She was a ghost of deadly night
When first she caused me such a fright:
A ghastly apparition, sent
To terrorise and to torment;
Her eyes as sockets lit with red;
Like bleeding wells of fatal dread;
And nought at all about her seemed
From wickedness to be redeemed;
A dancing shape, an image bleak,
To haunt, impend and of death reek.
I saw her upon nearer view,
A spirit, yet an old-maid too!
Her spectral motions grim and dour,
A leering hag, toothless and sour;
A countenance inspiring awe
And bitter reveries so sore;
A creature hideous to the eye
For living mortals to descry,
For only one transient glance
Could send you into deathly trance.
And now I see with inner-mind
The very evil of her kind;
A spectre wheezing fetid breath,
A baleful harbinger of death:
Of firm negation and ill-will,
Destruction blind and deadly chill;
A hateful hag, ignoble wraith
To harm and provoke loss of faith;
And yet a spirit still, and fell
With something of infernal hell.
Poem parody and image © Mirino (PW) November, 2011