October 12th, 2006


"the curse of a grave-girdled ground"

First, a meme:
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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.

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