Monday, April 12, 2010

The Halloween Tree

It's big, it's broad.
It's broad, it's bright.
It fills the sky of All Hallows' Night.
The strangest sight you've ever seen.
The Monster Tree on Halloween.
The leaves have burned to gold and red,
the grass is brown, the old year dead,
but hang the harvest high, Oh see!
The candle constellations on the Halloween Tree!
The stars they turn, the candles burn
and the mouse-leaves scurry on the cold wind bourne,
and a mob of smiles shine down on thee
from the gourds hung high on the Halloween Tree.

The smile of the Witch, and the smile of the Cat,
the smile of the Beast, the smile of the Bat,
The smile of the Reaper taking his fee
all cut and glimmer on the Halloween Tree...

-Ray Bradbury

I finally found a book copy of The Halloween Tree and folks, let me tell ya, it is phenomenal. If you loved the animated adaptation and it was the first taste you had (like myself) then you honestly don't know what you're missing. Ray Bradbury is an incredible writer and his insatiable love and thirst for all things Halloween is very, VERY evident in his work. Sadly, it has been a long time since I've felt elated about Halloween (mainly due to several unfortunate 'outside' debacles) and after reading Bradbury's books lately I've felt a warm comfort that I think I've needed for some time now. I'm ready to delve further into my artwork and be more productive with everything. Well, more on all this later I suppose. Anyways, just thought wanted to share that above poem with everyone. Have a wonderful day!

1 comment:

  1. That's the spirit, now pop in some of that Kettle Korn and veg out in front of Trick R' Treat for a good while. Make sure to keep that pumpkin lit!