The Ghosts of Pumpkins Past

The Goblin Dance

© 2004 Nancy J. Bond

Rain, like streaks of misery,
Trickles down between dead leaves,
Fog and mist and wind deceive…
On All Hallows Eve.

Still-dressed aspens shake and quiver
In the breeze, they quake and shiver,
Gold moon gleams on waveless river…
On All Hallows Eve.

Jack-O-Lanterns, sneering, rounded,
Sit like garish spirits, grounded,
Legless heads to earth are bounded…
On All Hallows Eve.

Ghosts and ghouls all flit about,
Chanting spells and casting doubt,
Curses, incantations shout…
On All Hallows Eve.

When trick-or-treaters’ night is over,
That’s when goblins shed their cover,
Over field and glen they hover…
On All Hallows Eve.

Lookouts in low-hanging branch
Will deem it safe to take the chance
To start their yearly goblin dance…
On All Hallows Eve.

On til midnight, dancing, turning,
Cares of other worlds they’re spurning,
At the strike of twelve returning…
On All Hallows Eve.

Now is the bewitching hour,
Danger lurks ‘neath every bower.
Even goblins shake and cower…
On All Hallows Eve.

Witches fly on well-worn brooms,
Silhouettes in front of moon,
Daybreak will be coming soon…
On All Hallows Eve.

Through their holy night incanting,
Finding moon and stars enchanting,
Curdling laughter, raves and ranting…
On All Hallows Eve.

Soon the moon is disappearing,
Witches, goblins now all fearing
Being found, as dawn is nearing…
On All Hallows Eve.

So from their hours of frolic, fright,
They fade away ‘neath veil of night,
Hidden, safely out of sight,
Until All Hallows Eve.

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Halloween 2002 – Jack wears a snowy cap and seems delighted about it!

No pumpkin in 2003, but a beautiful pot of autumn-colored mums given to me by my in-laws.

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Check out this NASA link and find out what we can expect tonight’s Halloween sky to look like!

Venus and the crescent Moon, photographed in July 2007 by Dan Bush of Albany, Missouri. The scene will be much the same on Halloween 2008. [from NASA site]


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Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

15 thoughts on “The Ghosts of Pumpkins Past”

  1. Hi Nancy! Your photographs are so interesting for me to see. Love your poem! We have snow very near because I’ m living near the Bavarian Alps. But yet in my garden it’ s an Autums impression. I must change your blog adress!!! Oh, I didn’ t visit you for a long time.
    Happy Halloween !
    Wurzerl

    Hi Wurserl! I’m so happy to have your visit! Happy Halloween to you, as well — I’ll be paying a visit. :)

  2. LOVE the goblin story Nancy! Very captivating. I’m glad we won’t have snow this Halloween but we’ve had many like your covered Jack!! Enjoy the day (and night)!!!!!

  3. Whoa, honey! I cannot keep up with your posts! This is extraordinary – this photo and post…but I’m late…I’m late…and have tons more to read! Keep ’em comin.’

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