Wednesday, December 5, 2012


                                                     Sketch by John Leech 1843
Image: Scrooge's Ghostly Third Visitor
Sourced through Wikimedia Commons (here)

What the dickens! One is to encroach
on the once sour and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge
Following ghostly visits, his transformation
To one lauded later for its compassion

A Christmas Carol a novella by Dickens
Traced life's journey the author had taken
Inspired by humiliating childhood experiences
and outright sympathy for the down-trodden

Supernatural visits by the three Ghosts
of the Past, Present and Yet to Come
Was instrumental in effecting in Scrooge
A character change later in life of one

The tale had been viewed as a dig and an indictment
Of ills of the 19th-century industrial capitalism

Written for Ella's Wonder Wednesday #12 at Poets United with prompt -Scrooge- and
d'Verse's OpenLinkNight week #73


  1. no one likes a scrooge.. lol! But who doesn't love a Christmas Carol? Nice post!

  2. I love the way this poem is a summary of the dickens classic, welldone

  3. I think there is hope in the world even for those Scrooges among us. Nice summary, Hank!

  4. If scrooge can turn
    Then so can most
    Giving some hope
    Thanks to a not so friendly ghost

  5. I love how you took a classic path!
    Dickens would love it~
    Well Done :D

  6. what is interesting to me is that even scrooge can change...sometimes we have to have quite the fright to realize it like him...but in that i find hope for all of us...smiles.

  7. Good one, Hank - what would Dickens think of THIS century's capitalism? We are due for another Transformation:)

  8. I'm certain that we can all change. Hopefully, we don't need a ghost to motivate us. Ha.

  9. I agree with Ella...Dickens would have loved this :)

  10. The thing I like about Scrooge the most is that he had the courage, finally, to change. It isn't easy to do, especially at his age. I didn't know what had inspired the story, thanks for that.

  11. Hank,

    I really enjoyed your 'take' of the old story. A most fitting response to the old tale; which may well return to haunt some of the Scooges in the world today!!!!

    Best Wishes,

  12. Of the greatness of classical authors is their ability to creat characters which remain to be quoted in literary work of today.

  13. Interesting Scrooge changing :) a good one, enjoyed it.

  14. I think I prefer your account to Dickens's! Well told.

  15. I'm glad even nasty Scrooge was able to mend his ways and make amends to those he'd caused to suffer. Nice telling of it Hank.

  16. Perfectly said. You and Dickens are genius at summing things up. (I actually think you're a better writer than he, but please keep that between you and me in case he reads this and gets his feelings hurt. Thansk!