The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #700
(Week of 18 October, 2009)

Halloween is approaching, and during my elaborate preparations yesterday I encountered a quote from H.P. Lovecraft, describing entities of indescribable horror (as usual). The quote was, "As a foulness shall ye know Them," and it inspired me to write the following ode to unfathomable ancient festering foulness. Which, by the way, happens to be the seven hundredth Poem of the Week! Celebrate according to your individual whims, and remember to do so in at least a passing semblance of safety.

Ode to Unfathomable Ancient Festering Foulness

O foulness poisoning the night
O silent cry of lamentation
O seething, writhing, nameless blight
O festering abomination
Disaster, plague and subtle chill
Comprise thy ancient cryptic voice
Fear mankind thy pungent will
Recoil in horror and rejoice
To feel contamination's tooth
Obscenity corrupt sublime
To know the blackest secret truth
Maybe we could meet for coffee some time?

Copyright © 2009 by Dave Grossman

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