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Magpie On The Gallows

Tue Oct 21, 2014, 5:39 PM


Written by: CliveBarker

Magpie on the Gallows
High above my head,
Tell me truly, maggot–pie,
Is my lover dead?
When he went away to war,
To me eternal love he swore
Tell me truly, bird of gloom,
Where his bed and what his doom?

From the gallows hear the magpie screech:
From now on your lover’s out of reach.
In a bed of mud he died
Soldiers slept at either side,
He has never been faithless dear,
And never will be now, I fear.

Magpie on the Gallows
Feathered white and black,
My brother went a–hunting
Will he not come back?
He was tall and he was strong,
Face was fair and limb was long.
Tell me truly, maggot–pie,
Did he live or did he die?

From the gallows hear the magpie scream
Now your brother is left alone to dream.
There’s no need for you to fret
He’s still fair to look at yet,
He lay in the snow to doze,
And while he slept the poor lad froze.

Magpie on the gallows
Where the death–rope creaks,
Why is it the snow is red
And the north wind reeks?
Can you hear the battle din
See what victories they win?
When will their long war be past?
Will the toiling end or last?

But to this the bird makes no reply:
Looks on with a black, unblinking eye.
I’ll not tell: it seems to say,
Shall I guess the judgement day?
Things will be as things will be,
Don’t ask such fool things of me!


Magpie on the Gallows, from Hunters in the Snow, 1973

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Mon Oct 13, 2014, 12:59 PM by CliveBarker:iconclivebarker:


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Once asked by an interviewer what he wanted (besides his name) on his tombstone, Clive Barker replied 'Imaginer'. Imagination is the force that brings his work as a painter into being and the fuel that sustains the creative process.…


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Fitzlin Featured By Owner 21 hours ago
I truly admire your story writing in "Undying"
Have you thought about continuing the story of Patrick Gallaway?
submicron Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Interface Designer
The man. Wonderful to see your works here and sharing the bits and pieces. xD
Redsam6 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
                                   Clive you are a God!
                               If you ever have the time
                   I would love to know what you think of my
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                                           Yummy - NaNoEmo - day 22 
Eremitik Featured By Owner 3 days ago
:iconbowplz: - For Imajica.
rshkhsee Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I need a new book, lets go! :p) Cheers Mr. Barker
GearsX Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014
How's the Hellraiser remake comin' along?
vladimm Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014   Digital Artist
:squee: Happy Birthday ! :party:
Aisheyru-Fox Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Clive. I freakin love your Abarat books. Awesome that you have a DA. :)
KyraMidnightWyvern Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When I saw that you had a DA, I immediately started freaking out. I love your work! Your Abarat series are the greatest books I've ever read! Heheheh, ignore my weirdness.
mippieArt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
So awesome, Clive Barker is on dA. My bf got me totally hooked on your books. Reading the Abarat series at the moment, you should seriously make a movie out of this one. 
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