Time to read
the stories of Ray Bradbury,
the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe,
and the novels of Daphne du Maurier.
Time to watch anime like
and Black Butler.
Time to see TV shows like
The Addams Family,
and The Twilight Zone.
Time to revisit films like
Young Frankenstein with Gene Wilder,
The Raven with Vincent Price,
and the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
Time to listen to music by
The Rasmus, HiM,
Time for sweaters, scarves, and hot soup,
for shadows, smoke,
and morning mist.
Time to curl up under blankets
with cats and cups of hot chocolate
mixed with Baileys Irish Cream.
Time that is in two places at once,
the month that is both eight and ten,
Julian and Gregorian.
Time to celebrate the things that go bump in the night
and try, oh so convincingly, to pretend
we are not afraid of the dark.