Feel Free to Call Me Jack

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Feel Free to Call Me Jack

Feel Free to Call Me Jack

They look at me and give a grin,
Then just go on their way.
I just stare back through glowing eyes.
There’s nothing I can say.

No one could call me handsome,
But I’m sculptured with great care.
Every year at Halloween,
You’ll make my acquaintance there.

In the daytime, I seem friendly,
But at night I look quite fierce,
For I endured cuts by a knife
As my firm flesh was pierced.

So, don’t take me for granted,
I’m not here just for show.
For evil spirits, I repel
With my unwelcome glow.

If you must address me
Feel free to call me Jack.
But demons better stay away
Or at night I will attack.

Show me all your due respect
And I will guard your life.
Jack-o’-Lantern at your call.
“May I borrow your knife?”

 

by John Hansen © 2022

The Jack-o’-Lantern

By those who made them, the lanterns were said to represent either spirits or supernatural beings or were thought to ward off evil spirits. For example, sometimes they were used by Halloween participants to frighten people, and sometimes they were set on windowsills to keep harmful spirits out of one’s home.

Jack-o’-Lanterns

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBook of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" 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 Israeli/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 are 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.

6 thoughts on “Feel Free to Call Me Jack

  • October 6, 2022 at 9:53 PM
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    Hi Phyllis. Thanks for reading and enjoying. Much appreciated.

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  • October 27, 2022 at 11:06 PM
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    Great Hallowe’en poem, John, with a touch of macabre and a dash of humour. It flowed so well.
    Ann

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  • October 27, 2022 at 11:24 PM
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    Hello Ann. Glad you enjoyed this. All good macabre needs just a dash of humour to make it palatable.

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