Ode to Dark Shadows
This is a simple ode,
To a soap opera from some time ago.
It was called Dark Shadows.
And it’s still one of my favorite shows.
It aired from 1966 to 1971.
Watching the show was a lot of fun,
On our old tube color television.
At 3:00pm the TV I would run.
It spanned 1225 half hour episodes.
If I binge watched them all now in a row,
My head would surely explode!
I was sad to see the end of the show.
It’s a bit campy and surreal,
But it has a dark gothic feel.
When I was a kid, the deal
Was that I thought it was for real.
I was set in Collinsport Maine,
On an estate called Collinwood of the same name.
And the wealthy Collins family, a bit eccentric and strange,
Was Collinwood’s claim to fame.
It featured Barnabas, the vampire ghoul.
I thought he was really cool.
Every day I would run home from school,
To watch Barnabas and Willy his servant fool.
I was a Dark Shadows freak.
I saw every episode each day of the week.
I was in love with Maggie and Angelique.
When I got older, their autographs I would seek.
When I was a stupid little impressionable kid,
I fancied myself a vampire, I did.
I would pretend to be a vampire at night amid,
The trees Looking for a victim to bite and bid.
I would always run around and pester,
And annoy my little kid sister.
Then I would play the sheriff of Collinwood and arrest her,
For being a witch’s ancestor.
I would pretend I was transported instantly
like Vickie during a seance to the 18th century
With Barnabas, Josette, Angelique and me
I have a big strange imagination you see.
Yes, I’m a gothic, Dark Shadows Vampire buff.
I can never ever get enough,
Of the eerie, scary terrifying stuff.
Staying up ‘till midnight isn’t so tough.
I watch Dark Shadows on cable television,
And dream and pretend I was a kid again.
I really enjoyed the shows back then.
Now I get the chance to watch and enjoy them again.
My dream came true at a 2012 Dark Shadows Convention,
When I met Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker in person.
Both lovely ladies; sweet, beautiful and kind and pleasin’.
I was star-struck and in love with both beyond reason.
The old gentleman himself, Johnathan Frid was there as well.
But he was much older and in frail health.
But he gave a talk; ever a source of Dark Shadows info wealth.
I even got his autograph which I will cherish and never sell.
Another gentleman I got to meet played Quentin, David Selby.
He made me feel very welcome; we took pictures, even a selfie.
I also met several other members of the Dark Shadows family,
Roger Davis, Donna Wandrey, Marie Wallace, and Jerry Lacy.
I was very saddened to hear of when Johnathan Frid passed on.
Another one of my favorite Dark Shadows stars was gone.
I was also very upset with the recent loss of John Karlen.
I remember Joan Bennett, Thayer David and Louis Edmonds.
I’m one of those fanatical, crazy Dark Shadows fans, yes.
You could say that again and again, I guess.
I watch the show religiously from the bloopers to the best.
If you’ve never seen it, give it a try; it’s a great show I attest.
So, I drink a toast to the Dark Shadows cast.
I get to be the host at last.
I drink a drink for no other reason,
Save it is the time of the season.
We get the ghost at last.
Copyright © Jeff W. Watson | Year Posted 2020
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