Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are.
They nest in Time.
They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity.
They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it.
Why speak of time when you are Time,
and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action?
How men envy and often hate these warm clocks,
these wives, who know they will live forever.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Something Wicked This Way Comes** is a 1962 dark fantasy novel by Ray Bradbury*.
The book is about 13-year-old best friends, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, and their nightmarish experience with a traveling carnival that comes to their Midwestern town one October. The carnival’s leader is the mysterious “Mr. Dark” who seemingly wields the power to grant the citizenry’s secret desires. In reality, Dark is a malevolent being who lures these individuals into binding themselves in servitude to him. He is revealed to possess a tattoo bearing the likeness of each person he has thus tricked. Mr. Dark’s presence is countered by that of Will’s father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his youth because he feels as though he is too old for Will.
The novel combines elements of fantasy and horror, analyzing the conflicting natures of good and evil which exist within all individuals.**
I came across this quote in my halloween research based around the title. #somethingwickedcomesthisway first brings to mind a favourite tune by The Herbaliser Band, produced by Ninja Tunes. Of course in general we know it from a line in Act IV of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth:
“By the pricking of my thumbs / Something wicked this way comes.”
But I wasn’t aware of the novel or eventual film by Ray Bradbury and I found this quote particularly impactful. Women’s place in time as infinite. I know so many women who embody this idea and live each day in this manner. truly inspiring!
“They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it.”
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