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A Halloween birthday Tanka

Oh Halloween babe
born under October's moon
weave with forlornment
your bewitching adornment
of a harvest leaf festoon.

Faces in pumpkins
awake memories of when
the children were young;
and "Trick-or-Treat!" rung
the holiday season in.

Scorpio woman
wipe away your wistful tear
and tend to the craft
of your birthday draught
to toast your forty-first year.























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gunmetal clouds

gunmetal clouds part
and sunlight streams on a hill
that holds poppy wreaths 
      the wet cenotaph now gleams
      while a vet faces its glare   


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Cool Blue

Frosted white branches

   garlanded in silver and

       d r i p p i n g   i c i c l e s. . . . 

            Crystalline lights are turned on.

                  My new tree shimmers cool blue.


(only new one not used in a Dec. contest yet)


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Easter egg hunt

through the tall grass

and under trees and shrubs

little hands grab

at hidden treasures

the Easter bunny was busy


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Christmas in July Alone

A summer abroad
Homesick for my family
Silent nights abound
Building a snowman from sand  
My loneliness melts away...


8/2/12
for Gail's "christmas magic" contest


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TORN POINSETTIAS



this long sojourn...

   prelude to Christmas week

          on lake, quiet

             holding torn poinsettias

and brother's ashes



Not So Happy Holidays Contest

~ Contempary




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Candy Cane

Red and white stripes round
and round the long shepherd's crook
sweet and refreshing
the first one of the season
most certainly not the last.


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Hung My Christmas Sock

Hung my Christmas sock
Darned neatly for the mantel
So Santa could leave
Nuts, fruit maybe peppermint 
Winter often harshly cold

Never wanted much
Just a big red tricycle
To ride my sister
Around on the long front porch
Red tricycle was missing

Dad quickly vanished
Had owner to open store 
On Christmas morning
Santa left it on front porch
Could not stuff into stocking

Copyright © 2011 By Caryl S. Muzzey


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My Valentine Gift

My Valentine Gift


For my valentine,
The focus of my desire.
Marquis diamond,
Twenty-four karats of fire,
You make fire and ice glisten.



Original poem written for the contest:
“My Valentine Gift” - ¤¤ 7th Place ¤¤
Syllable count - 5/7/5/7/7
Rhyming scheme - abcbc


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TELEVISION WATCH

TELEVISION WATCH

no catastrophe
it’s two thousand and thirteen
everything survived
faulty mayan chicken bones?
or just a few days delay?

i’m watching TV
and the noisy times square crowd
counting the seconds
watching the huge ball descend
58 -9- and –midnight!

the old year is gone
it’s two thousand and thirteen
so? how should i feel
with the noise and confetti
wasted by eighty-three years?

i must shrug
aware of horns and fireworks
my cats running round
then there is this sudden hush
i yawn  - stretch – snap the TV


Seriously. This is just me. Y'all have a great New Year.
Love, daver



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The Best Gift



    A magical gift

    after all the people leave

    all the presents gone

    the fireplace burning low

    i love you the best grandma...


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All Hallows Eve

leaves drift to the ground,
red and gold litter the street,
as ghouls come out to play,
one night a year;
All Hallows Eve!


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THE PUMPKIN SHUFFLE

"THE PUMPKIN SHUFFLE" MIDNIGHT CHIMES MISTY PUMPKIN SHUFFLE SWINGS EERIE SMILING GLOWING SMILES ROLLING ROUND HAUNTED CASTLE DRACULA SMELLS PUMPKIN PIE. JACK-O-LANTERNS STRUT HIDE AND SEEK SO KNIFE WON'T CUT RAVENS FANCY FEAST PUMPKIN PATCH HIDES MASQUERADE VAMPY THIRSTS FOR MARMALADE. PUMPKINS PINCH MOIST SOIL OVEN HEAT BEGINS TO BOIL SCOOPING INSIDES OUT YUMMY SWEET TREAT TASTES SO GOOD PUMPKINS SHUFFLE 'NEATH CAPED HOOD.


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Wishes for Magic

Wishes for magic
stored in an innocent mind.
Stockings on mantles,
sharing Christmas joy and mirth,
never happened in our home.

Connie Marcum Wong © December 5, 2011 

For Russell Sivey’s Christmas Stockings Tribute


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Perfect Christmas



A perfect Christmas
colored stockings by the fire
cookies on a plate
a visit from old Saint Nick
family and friends gather here...


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Christmas Eve

The new sign is up.
Although our name is spelled wrong,
Santa Clause will still
find us because he knows the
gingermen will be waiting.


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'Share Valentine's with me'



I have no flowers scanty words across your screen embrace my folly even if just for today and share Valentine’s with me To: All the soupers who gets my weird soh From : Me (Wilma) :-)
©130220121425


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Christmas

Christmastime colors Cinnamon and evergreen Sweet scents all around. Mistletoe and holly hung It’s time to open presents!


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out of sync

hysterical lights
flash out of sync from her tree....

she can't remember
laughter in the snow,
only a grave beneath it






______________________
For Contest: Sad Tanka
Sponsored by Andrea and Susan


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Upon the Tree

Scent of the pine boughs stir thoughts of his first Christmas… Today, his large hand fondles the tiny snowman that says “Welcome Home, Grandson” Inside one snowglobe a replica of full house Cars fill the driveway… The wind-up music box plays my wish of “Joy to the World” Footsteps long silenced… Cookie crumbs litter the rug a new puppy naps… Needles are dropping, and lone shiny globe says “Contentment”
……………………………………………….. For Linda Marie’s Contest: “Santa’s Surprise” By Carrie Richards 12/30/11


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Halloween Haunted House

There’s an old mansion On top of an eerie hill Where path runs crooked And candles are lit inside Where ghosts triumphantly float The place exudes hate An evil holds firm within Manor feels desperate Bats gloat of their great catches And black cats find their mice here The place warns of fear By Jack-O-Lanterns hither Lit with dark presence They guard the cemetery That envelopes the front porch No trick or treaters Come by this mansion at night For even the devil Avoids the creepiness here Pain and suffering present Spiders live nearby Capturing the larger prey Trees are dead, spooky Set off fear beyond the grave A Halloween haunted house
Russell Sivey Entrant into ~ SKAT ~'s "Tanka me this, Tanka me that, Tanka me any poem you want :-) " contest 10/6/2012


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A Spiritual Christmas Gifts to You

              A jolly old man
  Who makes your wishes come true
            A joy of Christmas
    Brings such special gifts to you
      She waits for him patiently

          Underneath the tree
  Sprinkled with faith and hope too
               My love is a gift
     Two are kindness and giving
       Three is a promise to you

           I give you my heart
        Filled with a decoration
             Now and forever
         A sweet communication
         Near to me or far apart

           Yolaine Armitage
                12/17/11


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Bare Mantel

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                                                 Never was there one
                                        A stocking hung with care for me
                                                    Only simple tree
                                          Mostly placed  was gift or two
                                              Love abided simple food

Sponsor:Russel Sivey
Contest:Christmas Stockings Tribute
Date: December 05, 2011
Written by: Sara Kendrick


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Blue

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                                                      Blue Ocean Water
                                                Softly touch blue horizon
                                                  Great blue Heron flies

                                           Great Blue Heron camouflaged
                                                  Easy fishing jolt attack



Contest: "blue"
For: Francine Roberts
Written by: Sara Kendrick


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My valentine gift

This diamond ring shines with delight
My nails I polished
waiting for its arrival
The other fingers were excited too
They all rejoiced


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Magical-Snowy Dust

Three Christmas wishes
That I sent to Santa Claus:
Happiness to stay
The sounds of children laughing
Friends and family all day –

What was my surprise?
An ornament on the tree
Sparkling robust.
Its tiny door and windows
Held magical-snowy dust –

With eyes opened wide,
I gleaned wisdom from his note.
“Happiness shall stay,
Joy shall fill your loving heart
Compassions-service each day!”

© December 26, 2011
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen

Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest: SANTA'S SURPRISE" 
Sponsor	Linda-Marie The Sweetheart of P.S.


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Where Fear Expounds

The freezing front porch Holds many Jack-O-Lanterns Glowing with great pride Flooding the front porch with light For this very special night Witches fly about In the air with their old brooms Sure to curse someone With their evil laugh they have They work very late at night Black cats prowl the porch Looking for those who fear them They find some victims Over by the neighbors door A fear composed on this night This time of the year Where it’s cold and fear expounds People walk the streets Looking just for something sweet All this on Halloween night
Russell Sivey


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My Valentine Gift

Kisses long and sweet
A Valentine's Day promise
Of much more to come --
Words of love written in rhyme
Dinner will be late tonight.


Dedicated to my husband.


2/6/12 For Andrea's Tanka My Valentine Contest


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Trick or Treat

Trick or treat, they yelled
She paused, wondered if she dared
Trick, she answered then
Her heart racing, she giggled
Threw an egg and slammed her door

* A friend from work did this last Halloween to the rude teenagers next door  

Jack Horne for Russell’s Halloween Fun contest


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Wonder of Stockings

Stockings hung early Part of the Christmas décor Mesmerized, I’d sit Santa, please, no nuts and fruit Oranges take so much space Eyes wide with wonder Always some speculation Stocking touched each day Empty until Christmas morn Suspense was overwhelming Perhaps a yo-yo Homemade goodies from Ma Clause Treats tasty and sweet Maybe a harmonica So Dad could give me lessons One more thing, Santa, Jingle your bells; wake me up So I can serve you Milk and cookies I helped bake And see if my horse arrived
*Every year I asked for a horse, but apparently they don’t fare well in cities. Santa never responded to that request. LOL Written November 5, 2011, by Carolyn Devonshire for Russell’s “Christmas Stocking Tribute” contest


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The Creepy Mansion

The creepy mansion Old and decrepit it sits Dark save a lone light That glows red in upstairs room The sounds are eerie within The night sky is green Where the moon glows beneath it Clouds cover at times Lightning flashes bringing fear And thunder scares all around Evil radiates Throughout the dark old mansion Passersby fear it As skeletons lay in yard And zombies walk over graves At Halloween time The mansion is all aglow Terror is brought out The night howls at its horror Halloween is its main show
Russell Sivey


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The Great Pumpkin Man

There were many rats here Inside rafters of my house But bats ran them off Then the skeletons came around And the bats all flew away Then the pumpkin man Would frighten the skeletons And the pumpkin man Is quite smart, he scared away The humans that live in the house The great pumpkin man Survives all of these creatures And also the humans By the smarts of its light source A brilliant glow from within
Russell Sivey


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My Valentine Gift

Preciously chosen
Twelve delights for her vision
Golden ornaments
For love of my life senses
Placed in a crystal display


written for
Sponsor Andrea Dietrich 
Contest Name TANKA YOUR VALENTINE GIFT  


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Witch's Hat

The witch’s hat Mysterious are its powers Fits precariously Creates and eerie feel While it is worn
Russell Sivey Form Gogyoka


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My Valentine Gift

Bright gold angel pin Garnished by brilliant gemstones The gleam burned his eyes His wallet took a wallop Gratitude shown with passion


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Trees in a Grove

Group of creepy trees All located within a grove Each have glowing eyes Who worship deadly pumpkins Some evil grinning red gourds
Russell Sivey


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In The Boondocks Somewhere

Down in the boondocks_somewhere Just between nowhere_nothing Needing a facility_none Help please in boondocks
Click on about this poem Down In The Boondocks a pop song title not an orginal idea


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Orange Lights

Orange lights that say What Halloween means to me At this time of year Comes rushing into my heart Each time it fairs to be real
Russell Sivey


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My Valentine Gift

Flowers and candy? I can do better than that! For this special day, this thing can make your heart sing: How about a diamond ring?


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Christmas Stocking

No fancy stockings And no big mantel either Every day stockings Hung over a chair with care For old Santa Claus to fill Just as excited As the richest kids in town Who hung fancy socks On big beautiful mantels With higher expectations Those hard scrabble days The only sweets that we saw Were in our stocking On that cold December morn Along with juicy orange By: Joyce Johnson 11/6/11 Won a 3rd in contest For Russell Sivey’s contest “Christmas Stocking Tribute”


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Halloween Nights - Halloween Night

Halloween Nights The image of death Complete with scythe and old robe Walking towards you Down harshly-lit pumpkin path Through dreary cemetery Old leaves decaying Crackling sound scare passersby Darkness of the night Keeps everyone on the edge Ghosts play, riling each other Terror impedes growth Of poor small children passing The haunted mansion With all bats flying around Screams of unwary people Dances of creatures And skeletons scaring all Who dare to walk by All of these pieces of hell Happen on Halloween nights
Entrant into Gail Doyle's "Halloween Night" contest 8/23/2012


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Six Seater Airplane

As we rose on wings
The earth falling below fast
On wings of eagle 
Feeling as higher at last
Beauty of Canyon below


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Ghosts For a Function

Have you ever seen Ghosts all dressed for a function Some elegant dance Which they will be attending A scary Halloween whirl
Russell Sivey


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Warlock's Ploy

Warlock stands atop Entire world, splashing hatred Into each person That ever hopes in getting Ahead in this world of death Where the plush is gone Hope is ever elusive And the spider weaves His daring web of deceit Luring the lost inside it Warlock laughs at us Thinking us to be lost souls Without the darkness That he so envelopes in His dark soul, eaten distraught Now the warlock preys He looks towards the missing The lost ones inside And he converts them into The deepest darkest minions Servants of his craft Do his bidding whenever He desires them to He tries to get as many People under his hate spell He will try to spin The web of disillusion So people may think He is something that he’s not To one day rule this planet
Russell Sivey


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Three Christmas Desires

Happy Santa Day
Here’s my short list of desires
I wish complete peace
My wish came true this very morn
My tree held exquisite cross

My second wish now
No more greed upon the earth
At the stroke of noon
Golden abyss circled world.
Tree had a smiley face bulb.

As this day ended
My third wish for no hunger
Became abundant
A note found, said "down-to-earth".
My tree now bore so much fruit.


written by
Cecil Hickman


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Creepy Halloween Evening

Feelings for this month Brings chills to my weary bones A skeleton’s romp Creepy Halloween evening Skulls to laugh the night away
Russell Sivey


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Christmas Stockings

Downstairs he had gone
He looked left then he spied right
Joyously, he screamed
His stocking, was full of toys
A big wide smile crossed his face



John Monteblanco
11/24/11
Christmas Stocking Tribute


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Cemetery Spirits

The top of the sky A moon is filtered in clouds Leaving off a glow That leads into a graveyard Where an old dead tree resides Inside the graveyard There are some floating spirits Evil that they are They try to reach all people To take goodness out of them Those that do wander Deep into this graveyard when These spirits are out Must be wary of their fright They need to go walk elsewhere
Russell Sivey


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Clock Tells

As time leads me now Reaching Halloween evening My clock tells me so An evil grin it does show With boo written on my face
Russell Sivey


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The Gaurding Pumpkins

There are some pumpkins Some well-lit Jack-O-Lanterns That guard the front gate Of the dark haunted mansion Where ghosts and spirits fly free The air permeates With an aura of evil When a mist arrives Carries through the blackest night Just the pumpkins give off light
Russell Sivey


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Christmas Warmth

In a flash he slept.
Tonight he not need stories.
Only a soft kiss.
In his dream, bells would have rung.
Christmas, he waited too long.


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Witch's Pumpkins

The witch sure does love The orange hue, like pumpkins She searches the night For candles to put inside To create Jack-O-Lanterns The light given off These meager little pumpkins Allows the witch sight To make potions within her Large boiling cauldron tonight These very potions Used for evil, she’ll sprinkle On the unmarked graves They will either make zombies Or walking vile skeletons The witch takes care of All these looking and staring Pumpkins of the night Magical powers of these Jack-O-Lanterns is immense They frighten many Those that don’t understand them Sure find them puzzling The pumpkins are the witch’s friend They will always stay with her
Russell Sivey


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Ravens Await

The bats fly by night Through a dark eerie graveyard Where ravens fly down And move onto the gravestones An eerie darkness exists The moonlight comes in Opens whole new spark tonight Leaves the witch within Perfect spot to make the curse Cauldron contains all she needs Jack-O-Lanterns guard Protect the evil inside The grove holds the spell To bring the youth of the young Straight onto the wicked witch Then the bats return To the old rickety tree Which to roost after - Their long search for devil’s blood To keep them alive so long The ravens watch, wait Their turn will come soon enough Where they will be called To show their mark of the dead On a strange Halloween night
Russell Sivey


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Old House

A house on my street Falling apart and creepy It’s old and quite dark Shutters hanging on their side And the lights are always off On the cold front porch There is an ancient cauldron It’s surely eerie Uninterested in who Might come to visit this house Coming to the door I only once rang the bell Never forgetting The horrid sounds that came out Of that deep dark cauldron there A witch’s shriek and laugh Is the cackling I did hear A fear that I felt Is just indescribable I never went there again
Russell Sivey


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Demon Conversion

A man was walking Alone down an unlit street When a demon came And converted him into A Jack-O-Lantern of fear
Entrant into Black Eyed Susan's "Single Tanka" contest 10/4/2012


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An Old Sign

There is an old sign That is made of a scarecrow Head made of pumpkin It tells you the way to town And number miles to get there
Russell Sivey


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Deep Fears

You see the ravens Skittering around old bones The ones on the graves Of the recently surfaced Here skeletons walk and talk Looking right at you Asking you over to them In front of a grave Just asking you to get in With the group laughing at you All fun and laughs, then Skeletons get serious Take you by the hand Yank you deep into the hole Of your final resting place Then you wake up fast Cold sweats running down your back But very happy That you are alive and well Lying in your comfy bed
Russell Sivey


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My Valentine Gift

Upon nature's land
With a lifetime of focus
The lens captures time
My gift, love forever spanned,
With a camera…name brand

© February 6, 2011


Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest:  TANKA YOUR VALENTINE GIFT Sponsored by: 
Andrea Dietrich


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I Believe

My stocking was hung
with the gentlest of care 
for jolly Saint Nick...
on Christmas morn, with surprise,
my stocking overflowed love!


For "Christmas Stockings Tribute" contest sponsored by Russell Sivey.

By: George Aul - 11/19/2011


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Gourdes Grow Out Of My Ears

My pumpkin beer bubbles
As the orange streets sit wet.
Gourdes grow out my ears
As small vampires roam the night.
Doorstep nodding, I drink more beer.


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Hurt on Halloween

Jack-O-Lantern, please She sleeps through this very night She wants to avoid All the spry black cats tonight As the ghosts come out to play She desires to leave Behind her, all the deceit Wearing a costume Brings a false image that she Does not want to entertain There was a pain that This night brought to her in the Not so distant past When witches came and brought out Cursing relationships harsh Party tonight she Desires to avoid, aversion Of highest degree The night creatures will stay In their own places this night She will have nothing To do with the evil of Of this evening Hate so large pain envelopes Her soul and tears form within Always hurt inside Just a blind man searching life With a broken cane Never knowing sure what you have Just a vague image she has
Russell Sivey


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Yule Logs

Yule log traditions It used to be burned away Making Christmas warmth. Today it is different; Yule log gingerbread and cheese.
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Center is a Pumpkin

Under candlelight There’s a glow of great nature Illuminating The table runner which holds Many small pumpkins for looks Center’s a pumpkin A grand scene, Jack-O-Lantern It contains a light A wondrous candle to show The beauty of the table
Russell Sivey


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The Little Vampires

The little vampires Are dressed in their very best Drinking red grape juice Acting like it was some blood The little rambunctious ones They toss it away Acting like the blood escaped No matter the mess You must understand their view The fun Halloween brings them Excitement with glee Their hearts beat with candy corn They think the world’s great Full of the evil monsters All crawling within their lives So let the vampires Play like they do love to play With their red grape juice And the mess it sure creates For they’ll always remember… The fun you let them have tonight!
Russell Sivey


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Castle Walls

Full moon approaches Showing its languid powers On the land tonight Lighting the eerie castle Casting shadows off the walls
Russell Sivey


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Santa

coffee pot is nice
notebooks and pens are neat to
if only money talked
Santa might bring all


Santa knows i'm good
he left a ball point pen set
and told me to write,
but where's my paper?


Oh silly Santa
he wrapped my coffee pot with
torn notebook paper
instead of money!


karen croft


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Seasonal Clothes

I have see your clothes Your selection of outfits Just for the season Black and orange ensemble Dressed perfect for Halloween
Russell Sivey


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Plight of her Eyes

A spider web hangs Off her eyes, sadly, palely Dancing with darkness Enhances plight of her eyes Signifying Halloween
Russell Sivey


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A Spider Web

There is a spider web On a Jack-O-Lantern’s mouth Smiling with a light Filling up the outside path With an eerie glow within
Russell Sivey


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Ghosts of the Night

In dampness of night Ghosts play in the candlelight Their shrieks cloud the sky They have translucent bodies To move in and out of things Ghosts stirring around Carrying with them great fear That moves them forward Screaming with your heart inside Laughing at your awesome fear
Russell Sivey


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Halloween Hooting Owl

The great hooting owl Upon the branches tonight Just carrying on Letting those beneath know that Halloween is here to stay
Russell Sivey


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On Beauty

Fingers interlocked,

his eyes wander still to the

young woman in red -

we marvel at the Himba

girl absent of curly hair.


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Witches on my Roof

I hear them on the Roof of my house, the flying Witches land on my Shingles, laughing and cackling Wishing ill to all within
Russell Sivey


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The Horrid Truth

She is one that hurts For she was one that was made Fun of during this Time of the year, Halloween Was not kind to her, she hurts A witch she’s just not Nor is she a Frankenstein She is not a bat Nor a skeleton is she She doesn’t fit in right now Though all the other Days of the year, she’s a freak Different person Nature has played a cruel joke And she hurts from within her So on the day at Which she could fit in the most She abhors with pain For it just reminds her of Her ailment, the horrid truth
Russell Sivey


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Home of the Undead

Where is the birthplace Of the unholy and corrupt The place of the lost Where evil stems and harbors Final home of the undead
Russell Sivey


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Stroke of Twelve

At the stroke of twelve Midnight comes and the wind blows The full moon shines down Opens eyes of the pumpkin Sharing its wondrous powers Laying on the ground Is the old skeleton, strong Twinkling with the moon Where magic casts its shadows All throughout Halloween night
Russell Sivey


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Halloween Cake

Orange and brown cake Perfect for Halloween night As partygoers enjoy All the fun of the evening The tastiness is perfect
Russell Sivey


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On a Grey Tombstone

On a grey tombstone The date of death was early But the ground is fresh A corpse lies on top of grave With the skull wielding power It crawls towards me Wanting to borrow my heart So that it may live I scream running far away Never to return again
Russell Sivey


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Behind the Masks

What’s behind the masks That float around the brick wall Each has a warm glow With an orange radiance Behind each smooth veiled disguise
Russell Sivey


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A Little Cash Went a Long Way

I want a new car.
I also want a new house.
How about some cash?
I’ve been a good boy this year.
Please put them under my tree.

Inside an angel,
Santa left me a message.
What he said was this:
“You don’t get a house or car.
Your credit scores are too low”.

I received no car.
I still live in my old house.
I did get some cash.
I did not receive too much,
but it got me by one day.

On my way to work,
I left my wallet at home.
In a Christmas card,
some money was found inside.
It got me through the toll gate.


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Witch's Tree

The witch’s tree of old Where it’s said witches reside They wait for people And once they are close enough They spring out and curse each one
Russell Sivey


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Halloween Roads

The Halloween roads That run in all directions Like Howling Alley And Cemetery Circle Take you from the telling sign
Russell Sivey


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Erupting Fire

There’s fire near the house Evil house that’s quite haunted Windows are all closed And boarded up, eerie fence Surrounds the building of hate It’s a fearful place One that frightens the older People who visit Trying to go see inside The fire simply shows the pain The fire erupts to Bring hate right to the forefront An evil consumes Seemingly house lives within There are no people inside
Russell Sivey


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Easter Morning

Easter morning breaks with a glorious sunrise a promised new day thank you, Lord, for your promise Easter lilies sway in praise sunlight reaches down lifting my eyes to Heaven a promised new day God's light shines upon my face wiping every tear dry the dawn of Easter happiness of heart and soul a promised new day On the third day, He's risen light shines on an empty tomb


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Light of the Moon

Light of the moon hangs Delivers slight disruptions To the midnight scene Girl seemingly beautiful Flashes of light reveals truth With each lightning strike She turns into an old hag Corrupting those near Her evil eyes, hollow, pierce Taking down those unwary She walks lazy streets Where the unsuspecting seen All fall under spells That she deftly crafts along Takes them down one at a time A victory dance She graces at the finish After her quota All the souls she has bequeathed For this latest Halloween
Russell Sivey


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Pumpkins in Stairwell

Pumpkins in stairwell I follow them down the steps Each has eerie glow From the small candle within Lighting up its soul on fire
Russell Sivey


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Eerie Lanterns

Wall of many lights Where lanterns collect their glow The eerie feel they give Their yellow amber etched glass Where a flame grows from within
Russell Sivey


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What You Must Do First

Hang up your stocking
It is almost Christmas time
Did you do laundry?
If you want stuff in your sock,
you had better wash it first!



Robert Pettit  Christmas Stocking Tribute contest  submitted 11-30-11


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Witch of the Forest

In a dark forest A nightmare presents itself By a spell that’s cast From a black witch that torments Those that see her do cower She has an aura A heavy feel about her She’s evil and plain She tortures souls brazenly Carries about her ill hate People run from her They hide, when she is around Forest is her home Her domain, where she worships Cast’s evil, forbidden spells This night is her night Where her dark spells work stronger Stronger than normal It’s the darkest night of year It’s evil, it’s Halloween
Russell Sivey


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Adorned Fireplace

The fireplace is filled With wondrous Halloween tricks Hollow pumpkin light And real witch’s hat with black cats With a branch to frighten them Lights adorn mantle The orange and purple ones Secure the fireplace For when it becomes dark out Fireplace glows with eerie light
Russell Sivey


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Curse of Middleton

Upon a fleeing Man, the curse of Middleton Raven kept an eye On his ill begotten path Terrible fate crosses him He saw the horrid Unthinkable truth of past Of a man who killed For fun, left his place of rest Now runs free to curse again How he fears this ghost For he murdered families While they’re in their sleep Dreaded evil of the town Is free to frighten again The raven watches And sure sees his every move The man knows time’s short The ghost will be upon him And the curse will be complete The curse imposes That the man who found evil Will carry the soul Of the raven, to do more Of the murders as before Now he must warn all That live in this humble town What comes this dark night So they can prepare for him And cast his soul to darkness
Russell Sivey


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The Raven

The raven, so smart It’s evil in its own right Talks to very dead Flies like the bat, just higher And can read a person’s fear
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The Mantle

Christmas would soon be
Velvet trimmed quilted stocking
With my name on it
Anticipating Santa Clause
Hung there at the fire place.

Together celebrating 
Giving gifts of love
Excitedly receiving
Friends and family
Remembering Jesus Christ

Ó November 16, 2011
Dane Smith-Johnsen


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Hooting of an Owl

Owl upon a tree Just hooting along tonight Under a full moon It delights in the fear made From what’s created within
Russell Sivey


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Lit Pumpkin Path

I have lit pumpkins Leading from very bottom Of my winding path Going to the feared front porch Where many pumpkins are lit Each has an image Carved deep into the pumpkin And each lit with care This is so lovely children Can see to get their candy
Russell Sivey


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Soul of a Pumpkin

Scariest of times Tricks of the season to see A smile, a frown shown Creepy face reveals itself Within soul of a pumpkin
Russell Sivey


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At Autumn Harvest

At autumn harvest Pumpkins used to show season Surrounded by garland Some are carved with light inside To signify joy of times
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Special Decanter

I have a soft spot For my special decanter Halloween teapot Where I create my hot tea And my great hot chocolate
Russell Sivey


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All Hallows Eve

And here are the trees Spooky silver tendrils flow With webs all throughout Tangling with the branches there Where screams of fears carry on A pumpkin farmer Harvests his crop to share it The neighbors love him For his pumpkins make perfect Jack-O-Lanterns for the night And the skeletons Of the yard just lay alone Fear is their approach To life, a great interlude Shining brightly in moonlight The scarecrow scares none None of the crows that fly there Nothing frightens them But a man and his rifle Then they will leave fearfully The bats in the air Stay atop of our large tree Waiting for children To cross their paths, and scare them They fear the cats however These black cats prowl The dark night, causing great fear To the passersby The superstition reigns high And scares most people at night Ghosts do fly around The undead love to see them They play all throughout The haunted house, imposing Fear to all those kids nearby Spiders are a stay This fearful time of the year They spin their white webs Scare anyone unprepared Feelings of dire pain is near Witches play their part In the cauldron of great fear Their cackling supreme Crawls down your spine when she’s near And her skin creates disgust All these great creatures Of the darkness in the night Do bring emotion Whether fear or elation Halloween sparks interest
Russell Sivey


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Onyx Black Candles

They’re made of bees wax Colored in all onyx black Candles of the night Cast eerie shadows about Halloween’s unearthly show
Russell Sivey


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Christmas Stocking

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When I was little there my stocking would hang full of presents for me. Santa again made me proud. Dig until my arm was gone.
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Mom and dad would take pictures of us as we’d open up our stuff. Wrapping paper everywhere. Christmas wasn't the same.
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Mom wasn't around no stockings hung full for us. No one was smiling and no gifts under the tree, always have my memories.
Christmas stocking contest Cory long Nov. 6, 2011


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The Halloween Porch Formula

One part fall flowers To two parts Jack-O-Lanterns That’s the formula For warm greeting on my porch Sending in Halloween guests
Russell Sivey


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Bats Inside

Bats are in the house Flying all around the place Calling out your name With a flutter they fly by Looking for your lone heartbeat
Russell Sivey


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Dark Cemetery

Why do crows stay in Inside the confines of a Dark cemetery Fearful tombstones their haven Why do they enjoy the dead
Russell Sivey


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Pumpkin Man

In the large front lawn Outside the haunted mansion There sits pumpkin man Sitting with a carved out face Glowing from hollow inside Beside him are cats Black cats cursing those leery With spiders around And lampposts with candles lit So you may see the terror Living in this fear Would drive me completely nuts I avoid this house Where these demons go to live At the end of our feared street
Russell Sivey


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On My Dark Dresser

On my dark dresser I have some fun for season I have lit pumpkins Some evil looking pumpkins Great Jack-O-Lanterns tonight
Russell Sivey


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News of Pumpkin Man

News of pumpkin man With a pumpkin for a head A great big, large man Going down, waiting for you Looking into your window With him seeing in You find him, and scream in fear You flee, run away Never to look back again The fear lives in you always And the pumpkin man Lives on, story never told For the fear welts in A large lump within your voice He may still look in on you
Russell Sivey


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Valentine Locket

He adjusts the clasp
   beneath her silky brown hair
       She smiles in pleasure
         Pulling her against him, he
           kisses the nape of her neck
  


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Each Story

Each of our stories Has a carved pumpkin inside From feared spooky ones To happy delightful ones They are all fun to enjoy
Russell Sivey


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Hanging Pumpkins

Could you imagine Pathway filled with lit pumpkins Beauty to behold Light fills surface around it With carved pumpkins hanging there
Russell Sivey


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Seasonal Decor

A set of pumpkins One atop of the other Each with a letter And spelling out the word boo Lovely seasonal décor
Russell Sivey


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Green Aura

With a green aura That surrounds this house of old Sits a spooky feel Lamppost out front casts shadows Working eeriness about A lone light is lit By candle in upstairs room Visible on street Helps create the dim green glow That permeates all around
Russell Sivey


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Headless Horseman's Head

Large skeletal hand Holds the great headless horseman’s Head, a huge carved gourd A pumpkin that glows within For all of Halloween night
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Hallowenn Cookies

I want those cookies In shapes of many creatures Like black cats that prowl Pumpkins dressed up and spiders And of course the scary ghosts I do want them all For they are the tastiest When it’s ghostly time And when ghouls and goblins roam On special Halloween nights
Russell Sivey


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Legendary Scarecrow

The legendary Scarecrow, corn stalks, pumpkin head Owner’s invention Full with cloak and overalls Outstretched arms seem inviting
Russell Sivey


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Witches on the Mantle

Halloween tricks, treats With witches on the mantle Doing their flying Right next to Jack-O-Lanterns And delightful skeletons
Russell Sivey


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Creepy Spiders

The creepy spiders Crawling all around the place Wanting to bite you All they want is some candy Bit of candy corn will do
Russell Sivey


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Anticipation of Halloween

Anticipation Of Halloween’s greatest fun Kids look forward to All the lit pumpkins and bats Spiders and mummies delight Skeletons galore Werewolves, owls, haunted houses Graveyards and full moons The smells and sounds of this time Is so vast and filled with fear Perfect collection A lovely grouping of things That Halloween brings Feelings even ghosts will share On this holiday we care
Russell Sivey


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Intensifying Ghosts

The heat lightning sky Intensifies all the ghosts That are on the ground Perfect scare for onlookers A frightening ghostly sight
Russell Sivey


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Willing Pumpkins

I have twenty-two Ready and willing pumpkins Waiting for the time Of all hallows eve coming Doing Jack-O-Lantern thing
Russell Sivey


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Wants of the Season

Wants of the season A little apple cider Toasted marshmallows Some delightful pumpkin pies And snickerdoodle cookies All are what I crave They are wants of the season Temptations for sure Delight to savor these things I love these flavorful treats
Russell Sivey


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The Star Shows the Way

Wise men see the star Shining brightly in the east. Here is Bethlehem. The star is showing the way. The Savior is born today.


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Halloween Gala

Halloween gala Enormous party tonight She’s wearing a dress A long black and orange gown The most beautiful girl there
Russell Sivey


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Spider's Webbing

The boys were laughing And carrying on with fun They were entangled Within a spider’s webbing A reminder of my youth
Russell Sivey


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Curse of Hate

The witches held men Up against the wall of pain Where they are shackled To take the brunt of the curse Leaving them helpless to hate They will infect more Of their own people in town Creating hate throughout The townsfolk fear their return How they will spread hate around Death sure soon follows To kill the many lost ones The curse will live on Through the few that were taken Where Halloween brought a curse
Russell Sivey


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Holding for a Witch

Orange pumpkin man Holding a broom for a witch He bows to her strength Beyond his control, her spells Which confound his large carved face
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Horrid Touch

In the night desires Next to the fireplace I sit Looking at the fright Items designed to bring fear To instill them in my heart The witches on top Of the black enhanced mantel Seem to stare at me Black hats with purple ribbon And the witch’s red ruby shoes This brings fear to me A horrid touch, scary fright The witch’s harmful eyes Burning brightly inside me Causes me to falter and cry
Russell Sivey


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Halloween Treat

Web of excitement Ghosts that follow you around And pumpkins are carved With trees spreading in moonlight Monsters play in your backyard
Russell Sivey


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Bats Everywhere

Bats are in my house They are in my head as well They’re looking for food They flutter around upstairs Catching the leery stray bugs
Russell Sivey


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Dressed Up Pumpkins

I enjoy pumpkins That are dressed in many forms A witch, skeleton Mummy or even a bat Each filled with a light within Each bring a special Feeling deep inside of me A glowing pumpkin Showing off its great powers That Halloween brings to me
Russell Sivey


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Demons Minions

If you see black cats This time of year, they’re cursed They bring us bad luck Watch out if they cross your path You must mark them off or else They may seem friendly You might desire to pet them But be quite wary They are the demons minions Working hard to take you down So you must listen And heed my direct warnings If you don’t comply Curse of the black cat will hit And you will wish you listened
Russell Sivey


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The Tomb

Tomb where darkness traps Where hate broods from deep within Where the sadness grieves Even to point of terror And fear wallops a great blow
Russell Sivey


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Christmas Breath

Love this time of year
Brings joy into all of me
The trains salute me
And the presents call on me
I find love in the moment

Russell Sivey

Entrant in Matt Caliri's "Anything" contest


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Child's Dreams

How strong is it now
How mighty are the forces
The true carrier
Of such wonderment and joy
Christmas is finally here

Russell Sivey


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Black Cat

Sitting on a bench By the door with evil grin The black cat does wait For the passersby, children Who will pet his well-groomed head
Russell Sivey


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Witch's Hat

Witch’s hat worn during A full moon, she wears for fun To entice fear in To little children who come To her wickedly dark door
Russell Sivey


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Feared Front Porch

Pumpkin spreads dim light All about the feared front porch Where skeletons live And path that leads to old tree Delights in scaring children
Russell Sivey


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Mummified Zombie

Mummified zombie Walking down the streets of town Collection of cats Scampering alongside him Threatens all that enter path
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Rat Infested Pumpkin

Rat infested gourd A pumpkin taken over The insides emptied There are holes throughout pumpkin Which contains these nasty mice
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Skeletal Freedom

Over a large cauldron A lone skeleton stirs up Some old recipe Smiling at nearby black cat Wishing it would catch a rat For the rat could bring The concoction to a boil Leaving the potion With what the skeleton needs To finally set him free
Russell Sivey


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Haunted Mansion

Sitting on the lawn Is the lanky pumpkin man Looking across street At the large haunted mansion The scary devilish building An old story told Of a rich couple that lived He killed her in rage Then later he killed himself You can still hear her loud screams Beware of this house Being boarded doesn’t stop The terror within Every year at Halloween Screams terrorize passersby
Russell Sivey


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On Halloween

Full moon overhead Jack-O-Lanterns a-glowin’ Black cats on the prowl Witches flying on broomsticks Stars twinkle on Halloween
Russell Sivey


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CHRISTMAS WINDOWS - TANKA

supermarket bells
their strange clangor in the cold
the red-faced ringer
feet stamping    one    the other
while coins hit brittle    like ice


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Jack-O-Lantern

Orange fantasy Carved smiling face, a candle Lit inside its soul Flickering beauty inward A calm feeling from within
Russell Sivey


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Darkness Reigns and Conquers

She sports a witch’s hat Trying to fit into dusk Not knowing it has Just begun, transformation So she may be one of them Creature of the night With the ghouls and bats and such Moving freely here Around are the newly changed All she wanted was darkness Now she’s walks with them Trying to gather candy It’s a true disguise Of what they really are Darkness reigns and conquers them
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Halloween Night

Moon is out tonight Bright and full of life within The bats are about Flying thru an old mansion The one with Jack-O-Lanterns Eerie fence outside Keeps in skeletons of old Past engraved on stone Ancient trees hide fearful dreams Searing thoughts into one’s mind
Russell Sivey


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Witch's Tower

Candlelight leads up To the witch’s grim tower Where evil happens Like painful experiments On unwary travelers This is just the tip Of the terror that happens Cats are converted To slaves of master witches Who rule their scary towers Desperate people Looking for love, find potions From these dark witches Instead of love which they seek They find pain and suffering There is nothing good That comes from witch towers Only pure evil Lasts in this horrible place Terror survived by hatred
Russell Sivey


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Great Locomotive

Great locomotive Blowing glorious whistle Rumbling down the tracks Leaving sense of longing peace With rhythms greatest moments
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Dormant Skeleton

On spooky table Lies a dormant skeleton With his skull lit up Candy surrounds the body A great treat for the fearful
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Carving Pumpkins

I love pumpkins sure All those big and small are fine The big ones are best But the miniature ones Can be lots of fun as well I enjoy carving Pumpkins into feared faces Those creepy dark ones Then I light them from inside Perfect for Halloween night
Russell Sivey


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Soulful Delight

A soulful delight An orange curvaceous smile A candle within Giving an amount of fear With a splendor of the night
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Ardent Eeriness

Mysterious light That lies outside my dwelling Is a black candle With an ardent eeriness A skull plastered on the face It reads fear exists Written right on the candle Condemning all those Who might try to enter here Ward to keep evil at bay
Russell Sivey


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Skeletons Dance

In foreground color The orange glow that surrounds The skeletons dance And the ghostly reverie Plays in the depths of darkness
Russell Sivey


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Skeleton Bodies

Skeleton bodies All stretched out along a wall Full of skulls and ribs Even feet to be complete Together for Halloween
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Trick or Treat

Finally dusk comes The bound excitement breaks free The ghouls and goblins Make it to doors of neighbors ‘Trick or treat’ has surely come
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Dejecting Curse

Flying witch above Wanting to get close to you Share toxin or two Let you know how much she cares With dejecting curse on you
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Skeletons Hanging

Skeletons hanging From an old, decrepit tree A shady worn place A scary place for people For fear is running rampant
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Cute Little Ghosts

My cute little ghosts Trick or treating all night long Smiling a ghoul’s smile Fantasies lived this evening Full of mouth-watering sweets
Russell Sivey


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Halloween Tree

The Halloween tree Fearfully stark and barren Empty of Fall leaves But holds creatures of the night The moon rests on its branches
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Mild Fright

Skull and crossbones bag Filled with delicious candy Sitting on the porch Where orange wreath lies on door Looks inviting to the young Decorations sit Abounding the well-lit porch Carved smiling pumpkins And spider webbing around And small orange lights on fence Not very scary As young children run about Simply beautiful This concoction of delight Bringing around a mild fright
Russell Sivey


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Little Skulls

They are still laughing Those little skulls in the wreath Surrounded by pine The needles jab in their sides Through pronounced evil faces
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Large Spiders

People fear large webs Created from huge spiders When spiders come back To see what they have captured People quickly run in fear
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Broomsticks

In the dark corner Of this old dimly lit house Are two used broomsticks Their occupants are witches This is their transportation
Russell Sivey


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Light Breaches Darkness

The infinite light Of the greatly lit pumpkin Piercing through the night Where the darkness has been breached Quite enlightening tonight
Russell Sivey


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Skeleton Head

Ever wonder what Is inside the dingy head Of a skeleton Is there a cold mushy brain Maybe it’s just candy corn Could be eroded From the long days under ground A dissolving state He’s a spoiled creature living With a small decaying brain
Russell Sivey