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To The Dead in the Graveyard Underneath My Window

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How can you lie so still? All day I watch
And never a blade of all the green sod moves
To show where restlessly you toss and turn,
And fling a desperate arm or draw up knees
Stiffened and aching from their long disuse;
I watch all night and not one ghost comes forth
To take its freedom of the midnight hour.
Oh, have you no rebellion in your bones?
The very worms must scorn you where you lie,
A pallid mouldering acquiescent folk,
Meek habitants of unresented graves.
Why are you there in your straight row on row
Where I must ever see you from my bed
That in your mere dumb presence iterate
The text so weary in my ears: “Lie still
And rest; be patient and lie still and rest.”
I’ll not be patient! I will not lie still!
There is a brown road runs between the pines,
And further on the purple woodlands lie,
And still beyond blue mountains lift and loom;
And I would walk the road and I would be
Deep in the wooded shade and I would reach
The windy mountain tops that touch the clouds.
My eyes may follow but my feet are held.
Recumbent as you others must I too
Submit? Be mimic of your movelessness
With pillow and counterpane for stone and sod?
And if the many sayings of the wise
Teach of submission I will not submit
But with a spirit all unreconciled
Flash an unquenched defiance to the stars.
Better it is to walk, to run, to dance,
Better it is to laugh and leap and sing,
To know the open skies of dawn and night,
To move untrammeled down the flaming noon,
And I will clamour it through weary days
Keeping the edge of deprivation sharp,
Nor with the pliant speaking on my lips
Of resignation, sister to defeat.
I’ll not be patient. I will not lie still.
And in ironic quietude who is
The despot of our days and lord of dust
Needs but, scarce heeding, wait to drop
Grim casual comment on rebellion’s end;
“Yes, yes . . Wilful and petulant but now
As dead and quiet as the others are.”
And this each body and ghost of you hath heard
That in your graves do therefore lie so still.


Written in A Moment of Exasperation

A Rhyme for Halloween – Promote Yourself


Tonight I light the candles of my eyes in the lee
And swing down this branch full of red leaves.
Yellow moon, skull and spine of the hare,
Arrow me to town on the neck of the air.
I hear the undertaker make love in the heather;
The candy maker, poor fellow, is under the weather.
Skunk, moose, raccoon, they go to the doors in threes
With a torch in their hands or pleas: “O, please . . .”
Baruch Spinoza and the butcher are drunk:
One is the tail and one is the trunk
Of a beast who dances in circles for beer
And doesn’t think twice to learn how to steer.
Our clock is blind, our clock is dumb.
Its hands are broken, its fingers numb.
No time for the martyr of our fair town
Who wasn’t a witch because she could drown.
Now the dogs of the cemetery are starting to bark
At the vision of her, bobbing up through the dark.
When she opens her mouth to gasp for air,
A moth flies out and lands in her hair.
The apples are thumping, winter is coming.
The lips of the pumpkin soon will be humming.
By the caw of the crow on the first of the year,
Something will die, something appear



1st Witch:

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

2nd Witch:

Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.

3rd Witch

Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!

1st Witch:

Round about the cauldron go:
In the poisoned entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Sweated venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first in the charmed pot.


Double,double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

2nd Witch:

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blindworm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing.
For charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.


Double,double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and couldron bubble.

3rd Witch:

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witch’s mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark,
Root of hemlock digg’d in the dark,
Liver of blaspheming Jew;
Gall of goat; and slips of yew

Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;
Finger of birth-strangled babe
Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,-
Make the gruel thick and slab:
Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,
For ingredients of our cauldron.


Double,double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.


2nd Witch:

Cool it with a baboon’s blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

Witches’ Chant (from Macbeth) 

by William Shakespeare

scary mary by malcolm bradshaw

Come to our Halloween party.Take part, send your poetry and be part of the show!


A Halloween poem – de constructed – Promote Yourself


Trying to write a scary poem
For the Writers’ Chest.
So many ways to start,
I wonder which is best.

Do I go for ghoulish,
Or something more refined?
Do I make the horror clear,
Or leave it to the mind?

Then there comes the rhyming
Of all those scary creatures.
Zombie? Vampire? No rhymes.
Do I focus on their features?

And how to make things scary,
In the structure of the rhyme?
It’s hard to make the reader jump
When they can guess ahead in time.

Maybe I should back off
Leave this one to the writers.
Poets are tender lovers
But terrible monster fighters!


Scary Mary’s Halloween Adventure



It was a dark night on Halloween

As a young man ventured down a lonely road

The owls were screeching and hooting

 In the hedgerow he came across a toad


Excuse me young man, “said the toad”

Will you please kiss me on my cheek?

The young man was quite willing

 He then kissed the toad that let out a screech


Then in a puff of smoke and fire

The toad turn into something hairy

The man then recognised that face

As the face of Scary Mary


She had been released from a goblins spell

 Thanked the young man as she mounted her broom

She set off with her cat like a rocket

As she headed straight for the moon


 Seen by all telescopes around the world

With her cat who sat at the rear

His eyes were now bulging

All his fur turn white with fear


Scary Mary was by now quite dizzy

As her broomstick was now in a dive

Boris her cat by now was apprehensive

As he prayed that he would survive


Scary Mary managed to control her decent

She guided her broomstick on to the road

Where the devious little Goblin was waiting

Who then turned Scary Mary back into a toad?


Malcolm Bradshaw

The Raven and the Pumpkin – Promote Yourself



The raven with the sleek physique,
Popped the seed into its cheek.
From the seed a pumpkin grew.
The raven coughed it up, and flew
Up, away on broomstick sleek.

It draped itself in night’s mystique,
Searching for the ancient sign –
Golden countenance divine.
Having found this rare antique,
Was carried back within its beak.

The pumpkin, carved to match that face,
Brought living evil to that place.
Pumpkin crept without a creak,
And ate the bird before it shrieked!

So this year to protect your house,
Light a pumpkin candle… or else!






Halloween – Promote Yourself


Orange, red, green, and yellow

Colors of the era

Beautiful for the eye to see 

Hayrides, haunted houses, candy corn, and pumpkins

Scary things, things that creep, things that keep you from sleep

Painted faces, things to make you fearful and weep

Fun times, scaring loved ones

Tricks and treats, yummy to eat

Caramel corn and candy apples

Scary movies, popcorn, and hot chocolate

Gathering with friends for a fright fest or glee

Corn mazes and games for the kids,

or haunted trails for the kid in all of us 

There’s something for everyone this time of year

Be watchful and wary,

but most importantly , HAVE FUN!

Dara Reidyr

Scary Mary and Johnny By Malcolm Bradshaw

night-of-fright – Promote Yourself

Clowns Six Flags Great America

Monsters, stalking through the night,
Halloween is the Night of Fright.
Fear is what this night brings,
Along with many other things.

Are you sure you are prepared?
Tonight is not for the easily scared.
Creatures from hell roam on this night,
For tonight is the Night of Fright.

Trick or treat you say,
You should not have waited until the end of the day.
Tonight you will lose your tricks and treats,
For the monsters need to eat.

You better not take this night lightly,
Or else you will truly learn what fright means.

In ancient times people feared this night,
The night they greeted with fright.
Why they were so scared you will soon see,
On this “All Hollows Eve.”

© Stormstar1 

say no to trick or treat – copy and paste and print out

Scary Marys hallween recipes

Pumpkin cheesecake

This creamy, dreamy Halloween dessert is the perfect way
of using up hollowed-out pumpkin purée.


Preparation method

  1. Heat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3.
  2. Bash the digestive biscuits into crumbs. Melt the butter over a low heat and
    mix in the biscuit crumbs and lemon zest. Lightly grease a 25cm/10in
    loose-bottomed cake tin and press the crumbs into the base and up the sides

  3. Mix together the cream cheese, pumpkin flesh, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg
    until smooth. Beat the eggs and fold into the pumpkin mixture. Turn into the tin
    and bake in the oven for 90 minutes until the surface is set but the underneath
    still slightly squidgy.
  4. Take the cheesecake out of the oven and let it cool in the tin. When cool,
    turn it on to a serving plate, cover with foodwrap and chill overnight.
  5. Whip the double cream until thick and fold in the yoghurt and the lemon
    juice. Spread over the top of the cheesecake and serve at room temperature.


Halloween cupcakes

This delicious cupcake recipe is easy to whip up and
makes a spooky Halloween treat.


For the cream cheese icing
For the chocolate icing

Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line a muffin tray with 9 paper
  2. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and
    butter and beat the mixture together until well combined.
  3. Whisk in the egg and milk until the mixture is thick and smooth.
  4. Divide the mixture between the paper case and bake in the oven for 20-25
    minutes, or until springy to the touch and skewer inserted into the middle of
    one of the cakes comes out clean. Set aside to cool on a wire rack.
  5. For the cream cheese icing, beat the cream cheese and butter together in a
    bowl until well combined. Beat in the icing sugar and vanilla.
  6. Spoon the icing onto the cupcakes, leaving a small border around the
  7. For the chocolate icing, sift the icing sugar and cocoa powder into a bowl.
    Stir in 2 tablespoons of water to form a smooth, thick icing.
  8. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag with a fine nozzle. (Alternatively,
    spoon the mixture into the corner of a sandwich bag and snip off the corner, to
    form a small hole.)
  9. Carefully pipe 3 concentric circles onto each cupcake. Run a toothpick from
    the centre to the edge of the cake, through each circle of icing, at 2cm/1in
    intervals to create a cobweb effect.
  10. Set aside for 20 minutes to allow the icing to harden.

Scary Halloween cookies

Try colouring the cookie dough with black or red food
colouring; it may not be pretty but it will be scary.


Preparation method

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar in a large bowl, preferably using an
    electric mixer, until the mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and
    vanilla extract. (If the mixture looks a little curdled, add a spoonful of the
    flour.) If you’re using food colouring, add a few drops to the mixture.
  2. Sift together the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Stir the flour
    into the butter mixture and work into a dough using floured hands. Turn onto a
    floured work surface and knead into a ball (the dough will be quite wet). Divide
    the dough into two portions, wrap in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge
    for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F/Gas 3. Line two baking trays with greaseproof
  4. Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on lightly floured work surface.
    (It’s best to roll out one portion of the dough at a time, leaving the remainder
    in the fridge.) Cut shapes out with the Halloween cutters. Take a few limbs and
    heads off the gingerbread man for added gore.
  5. Place the cookies onto the baking tray, leaving a gap between them in case
    they spread a little.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a
    wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Once cool, let your imagination run wild. Use the red writing icing along the
    edges of the missing limbs and heads as blood. For the skeletons and mummies,
    roll the fondant icing out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a work surface dusted
    with icing sugar and cut out shapes using the same cutters as the cookies. Brush
    the cookies with the warmed apricot jam and stick the icing onto the cookies.
    Decorate with the white and black writing icing.

Halloween biscuits

Whip up some homemade sweet treats to delight little
ghosts and ghouls. Try our simple biscuit dough, rolled out and cut into spooky


Preparation method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5. Line a baking tray with greaseproof
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together in a bowl until combined.
  3. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract, a little at a time, until well
  4. Stir in the flour until the mixture comes together as a dough.
  5. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface to a thickness of
  6. Using Halloween-style biscuit cutters, cut biscuits out of the dough and
    carefully place onto the baking tray.
  7. Bake the biscuits for 8-10 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. Set aside to
    harden for 5 minutes, then cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, sift the icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and stir in enough water to create a smooth mixture. Stir in the food colouring.
  9. Carefully spread the icing onto the biscuits using a knife and set aside
    until the icing hardens

Lantern soup (pumpkin and haricot bean soup)


Preparation method

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic for about 10
    minutes until softened and starting to colour.
  2. Add the pumpkin, sweet potato and herbs and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and simmer for
    30 minutes, until the vegetables are cooked and tender.
  4. Add the haricot beans and season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for 5
    minutes, then serve hot with crusty bread.




Treats Make The Treat – Promote Yourself

All Hallows’ Eve

Let the fun begin

Put your costume on

Then come on in

No tricks here

Only treats galore

Have A little candy

Then a little bit more

Eat all you want

There’s plenty around

No one will stop you

No one  will make a sound

Soon you’ll be ready

And you’ll be the treat

After all even goblins

Need something to eat!
Poem by The Notorious JED and originally posted at

Witches Brew


Down in the depth of the scary forest

A witch was preparing her brew

This was the first time she’d made it

As she did not know quite what to do


She put in everything she could think of

From a bats wing to a toad that was pink

She stirred it up with her witch’s broom

And for good luck threw in the kitchen sink


She took a sip from her witch’s brew

Then decided to fly on her broom

But alas things didn’t go to plan

 Became dizzy as she flew round the room


Then out of the window and into the woods

Swerving in and out of the trees

By now her vision was erratic

As she was seeing in two’s and three’s


 Totally losing control of her broom

She hadn’t a clue what to do

Holding on for dear life

Wishing she hadn’t sipped her powerful brew


Her faithful cat called Boris was with her

She turned and asked Boris “What shall I do”

Boris by now was quite frightened

To be honest he hadn’t got a clue


The witch continued her frightening ride

Murmuring spells under her breath

Boris was saying a prayer

As they both journeyed on to the west


The witch decided to take drastic action

As she jump off her broom in mid air

By now Boris had lost the will to live

As he was hanging on to the witches hair


As they plummeted towards the ground

One last spell the witch did cast

To wish everyone a Happy Halloween

Then they both landed safely at last


Malcolm G Bradshaw



The Hag is astride,
    This night for to ride;
The Devill and shee together:
    Through thick, and through thin,
    Now out, and then in,

 Thorn or a Burr
    She takes for a Spurre:
With a lash of a Bramble she rides now,
    Through Brakes and through Bryars,
    O’re Ditches, and Mires,
She followes the Spirit that guides now.

    No Beast, for his food,
    Dares now range the wood;
But husht in his laire he lies lurking:
    While mischiefs, by these,
    On Land and on Seas,
At noone of Night are working,

    The storme will arise,
    And trouble the skies;
This night, and more for the wonder,
    The ghost from the Tomb
    Affrighted shall come,

A Cal’d out by the clap of the Thunder.Though ne’r so foule be the weather.


Robert Herrick (1648)


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