Monday, July 19, 2010

the old dark house (hommage a gorey)

by horace p sternwall

pictures by rhoda penmarq









the reverend edward gorey
told a most edifying story
and illustrated his strictures
with finely executed pictures






children neither seen or heard
devoured every pious word
and satan's wiles they upbraided
as into the woodwork they faded







their elders were uplifted too
by tales so moral, stark, and true
and sat upright in morris chairs
exchanging baleful nods and glares









in shadowy conservatories
they mumbled their unlikely stories
with particular attention to the chances
of outliving their inheritances







ashen aunts with dwindling dollars
unctuous uncles in starched collars
comatose cousins on silent settees
with tired teacups on their knees










upstairs maids with drooping tresses
silent brooding governesses
manservants with creaking limbs
in hallways dark and doorways dim






parrots with small vocabularies
needy nephews sipping sherries
reptiles lost behind chaises longues
divas mumbling forgotten songs









and to complete the mournful frieze
moths who never felt a breeze
dogs who answer no human call
and cats - the worst of all


3 comments:

Dan Leo said...

Another masterpiece.

human being said...

with each item in the list, the scene gets busier... and our smile broader...
:D
how masterfully words and illustrations go hand in hand...

great work!

corfubob said...

I was quite enjoying this, and then to find that cats came at the very top of the list - well, it made my day. A lovely post for molly to exercise her claws on.