October 29, 2012

Halloween and the World Literacy Project

As I have previously confessed on this blog, I am a baking-challenged person. Today's confession is that I'm also challenged at the visual arts. That means that this time of year, when people are putting cute little decorated vegetables on their doorsteps, shows me for the stick-figure artist I am. Also, I'm a klutz and big knives scare me. 

So rather than compete with my mom, who painted her pumpkin as an idyllic, full-color rendition of Bag End, complete with cotton-fluff smoke coming from the chimney...

...or risk chopping off my fingers with a big knife, this year I decided to bring my own branch of art to the pumpkin-decorating frenzy. 


This pumpkin is my attempt both to sidestep artistic humiliation and contribute to world literacy levels and cultural awareness. Come on, little Rapunzels and Captain Americas. Have some candy. And some extra brain cells.

These famous opening lines spiral consecutively around the pumpkin, creating both a ghostly ambience and celebrating the beauty of words. 

Now, here's the challenge. Using only these snippets of famous opening lines, plus the author's name in the photo below, can you identify this poem? Ten kudos points to whoever gets it right (and no cheating by my friends or family members who've already seen it in person)! 

Ready, set, go!


  1. Ooo! Ooo! Pick me! Pick me!

    It's "The Highwayman", by Alfred Noyes

    (OK, I had to look up the author, but I knew the name... does that still count?)

  2. The Highwayman. It's always been one of my very favorite poems.

  3. 10 points for both of you! Congratulations on your standards of world literacy :)

  4. I have absolutely no clue! I'll do the baking ;-) Tia Nuni