I wrote this years ago and thought I'd share it on this close to Halloween. It speaks of at time that sadly is now lost forever


Halloween memories



Indigo clouds take bites out of a ripe pearl moon.
Crisp salads of autumn leaves peppered with road dust
Salted with early snow dress the road.
Porches in glowing pumpkin
Yellow corn stalks and hay bales
Staging this night of innocent disbelief.

A joyous man with swaying lantern
By its yellow glow.
shepherds laughing children in castoffs
Riotous patchworks of fabric, texture and color.
Running house to house.
Faces hidden.
Flashing eyes fool no one.

Tribute demanded in shy and halting style,
freely given accompanied by Shakespearian
“who’s this” and “oh your scary”!
This joyful extortion of bounty,
This wonderful sharing of the night.
Sense the counterpoint of fearful dress and crystal ringing voices
The tingling serendipity of a child’s delight!

Home now... run! The sack is full
Cold and windy evenings build the chill
Only warm milk, a throw and crackling fire will remedy.

Treasures studied by flashing eyes
Joyful shouts at unique and unexpected finds
not part of the usual Walmart blend.
Two months till Christmas
The expectation has begun...
The soft call “To bed Now”
As nodding heads confirm the night has taken its loving toll.

Indigo clouds take bites out of a ripe pearl moon.
Crisp salads of autumn leaves peppered with road dust
Salted with early snow dress the road.
Porches dressed in glowing pumpkin
Yellow corn stalks and hay bales
Staging this night of innocent disbelief.

The man, old now, sits nodding in smiling recollection
The children gone now adults themselves
The lantern rusty wall hung it's oil long gone
The crackling fire.... his warm, consoling, aide memoire










Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2017-10-27 at 00:50

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Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
This is great. Believe it or not the kids here are starting to trick or treat as well. And yes you have to say "Oh, you are so scary". We had one of those candy bowls with a green hand that grabs you when you try and take a treat but the kids eventually broke it. I bought it in the US ages ago. Sorry if I am prattling on. I enjoyed reading this.
2017-10-28


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
It is lost forever in reality, but you have kept it alive in your memory, and now ours. The first stanza, then repeating it toward the end, is perfect. It is beautifully written.
2017-10-27


Ashe The PoetBay support member heart!
This is so full of images, one after the other. A truly emotional read.
Ashe
2017-10-27