All Hallows Eve

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As we approach Halloween, I thought I’d share this poem, written for a Halloween reading several years ago

All Hallows Eve

Tomorrow the saints
the visions
the blessed
Today the ghouls

Today the face paint
the fake blood
the paper thin border
the crossings letting stale air in
Today we ward off ghosts and spectres
Today no mirrors can reflect us
as we scare away
the fear

Today the pumpkins,
the costumes
the tricks and treats
Today the lighted candles
the apple bobbing
the fists of sticky sweets

Today the echoes of Samhains past
the ancient fears
Today displays in all the shops
Today they sell their wares

Today the ghouls
Tomorrow the visions
the blessed
the saints

Tony Earnshaw

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