from the files of children's author and educator
Barbara Jean Hicks
Who knew how many famous poets wrote Halloween poems?! In my search for a piece to mark the holiday, I found poems on my favorite poetry website, www.poets.org, about ghosts, vampires, witches, haunted houses, goblins and other related topics from the likes of Robbie Burns, Christina Rosetti, Shakespeare, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and George Gordon, Lord Byron, among many others. I love this simple poem by one of my favorite American poets, Carl Sandburg. Enjoy, learn from Sandburg's way with words--and have a spooky Halloween!
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.
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