Haunted Love

Christina Rossetti, drawing by David Levine

I’ll meet you in the goblin grove
My love, if you should ask
As if to test me with a task
My love for you to prove.

My fears and frights I will forget
In truth, that you may not be grieved;
I’ll hold aloft no blame, nor false regret,
In truth my love you’ve ne’er believed.

Should I die to prove love true,
My spirit uncowed by ghosts that roost
O’er lazy bones in goblin’s brew,
My spirit on All Souls morn be loosed

To haunt you through and through!

Written in honor of Christina Rossetti, a Christian poet who is well known for her work as a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of English painters, poets, and art critics, founded in 1848. Every year when Halloween comes round her long poem, The Goblin Market, makes the rounds around the world to spook children and adults both! Shay’s Word Garden List engages us to pick three words or more from words she’s chosen from Rossetti’s poetry and Sammi’s 13 Days of Samhain for Day 2 prompts us to use the phrase “Lazy Bones.”

13 thoughts on “Haunted Love

  1. In the words of Ani Difranco, “go and get ‘im, girl, before he gets you!” He;ll think twice next time, the faint-hearted so-and so. I think that Christina would have loved this poem; I know I do.

    I know I have missed one or two of your posts of late. I took 24 hours away from the internet to try to climb out of a bad depression.



    1. Thank you, Shay. Always good to take a break, my friend, but thankful for the poetry and comments you share because its rich, its meaningful and its you. Praying that you and the rest of us when we get lost in depression/anxiety will find it easier and easier to leave those “dark woods” as Dante calls them, and look up, right up to the God who is our Light, our Vision, His perspective transcending ours yet here knowing ours because He is unconfined and free. And so can set us free. Does that make sense? Have just been going over Dante’s recasting of the Lord’s Prayer in his own words and this is some of what I understand from it that speaks to me anyway. Bear with me. Sending love your way and prayers His way. 🙏🙂

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