Thursday, October 9, 2008

Writes Workshop Thursday: Ode to Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos

When the fall days ripen into an orange haze,
When the shop windows fill with leaves and candles and webs
I think back to a time where we still laugh and wish
For full pillowcases

When the streets hush early,
When the first tiny children step out as something other than themselves
I tie the ribbon in a foolish way ‘round my head to hide
My face and maybe tears

When the lights bob down the way,
When the laughter and joy fills the streets
I’ll ponder the delicious fragility of this travesty of the day
That celebrates the thin veil between this world and the next.

When the sun rises tomorrow,
When the stone warms to my touch and the grass is scented
I’ll take my cakes to your resting place
And share them with you.

I am happy to explain this poem if you are interested or you can hazard guesses. I have not written poetry in a very long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Mama Kat!

Update: I will explain it in tommorrow's post, ok?


Mama's Losin' It said...

Oh wow! This is AWESOME! I mean...SO SO SO good!!

I want an explanation.

Did something happen on Halloween? Why the tears? Oh...You're missing someone. Someone who should be with you on Halloween...

This poem was heart-breakingly beautiful and captured Halloween so well while using ALL three of those lines! Well done.

Mama Dawg said...

Wow. That was terrific. You're a great writer.

Melissa said...

Wow...what an awesome poem!!! And I definitely want an explanation...please!! I can try to guess, but I'd rather know the real story!! :)

American in Norway said...

Explanation...loved it... You are very talanted!

Live.Love.Eat said...

That was a beautiful poem. I think you lost someone dear to you the day after Halloween?

BS5 Blogger said...

Very personal and particular. Did you write it? Were you thinking of your Dad? I enjoyed it.

Have a good rest of Thursday.

Mama Dawg said...

Oh, sweetie...(referring to my post). I could never hate you just because you have an opinion. I don't even hate the haters that I wrote about.

Everybody's entitled to an opinion. That one was mine. And you have yours. And I respect yours just as I do Minivan Mom's (who ripped me a new one in her comment...could feel the heat of her passion coming through loud and clear).

I'm so laid back when it comes to this kind of stuff. I don't get passionate about much in my life and I'm not really passionate about this. I just had some thoughts I needed to get out of my head and now that I've emptied it, I'm done. I've purged, now I can move on!

The differences in opinions is what makes this country so great. And I'm like you (to a very small degree), I have serious issues with the Republicans, but then again, I have serious issues with the Democrats. Neither party in my opinion even comes close to doing for the country what needs to be done. Neither party addresses MY issues that I have in my day to day life. There is so much about my life that I don't share on my blog, it's not even funny.

So, no worries. I don't hate. I still love.

Carrie said...

I agree with the others - awesome poem. And I would love to know what it meant to you.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...


Anonymous said...

The poem is lovely!

Live More Now (LMN) said...

I just randomly clicked on your blog link from mama kat's site - loved your poem. I actually wrote a poem too about loss on a holiday - mine being thanksgiving. I hope your lifetime healing process is a journey that restores hope where it has been lost. Keep writing.

Weeksie50 said...

Wow, this is wonderful..
It makes me want to go erase my
attempt at

Los said...

I miss the "innocense" and "excitement" of Halloween when I was growing up. I couldn't wait to get all of that candy. I coudln't wait to wear my Halloween costume to school, and be a part of our "parade" through the school lobby on Halloween day ... I miss all of that.

Lindsay said...

I love the imagery in the poem! I can't wait to hear your story behind it.

I used to write poems but not in a long time. You should keep it up, because you have a real talent for it.

Lex the mom said...

Very well illustrated. It's very cool to see those lines used in different ways.

You conquered 2 prompts with this one. Great poem, great post.

Anonymous said...

Heartwarmingly tender and beautiful. Thank you for posting it Scargosun. Have a lovely Friday.


KDLOST said...

...just read it! SO good! and yes, a bit misty eyed...