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?