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Halloween Countdown, Day 1

Happy October! Let the countdown commence! Thank you for joining me for the tenth year of my blog-a-thon celebration of Halloween.

Let's begin on a classic note. Why not start with the very best?

This photo ("takeoff") is by the amazing lizziebelle.

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"The Lake -- To --" by Edgar Allan Poe
(This version is from The Raven and Other Poems, 1845.)

In spring of youth it was my lot
To haunt of the wide world a spot
The which I could not love the less --
So lovely was the loneliness
Of a wide lake, with black rock bound,
And the tall pines that towered around.

But when the Night had thrown her pall
Upon that spot, as upon all,
And the mystic wind went by
Murmuring in melody --
Then --
ah then I would awake
To the terror of the lone lake.

Yet that terror was not fright,
But a tremulous delight --

A feeling not the jewelled mine
Could teach or bribe me to define --

Nor Love -- although the Love were thine.

Death was in that poisonous wave,
And in its gulf a fitting grave
For him who thence could solace bring
To his lone imagining
Whose solitary soul could make
An Eden of that dim lake.

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( 16 comments — Leave a comment )
gilda_elise
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:53 am (UTC)
What a great picture! Like the poem, there's beauty and terror.
lizziebelle
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! I was very pleased the crow cooperated. ;)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:09 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad you like it! lizziebelle takes amazing photos, doesn't she?
lizziebelle
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:58 am (UTC)
Ooh, thank you for pairing my pic with Poe! I've lived in the cities where he was born and where he died.

Edited at 2015-10-01 10:59 am (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:10 pm (UTC)
Thank *you* for allowing me to share your amazing photography!

I just got back from another pilgrimage to the Poe Museum in Richmond. Pics soon! :)
lizziebelle
Oct. 1st, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! I have yet to make it into Boston to get a pic of the new statue there.
homespunheart
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:16 am (UTC)
Perfect start to Halloween! Eerie picture and Poe...what more could one ask!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm so tickled that you enjoyed it. May your October be spooktacular!
internet_sampo
Oct. 1st, 2015 11:47 am (UTC)
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:12 pm (UTC)
*collapses in squee* My. Day. Is. Made.
seren_ccd
Oct. 1st, 2015 01:49 pm (UTC)
This is the PERFECT October 1st post! Thank you so much for doing these posts, they are a bright spot in my day! :D
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 1st, 2015 08:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm so happy you think so! Thanks for your kind words. I'm delighted to share this with you.
reynardine
Oct. 2nd, 2015 12:47 am (UTC)
Yay! Looking forward to another Halloween countdown on your blog! This poem was gorgeous and spooky.
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! Yay!
gryphonrhi
Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh, those are both glorious! Thank you for such a lovely October start!
eldritchhobbit
Oct. 2nd, 2015 11:07 am (UTC)
Yay! I'm so glad you liked them!
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