grey to Black 19
The Reckoning 12
And All of That Jazz 16
Today 25
No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
Lucky 10
You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
Saturday Night 13
Political Change? 14
The Female Gender 17
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
Remembering 11
This Web We Weave 13
The End 16
The Day the Clouds Cried 16
The Path of Life 12
My Mother Ruth 12
Humanities Challenge 14
A Cowboy's Perspective 12
July in Buda Texas 14
The OP Poets Parade 20
The Chatelaine 12
Shot Through the Heart 17
Poetry and Fine Wine 18
The Man What Am 10
The Final Beat of My Heart 16
The Rainbow of Poets 19
A Cowboy's Lament 13
Of This World I am Not 17
The Wee People 19
An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
The Scent of Love 14
Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
Memories of Times Past 13
The Dance of the Poets 20
The Confession 14
Road to Obscurity 18
Barbara 14
Shadows 15
Prescience 17
Words That Bind 54
Wondering 26
New Year News from Buda Texas 13
We Are All Witnesses 16
Christmas 25
A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
The 9 ers 24
Love Defined 27
Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
More News From Buda Texas 26
Choices 26
News from Buda, Texas 21
In Search of God 21
Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
Out of the Darkness 15
Visions from Within the Mist 18
Baseball 12
The Night Stalker 16
The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
The Sounds of Time 17
The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
Blah Blah Blah 14
One Two Three 13
Carpe Viam 11
Love in the Afternoon 13
The Moth 14
Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
The Creative Process 19
The Truth and the Tribe 19
The Long Wait. 19
Feathers 26
The Arrow 14
Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
Ghostly Images 16
Friends 11
Angels Without Wings 20
The Rider 16
Pride and Shame 18
The Winning Poet is.... 21
Memories 13
Politicians 67
Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
God's Visit 17
Poets and Poems 20
Love Thy Neighbor 13
Renewal 8
The Roar of Silence 17
Blessed Are These Days 4
Time and Space 5
Life's Journey 8
Gift To The Fallen 16
Hunger 21
The Antique Shop 30