An Ode to Halloween

The twilight is upon us, and All Hallow’s Eve is almost here. Tales of yore say that when time is past midnight on the night of October 31st, the veil between this world and the Spirits’ is at its thinnest. The dissipation of this veil allows our Earth’s departed souls to once again be free to traverse among the living. Some great Spirits bring to the living tidings of love, while others deliver messages of true horror.

What Spirits shall you attract on the night when the dimensions converge?

Spirits of the Dead by Edgar Allen Poe (1827)

Thy soul shall find itself alone

‘Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;

Not one, of all the crowd, to pry

Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,

Which is not loneliness — for then

The spirits of the dead, who stood

In life before thee, are again

In death around thee, and their will

Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,

And the stars shall not look down

From their high thrones in the Heaven

With light like hope to mortals given,

But their red orbs, without beam,

To thy weariness shall seem

As a burning and a fever

Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,

Now are visions ne’er to vanish;

From thy spirit shall they pass

No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,

And the mist upon the hill

Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,

Is a symbol and a token.

How it hangs upon the trees,

A mystery of mysteries!

Here is a sweet little prelude to a special Halloween 2012 blog post:  The Synergy of Halloween and Horror

©2012, Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivative – visit Amanda Headlee — It is Always Darkest Before the Dawn for the original source of this content.

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