Death Knocks in Hallow Night


Death Knocks in Hallow Night


A shift in weather brings a chill

in nights of ghosts and ghouls

and some who seek a yearly thrill

of sudden screams and scares.


Play we do with truth and dares

if death may be at your front door

hands stretched across long stares

for candy is not what she may want.


And when my time it’s up I can’t

but she won’t wait another day

across the doorway a bony hand

will grab my soul and disappear.


So in hallow nights another year

full of candy and scary children

I seek no thrills when well I know

death one night will knock I fear.


October 31, 2018

“Tis the night—the night

Of the grave’s delight,

And the warlocks are at their play;

Ye think that without,

The wild winds shout,

But no, it is they—it is they!”

― Arthur Cleveland Coxe


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