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Halloween Countdown, Day 2

If you're looking for a poetic start to this spooky season, be sure to visit the Science Fiction Poetry Association's very popular Halloween Poetry Reading site, edited by Liz Bennefeld. Now in its seventh season, the site offers audio recordings of Halloween-appropriate poems (read by the poets themselves!) along with haunting art photographs. Check it out!

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Text of the Day: Today's verse was first published in the October 1937 issue of Weird Tales.

"To A Skull on My Bookshelf"
by Elizabeth Virginia Raplee

O bony relic of forgotten days,
Which, from my bookshelf, dominates the room,
Your empty sockets, with sardonic gaze,
Follow me weirdly in the deepening gloom!
I often think, if sudden speech returned,
You might reveal that secret, grisly jest
You're grinning at—or tell me what you've learned
Of that dark realm to which we're all addressed.

By what rude hands were you exhumed, and why
Wrenched from your body in its earthy bed?
Who knows but such indignity will I
Receive at other hands, when I am dead,
And, strangely resurrected, may adorn
The wall or desk of one as yet unborn!

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( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
wellinghall
Oct. 2nd, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
One of the best things about October is seeing your posts every day :-)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you so much!
peadarog
Oct. 2nd, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
I like the poem!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad!
jadepilot
Oct. 2nd, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)
Yay! It's October! Great poem.

Edited at 2012-10-02 03:32 pm (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Yay indeed! I'm so glad you liked it.
ankh_hpl
Oct. 2nd, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the SFPA signal boost! The sonnet was a nice Goth Decor touch, too.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! So glad you liked it.
witchcat07
Oct. 2nd, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
Heh, makes you think twice about keeping a skull in your room. ;~)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Ha! That it does!
wiredwizard
Oct. 2nd, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC)
My question is: where can I get my hands on a decent skull (no Styrofoam!) to go with my Harry Dresden costume?
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh wow - good question! Something like this, perhaps?
wiredwizard
Oct. 7th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yes! Exactly that! (Now all I'm missing is a CC to pay for it)
gilda_elise
Oct. 3rd, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
If you're looking for a poetic start to this spooky season, be sure to visit the Science Fiction Poetry Association's very popular Halloween Poetry Reading site, edited by Liz Bennefeld. Now in its seventh season, the site offers audio recordings of Halloween-appropriate poems (read by the poets themselves!) along with haunting art photographs. Check it out!

Some of the photographs are truly disturbing—I love it! *g*
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:46 pm (UTC)
Oh yay! It is a great site, isn't it?
agentxpndble
Oct. 3rd, 2012 05:48 pm (UTC)
The poem is great but the wall sconce is a MUST HAVE.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Isn't it brilliant?!?
i_llbedammned
Oct. 4th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
I think I shall spend much time on that site. I do so love Halloween.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 7th, 2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
Yay! It's a great site, isn't it? Halloween is the best.

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