A Pickman Inspired Dream


Ron Shiflet

In fevered sleep there came to me
a strange, disturbing dream;
sick charnel visions of the damned
to make a sane man scream.

Dark squat shapes in tattered rags
were clawing at the ground.
Emptying graves in the old churchyard
to feast on corpses found.

Inside the chapel, from a rope,
hung the poor, old parish priest.
While canine teeth obscenely chewed
upon a hellish feast.

This dream recalled a canvas scene,
lifelike and damnably vivid.
It created scandal at the Boston Art Club,
making the critics livid.

Pickman was the artist's name
upon which, he brought disgrace.
A genius inspired by God knows what,
who vanished without a trace.

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© 1997 Edward P. Berglund
"A Pickman Inspired Dream": © 1997 Ron Shiflet. All rights reserved.
Graphics © 1997 Old Arkham Graphics Design. All rights reserved. Email to: Corey T. Whitworth.

Created: August 11, 1997; Updated: August 9, 2004