One Halloween Night

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    Oh, once there was a fiddler came
    One late October night,
    And the music from his fiddle
    Was fancy-free and light.
    But still about the twanging
    Was a mysterious air,
    As if he played of pensive thoughts
    He wanted us to share.
    He set his feet on Brunsy Lane
    Where black oaks mark the way.
    It’s there the shadows drown themselves
    And eat the light away.
    Then as he went his music grew,
    A haunting melody.
    He nodded as he moved along
    At things we could not see.
    We didn’t dare to follow,
    For the moon was ashy dim,
    And blackness like a solid wall
    Reached out and swallowed him.
    Then as we turned and fled toward home,
    Rushing things brushed past our hair.
    And breathlessness and silence hung
    Upon the mystic air.
    There never was another night
    That fiddler came our way,
    But still, sometimes in fancy,
    I can hear his music play.

    [illustration] Illustrated by Charles Shaw