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Death Eaters and Haunted Houses

For Harry Potter fans, a reading recommendation in the spirit of the season: "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Death Eaters." You don't want to be known as the flaky, indecisive Death Eater, do you?

Only two days until PhreakNIC. I look forward to seeing some of you there!

And now, more Halloween goodness from George MacDonald:

III. Still as death,
Although I listen with bated breath!
Yet something is coming, I know--is coming;
With an inward soundless humming,
Somewhere in me or in the air--
I cannot tell--but its foot is there!
Marching on to an unheard drumming,
Something is coming--coming--
Growing and coming;
And the moon is aware--
Aghast in the air
At the thing that is only coming
With an inward soundless humming,
And an unheard spectral drumming!

IV. Nothing to see and nothing to hear!
Only across the inner sky
The wing of a shadowy thought flits by,
Vague and featureless, faceless, drear--
Only a thinness to catch the eye:
Is it a dim foreboding unborn,
Or a buried memory, wasted and worn
As the fading frost of a wintry sigh?
Anon I shall have it!--anon!--it draws nigh!
A night when--a something it was took place
That drove the blood from that scared moon-face!
Hark! was that the cry of a goat,
Or the gurgle of water in a throat?
Hush! there is nothing to see or hear,
Only a silent something is near;
No knock, no footsteps three or four,
Only a presence outside the door!
See! the moon is remembering--what?
The wail of a mother-left, lie-alone brat?
Or a raven sharpening its beak to peck?
Or a cold blue knife and a warm white neck?
Or only a heart that burst and ceased
For a man that went away released?
I know not--know not, but something is coming
Somehow back with an inward humming.

from "The Haunted House" by George MacDonald



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:37 pm (UTC)
I *definitely* do not want to be known as the flaky, indecisive Death Eater.

This "Haunted House" poem just gets grimmer and grimmer! I admire that kind of narrative skill!
Oct. 21st, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
LOL! I know what you mean - gotta keep He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named happy, after all. :) So glad you like the grimness. He really have a soft spot for this one!
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)
Loved your Halloween poem. So is your house all done up in the halloween sytle?
Oct. 21st, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello
Hi there! So glad you liked it. (((FG))) This is a very busy month for me professionally, so I won't really have time to decorate or celebrate the holiday -- which is why I'm having all my Halloween fun on my LJ this year. It's a little daily gift that keeps on giving. Thanks for letting me share!
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ah, the good old days seem to be gone... It's all gotten so corporate, hasn't it? Not like when we were young and hexing by the seat of our pants, smell of blood on the wind, eh?
Oct. 21st, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL! You said it. Now it's all about The Man. The He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Man, that is. ;)
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