by Marilyn Kortemeier
We heard the chimes at midnight
Call the ghastly to prayer
They cane, marching through the night,
On feet the ground would not bare
The chimes played with a hollow sound
To be heard in Neverwhere
The hallowed ones have gone away
Retreated to a better place away.
Barriers between Earth and Hell are
So is human skin
Hounds came forth that night
With high pitches screeching howling
With all their might.
They called to an unearthly light
Giving men’s simple souls
An unearthly freight.
Among the slains, the ghastly prayed.
In that terrible light.
When right life and light failed.
And the screetching continued so.
And the hollow sound of the chimes went on
All heard in Neverwhere.
Honest folk hide themselves
When hollow chimes are at midnight heard
When the ghastly come to pray among the slain
When the hallows flee far away
When barriers between Earth and Hell
Are as thin as human skin.
Beside the fire they hide and huddle
Fearing, their minds all a muddle.
Will they be recognized by the ghastly
Kith or kin alike.
Who might force them hither
In an awful freight.
So they hide through the night
While the ghastly pray anong the slains.
Through the night,
Praying that he hallows might
Return with the coming of bright light.
And drive the ghastly with a freight.
This is what Marilyn wants us to know about her:
"I was born in Freeport, IL Oct 22, 1949. So I guess it comes naturally that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I am the only girl in my family of origin. I have an older brother and a younger brother. When people ask me, "Where were you in '62, I have to tell them, 'On the highway somewhere,'. That was when we moved from Freeport to Albuquerque NM. I graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque in 1968. Spent some time at NMSU, in Las Cruces NM, but no degree. Spent one hitch in the Navy and got an honorable discharge. Worked at many jobs after that, including I have been a telephone interviewer for 14 years. Have wanted to write since I was 9. Still hoping to get a book published that is a hit."