I have to admit-doing this month’s challenge has got me reading poems that I most likely would never have run across. It is very interesting to me how many poets tackled the holiday as a theme or its many variants. The following excerpt (the actual poem is quite long and I have a thing about brevity on my blogs) is from one of the more over-the-top pieces I have run across. It seemed to fit well with the image, which started out as a photograph of a very tall inflatable demon-ghost thing.
TERRIFIC FIEND! thou Monster fell,
Condemn’d in haunts profane to dwell,
Why quit thy solitary Home,
O’er wide Creation’s paths to roam?
Pale Tyrant of the timid Heart,
Whose visionary spells can bind
The strongest passions of the mind,
Freezing Life’s current with thy baneful Art.
from “Ode to Despair,” by Mary Darby Robinson
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For today: Terrific Fiend!
This was taken in the front yard of a close friend’s house. Her husband loves Halloween and always does the house and yard up every year.
The poem is a little something different. An English poet and writer Winifred M. Letts wrote two Halloween poems in memory of the dead for the years 1914 and 1915. Her work, Hallow-e’en and Poems of the War is something to take a look at for those interested in the literature of the Great War. The poem excerpt used for this image is “Hallow-E’en 1915.”
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Hands down, skeletons rule the neighborhood this month. While I personally prefer bats and ghosts, clearly I am outnumbered by bones.
Someone mentioned the other day that one of the new *hot* items for Halloween are posable skeletons which accounts for some of the more imaginative things I am seeing in the yards. I have seen skeletons digging graves, jumping out of trees, skulking on a roof and many other activities-clearly one is only limited by his or her imagination-
And now, a delightful poem to ponder-
The skeletons are out tonight,
they march about the street,
With bony bodies, bony heads
and bony hands and feet.
Bony bony bony bones
with nothing in between,
Up and down and all around
they march on Halloween.
–from “Skeleton Parade,” by Jack Prelutsky
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For today: The skeletons are out tonite
Something short and sweet for today-
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For today: Pumpkin pumpkin
I was delighted when I found this yard-a lot is going on and I took several photographs. I went back in the evening and as I hoped, that little ring of ghosts was lit up. Do not be surprised if you see the daylight version later on.
The ghosts swarm.
They speak as one
loves you. Each
has left something
Did the palo verde
all at once?
are so sharp
they might cut
anything that moved.
The way a lost
will come back
You’re not interested
in it now,
where it’s been.
–from “Unbidden” by Rae Armantrout
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For today: The ghosts swarm
Well, clearly the really exciting stuff as far as Halloween decorating in the neighborhood is about two blocks down the street. Both great daytime and night-time stuff to photograph.
This was taken at a house where the front yard was filled with skeletons doing all kinds of creepy things-hanging out in trees, breaking through the ground, and peering around corners. Fun stuff for all. And I think theispoem was originally written with kids in mind–brrrr. . . . . . .
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For today: Bones that rattle
Another neighborhood find, geared with younger trick or treaters in mind-
There’s a house upon the hilltop
We will not go inside
For that is where the witches live,
Where ghosts and goblins hide.
Tonight they have their party,
All the lights are burning bright,
But oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.
The demons there are whirling
And the spirits swirl about.
They sing their songs to Halloween.
“Come join the fun,” they shout.
But we do not want to go there
So we run with all our might
And oh we will not go inside
The haunted house tonight.
–from “Haunted House,” by Jack Prelutsky
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For today: Where Ghosts and Goblins Hide
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