ghosts pass by

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ghosts pass by.

abandoning armchairs,

stubbing out cigars,

swigging the final drop

of vintage port

they leave by the back stairs,

hanging a sign

on the closing door:

 “See You At The Parade.”

 

ghosts pass by,

evicted from the flophouse

of my dreams,

no longer welcome.

 

long squatting ended

they join the Felliniesque

fandango and pass on,

seeking another home.

 

swathed in scars and chains,

verdigris and fire

weeping phantoms,

restless souls and

ghosts

pass by

the open window

of my night,

their haunting gaze

no longer finding me.

 

in feather boas,

painted rags,

stained armor

and cloaks of stars

the ghosts pass by

and I watch

their amorphous

ambling

with eyes of dawn.

 

this parade of shadows

shimmers with enchantment,

dark invitations

and moonlight,

but I have touched the sun,

and am exorcised by love.

 

painting and poem by clinock (edited redux)

artratcafe CAFE – Pumpkin Time…

As the rain and clouds of autumn hide the sun from us here in Vancouver I am thankful for the appearance of the pumpkin, nature’s substitute for glorious summer sunsets. This glowing orange orb warms us under the grey and overcast skies of the season. At artratcafe CAFE we are, of course, familiar with the wide variety of foods that can be derived from the pumpkin, and because the temperatures are dropping to chilly we are offering the warm hug of comforting Pumpkin Soup to our visiting friends and we include the recipe in this post.

But also, because we are so closely associated with Mr Art Rat, we are interested in the artistic side of food, and when it comes to pumpkins this interest must involve the Halloween related carving of this seasonal fruit (vegetable?). In honour of this tradition we have put together an exhibition of some of our favorite pumpkin sculptures, along with some paintings of and on pumpkins and other miscellaneous pumpkin related art including pumpkin / Halloween poetry. (All due credits at end of post).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Theme in Yellow by Carl Sandburg.

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o’-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.

The Witches Song from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and bling-worms sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and caldron bubble.
Cool it with a baboon’s blood,
Then the charm is firm and good.

On a dark, dark, night
In a dark, dark wood
In a dark, dark house
In a dark, dark room
In a dark, dark cupboard
On a dark, dark shelf
In a dark, dark box
There was a GHOST!

 

 

 

Superstitious by Shel Silverstein.

If you are superstitious you’ll never step on cracks.
When you see a ladder you will never walk beneath it.
And if you ever spill some salt you’ll thrown some ‘cross your back,
And carry’ round a rabbit’s foot just in case you need it.
You’ll pick up any pin that you find lying on the ground,
And never, never, ever throw your hat upon the bed,
Or open an umbrella when you are in the house.
You’ll bite your tongue each time you say
A thing you shouldn’t have said.
You’ll hold your breath and cross your fingers
Walkin’ by a graveyard,
And number thirteen’s never gonna do you any good.
Black cats will all look vicious, if you’re superstitious,
But I’m not superstitious (knock on wood).

Pumpkin Soup – Ingredients:

  • Small pumpkin (remove the seeds and stringy bits, cut into large chunks, peel). You can sub for 2 med size acorn squash if you don’t have pumpkin.
  • 2 sweet onions, chopped
  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
  • 4 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2-3 cups hemp or almond milk (this makes it creamy)
  • 4-6 cups stock or filtered water
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Method:  Preheat oven to 365F. Place pumpkin chunks, onions and sweet potato into a large baking dish with 1/4 water in dish.

Bake until fork-tender, about 45-60 minutes. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool.

Once cooled, place all the roasted ingredients into your food processor and the raw garlic. You may need to do this in batches depending how large your processor is.

Add in some hemp milk or filtered water to help blend. Once blended, move the mixture to a large pot on your stove. Add the remaining hemp milk, water and spices. Allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes or so, stirring occasionally on low to medium heat.

Sprinkle some raw sheep’s milk cheese and arugula on top. The natural sweetness of the nutmeg is warming and lovely. If you let it sit overnight in the fridge the flavours will mingle and be even more smashingly delicious the next day. Serves 6-8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credits – from first to last – Pumpkin painting by Ulrike ‘Ricky’ Martinebsqart.com / Next three pumpkin carvings by Ray Villafaneama-zing-arts.blogspot.ca / Scary Halloween Pumpkin, artist unknown-librariansquest.blogspot.ca / Witch Face Carving, artist unknown – worthstar.com / Tribal Face by Mina Bragaplumk-artwiththepumkins.buzznet.com / Old Postcard from Google Images / Pumpkin Soup from Google Images / Pumpkin painting by unknown first grade student – mrstsfirstgradeclass-jill.blogspot.com / Painting on Pumpkin by Susan Dupontblogs.windsorstar.com / Quasimodo carving, artist unknown – thechive.com / Spider carving, artist unknown – thevine.com.au / Old postcard from Google Images.

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Q: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter? A: Pumpkin pi.