Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hallowe'en In A Suburb

The steeples are white in the wild moonlight,
      And the trees have a silver glare;
Past the chimneys high see the vampires fly,
      And the harpies of upper air,
      That flutter and laugh and stare.

For the village dead to the moon outspread
      Never shone in the sunset’s gleam,
But grew out of the deep that the dead years keep
      Where the rivers of madness stream
      Down the gulfs to a pit of dream.

A chill wind weaves thro’ the rows of sheaves
      In the meadows that shimmer pale,
And comes to twine where the headstones shine
      And the ghouls of the churchyard wail
      For harvests that fly and fail.

Not a breath of the strange grey gods of change
      That tore from the past its own
Can quicken this hour, when a spectral pow’r
      Spreads sleep o’er the cosmic throne
      And looses the vast unknown.

So here again stretch the vale and plain
      That moons long-forgotten saw,
And the dead leap gay in the pallid ray,
      Sprung out of the tomb’s black maw
      To shake all the world with awe.

And all that the morn shall greet forlorn,
      The ugliness and the pest
Of rows where thick rise the stones and brick,
      Shall some day be with the rest,
      And brood with the shades unblest.

Then wild in the dark let the lemurs bark,
      And the leprous spires ascend;
For new and old alike in the fold
      Of horror and death are penn’d,
      For the hounds of Time to rend. 

H.P. Lovecraft

Photo by Bean.


Rot said...

Wanted to thank girl6 for pointing me towards this poem.
I never knew it existed.

bean said...

Wow... I still remember standing there and taking that photo. It was like being on a movie set...I couldn't believe my eyes. That was a wonderful getaway.

And, girl6, I LOVE your photography!

Rot said...

yeah: we were officially leaf-peepers on that trip.

I really didn't believe it before that weekend, but leaves are brighter in New England.

glamoursmith@gmail.com said...

Love this HP Lovecraft so much, I added it to my own blog. You were credited with first posting.

Rania said...

Such a pretty photo. I always love your photographs Bean :) They make me happy!

girl6 said...

Awwww..i bet hp is smiling right now--i can so imagine his lovely craggy face splitting wide open into a Big Ol' scary grin... :D

so a Big Thanks Rot from me & hp.. :)

& a Big Thank You to you too bean fort he "LOVE"---means a lot coming from You...i have checked out your Flickr & WISH You would Post AGAIN...Your Pics are Soulfully LOVELY!!!--they Match Your Face :)
just like this Blog Pic...

YOU TWO are the PERFECT Pair...Makes me Super Happy... :D

leaf peepers---hahahaa..that's the Best!!!...

Rania said...

haha what Girl6 said! I always feel like such an internet stalker in here...but you can't help but be such a fan of the PumpkinBean. One of my favorite couples evvvaaaarrrr. Can't wait to get my order from pumpkinhollow!

Pam Morris said...

beautiful shot--looks almost unreal!

Shani said...

That picture is amazing Bean!!! It is absolutely true that the leaves are brighter the further up you go. We were just in the Catskills last week and the leaves there were just starting to turn....but still so much brighter and more beautiful then what we get here.

Ragged Grin said...

Brilliant collab PumpkinBean...great words, great pic. You two should go into business together. ;)