Only the children, pretending to be ghosts, are real.

Welcome Great Pumpkin

“Halloween” by Mac Hammond

The butcher knife goes in, first, at the top
And carves out the round stemmed lid,
The hole of which allows the hand to go
In to pull the gooey mess inside, out –
The walls scooped clean with a spoon.
A grim design decided on, that afternoon,
The eyes are the first to go,
Isosceles or trapezoid, the square nose,
The down-turned mouth with three
Hideous teeth and, sometimes,
Round ears. At dusk it’s
Lighted, the room behind it dark.
Outside, looking in, it looks like a
Pumpkin, it looks like ripeness
Is all. Kids come, beckoned by
Fingers of shadows on leaf-strewn lawns
To trick or treat. Standing at the open
Door, the sculptor, a warlock, drops
Penny candies into their bags, knowing
The message of winter: only the children,
Pretending to be ghosts, are real.

Intense pumpkin carving

This year’s Great Pumpkin Party was a success! You can hear more about it next week on Melissa’s blog, because she is posting about celebrations every day in November for NaBloPoMo. I am also participating in NaBloPoMo this year, so tune in starting tomorrow for that. I will be writing letters every day to Atticus. By the end of the month, the letters may just be, “Please come out soon. Please come out soon. Love, Mom.” But we will see how it goes.

Some of this year's entries.

Meanwhile, have a lovely Halloween. Say hi to your neighbors, eat lots of candy, and take time to celebrate the power of our imaginations and laugh at fear and death, who have no power over us.

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