First published in October 2020
There's always that shiver ....
a catch of breath at the first taste of frost
and a slick of fear ..... what if?
What if that billowing shadow
is not what it seems, the yellow
street light a monster's searching eye?
And those menacing pumpkins ....
what if they were to widen their toothy grins,
spit out a stream of curses?
There's always that dread ....
what if the undead wrap up
in darkness and follow the Trick-Treaters home?
Hallowe'en's an in-between ....
ghosts and ghoulies, apples and silver coins
autumn's end, the start of winter?