A celebration before winter darkness,
fingering crumbled earth with brightness,
moonlight creeps through autumn turbulence
to gild gravestones hunkered in silence.
Pale breath of lunar light tongues dust
among tattered leaves now turned to rust
and scattered on well-trodden stones,
traces epitaphs and seeks out bones,
meagre offerings for a midnight repast
before the cold season’s hollow fast.
Something else stalks the cemetery,
among grey tombs and statuary –
it has disturbed the yew and willow,
left skeleton bundles wrapped in shadow
of crows and fieldmice in its famished wake,
hunting for more substantial flesh to take.
To walk in a graveyard is to wander in a mix
of tended and untended, unspoken conflicts
of the living and the dead, between lych gate
and church porch, where the undead wait.
Kim M. Russell, 26th October 2020
For this week’s earthweal challenge the links will stay open through Halloween and Samhain. Brendan has shared a comprehensive, informational, eerie essay on Halloween, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
He says that this Halloween we will be treated to a ‘blue’ moon, the second full moon of the month; according to the Farmer’s Almanac, As this will be a five-times-a-century event, he invites us to celebrate this waxing old light by going merrily into the dark and dancing in the hallowed moonlight.
Brendan suggests all sorts of inroads and adventures that we can take on this challenge: our own stories of descent into darkness and return; moonshine and dark brightness; encounters with ghosts; classical remakes of the myths; favourite folktales; and even turning present politics into an All-Hallows fright feast.