Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Vampire's Day Soiree - Part 1: 5 Vampire Verses

Vampire's Day Soiree
Hello dear devils and devious dolls! In honour of today being February 14th, HSL is taking part in the Vampire's Day Soiree, being run by Holly at Holly's Horrorland! So, instead of cheesy, sickly sweet, love-themed posts, you'll be getting some amazing, blood-drenched, vampire posts. Okay, so the posts here will probably be just as cheesy, but I'm sure some of the other participants will be able to give you something a little more sophisticated and refined ;) You'll find a list of the other participants and links to their blogs at the end of each Vampire's Day post here. That done with, on with the sanguinary fun!

Part 1: Vampire-themed Poems, Verses and Rhymes

A random selection of poems, verses and rhymes about blood-suckers. 
Some are serious, some are silly, but all feature vampires and are relatively short.
Der Vampir 
My dear young maiden clingeth
Unbending, fast and firm
To all the long-held teaching
Of a mother ever true;
As in vampires unmortal 5
Folk on the Theyse's portal
Heyduck-like do believe.
But my Christine thou dost dally,
And wilt my loving parry
Till I myself avenging
To a vampire's health a-drinking
Him toast in pale tokay.
And as softly thou art sleeping
To thee shall I come creeping
And thy life's blood drain away.
And so shalt thou be trembling
For thus shall I be kissing
And death's threshold thou' it be crossing
With fear, in my cold arms.
And last shall I thee question
Compared to such instruction
What are a mother's charms? 
- Heinrich August Ossenfelder

The Tale of the Hungry Vampire  
Biting a neck isn’t all that much fun
It’s messy, it’s crude, and it leads to the shun-
ning of most folk
when you really crave Coke
And honey and cake
Fangs are a mistake
On chocolate I brood
I’m not in the mood
For more dark thick blood
Masquerading as food
- Brenda McKenna

Illustration by Craig Smith
The vampire said: "My name is mud
Because I have a taste for blood
And there are those who think I'm horrid
For nipping victims on the forehead.
But, on this matter I won't hedge.
What really sets my teeth on edge
And scares me even more than rabies
Are children biting jelly babies."
Max Fatchen

Technically, the next one isn't about vampires, but...imagine that it is and it still makes sense :P

Come to Me 
Come to me my little dearie,
Come to me my little child,
Do not sleep but lift your weary
Head and hark to me a while.
Look, my lovely, look, my treasure,
See, your granny's eyes grow dim.
This, dear, is no human pleasure -
Hold my hand, I'll take you in.
Can you see them, coldly waiting?
Drift and chill or breath and bone?
Dear, they move like silence skating
Past an icy, shivered moan.
Ah, my love, their red eyes brighten,
See, they like your sweet red cheeks...
The seem, you say, rather hungry?
Treasure, they've been starved for weeks!
Now they drift like smoke towards you,
Now they fasten to your skin,
Child, your manners, I should warn you,
No complaints when the teeth go in!
There now, it was all quite simple,
Over now, my deathless dear.
Sweet, your cheeks acquired a dimple,
Those fangs, now, what a charming sneer!
- Verity Laughton

Le Vampire 
You who, like the stab of a knife,
Entered my plaintive heart;
You who, strong as a herd
Of demons, came, ardent and adorned, 
To make your bed and your domain
Of my humiliated mind
— Infamous bitch to whom I’m bound
Like the convict to his chain, 
Like the stubborn gambler to the game,
Like the drunkard to his wine,
Like the maggots to the corpse,
— Accurst, accurst be you! 
I begged the swift poniard
To gain for me my liberty,
I asked perfidious poison
To give aid to my cowardice. 
Alas! both poison and the knife
Contemptuously said to me:
“You do not deserve to be freed
From your accursed slavery, 
Fool! — if from her domination
Our efforts could deliver you,
Your kisses would resuscitate
The cadaver of your vampire!”
- Charles Baudelaire

If you're in a creative mood, feel free to comment with your own rhymes about the children of the night!

Others Participating in the Vampire's Day Soiree:


  1. some great words and sharing...

    Part of the Vampire's Day Soiree!
    Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
    Visit The Madness:

  2. Loved the verses, especially the Baudelaire one :)

    1. Baudelaire wrote another good one about a "vampire" called 'Les Metamorphoses du vampire'. They're both in the book Fleurs du mal :)

  3. Awesome. My favorite is Max Fatchen's. Lovely to "party" with you at the Vampire's Soiree. :)

    1. Cannibal children eating jelly babies is truly a scary sight! :)

  4. Wow, those were really cool. I don't think I've read any of those before. Where did you find all of them? Great post and happy Vampire Day!

    1. Glad you liked them :)
      Below is a list of where I got the poems from:

      Der Vampir: http://www.hauntedbay.com/tomes/poems/dervampir.shtml (I also used to have it in a poetry anthology, but I can't remember what it was called)

      The Tale of the Hungry Vampire:

      Untitled and Come to me are from a book I have called 'Petrifying Poems' and 'Le Vampire' is from the book 'Fleurs du mal'

      Happy Vampire Day to you too!

  5. I liked that Brenda McKenna poem!

    When you really crave Coke
    And honey and cake
    Fangs are a mistake

    So cute. Have a great Valentine's Day/Vampire's Day! :)

    1. I'm pretty sure I'd crave apples...apple juice vampire or something lol

      Hope you had a good Vampire's Day as well! :)

  6. Fabulous vamp verses! Like Lady Bethezda, my favourite is Max Fatchen's! Creepy-cute! Happy Valentine's/Vampire's Day!

    1. That one is from a whole book load of creepy-cute poems called 'Petrifying Poems', compiled by Jane Covernton and illustrated by Craig Smith. So much spooky silliness :)

      Hope you had a great Vampire's day~☆


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