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Happy Halloween… Fun Animal Photos

Hi, it’s Baron Wolfman, head honcho of Greenygrey Creation in the absence of the legendary Andy Wolfhol, who is perhaps most fondly remembered in the Greenygrey world for his favourite slogan catchphrase ‘Wolf not War’.

Halloween Week Animal Photos

It’s Halloween week this week, with the main night in of celebration on Thursday 31st October. Halloween and similar traditions, such as the Day of the Dead deriving from Mexico, were inspired by old pagan festivals honouring the dead as they experienced the sun ‘dying’ in the northern hemisphere at this time of year.

Here’s some fun and greenygrey photos to celebrate Halloween, with links to their original sharers on google+ within the images, and all the good people and animals that have left the living world:

Four-way greenygrey trowl (tree and owl) photo, which could also be described as poetry in owl tree:

Bearable greenygrey:

Something fishy going on: cat amongst the greenygrey:

Howlingly healthy Halloween:

No werewolves, just a Halloween-loving wolf:

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Halloween Horrors of Humanity Poem

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem celebrates Halloween, while hoping its topicality will bring more visitors and readers. Sorry if you were looking for something more supernatural or scary in line with the Halloween spirit, but this poem tries to provide a reasoned and rational account of humanity and natural spirits.
While there are horrors of non-human nature, such as hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts, which may or may not be exacerbated by human activity; or rare animal attacks, which are often because of human expansion into the remaining wilderness areas; the most common horrors in human society are human on human.
And while a belief in workable witchcraft and innocent people being persecuted and burned as witches has generally died out in ‘Western’ society, they are still prevalent in some parts of the world.
So enjoy the Halloween fun, which is derived from pagan end-of-summer festivals such as Samhain, before human societies had the technology we now have, and the knowledge astronomers such as Copernicus, Galileo and Isaac Newton provided, but watch out for those humans! Here’s the poem:
Solar wind.
Solar wind. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Halloween Howls, Samhain Sighs 
nature knows no religion
devil, witch or werewolf
it just lives and breathes
everywhere we settle
providing us with homes
food, drink and beauty
law unto itself, beyond our control
ritual, pray and sacrifice
try talking to spirit
cultures have collapsed
under signs falling from sky
god, angel and unicorn
all created by mankind
Persecution of witches
Persecution of witches (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).


Halloween Poem about October Midpoint

Marc Latham’s latest Folding Mirror poem was inspired by taking time out to look around his room and think after watching the Howl film on the BBC. Howl is about Allen Ginsberg of the 1950s Beat movement, and his trial for obscenity for his Howl poem. Marc looked at his calendar, and the days on it, noticing there were two halves of the October month either side of the 16th, which was tomorrow (now today). So he thought he’d write a Folding Mirror poem about October, and here it is:
Birthday II
Birthday II (Photo credit: MR_TMRW)
October 16th, 2012
Fifteen days, first half
my birthday’s shadow
hides the fact
my age says I’m
one year older
than the month before
first to fifteenth gone
Monday to Monday
midpoint time, midday Tuesday
Wednesday to Wednesday
sixteenth to thirty-first ahead
the second half begins
on same day
the clock ticks on
to cold dark
Halloween Samhain night
two weeks, one day
No a halloween
No a halloween (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marc Latham’s central site is the Greenygrey (http://www.greenygrey.co.uk), and he has several books available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/author/marclatham).