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Posted on: 22 August 2006

Just spent a while reading over and over the following poem. I hope you enjoy it as much I do… I truly find Robert E Howard’s words mind blowing.

FORBIDDEN MAGIC 1 (Weird Tales 1929)

There came to me a Man one summer night,

When all the world lay silent in the stars,

And moonlight crossed my room with ghostly bars.

He whispered hints of weird, unhallowed sight;

I followed – then in waves of spectral light

Mounted the shimmery ladders of my soul

Where moon-pale spiders, huge as dragons, stole –

Great forms like moths, with wings of wispy white.

Around the world the sighing of the loon

Shook misty lakes beneath the false-dawn’s gleams;

Rose tinted shone the sky-line’s minaret;

I rose in fear, and then with blood and sweat

Beat out the iron fabrics of my dreams,

And shaped of them a web to snare the moon.

(Robert E Howard 1906 ~ 1936)

Robert E Howard by a fort

9 Responses to "REH"

That poem would be even better set to music, wouldn’t it?

Gorgeous poetry – thanks for sharing!

Hey, I enjoyed the ‘telephone conversation’! Now, Ann, I grow more and more intrigued with REH. Thank you for sharing his wonderful work! Now…off to visit the lastest antics of Mrs. BG…

jojo: I agree with you… they’d be perfect lyrics

kate: wish I could find more to share

riccie: I thought up the phone call sitting at the traffic lights with a silly grin on my face. It did seem funny, but I’m not sure everyone shares my sense of the ridiculous or realised it was a spoof.

I’m sorry, I can’t concentrate on anything but Vincent’s lovely hands.

Yes, you feel music when you reading this. ‘What voice could do this’ I was rambling around when I was reading it again? Me I was thinking of josh Groban. The guy that knocked me to the flour when I heard him on Ally McBeal:)

…and Ann, I liked the ‘thelephone conversation!’

Keep ’em coming Ann, I’m fascinated with Bob’s poetry. Thank you.


Very interesting imagery. Thanks, Ann!

Your postings are fun to read. I enjoyed the poem. Love reading about mrsbg too! She’s a kick.

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