A Spooky Season
"The Spooky Season"
Days are shorter now,
pressing dark cheeks to cool window.
And is that a whisper in this October
wind, or maybe a shadow darker than dark
behind me on my way home now?
Ah yes, the season of pumpkins, black cats,
and witch hats stretches out, magical, spooky,
and I remember trick or treating with
my sisters and brothers in Houston—
our brown paper bags hoping, hoping
for treats, and our mom telling us
to let her examine everything before we
gobbled down mini chocolate bars
and my favorite, candy corn.
Yes, even at 58, I still get excited
when on the calendar, the date says
October and I smell woodsmoke in the air,
crush dead leaves underfoot.
James is a Seattle writer/cancer warrior/psychic/medium
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