Thursday, August 3, 2017

Anansi Boogie - Whimsically Macabre



"Anansi, the spider, is one of the most popular animal tricksters from West African mythology. Tricksters are mischievous figures who often oppose the will of the gods, resulting in some kind of misfortune for humans." ~Info from: http://www.mythencyclopedia.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Long-legged Spinners - Whimsically Macabre



Snakes with forked tongues,
 And porcupines, don’t be seen.
 Deadly lizards, don’t be mean.
 Don’t come near our fairy queen.

 Philomel, with melody
 Sing in our sweet lullaby.
 Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby.
 Never harm
 Nor spell nor charm
 Come our lovely lady nigh.
 So good night, with lullaby.

    Weaving spiders, come not here.
    Hence, you long-legged spinners, hence!

    Snakes with forked tongues,
 And porcupines, don’t be seen.
 Deadly lizards, don’t be mean.
 Don’t come near our fairy queen.

    Nightingale, melodiously
 Sing our sweet lullaby.
 Lulla, lulla, lullaby, lulla, lulla, lullaby.
 Let no harm
 Or spell or charm
 Come near our lovely lady.
 Say good night with a lullaby.

    Spiders with your webs, stay away.
 You long-legged things, begone!
 ~Shakespeare, Fairy Song from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Monday, July 31, 2017

The Ghost of the Fly - Whimsically Macabre



The Ghost of the Fly, a composition inspired by the poem by Vachel Lindsay, The Spider and the Ghost of the Fly:
Once I loved a spider
When I was born a fly,
A velvet-footed spider 
With a gown of rainbow-dye.
She ate my wings and gloated.
She bound me with a hair.
She drove me to her parlor
Above her winding stair.
To educate young spiders
She took me all apart.
My ghost came back to haunt her.
I saw her eat my heart.