Thoughts of Sinister Seraphim





These Seraphim.

Nowhere to turn,

No sacred arms to comfort.

Is it any wonder

All the floors

And weeping psalms

Creak and squeak

Satanic songs?

While throngs

Of grimy creatures

Intermingle with the saints,

Their scary features

Of fire and fangs,

In horrid gangs

From Netherworld


Upon the world?


Dripping, creepy, crawly prongs

Of forks and knives

The evil ones connive

For a malignant blight,

Just out of sight,

Haunting, taunting

Friend and foe

To taste the terrible table's fare.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah


OH! How to cope?

We cannot know

Where to go

To find escape

From this horrid fright,

To avoid the rape

Of decency

And loss of hope.


Forsaking bliss,

A vampire's kiss

Upon this evil night

With all its might

It reigns, it brings

But gangrenous sickness, death.

So now it must wail and wait

For all Eternity

Upon a sea

Of dungeon doubts.

Its goblins, witches, warlocks,

Serpents lock in hideous wreaths,

Covered o'er with

Cobwebs hobbling

In and out their heads,

Putrefying beds and boards

With hoards of untold fear

Expressed by sharpened scream

For release from fear

This year,-

This night of fright

This spooky Halloween

With Sinister Seraphim. . .

______© Nellieanna H. Hay


"Hiding" - by Nellieanna
"Hiding" - by Nellieanna

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christopheranton 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

After reading that poem I will have to sleep with the light on.

It was beautiful in a very gruesome way.

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msorensson 6 years ago

Oh yes..halloween...Beautiful never thought of Halloween in this way, Nellieanna.

Beautiful poem.

Thank you.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thanks, christopher! hehe. Me too - the light on. Gruesomeness does that to me too!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

I know, Melinda. I really got carried away with that imagery. s-p-o-o-k-y. Thanks for the visit to my haunted caverns! I certainly don't want to be alone down there too long!

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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

The Halloween creatures that walk on two legs are the ones I'm most afraid of,Lol;)

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SilverGenes 6 years ago

Perish the thought, indeed! Delightfully sinister-just the thought of putrefying beds is enough to keep one up all night with the lights on!

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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Oh Nellieanna Poe would be so pleased with you the poetess as you show the horror of the night with all the creepy critters of the Netherworld dancing with delight.

You have most certainly Unlocked the cobwebs from

the stench of all these monsters joys of fright.

Now go hide the key and let them roam amongst us living while we prepare to hide and run in fear of these beauties who rise from their sleep to feast on the night.

Lovely poem Nellieanna in spirit with the season, you had me wiping the cobwebs from my face and getting ready to board of my windows to keep them out. he he he

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Mentalist -that makes two of us! Those 2-legged ones -some even with Armani suit pants covering their reality, can be more terrifying than all the ghosts & goblins a fertile imagination can conjure! I hinted a little that some of them in the poem might have been 2 legged, if only by inference.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

hehe,SG- - that is a rather discomforting image, isn'ti it? hehe. Well, what can I say? I'm getting warmed up (or is it chilled down?) for spinning tales of horror and mayhem -if I can. Dusting off vocabulary to fit the call is all. hahaha.

Thanks for the great comment! But I'd hate to be responsible for your loss of sleep! Do like I do - sleep sitting up on the couch with laptop perched precariously on lap! No ghosts dare approach - I'd report 'em to Google!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Ken - thank you for that great compliment!! I demonstrate one of my hangups, though -I am great with characterizations, descriptions, fitting vocabulary, rhyme or no rhyme - but where I'm weak is the PLOT. A reader just about must supply his/her own plot, using my subtle references. Every story I ever wrote or write has issues with plot. hehe.

Nice thing about a Poe-like poem, though - I'm not sure Poe ever really identified why that bird was on his windowsill muttering about "nevermore" - are you? What-the heck is nevermore or where is it? See - that open-ended stuff got Poe in the literary annals. So maybe there's hope for me yet! hahaha!

inkwell780 6 years ago

Wonderful flow and poetry! I loved your clever alliterations and the fact you used words that not many think to use, but that is poetry at its spirit eh? Thanks for sharing a great Halloween write! Sincerely, Matt.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Matt - thank you! Ah words can be so emotional and expressive. I did want to use many which symbolize fright and horror, since that was the theme! So I let my mind go wild. hehe. I use alliteration when it flows naturally with the idea being expressed, as it seemed to in this case. I appreciate your notice of it.

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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I guess everything and everybody has a dark side, however I see you fitting much better into the pattern of light, into the brightness of spirit and mind. I am waiting for the challenge of this contest to be over so we can all return to less scary and more pleasant experiences.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Thank you, Petra - I am too actually. However, it is probably therapeutic to scour our imaginations for debris and put it to use. My imagination dug around for some unsanitary images and strung them together for the purpose. I certainly don't take them seriously and it's definitely not anything I'd come up with normally or for my own gratification. So - I'm "found out" by your fine-tuned perception. Thanks for mentioning it!! I really didn't think I'd fool everybody! LOL. My slightly halo is only somewhat ajar. tee hee.

SO good to see you posting, too!

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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

When I was a child, I had one under my bed. Great creative imagination!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Didn't we all, Dallas - didn't we all? Sometimes the goblins were even encouraged by parents to keep us in the bed, once tucked in. Wouldn't have wanted to step out in the dark and be grabbed and pulled under there!

Thanks, sweetie - for the visit & comments!!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such a desciptive poem. It was wonderful to read. I am glad my night is coming again. Great fun to ride a broom. I love it.

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

tee hee - I like the broom ride too but sort of prefer the magic carpet - more amenities! I can invite friends, rescue people, share a nice snack or sip with folks - all in transit! Think about it! You can use both, you know!

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

O my word! That picture! The epitome of evil! I wonder if I’m going to survive this first Halloween in cyberspace? ~~~}}

There is so much – too much - truth in your poem, Nellieanna!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS Author

Hello, Martie - first, thank you for commenting and second, my apology for the delay in acknowledging it!. Somehow seems I unwittingly mis-set preferences for e-mail notifications & hadn't been getting any. I discovered a list of unapproved ones somewhere among the headings on "my account" and am trying to rectify them! I hope I've fixed the problem so that I'll get the usual notification via e-mail, as well!

Yes - that is one gruesome picture - especially since it bears resemblance to an actual human form. Shudder - that's when evil seems most evil, isn't it? And perhaps more so when disguised so that it looks "normal". Looking at the faces of many of history's most vicious serial killers, one wouldn't necessarily recognize them on the street, with their evil hidden beneath pleasant enough expressions.

Halloween isn't necessarily my favorite celebration, either - LOL. I like Valentine's better! But it does serve to remind us of our own buried fears and perhaps, to expose, air and dispel them. We may find they are as transient as the trick-or-treaters in their monster masks asking for the treats at our front doors. Or - even the tricks aren't really so scary in the light of day!

Yes - you'll survive! And be the better for it, I'll bet!! (Trick or Treat?)

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