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"the curse of a grave-girdled ground"

First, a meme:




Which Pumpkin Carol Are You?




You are "Great Pumpkin Is Comin' To Town"!

"Great Pumpkin Is Comin' To Town"
Oh, you better not shriek, you better not groan,
You better not howl, you better not moan,
Great Pumpkin is coming to town!
He's going to find out from folks that he meets,
Who deserves tricks and who deserves treats;
Great Pumpkin is coming to town!
He'll search in every pumpkin patch, haunted houses far and near;
To see if you've been spreading gloom, or bringing lots of cheer!
So you better not shriek, you better not groan,
You better not howl, you better not moan;
Great pumpkin is coming to town!!


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Since I posted a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien yesterday, I thought today I should post a work by the other author for whom I named my LJ, H.P. Lovecraft. Before I do, those of you who know Lovecraft's character Cthulhu may enjoy these Cthulhu haikus from Revolution Science Fiction.

Another clever twist on Lovecraft is Cthulhu Circus, where the Family Circus cartoon receives captions from H.P. Lovecraft's writings.


And now for our spooky text of the day, a favorite of mine: H.P. Lovecraft's "Nemesis" (1920).

Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
I have lived o'er my lives without number,
I have sounded all things with my sight;
And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.

I have whirled with the earth at the dawning,
When the sky was a vaporous flame;
I have seen the dark universe yawning
Where the black planets roll without aim,
Where they roll in their horror unheeded, without knowledge or lustre or name.

I had drifted o'er seas without ending,
Under sinister grey-clouded skies,
That the many-forked lightning is rending,
That resound with hysterical cries;
With the moans of invisible daemons, that out of the green waters rise.


I have plunged like a deer through the arches
Of the hoary primoridal grove,
Where the oaks feel the presence that marches,
And stalks on where no spirit dares rove,
And I flee from a thing that surrounds me, and leers through dead branches above.

I have stumbled by cave-ridden mountains
That rise barren and bleak from the plain,
I have drunk of the fog-foetid fountains
That ooze down to the marsh and the main;
And in hot cursed tarns I have seen things, I care not to gaze on again.

I have scanned the vast ivy-clad palace,
I have trod its untenanted hall,
Where the moon rising up from the valleys
Shows the tapestried things on the wall;
Strange figures discordantly woven, that I cannot endure to recall.

I have peered from the casements in wonder
At the mouldering meadows around,
At the many-roofed village laid under
The curse of a grave-girdled ground;
And from rows of white urn-carven marble, I listen intently for sound.

I have haunted the tombs of the ages,
I have flown on the pinions of fear,
Where the smoke-belching Erebus rages;
Where the jokulls loom snow-clad and drear:
And in realms where the sun of the desert consumes what it never can cheer.

I was old when the pharaohs first mounted
The jewel-decked throne by the Nile;
I was old in those epochs uncounted
When I, and I only, was vile;
And Man, yet untainted and happy, dwelt in bliss on the far Arctic isle.

Oh, great was the sin of my spirit,
And great is the reach of its doom;
Not the pity of Heaven can cheer it,
Nor can respite be found in the tomb:
Down the infinite aeons come beating the wings of unmerciful gloom.

Through the ghoul-guarded gateways of slumber,
Past the wan-mooned abysses of night,
I have lived o'er my lives without number,
I have sounded all things with my sight;
And I struggle and shriek ere the daybreak, being driven to madness with fright.

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estellye
Oct. 12th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
hehe! I liked that quiz best so far! :D

I can see why that poem is a favorite!

((((EH))))
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked the quiz! :) Thanks for your kind words. (((Estellye))))
elicia8
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oooooh, I love Nemesis. I get that "do not disturb the water" feeling every time I read it. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
That's a perfect description! *shudders*
sittingduck1313
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC)
Those haikus were hilarious.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
LOL! Glad you liked them. :)
dannyboy8406
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:58 pm (UTC)
Tolkien rocks! Sadly though I haven't read a great deal of Lovecraft's work :( Amazing poem though!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you liked the poem! I actually put an article out last year (in Apex Science Fiction and Horror Digest) about the connection between Tolkien and Lovecraft. The two have a lot of similarities, despite the first impressions they present. I really do love them both.
wellinghall
Oct. 12th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
Cthulhu haikus? Good grief! Whatever next ...
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:12 pm (UTC)
Do we really want to know? LOL.
witchcat07
Oct. 12th, 2006 11:09 pm (UTC)
Haikus were very silly, meme was very cute and clever, Lovecraft poem was...disturbing, but we have come to expect that.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the meme! I remember having the Pumpkin Carols Songbook when I was little. :)
fungus_files
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
Re Cthulhu Circus: Kelly Clarkson - LOL. Loved checking those out.

And "fog-foetid fountains" is not only cool alliteration but so substantially creepy, too. *loves*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
Isn't the Cthulhu Circus a hoot? I have some of them on my office door at school. "Kelly Clarkson" cracked me up.

So glad you liked "Nemesis"!
wildviolet4
Oct. 13th, 2006 02:19 am (UTC)
I just love the Halloween posts!

So while I read "Nemesis," I will hum the sweet refrains of "I Heard the Bells on Halloween!"

:::humshappily:::
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you're enjoying the Halloween posts! Thanks so much for the lovely feedback.

So while I read "Nemesis," I will hum the sweet refrains of "I Heard the Bells on Halloween!"

LOL! Now that's a combination!

*starts to hum it myself* :)

rosamundeb
Oct. 13th, 2006 03:22 am (UTC)
*L*!!! Thank you for the haikus and the Nameless Dread Circus... *G*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
LOL! You're most welcome. I'm so glad you enjoyed them! :)
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