Amy H. Sturgis (eldritchhobbit) wrote,
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Pop Thought and a Warlock's Reverie

I have accepted a very kind invitation to share a monthly opinion piece at Pop Thought. My column, "Attack of the 5'2" Woman," will make its appearance in the coming weeks.




Today's Halloween-themed quote is a poem from Neil Gaiman entitled "The Old Warlock's Reverie: A Pantoum."

Teaser:
Shrieking shapes that stalk the night,
I can hear them scream and moan:
Fox or wolf, they love or fight,
And I wait here on my own.




Shrieking shapes that stalk the night,
I can hear them scream and moan:
Fox or wolf, they love or fight,
And I wait here on my own.

I can hear them scream and moan:
Clench my nails into my palms --
And I wait here on my own,
Pondering forgotten charms.

Clench my nails into my palms.
--Where's the girdle made of pelt?
Pondering forgotten charms.
--Where's my lycanthropic belt?

Where's the girdle made of pelt?
Did she burn it, steal it, hide it?
Where's my lycanthropic belt?
(Never knock it till you've tried it.)

Did she burn it, steal it, hide it?
-- Pour myself more wormwood gin --
Never knock it till you've tried it;
Trying too much does you in.

Pour myself more wormwood gin,
Blessed drunkenness eludes me.
Trying too much does you in,
True, but just a little soothes me.

Blessed drunkenness eludes me.
Once, beneath the moon, we ran,
True, (but just a little soothes me)
Wolf or fox or cat or man.

Once, beneath the moon, we ran.
That was then. She has not aged.
Wolf or fox or cat or man,
Shapes in which our love we waged...

That was then, she has not aged,
And the pale moon discovers
Shapes in which our love we waged --
Now she shares with other lovers.

And the pale moon discovers
Shrieking shapes that stalk the night.
Now she shares, with other lovers,
Fox or wolf, they love, or fight.

"The Old Warlock's Reverie
A Pantoum"
by Neil Gaiman
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