Halloween Tanka

Halloween Tanka
Halloween Tanka

Halloween Tanka


Chill October wind

carries longer nights darkness

tree leaves turn color

with leftover green.


Underneath Fall tree

where leaves turn red and orange

pumpkins manifest

Witches and Goblins.


Super-Hero Cape

Pirates of the Seven Seas

coming out tonight

on this chilly breeze.


Under a Fall moon

scary masks Helter-Skelter

hiding in cellar

or abandoned shack.


A sack of candies

sweets from the smile of a Witch

at home there is pie

from Autumn apple.


A magic mirror

to turn children to Goblins

in front of our eyes

surprise lends a scare.


Gates are moved aside

hear creaks from opening doors

and loud ‘Trick-or-Treat’

around Werewolves fangs.


‘Mischief on moonbeams’

chanted spells with some bad deeds

black cat oracle

ghosts from long ago.


Elves in the kitchen

several Vampires in the hall

if you close your eyes

maybe prank with pass.


Be a child again

to run from shadows between

Giant Spider’s web

a boiling cauldron.


Gloomy organ sounds

each octave a ghostly tune

from neighbor’s rafters

such melancholy.


Bats in the Belfry

silently waiting for their flight

upon midnight air

reinforce our fear.



This is the season

things die somethings reappear

nearby a zombie

moans a ‘brain’ mantra.


Every year our fate

chooses harvest or pestilence

harvested corn maze

empty wheelbarrow.


Near some graves the worms

wake silent ghosts with whispers

deprived of their flesh

quietly they hunt.


Coming for you child

these night crawlers and creepers

shadows form Mummies

Pharaoh long deceased.


Oh, chill October

to bring us Hallow’s Eve

such fantastic frights

on this Autumn night.


A part of childhood

to Trick-or-Treat once again

not ready for scare

hopeful for candy.



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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website simplepoetics.weebly.com. The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

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