Jack-o’Lantern Reunion Challenge
“Oh, Pumpkin Head” is my submission for the Jack-o’-Lantern Reunion Challenge issued by Phyllis Doyle in our latest newsletter. Having grown up in Australia at a time when Halloween was not celebrated (it is not one of our traditions) I may be at a slight disadvantage in writing about Halloween or Jack-0′-Lanterns.
I always envied my US counterparts being involved in such a wonderful celebration and eagerly watched US Television shows and movies about Halloween. Fortunately for Australian children today, Halloween celebrations like trick-or-treat have now been embraced. For this reason I had to write something for this challenge. This is it:
Oh, Pumpkin Head!
Oh, Pumpkin Head
Show me your light,
As the Jack-0′-Lantern
All Hallow’s Eve night.
Your creation transpired,
For the Harvest Season
In place of bonfires.
That devilish grin
Upon your orange face
Puts all evil spirits
Back in their place.
You sit in the window
Glaring into the dark,
Your candle-lit face
Haunting and stark.
Ghouls, ghosts, and witches,
Living dead zombie hordes,
None are as eerie
As carved-faced gourds.
by John Hansen © 2016
After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.
I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning British singer Tally Koren.
I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.
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