Monday, October 31, 2011

A Poem for Halloween

Theme in Yellow
by Carl Sandburg

I spot the hills
With yellow balls in autumn.
I light the prairie cornfields
Orange and tawny gold clusters
And I am called pumpkins.
On the last of October
When dusk is fallen
Children join hands
And circle round me
Singing ghost songs
And love to the harvest moon;
I am a jack-o'-lantern
With terrible teeth
And the children know
I am fooling.

*photo credit


  1. I just love Halloween poems for some reason, probably because it is the one time I am pretty sure I will "get" the poem! LOL

  2. I'm liking that pumpkin. Like the poem too!

  3. Happy Halloween, JoAnn!

    And do you know something else spooky? Your pumpkin image is the very one I carved on my jack o'lantern this morning. Not quite so tidily though I must say.

  4. Wonderful poem! A great piece of Americana, by a great American writer and poet! Love the photograph too! Happy Halloween! Cheers! Chris

  5. Great poem, and a great grinning pumpkin. Happy Halloween!

  6. Very cool poem...perfect for today!

  7. Rhapsodyinbooks - LOL! I certainly understand that feeling.

    Sandy - Thanks. Hope your Halloween wasn't too spooky.

    Darlene - Oh, this isn't my pumpkin... mine never turn out quite so perfect. (photo credit at bottom)

    Chris - There's definitely something soothing and homey about Sandburg's writing.

    DS - Thanks, and I hope you had a Happy Halloween, too!

    Staci - It's been a while since I posted a poem and this seemed like a good time :-)


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