Friday, October 21, 2011

Hallowe'en Ghosts

It is the season of longer nights, shorter days, cool-to-cold breezes and childhood memories of fantastical fun/fear. I often get accused of loving dead men more than those who still live. Perhaps that's true--I don't know. Here is a poem I found.

by Winifred Letts

Will you come back to us, men of our hearts, tonight
In the misty close of the brief October day?
Will you leave the alien graves where you sleep, and steal away
To see the gables and eaves of home grow dark in the evening light?

O men of the manor and moated hall and farm,
Come back tonight, treading softly over the grass;
The dew of the autumn dusk will not betray where you pass;
The watchful dog may stir in his sleep, but he'll raise no hoarse alarm.

Then you will stand, not strangers, but wishful to look
At the kindly lamplight shed from the open door,
And the fire-lit casement where one, having wept you sore,
Sits dreaming alone with her sorrow, not heeding her open book.

You will come back to us just as the robin sings
Nunc Dimittis from the larch to a sun late set
In purple woodlands; when caught like silver fish in a net
The stars gleam out through the orchard boughs and the church owl flaps his wings.

We have no fear of you, silent shadows, who tread
The leaf-bestrewn paths, the dew-wet lawns. Draw near
To the glowing fire, the empty chair--we shall not fear,
Being but ghosts for the lack of you, ghosts of our well-beloved dead.


  1. Great poem find Meg. And the picture…so sad and eerie... but comforting at the same time… (I guess that is what ghosts do) --Bobby Lee

  2. I guess it is sort of my Ghosts of Gettysburg dedication. Thanks--I liked the poem as well.