On Halloween Night 2021

On Halloween Night 2021
On Halloween Night 2021

On Halloween Night 2021

Scary Sonnets


My dear reader we must disguise ourselves

avoid being the drab we just might die

unless we hide behind a mask to try

a witch hunt in theaters or bookstore shelves.

The pale winter reflects a deer’s red blood

sacrificial stains on a hanging sheet

an ancient burial beneath our feet

where bones with flesh still present sink in mud.

A monster hanging from homemade gallows

a paddle used for beating lies nearby

the hanging and the beating bring terror.

Something scandalous lurks in the shadows

on Halloween the graves sprinkled with lye

a cold winter breeze points at our error.


A jar for collecting teeth on their edge

will rattle with loud psalm by ragged pipes

all these different sizes and different types

whose music echoes from each lofty ledge.

Chants from hooded participants of mass

a dancing witch setting fire to the hay

a message telling us we cannot stay

blood stains the breach through which we need to pass.

With Nutmeg and Saffron for Puritans

savory meats to serve the goblin

and scrap to throw to the weary old troll.

We will survive this night of skeletons

we will find solution to our problem

move into winter toughened by our toll.


The moon will soon be washed of blood and shine

the hanging linen will be pure and white

from nasty witches to a blizzard’s flight

through evenings braided light on woven vine.

To take a break from August’s weathered tools

and release yearly fights in October

embrace our gratitude in November

winter wraps us in our collected wools.

So our family pantry is fully stocked

our cupboards full with three pounds of sugar

and five pounds of grains and beans to prepare.

These dark winter nights we keep our door locked

even though December seems less vulgar

from lasting memory of this Fall’s terror.


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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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