Jack-o-Lantern

All the pumpkin poetry lately has put me in the Halloween mood, so I decided to repost a couple poems I wrote for the holiday last year. This one really pairs up with my last post, “I Am Jack”. Happy All Hallow’s Eve a few weeks early! 🙂

 

In the black, black night

Heavy with memories

Chill wind and rotting leaves

Carry the voices of the dead

Jack grins

Sentinel

With pulpy gums

And geometric eyes

He smiles on the darkness

Sputtering light

An orangey glow

Of fluttering flame

Peers from between Jack’s teeth

As if afraid to come out

This night Jack smiles

Beneath the cloudy moon

Only he and the spirits know

Whether his light

Wards them off

Or guides them

I Am Jack

Nameless
Faceless
No more
No longer sitting
In the cold, rustling Autumn wind
One among the multitude
Of the pumpkin patch

A split-faced grin
And ever glaring eyes
Blade forged features
Anthropomorphic
More human than gourd now
No sweet baked pie
A fire within
This matte orange rind
Pale, pulpy flesh
Flickering to life

From gourd to guard
A sentinel
Of frosty nights and fallen leaves
No longer faceless
Nameless
I am Jack
And my season has come
Jack-O-LanternFor dVerse Poetics pumpkin poetry prompt (try saying that five times fast, lol)

Jack O’ Lantern

A Halloween poem for Open Link Night over at dVerse.

 

In the black, black night

Heavy with memories

Chill wind and rotting leaves

Carry the voices of the dead

Jack grins

Sentinel

With pulpy gums

And geometric eyes

He smiles on the darkness

Sputtering light

An orangey glow

Of fluttering flame

Peers from between Jack’s teeth

As if afraid to come out

This night

Jack smiles beneath the cloudy moon

Only he

And the spirits know

Whether his light

Wards them off

Or guides them

Autumn Knocking

Chill night air

Summer fades away

Already, leaves of green

Turn golden, orange and red

Soon the buckets will appear

On the trunks of maples

Collecting sweetness

To be condensed

Into sugary amber

 

Apples and pumpkins

Burnish in the September sun

To be sold on the roadside

Come the stark October winds

The cider mill awakes

From its dormant slumber

Of three seasons

To greet the autumn

With its crisp nectar

And the warm smell

Of fresh made doughnuts

 

Yes

Autumn is knocking at the door

With the scent of woodburning stoves

And the swishing crackle

Of walking through fallen leaves

And while I do not doubt

This season is beautiful

In any part of the world

Here

Beside the Great Lakes glimmer

Among the Appalachian hills

I think it may be

The most beautiful of all