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

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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

Your Ghost

**Song lyric written September 1995**

 

I know you don’t exist

You died long ago

But your ghost like so many others

Can still haunt me though

 

Spirits wander ’round this town

Met one the other day

But you still terrify me most

When you pass my way

 

But you know

You know

 

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And find out why you died

Did you fade away or were you changed

By something that you tried

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And find out where you went to

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And find out where I lost you

 

Sometimes I’ll see you floating by

With somebody else

Sometimes I’ll just catch a glimpse

When I’m all by myself

 

I knew you in another life

Not so long ago

I may have died too in that time

But I’ve resurrected though

 

And you know

You know

 

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And find out who you are

Did you see Heaven or find Hell?

Or didn’t you go that far?

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And talk about where we’ve been

I’d like to get to know your ghost

And come to life again