Saturday, 31 October 2015


Inspired by "The Highgate Vampire"  by Sean Manchester.

I have a shadow
                   whose mane is LUCIA.
I acquired her
                   on a guided tour
                                          of Highgate Cemetery.
I heard her softly calling me
from deep within the catacombs
and felt
           compelled to follow
                                        the seductive syllables
that reverberated through my being.

It led me to a crumbling tomb
                                       that appalled me to the core.
So I gripped my pentacle
                                      and prayed to the Gods
while fervently crossing my chest:
dividing Earth from Air...
                                    Fire from Water...
                                                           and (hopefully) myself from LUCIA.
But..."That,"  she crooned,  "is a fallacy!"
as she followed me home that night.

Well I found myself watching her like a hawk,
never averting my eyes -
                                  not even for an instant.
For I knew then she and I were rivals
                                                       for my immortal Soul
and the blood that coursed through my veins.

But beneath blonde hair
                                   those saucer eyes
gradually subdued my will.
She whispered to me in my dreams
of things absurdly preposterous:
promising me eternal life,
                                     while the painful ecstasy
                                                                         of icy kisses
nightly drained my jugular.

And so today
                 I'm sorry to say
                                      LUCIA has finally won.
See how my fangs
                          have grown long and pointy
and I'm terrified of the Sun...

Happy Hallowe'en!!!

PS  My husband has been admitted to hospital to have his heart operation. I will keep in touch as often as I can...I just can't predict how often at the moment. Do hope you will bear with me through this difficult time.
Thank you so much for all your support and kind words. They are appreciated with all my heart.:)

Just felt the need to add a photo of us we face an unknown future...


  1. __Deepest wishes to you both; I'd often thought of surgeons as artists, and tomorrows will be yours. _m

    further smiles
    spread by this artist's brush

    1. Oh Doug, you will probably never know how much hope your words have given me.
      Thank you so much...that wonderful sunrise...I am clinging to that...:)

  2. Massive hugs my beautiful friend, sending positive energy and healing thoughts to you and your husband, and wishing for the best!
    HUgs and hugs

    And wowness..your poem..has awesomely struck me powerfully to bits with magic, dark-beauty and intrigue! What a masterful poems full of soul and deep mystery. This is one of my newest favorites Ygraine ! Spell-binding and blissful...amazing visual and imagery and emotion!
    Wishing you blessings and massive sparkles
    xo Much love kindred and take care, you are in my thoughts!!

    1. Oh gosh, dearest Victoria...this is one of the darkest places I have ever found myself in...and I feel your Light surrounding and soothing me.
      Dear Kindred...thank you...from the very depths of my heart...
      and I had thought myself alone in this wrong you have proved me. I feel Spiritually nurtured...Oh thank you.

      Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  3. Will be with U in my thoughts, dear friend ... for sure ... omg, and best wishes and speedy recovery 4 ur husband ... Love, cat.

    1. My sincerest heart-felt thanks, dear Cat...I honestly hadn't realised how cared for we are...and that truly means more than you will ever know.
      I am totally humbled. Thank you...
      Much Love xoxoxo

  4. PS: what a super beautiful photo..touched my heart!

    1. So happy you liked it, Dear Sister...a happy time, just before the devastating news...xoxoxo

  5. Genial poema para este Halloween :)

    1. Many thanks, glad you liked it. :)

  6. Yes, a beautiful photo of your and your hubby, you are so pretty!

    Sending healing, positive thoughts your way and lots of hugs. All the best to your husband for a speedy recovery. Take care Ygraine.

    I love your halloween poem too, perfect!

    1. Oh thank you so much, dear Geraldine.
      I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate your healing thoughts. I feel them all. Truly.
      I have gone from feeling a helpless, isolated feeling cared for and nurtured...and I just can't find the words to express my gratitude adequately...thank you...from the depths of my heart.:)

      ps I had never thought of myself as pretty. Oh how kind you are...

      Hugs xoxoxo

  7. My dearest Ygraine...I always enjoy your poetry and this one is wonderful.
    But this morning my heart was drawn to your photo of you and your hubby...beautiful and filled with warmth and love.
    My hubby and I send you both our deepest and most heartfelt wishes for good health and a happy outcome from the surgery. Every positive vibe I can send it is yours...for both of you~

    All My Love and Healing Hugs and Kisses

    1. Dearest Jan...I really can't begin express just how much your kind support means to me.
      Austin is currently drifting in and out of consciousness, and on one occasion yesterday, I was allowed to speak to him on the phone. I explained how many people cared about him...people he had never even met...and he broke down in tears and said to pass on his thanks to you all.
      Oh my dear, sweet Jan...thank you...thank you for your wonderful healing friendship.:)

      All My Love, Hugs and Kisses...

  8. All my best wishes for a successful operation. Your husband and I will have a scar in common.

    1. Oh gosh...I had no idea you have been through this experience too.
      You truly have my deepest sympathy...I now know just how painful it is, not only physically but emotionally too.
      I think you who have been there are unbelievably brave...
      Thank you so much...we are hoping and praying now...:)

  9. I love this photo, Ygraine, you look radiant! I hope the operation will be a successful one. Hugs.

    1. Dear Linda...thank you so much.
      We are currently "hanging on in there"...and the support from all of you wonderful friends has been such a help...oh you'll never know just how much!
      Thank you...:)

      Much Love & hugs xoxoxo

  10. Hope all turns out well. The poem was wonderful, of course…

    1. Thank you so much, Anthony.
      It is a long haul...but my son and I are trying to stay positive and are very hopeful for the future.:)

      So happy you liked the poem...a moment of much needed light-hearted nonsense for Hallowe'en!

  11. God bless you, couple. I pray for the operation to be successful. :) And take care.

    1. Oh thank you, Tenzin...I so appreciate your more than kind words.
      We are currently waiting...and hoping.
      Your support means so much...:)

  12. I am praying for your husband. Everything will be ok. God is great.

    Lovely photo of both of you.

    Best wishes

    1. My sincerest, heart-felt thanks, Joseph.
      You have no idea how your wonderfully positive words have cheered my Soul.:)

      Oh thank you...thank you...

  13. I love the picture of you and your husband! I am lighting a candle and sending healing prayers! Big Hugs and much love!!
    (Your writing was amazing, as always!)

    1. Oh kind you are - and how fortunate I am to have your friendship.
      Wish I could find the words to express just how much your kindness means to me...but there aren't any. My gratitude is beyond mere can only be felt.
      Oh thank you, Sweetie...thank you so, so much...:)

      All My Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  14. Here's wishing you the best of luck in the world. I have been to Highgate many times but never to the cemetery, which I believe contains the remains of one Karl Marx. Loved the poem.

    Greetings from London.

    1. Oh thank you so much, CiL...I so appreciate that.
      I couldn't stay at the hospital after was just too expensive for both my son and I, so he stayed and I remained at home. That is the hardest part...feeling so far away :( glad you liked the poem. I have never been there either...but after reading "The Highgate Vampire" I have promised myself that I will one day. Yes, I believe the tomb of Karl Marx in there.
      A fascinating place!

      Greetings from a rather grey and gloomy Hampshire! :)

  15. All the best to you and your husband!

    love the poem - so descriptive and what a great photo of you two.

    1. Thank you so much, Sandy...your kind support is so precious to me.
      So happy you liked the poem and photo.
      I do hope all is good with you.:) xoxoxo

  16. Hope things will be better, my friend. God will there to bless you. A sweet photo. Liked it. God bless you. A message with prayers to heal and be better from Bhutan.

    1. Oh my dear friend, thank you...from my heart.
      I am so scared, but am trying really hard to stay strong. I do believe that every experience we have is for a reason...that there is a lesson to learn from it. I think I am being taught to appreciate other people more...and now the lesson is well and truly learned.

      My sincerest Blessings to you too, my hope all is going well for you. I will visit as soon as I can.
      I have missed you.

  17. Me gusta la muy graciosa...un beso desde Murcia....

    1. So pleased you like the poem, Alp...just a bit of fun for Halloween!
      Many thanks.

      A Hug :)

  18. Boa tarde, a imagem é linda, certamente que é a imagem que vai repetir-se no futuro.

    1. Oh thank you, AG...I appreciate your kind words so very much.

      A Hug :)

  19. Stopping by to send more good energy and hugs your way. Take care Ygraine.

    1. Oh how can I ever thank you, dearest Geraldine?
      Mere words are so inadequate.
      He is still fighting...has a lung and heart infection now, and has lost so much weight. Oh such a difficult time...but my son and I are clinging on to hope...
      Thank you again, Geraldine. Your support is so precious.

      Big Hugs xoxoxo

  20. My best and deepest wishes for a successful operation and quick recovery. I will keep you in my prayers.

    huge and tight hugs :).
    And yes! That photo of you two is lovely.

    1. My dear friend...thank you...with all my heart.
      Your prayers are appreciated more than you could ever imagine. I think this is crisis point now...that I hope is "the darkest hour before the dawn"...and things will begin to improve. Any other outcome I can't bear thinking about.
      Your kindness is truly helping me through this dark and lonely time.
      Thank you again...more than words can say.:)

      Much Love & Hugs xoxoxo

  21. Replies
    1. Lucia says "Hi!" back...hope she doesn't follow you home though! *smiles*

  22. Dear and Sweet, Ygraine...I just wanted you and your hubby to know that I and my hubby send you our warmest and heartfelt wishes for healing and positive thoughts. I felt that I needed to let you know that we care and that you are in our thoughts

    Healing Hugs & Love

    1. Oh Dearest Jan...I really don't know how to thank you. Such kindness and support...and to think I was facing this alone in this empty house.
      Your love and hugs are here with me...I feel them...oh my dear friend...such comforting warmth...oh thank you...thank you...

      All My Love & Hugs xoxoxo Always...


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