Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A frightening poem for Halloween

Even though I was afraid to be frightened as a kid, I loved reading the scary tales of Edgar Allen Poe.  I recently came across this wordle of Poe's poem, The Raven. I'd never heard of a wordle - a device for generating word clouds from text. This wordle seems to capture some of the essence of Poe's poem.

Recently, I woke up in the middle of the night after a disturbing dream. I couldn't get back to sleep for a long time. Thinking about Halloween, I wrote this poem in my head. Before falling back asleep, I got up to write it on paper so I wouldn't forget it in the morning.

Halloween


Halloween
is the time in between
the nightmares of midnight
and twilight dreams.

When shadows don't fall,
but rise from the grave,
and skeletons grin,
beckon and wave.

"Come in for a visit,
stop by for a while,
Find out for yourself
why I must always smile."

But it's dark in that place,
where the cold bites your bones.
What if you can't leave?
You will never go home.

Above the ground,
it's all pumpkins and fun.
But underneath,
there's room for everyone.

Halloween
is the time in between
the horrors of twilight
and midnight screams.

(copyright 2011, Megan Frances aka Margaret Ann Abrahams)

Has Halloween inspired you to write something new? 

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Please check back next week, November 1st, when I'll be featuring a guest post on writing and motivation by YA author Joanna Philbin, along with a giveaway of her latest book, The Daughters Join the Party.  

3 comments:

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

I like the word cloud. It's typographic tomfoolery. Did you observe Halloween in the Bahamas, mon?
Sincerely,
Calaveras Cal

Barbara Watson said...

I've used wordle on my own blog--to see what I'm writing about most. It's a very cool tool. Creepy stuff creeps me out (I'm kinda wimpy) so I don't write, watch, or read scary stuff. Cute little bat or spider cupcakes are awesome though.

iza said...

I love your poem! Nice little, middle of the night, burst of inspiration! I too loved (still do) Poe's writing even though I've always been so easily scared. And yet, it's a bit fun too- a fine line...