A Long Winter’s Night — 2020 Edition Day 6: Christmas at Sea

| December 26, 2020

On this date last year I treated you to a Christmas ghost story, The Shepherd,  written by Frederick Forsyth as a Christmas gift for his wife, Carrie. “‘The Shepherd’ is set on the Christmas Eve of 1957, at which time I would have been eight months plus a day upon the Earth, snug as a […]

Loyalty, Honour, and the Swearing of Oaths

| December 5, 2020

Mind ye now the river’s flowing, Sift ye out what’s wished from knowing, Master thee thy come and going, Trim thy sails, the wind is blowing. So here’s the lesson you must learn, To prep thy vessel, stem to stern. You choose alone what bridges burn, Then steer her hence, there’s no return. ~ Commitment […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 30: Immortality

| October 30, 2020

“These are fraught times strewn with fears; both the named and nameless. This is nothing new. As in other times past when the barbarians weren’t merely at the gates but dwelt among us, the thinness of the veneer called civilization offers little contest to genesis of a mindless rabble bent on the taking of advantage […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 29: Accomplished Notwithstanding

| October 29, 2020

Welcome back Goode Reader! Having made it thus far in this season of Dark Sentiments, it will come as no surprise to you that the poems I’ve strewn here in the course of the past two days, The Evil That Men Do and Then, are closely related. The darkness encroaches, many a long Winter’s night […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 26: Symbiosis

| October 26, 2020

“Symbiosis, any of several living arrangements between members of two different species, including mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism. Both positive (beneficial) and negative (unfavourable to harmful) associations are therefore included, and the members are called symbionts.” ~ Encyclopaedia Britannica Tonight’s Dark Sentiment is an interesting treatment of symbiosis from the talented hive mind at DUST studios. […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 24: Hammer Time

| October 24, 2020

It will come as no surprise to you, Goode Reader, that I grew up with a voracious taste for the horror genre. Something I inherited from my Mother as a personal taste, but as such, a seed planted upon fertile soil. The advent of Hammer Films on the screen of Lunenburg’s lofty and creaky Capitol […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 23: A Taste of Ichabod Crane’s Last Meal

| October 23, 2020

“An opening in the trees now cheered him with the hopes that the church bridge was at hand. The wavering reflection of a silver star in the bosom of the brook told him that he was not mistaken. He saw the walls of the church dimly glaring under the trees beyond. He recollected the place […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 19: A Little More Rusty Cage

| October 19, 2020

In the lead in to every Dark Sentiments season, I look around at the career path of some of the notables I’ve spoken of here to see what they’ve been up to, who did what to whom, living, dead, incarcerated, on the run. Those sorts of things. Tonight’s treat is a result of one of […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 16: Tender Bites

| October 16, 2020

Hard times bring some to self-justify the most heinous of acts. A few even pre-position themselves for it as I have chronicled in the matter of a young technician I was once called upon to mentor: “… in the midst of the long hot summer of 1981 the Halifax Police Department went on strike and […]

Dark Sentiments Season 11 — Day 15: Truth Be Sewn

| October 15, 2020

Truth Be Sewn By LFM Should need arise to air your mind, Speak from the front and not behind. Be silent ’til to break your stillness Reflects the cure and not the illness. Don’t be as those whose mouths will close Only in their sweet repose. Let this stand as introduction to this item from […]