Lisa Mednick Powell

Halloween Poetry Blast

Here, kids, have some ear candy...as promised....don't usually send two in a row and I promise to never do it again. But I promised... First Ghostly Song - This is The Cate Brothers backing up the Band sans Robbie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KOEEQttjI8 Second Ghost Song - Hey, can you sing along with the words? All of them? I can...how scary is that!!? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EAZlArfDOw Excerpt from: LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE INSCRIBED WITH ALL FAITH AND AFFECTION James Whitcomb Riley (Thanks to Charlene for scaring this one up...) (Modern translation) When the night is dark and scary, and the moon is full and creatures are a flying and the wind goes Whoooooooooo, you better mind your parents and your teachers fond and dear, and cherish them that loves ya, and dry the orphans tears and help the poor and needy ones that cluster all about, or the goblins will get ya if ya don't watch out!!! (Original Translation) LITTLE ORPHANT ANNIE INSCRIBED WITH ALL FAITH AND AFFECTION To all the little children: - The happy ones; and sad ones; The sober and the silent ones; the boisterous and glad ones; The good ones - Yes, the good ones, too; and all the lovely bad ones. Little Orphant Annie's come to our house to stay, An' wash the cups an' saucers up, an' brush the crumbs away, An' shoo the chickens off the porch, an' dust the hearth, an' sweep, An' make the fire, an' bake the bread, an' earn her board- an-keep; An' all us other childern, when the supper-things is done, We set around the kitchen fire an' has the mostest fun, A-listenin' to the witch-tales 'at Annie tells about, An' the Gobble-uns 'at gits you Ef you Don't Watch Out! Wunst they wuz a little boy wouldn't say his prayers, - An' when he went to bed at night, away up-stairs, His Mammy heerd him holler, an' his Daddy heerd him bawl, An' when they turn't the kivvers down, he wuzn't there at all! An' they seeked him in the rafter-room, an' cubby-hole, an' press, An seeked him up the chimbly-flue, an' ever'-wheres, I guess; But all they ever found wuz thist his pants an' roundabout: - An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out! An' one time a little girl 'ud allus laugh an' grin, An' make fun of ever' one, an' all her blood-an'-kin; An' wunst, when they was "company," an' ole folks wuz there, She mocked 'em an' shocked 'em, an' said she didn't care! An' thist as she kicked her heels, an' turn't to run an' hide, They wuz two great big Black Things a-standin' by her side, An' they snatched her through the ceilin' 'for she knowed what she's about! An' the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out! An' little Orphant Annie says, when the blaze is blue, An' the lamp-wick sputters, an' the wind goes woo-oo! An' you hear the crickets quit, an' the moon is gray, An' the lightnin'bugs in dew is all squenched away, - You better mind yer parunts, an' yer teachurs fond an' dear, An' cherish them 'at loves you, an' dry the orphant's tear, An' he'p the pore an' needy ones 'at clusters all about, Er the Gobble-uns 'll git you Ef you Don't Watch Out!