Interlopers

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“I don’t know that there are real ghosts and goblins, but there are always more trick-or-treaters than neighborhood kids.”     —Robert Brault

Interlopers

They watch the clock, waiting for dark,
impatient for their All-souls lark.
Small ghosts and goblins screech and moan,
their ghastly act to finely hone.
“Eye of newt and toe of frog,”
Mother prompts, as off they jog—
little witches in Walmart capes
with itchy tags upon their napes.

Meanwhile, other ghastly things
soar in on brooms, flap in on wings.
They’ve found that yearly secret door
under the earth, under the floor,
and creaked it open. Joining the flood
who lust for treats, they lust for blood.
Who among us might ace the task
of sorting countenance from mask?

That little vampire, newly gone—
was his blood real or painted on?
“Double double toil and trouble,
cauldron boil and cauldron bubble.”
Were those lines recently rehearsed
or are these witches instead well-versed
in brewing up a recipe
of wing of gnat and eye of bee?

Which ghoulies real and which ones playing?
Which ones begging? Which ones preying?
What other night of any year
do we open doors, devoid of fear
for such strange beings? Who thinks of this—
Hershey’s kisses or vampire’s kiss?
A silly poem. When small ghosts boo, they
offer no real threat. Or do they?

 

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Prompts for today are the secret door, adage, screech, treat and clock. Since one of the prompt words was “adage,” rather than use the actual word in the poem, I used a quote (an adage of sorts) by Robert Brault as inspiration for this poem.

5 thoughts on “Interlopers

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        We don’t do Halloween and kids on South Beach don’t go trick-or-treating, but there were all kinds of day time events for them. Adorable little dressed-up munchkins were walking all over the place, accompanied by adults. Adults themselves dressed up in the evening, so, sitting in a strategic location (our front garden), we enjoyed watching a creative, very amusing parade.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I think you’ve told me before, but it does not pain me to have you repeat it. ;o) I am so sorry to have missed seeing the Halloween kids. One of the highlights of my year, but I needed a dr. appt. and that was the only time she could fit me in–after hours, just during the 2 hours the kids are allowed to come trick and treating. So, no new pics this year.

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