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Happy Halloween, Day 3

The Lio comic strip is in the Halloween mood this year.

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Read Lio daily here.

And now, on with the show:

Link of the Day: The History of Halloween (Find out more about the origins of Halloween, check out spooky recipes, and watch some creepy video clips from the History Channel.)

Literature of the Day: Here's something haunting from Native America.

By Louise Erdrich (1954-present)

For Angela

(Note: The Windigo is a flesh-eating, wintry demon with a man buried deep inside of it. In some Chippewa stories, a young girl vanquishes this monster by forcing boiling lard down its throat, thereby releasing the human at the core of ice.)

You knew I was coming for you, little one,
when the kettle jumped into the fire.
Towels flapped on the hooks,
and the dog crept off, groaning,
to the deepest part of the woods.

In the hackles of dry brush a thin laughter started up.
Mother scolded the food warm and smooth in the pot
and called you to eat.
But I spoke in the cold trees:
New one, I have come for you, child hide and lie still.

The sumac pushed sour red cones through the air.
Copper burned in the raw wood.
You saw me drag toward you.
Oh touch me, I murmured, and licked the soles of your feet.
You dug your hands into my pale, melting fur.

I stole you off, a huge thing in my bristling armor.
Steam rolled from my wintry arms, each leaf shivered
from the bushes we passed
until they stood, naked, spread like the cleaned spines of fish.

Then your warm hands hummed over and shoveled themselves full
of the ice and the snow. I would darken and spill
all night running, until at last morning broke the cold earth
and I carried you home,
a river shaking in the sun.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, the cartoon is priceless!! And the poems... fabulous stuff. I'm so excited that it's only October 3rd!

On an unrelated note, but one that's totally related because it's you, I unearthed many of the HP mixes you made a couple of years ago and I'm putting them all into my iTunes. Thankfully I've held onto the thoughtful song lists and why they were included. You've expanded my musical horizons tremendously. Thank you! :D
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I am so glad you're enjoying the posts!

I'm so thrilled you're still listening to the music. I was just thinking about you: I went back through the copy of Ray Bradbury's The Homecoming you gave me. It's absolutely perfect for this time of year! You've shared so many wonderful things with me. Thank you! *hugs*
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I'm glad you liked it!
Oct. 3rd, 2007 12:46 pm (UTC)
I am loving the spooky poetry. I definitely want to learn more about ole Windigo!
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad to hear it. Windigo's a creepy character, isn't he? *shudders*
Oct. 3rd, 2007 01:10 pm (UTC)
*Chuckles at the cartoon*
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)

I love your icon, BTW.
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
:-) I thought it was fitting. It's not one of my own, it's one of those 'snaggable' ones that people make and share.
Oct. 4th, 2007 12:45 am (UTC)
LOL with the cartoon!
I love your Halloween posts. Thanks for sharing:)
Oct. 4th, 2007 11:31 am (UTC)
Re: LOL with the cartoon!
I'm so glad! Thank you for your kind words.
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