Have you heard about the travelling man?
He wears a black hat and a black suit,
A black waistcoat silky as a magpie's back,
And a suitcase of tricks carried in his hand.
Perhaps you've heard that lulling tune
He whistles as he walks the windy road.
It's a tune that sounds old and airy
Yet eerie and unnerving, forgotten too soon.
I've heard that he's as tall as a tree
And has fingers the colour of bone,
That his strangeness is what makes the children
Gather round him, aching to see
All the secrets that hide in his case.
Cards and silver coins glimmer inside,
But things writhe and shudder in the lining,
Things that would take a child's face.
The man performs the greatest tricks
Which lure the children ever closer
To his watery eyes and browning teeth
And a black broken heart no laughter can fix.
And the children are lost in the dead of the night,
Erased in a thick smothering mist,
Only to be found at the break of dawn
Stripped of their faces and tongue-tied in fright.
So late under many chilly misty eves
As you lay dreaming by your windowsill
About magic and fairies and
Monsters that your imagination weaves,
Just think about the suitcase
That pulses and shudders in the hand
Of the travelling man that wanders
The earth searching for another child's face.
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