“Great Unaffected Vampires and the Moon”
It was a graveyard scene. The crescent moon
Performed a devil’s purpose for she shewed
The earth a-heap where smooth it should have lain;
And in and out the tombs great witches’ cats
Played tig-a-tag and sang harmoniously.
Beneath the deathly slopes the palings stood
Catching the moonlight on their painted sides,
Beyond, the waters of a mighty lake
Stretching five furlongs at its fullest length
Lay as a looking-glass, framed in a growth
Of leafless willows; all its middle part
Was open to the sky, and there I saw
Embosomed in the lake together lie
Great unaffected vampires and the moon.
A Christian crescent never would have lent
Unchristian monsters such close company
And so I say she was no heavenly light
But devil’s in that business manifest
And as the vampires seemed quite unaware
I thought she’d lost her soul for nothing lying there.