Moonlight on a Skull
| Weird Tales ~ Moonlight on a Skull
written by Robert Ervin Howard
|First published in Weird Tales, May 1933|
Golden goats on a hillside black,
Silken hose on a wharf-side trull,
Naked girl on a silver rack—
What are dreams in a shadowed skull?
I stood at a shrine and Chiron died,
A woman laughed from the bawdy roofs,
And he burned and lived and rose in his pride
And shattered the tiles with clanging hoofs.
I opened a volume dark and rare,
I lit a candle of mystic lore—
Bare feet throbbed on the outer stair
And the candle faltered to the floor.
Ships that sail on a windy sea,
Lovers that take the world to wife,
What doth the harlot hold for me
Who scarce have lifted the veil of life?
|Works by this author are in the public domain in countries where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less.|