For Suzy Von Geldern
I miss you most of all at Halloween.
The way you'd greet the 'little munchkins'
as you called them, and praise them
for their costumes. With your laughing eyes
you'd feign surprise or fear -then invite them
to take candy from a basket by the door.
“I vant to bite your neck.” you’d say,
with the empasis on ‘vant’ and we’d all giggle
in our costumes and delight in the escape.
Why, you'd make the hallway dark and spooky
with a flickerin' Jack O Lantern-
a pumpkin face that Ned would carve each year.
My mind fills with memories of the plastic ghost of Dracula
hung each year in that same spot on that same wall-
We’d pull the chord repeatedly
to hear the awful moans .
Yes! It really is at Halloween,
I miss you most of all