Strays from Halloween's Dream
by Carolyn Cox
there were three of them;
tall and thin and stuffed with straw,
held together with twigs and twine;
clothed in a patched motley
of midnight black and october orange.
eldritch candlelight flickered from within
hollowed out skulls,
identical jack o lantern grins penetrated the murky twilight.
silently they ghosted down st. andrews in the rain;
on bicycles fashioned from the mottled ivory of ancient bones.
the lonely wind whispered softly through spokes choked
with rotting leaves as crows cawed rustily;
perched upon telephone poles and november bare branches,
heads cocked; watching the eerie procession below.
they disappeared from sight, these strays from halloween's darkest dream;
the moment the harvest moon rose, a sinister orange above the trees.
the crows took wing then, to follow them into the wood;
and in their wake there lingered the haunting perfume of samhain:
hoarfrost and sweet cinnamon, decaying mulch and the acrid tang of woodsmoke.
Isn't that wonderfully evocative of All Hallow's Eve? I love it!
Now add in a couple of Witches with black cats ...
and you have ...
I really like your witch dolls and am happy I have one. Let me know if you ever have another crow lady doll.ReplyDelete
That's brilliant, I've never heard of her before, and of course, you can't top the illustrations :DReplyDelete
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Carolyn is http://maenad77.deviantart.com/ReplyDelete
an awesome poet!
Thanks for putting me into the Halloween spirit with your adorable dolls and verse!ReplyDelete
not sure what samhain is? Anyone? I loved the poem and the doll and cats are amazing as always! xo ullaReplyDelete
Such lovelies every time I come to call:) I hope you have a very wonderful Halloween!ReplyDelete
Just found your blog through Aquariann's Autumn Blog Hop. I too love dolls and am impressed with your creations. Can't wait to see what comes next.ReplyDelete
so beatifull dolls. Also your last post. They look so sweet. Hopefully they will take a smile on the Kids Faces.ReplyDelete
Great poem! Hope you had a magical Halloween! Your little witch is adorable! Love her candy corn dress! :)ReplyDelete