I thought I'd share a couple poems I've written that lend themselves to this wonderful seaon. The first, "Jack" is truly a Halloween poem, the other, "A Familiar's Tail" was written about my black cat, Magick, and her efforts to keep my house free of anything that moved!
Harvest fruit with care is picked
For size and shape to match the need,
With sharpened knife it’s carved and nicked,
Until his face at last is freed.
Lighted candle set inside
Walls of bright orange skin,
Cause hollow eyes to shine with pride,
Above a gaping grin.
In the dark the flame will shine,
A beacon on this Samhain night,
To those we love who crossed the line,
And journey towards the endless light.
Pumpkin glow will lead their way,
While his grin keeps harm at bay.
A Familiar's Tail
Whisker-twitch the only sign
That prey is close at hand,
But enchanted mouse of fae design
Doesn't play as kitty planned.
Here a puff of skittish smoke
And see the lashing tail
Phantom mouse's little joke
To make the kitty wail.
Now the game is turned about
And kitty shows her claws
Too bad the mouse is just a scout
To test for kitty flaws
And in the wall a thousand eyes
Await the scouts inviting cries.
But kitty also plays for keeps
As the scout begins to moan
Quick as chance she turns and leaps
But finds herself alone!
Ears pinned back she howls in rage
As from the walls, black shadows leak
And round her form a living cage;
But then the shadows start to shriek.
Whisker twitch of pure delight
The vermin fae will pay a price
As kitty summons, black as night
Shadow cats for shadow mice.
The statued goddess purrs, supreme,
While all around her, dark things scream.