For my son, Henry.
Goodnight Dead Moon.
In the great sacrifice chamber
In the high tower
In the basalt castle overlooking Lake Hali
There was a shining trapezohedron
And a three-lobed burning eye
And a picture of–
The food beast jumping over the dead moon
And there were three little shoggoths dining on moths
And two little Ulthar kittens
And a pair of ichor-soaked mittens
And a little toy slaughterhouse
And a young mouse
And a blade and some hands and a bowl full of viands
And a somber yellow King who was whispering "Hush."
Goodnight dead moon.
Goodnight food beast jumping over the dead moon.
Goodnight shining trapezohedron
And the three-lobed burning eye
And goodnight ichor-soaked mittens
And goodnight incunabulm
Goodnight little slaughterhouse
And goodnight mouse
And goodnight hands
And goodnight to the yellow King whispering "Hush."
Goodnight noises. Everywhere.