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A Spooky Season

Sharing Stories

Tortoise Shell cat briefly endures Halloween costume, which is also black and orange.

"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 Stansberry

James is a Seattle writer/cancer warrior/psychic/medium

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