Arriving Halloween Night – Poetry

Arriving Halloween Night

arriving Halloween night

I received a telegram yesterday eve,
I was so excited, could hardly wait,
My daughter has been away at college
She will be here, but it will be so late.

The message said arriving 10 PM.
By that time all little trick-or-treaters
Will be gone, I will be ready for bed,
And all treats gone to the candy eaters.

I was not going to do much this year,
Since she is coming I will decorate
The house inside and out on the front lawn.
I’ll make it spooky, that would be great.

Maybe hang several bats in the trees,
Make the lawn look like a cemetery,
Some big spiders, too, all over the place,
And a huge monster, ugly and hairy.

Decorating is all done, I worked hard,
All the neighborhood yards look very fine,
With all kinds of spooky and scary things,
But none of them look as scary as mine.

Arriving Halloween night, I waited.
At 10 PM the telegram had said,
The doorbell rang loud, I opened the door,
To many creatures of the living dead.

Well, I thought the telegram was from my daughter …

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I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am a freelance writer for Fiverr. I am currently an author on HubPages, a member/author of the Maven Coalition, and Senior Editor and an author for The Creative Exiles. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

6 thoughts on “Arriving Halloween Night – Poetry

  • September 14, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Interesting…I have a dear friend of mine that loves Halloween, it’s their favorite holiday. She invites us over for dinner and then we take the kids out to trick or treat. She has crazy stuff jumping out of her front bushes and crazy swinging bats and her whole family including her mom get involved. Its crazy and an absolute blast. Good piece Phyllis.

    • September 14, 2017 at 10:26 PM

      Thank you, Paul. I used to decorate a lot for Halloween when my kids were little. Now I just basically do autumn colors in candles and flowers. Pleased you enjoyed the poem. Take care.

  • September 14, 2017 at 7:47 PM

    Didn’t the zombie western union guy give you some cause for suspicion? Enjoyed the whimsical way you built up the excitement for the unexpected finale.

  • September 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    You must have enjoyed writing this Phillis as I did reading it… thank you

    • September 15, 2017 at 10:48 PM

      My pleasure, Kurt. So glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to write and came out pretty fast. I got all caught up in the decorating.


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