Darlene Walsh

Gold Star - 5,988 Points (1994 / Philadelphia)

H P Lovecraft - Poem by Darlene Walsh

If you Love the Craft of writing
If stories keep your life exciting
If mystery and horror are your tales
With shivering spines and biting nails

Then visit the University of Miskatonic
And there you'll find the Daemonic
On its shelves is the Necronomicon
It will wrap around your mind like a python

No graveyard was safe from his intrusion
Giving the inanimate a lively illusion
To release bodies from their interment
And make them his vitalized instrument

Yog-Sothoth has been banned from our plain
Unless he is sought, then he will be your bane
And corrupt your soul to bring him forth
So he can destroy all life on Earth

Trapped forever deep beneath the sea
Hidden where only dreams could see
The Great Cthulhu awaits his release
And leave the Earth with no peace

The ruler of the Outer Gods, the evil Lord
Azathoth encircled by his flopping horde
With evil spawn of the blind idiot deity
Causing bright dreamers a great anxiety

The antiquarian in need of an alienist
Whose thoughts have a time spatial twist
Searching for rumors of forbidden lore
And finding grotesque dangers and gore

He brought horror to life for many a youth
And set the standard for fear in truth
He gave us words to let evil fly
The words in which even death may die

His grimoires an image of the law of the dead
By repeated generations have been avidly read
A whole mythos of malevolence was his creation
For many a writer of horror was an inspiration

Topic(s) of this poem: author, horror


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I just finished reading The Complete Works of H. P. Lovecraft. I know most people won't understand, or like, this poem unless they are familiar with the works of Lovecraft. His writing was a bit archaic, but the malignant scenes and deadly monsters he created frightened youthful readers for decades. This poem really doesn't do justice to the frightening creations in the works of Lovecraft, but hopefully it touches on the most important bits in his horrifying universe.

Comments about H P Lovecraft by Darlene Walsh

  • Bri Edwards (3/7/2016 11:22:00 AM)


    at first, when i read the title, i thought you had reversed P H. i thought you might be writing about your works on P H.

    an 'odd' name for one who wrote about evil etc maybe Evilcraft or Magiccraft would have been more appropriate. i never? heard of the guy.

    bri :)
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  • Bri Edwards (3/7/2016 11:17:00 AM)


    “On it's shelves is the Necronomicon” ……………Darla, shivers ran down my spine when I read “it’s” instead of “its” [remember me when you become famous and wealthy and need an editor! ]. AND I bit all the nails on my left hand to the quick when I saw Necronomicon! partly because I’d never seen the word before, but also because it made me very hungry for some reason.

    “Trapped forever deep beneath the sea
    Hidden where only dreams could see
    The Great Cthulhu awaits his release
    And leave the Earth with no peace”

    I love the first two lines (above) . but the start of the fourth doesn’t seem quite right grammatically. am I wrong?
    if so, KILL ME!
    ============================
    as for SPAWNS in the poem: [noun form]

    (from) Merriam-Webster....SINCE 1828:

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    spawn ……DEFINITION #2 OF THE NOUN FORM :) BRI


    noun
    Simple Definition of spawn
    • : the eggs of a fish or frog
    Full Definition of spawn
    1. 1: the eggs of aquatic animals (as fishes or oysters) that lay many small eggs
    2. 2: product, offspring; also: offspring in great numbers
    3. 3: the seed, germ, or source of something
    4. 4: mycelium especially prepared (as in bricks) for propagating mushrooms
    See spawn defined for English-language learners

    Examples of spawn in a sentence
    1. Pacific salmon return to Alaskan streams to deposit their spawn.
    2. [sometimes I think those little brats are the spawn of Satan himself]

    Darla/Darlene, you see that “spawn” is proper, whereas I believe “spawns” is not. bri :)




    ******************HAVE YOU HAD YOUR SPAWN YET? ? ? :) :) :) ****************


    perhaps my favorite stanza so far (nice flow and rhyming) :

    The antiquarian in need of an alienist
    Whose thoughts have a time spatial twist
    Searching for rumors of forbidden lore
    And finding grotesque dangers and gore”

    “And set the standard for fear in truth” ………… I think a comma after “fear” would be appropriate. :)

    “He gave us words to let evil fly” …………NICE! ! !

    “mythos of malevolence” ……….lovely alliteration.

    bri :) to MyPoemList
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  • S.zaynab Kamoonpuri (10/16/2015 2:27:00 AM)


    Woah a thrilling poem of monster fun n imagination rendered in great diction n awesome rhyme choices. Kudos. Fun to read from u again. Thumbs up. (Report) Reply

  • (9/22/2015 11:49:00 PM)


    I also remember reading a lot of Lovecraft. Your poem is a great homage to his work. Lovecraft would approve; he'd be very proud. Such a great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (9/20/2015 10:26:00 AM)


    Hi Darlene enjoyed your poem mentioning the fears and fearful scenes being inspired from Lovercraft.

    But keeping my eyes and ears open, what I see being happened around the world nowadays.... that shivers my spine and I bite nails. So horrific and inhuman they are.
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  • (8/30/2015 3:16:00 PM)


    Your poem definitely touches upon the frightening aspects of horror, it does frighten yet excite young readers with it's tales of monsters and evil. Very well envisioned within your poem. Thank you for sharing. RoseAnn (Report) Reply

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (8/28/2015 9:21:00 PM)


    Truly, horror stories impress people, mostly the children and younger youth (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, August 28, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, March 8, 2016


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