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Poetry Pleases: Haloween

Brian Jenkinson's poem reveals a new perspective on Haloween.

Can it be true that spirits walk abroad
At this time of the year,
When men of old lit bonfires in the dark
To drive away their fear?

Today the children, wearing hideous masks,
Carry their pumpkin lights
And think it superstitious to believe
In witches and in sprites.

And yet perhaps the spirits do come back
On this October night,
To see the well-known faces they once loved,
And haunts that still delight.

So leave your rooms uncurtained at this tide,
And breathe a loving prayer
For any of the dear dead souls outside
That may stand watching there.

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