The pendulum ticked,
the pendulum tocked.
Midnight struck upon my clock.
(Damned good trick for a digital clock)
I heard some rats scurry by.
Felt them low and felt them high.
Dinners bone they dragged down the stoop.
(Dinners bone? I'd eaten soup!)
Suddenly, for a different scare,
a ghastly howl took my ear.
'twas just my hound giving the air.
(No, wait. He lays beside the chair!)
Then the heavy sound of shuffling tread,
approaching soft my trembling bed.
The mirror in the shadow glows.
(The mirror? 'Tis covered with my clothes!)
Something pulls the sheets away!
While I wish hard for break of day!
Anothers form beside me lays!
(Alone I live, alone I say!)
Upon my lips a gentle kiss,
as if from some flirtatious miss.
I cannot move, I cannot run!
(Run, you say? But this might be fun!)
With shaking hand her body I seek.
Though soul and flesh of mine are weak,
Yet does it find her icy breast.
(Your own foul mind can write the rest!)
Daylight comes not for me now.
No longer raise to milk the cow.
My life no more what it had been...
(For I found my bride on Hallow'een!)