All Hallow’s Eve

For The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #28

All Hallow’s Eve

Pale flickering light
sputters from carved
pumpkin left to stand sentry
at gutter of crooked sidewalk.
Rosy glow twitches, mimics
bloody flow caught in cement shadows.

Thump of plastic bottle sounds
as it falls from limp fingers, gurgle
of its contents heard as no more
than whisper, vanishing
into waiting stillness.

Elizabeth Crawford  10/30/11


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12 Responses to All Hallow’s Eve

  1. Oh how perfect for Hallowe’en! May attempt this wordle later……..


  2. Laurie Kolp says:

    Spooky and mysterious… enjoyed it!


  3. Marianne says:

    Perfect for Halloween. Loved the eerie, spooky feel to this poem.


  4. Who dropped the bottle! Very spooky and, fitting for Halloween. 😉


  5. brenda w says:

    A crime unfolds under Halloween’s eyes. Your poem is a short vignette that left me feeling spooked, and sad for the life bleeding out. It is a dark and effecting read. Brava!


  6. Mary says:

    I love the idea of pumpkins standing sentry. The last stanza is steeped in mystery! Beautifully wordled, Elizabeth, for this Halloween!


  7. Irene says:

    Quietly mysterious and very Halloweeny!


  8. Mysterious, Elizabeth. I like that. Missed you last week.



  9. Nanka says:

    Beautiful descriptions in the first half!! Much sadness seen in the second stanza, a deteriorating quality and value for life!! Well scripted!!


  10. Mike Patrick says:

    You packed a lot of the macabre in eleven short lines. Thank goodness, Halloween only comes once a year.


  11. Elizabeth, you took Mike’s words and ran with them without being bloody or, you know, gross! Perfect balance of a little eerie, a lot traditional Halloween. Liked this very much, and thanks! Amy


  12. Spooky and so beautiful..



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